Arizona State Week: Ask the Expert

Arizona State Week: Ask the Expert

ATHENS - Dawg Post publisher Dean Legge asks Scout.com's Chad Simmons recruiting questions.

Georgia has two committed receivers - Da' Rick Rogers and Michael Bennett - can you talk about what makes them valuable commodities, and if you think they will be used by the Bulldogs in 2010 with Michael Moore leaving?

Georgia is very thin at wide receiver so I think both will have the chance to go in and compete for playing time right away. Not only is Georgia thin, but they have shown in the past that they are not afraid to play true freshman early in their careers.

Rogers is one of the top athletes I have seen/covered in recent years and when he puts it all together then he could be very special at Georgia. He has the size, speed, playmaking ability, and athleticism that schools covet in a wideout. As soon as he becomes a better route runner, catches the ball with more consistency, and plays up to his ability play after play then he will take his game to another level. He is already a threat any time he touches the football because of his speed and ability to get big yards after the catch.


Rogers may push his way to a five-star ranking.

Bennett is more of a Michael Moore type of receiver. He is one that will lay it all on the line for his teammates and he could become that go-to guy on third downs, that guy that benefits from other receivers being double-covered, and maybe a guy some defenses underestimate. He runs better than average routes and he has good hands, but he has to work on being more explosive in and out of his breaks and he has to work on his quickness. He has good speed down field, but he needs to increase that initial 10 yards. He is a steady wide receiver that does a lot of things well and he should help balance out the receiver group when he gets to Georgia.

Who is the most impressive 2011 player you have seen so far in Georgia, and then, too, any 2011 Georgia target even if they are not in-state?

2011 is a very good year at the top in the state of Georgia, but the one I would put on top right now is tight end Jay Rome. He is a special player. He has a great frame, he has great athleticism, and he has a great attitude. He has it all and he will be strongly considered for five-stars and possibly the top tight end in the country next year. He does everything very well from catching the ball to getting separation to blocking to playing hard every play. Rome is the total package.

Jadaveon Clowney is probably the top Georgia target that I have seen out of state to this point. I would put some guys like Teddy Bridgewater and Tim Jernigan over Clowney, but they have yet to pick up offers from Georgia. Clowney is an elite rush end with great explosiveness and quickness. He does a good job of dropping his shoulder and rushing the QB from the outside and he will be a national recruit.


Charles has already made an impact at Georgia

Orson Charles, Abry Jones, Branden Smith and others are getting some playing time already at Georgia. Does it surprise you to see true freshmen in big spots at Georgia?

No, not really when looking at how talented these freshmen are. Getting to cover these guys in high school really gives me a good idea of who has it and who doesn't as far as what it takes to play the minute they get on campus. It was clear that guys like Smith and Charles would play immediately because of their versatility, speed, and playmaking ability. A guy like Jones just worked hard and he learned quickly at defensive tackle. Georgia needs speed all over the field and all three of these guys are fast at their respective positions. All three should have very good careers at Georgia.

Are there players still out there, committed or not, the Bulldog Nation should be keeping an eye on as it relates to wrapping up the Class of 2010?

The big names of course are JaWuan, James, Michael Thornton, Cody Riggs, Terrence Mitchell, Khairi Fortt, Jeff Luc, and Christian Green. Those are the main ones that Georgia will or already has gotten official visits from that are uncommitted.

Marcus Lattimore, Martavis Bryant, Adrian Coxson and Jeff Whitaker are still prospects to keep an eye on as well as Georgia remains in the mix. Georgia would have a good shot at Whitaker is they pursue him, but are on the outside looking in for the other three.

New names could and likely will emerge at some point later this fall as new offers could go out. Georgia likely has up to four spots remaining in this class.

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