March 25, 2012

Georgia VTO analysis

MARIETTA - Official numbers have yet to be released from the Georgia VTO Elite 100 event held at Marietta High School on Sunday, but there was no shortage of UGA targets on hand to compete in the event. Out of the 183 official attendee's to the event, there were six players with offers - one being a UGA commitment - from the Bulldogs, and a few more who could earn offers from Georgia in the near future.

UGA commit

• RB Stanley Williams (Walton Academy) - Williams turned in one of the most impressive performances of the entire event. The UGA commit ran a hand timed 4.39 in the 40-yard dash, and a 4.41 on the laser. He measured in at 5-foot-9, 190 pounds, and has a thick and strong lower body. Although he has elite straight-line speed, Williams also changes directions well, and is very fluid when working in space. The scary thing is that he still has two years to develop.

2013 Targets

• OL Shamire Devine (Tri Cities) - Devine measured in a 6-foot-6, 360 pounds, but moved like he was much lighter. The four-star offensive tackle was in much better shape that he was during the Georgia Rising Seniors event in late December. Devine was easily the best offensive lineman at the same. Despite his enormous frame, he showed solid flexibility in his lower body, and good upper body strength. Devine used his upper body well in pass blocking with hand placement and riding defenders out of the play if they tried to beat him to the outside. He will have to learn to play with more leverage to be successful at the next level, but he has all the tools to be a very good right tackle at a BCS school.

Recruiting: Devine named a top three of Georgia, Georgia Tech and Alabama. He stated that Georgia isn't recruiting him as hard as they once were, but are still recruiting him pretty hard. The Rivals250 lineman also stated that Georgia Tech is probably recruiting him the hardest at this point.

• OL Dominique Threatt (Tri Cities) - Threatt, without a doubt, looks the part. At 6-foot-2, 293 pounds, Threatt carries very little bad weight, and has an impressive frame. He worked out a defensive lineman, and has excellent quickness to go with a big base that allows him to win most one-on-one battles. Threatt plays with an excellent pad level, and showed nice but inconsistent explosion. He is a bit stiff in his lower body, and needs to work on his hand placement.

Recruiting: UGA is the only school to offer Threatt at this time, so the Bulldogs are in front, but he stated that he wants offers from Auburn and Alabama. Both schools are showing a great deal of interest at this time.

• DB Brendan Langley (Kell) - Langley measured in at 6-feet and a half inch, 185 pounds. The three-star prospect has a very mature and strong upper body to go with quick feet and great explosion. He has smooth, flexible hips, and an understanding of how to squeeze space when receivers separate. He has nice length for a defensive back, and is aggressive when going after the ball. He could be a solid, physical corner at the next level, or a ball hawking safety depending on how his body develops.

Recruiting: As Langley stated last month when he left UGA's Very Important Dawg event, Georgia and Alabama are still co-leaders at this point.

2014 Targets

• WR Demarre Kitt (Sandy Creek) - We were unable to confirm Kitt's official measurements, but the Sandy Creek playmaker ran a laser timed 40-yard dash in 4.59 seconds on what appeared to be a slow track. Kitt has been tabbed as a receiver that depends on finesse to succeed as a pass catcher, but he has a very impressive frame for a 16-year-old sophomore. He has a muscular upper body with long arms and big hands. His lower body is a tad tight right now, but he has a strong base. Kitt is a long strider with the ability to stop and start well.

Recruiting: Most schools in the southeast have offered the 2014 standout. Kitt has been to UGA multiple times this winter and spring for Junior Days, and wanted to attend again yesterday. The Bulldogs appear to have a solid chance at this point.

• DB Nick Glass (St. Pius, Atlanta) - We were unable to confirm Glass's official measurements, but Glass also had a solid day. He had two 40-yard dash times, but only one was official. Glass ran a 4.45 that was scratched due to being a tad in front of the line on the start, and ran another 4.78. Glass is a very fluid and solidly built athlete, that some have speculated could grow into a linebacker at the next level. After watching him in person, he looks to be a safety all the way, and does and excellent job of reading the quarterback's body language and reacting accordingly. He has great instincts, and understands how to play the safety position.

Recruiting: Glass was offered by UGA yesterday, and has offers from almost every school in the southeast. The St. Pius playmaker says that he is still very much open at this time.

Possible Offers

• OL Jeremi Hall - (Tri Cities) - Hall, like his good friend and teammate Devine, looked to be in much better shape that he was at Rising Seniors in December. We were unable to obtain an official weight, but he measured in at 6-foot-5, and showed more explosion and solid footwork than in the past. His hand placement was the most consistent out of any of the offensive lineman, and he looked extremely powerful during drills. Hall is tight in his lower body, but looked impressive in one-on-one's and during drill work.

• OL Corey Helms - (Milton) - Helms was easily one of the most powerful prospects at the event. His official measurements were unavailable, but he, like Hall, impressed many with his sheer strength during drill work. Helms has worked hard to improve his footwork, and looked as if he was much more flexible in his lower body than before. Helms' overall athleticism is solid, but not elite for a guy his size, but he appears to be one of the most solid interior offensive line prospects in the state for 2013.

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