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SE Mailbag: Dawgs hunt for RB

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Where does the University of GeorgiaClick Rivals.com analyst Woody Wommack answers questions regarding the Southeast Region from readers.Here to view this Link. stand in regards to running back recruiting for 2013? -- Clint via email
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Well Clint, the Bulldogs are looking to take two backs in this year's class, and as of now they have zero commits at the position. They're in the running for some of the top backs in the Southeast, including five-star Derrick GreenClick Here to view this Link., the No. 13 overall player in the country. Green was recently on campus for an unofficial visit and had good things to say about the trip. "Georgia was a good visit, I had a good time," Green told Rivals.com last week. "I watched some film with the running backs coach and spent some time with Coach Richt and the players." But Green also said he's nowhere near committing and intends to take all five of his official visits in the fall. Georgia is also in pursuit of Alvin KamaraClick Here to view this Link., A.J. TurmanClick Here to view this Link. and Greg BryantClick Here to view this Link., all of whom are elite or near- elite level backs. Georgia has also kept in touch with Derrick HenryClick Here to view this Link. and AlabamaClick Here to view this Link. commit Tyren Jones. I expect Georgia to land at least one from this group and if the Bulldogs can get two, it will be considered an excellent haul for this year's class.
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Where do you think Seffner (Fla.) Armood receiver Alvin BaileyClick Here to view this Link. ends up?: -- Tim via email
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Ever since Bailey lit up the summer circuit, this has become a popular question. For the longest time UCFClick Here to view this Link. has been the leader in the clubhouse, but Bailey said the offer he picked up from FloridaClick Here to view this Link. might change his line of thinking. The consensus is that UCF is still the leader, but Bailey recently said that the Gators and Notre DameClick Here to view this Link. are also in play. I would expect it to be a while before he makes his decision, but if I had to make a prediction, I would say the Knights are still the team to beat.
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It's no question the move from the Southeast to Oregon is a long one for many recruits, but from what I've been told, Sumler's departure had more to do with playing time than being homesick. Either way, there's a reason Oregon doesn't take commitments from guys before they've visited campus. It's a long trip and a big lifestyle change and it's not a move that's meant for everyone. While Sumler didn't work out, players such as LeGarrette BlountClick Did you see former four-star wide receiver Tacoi SumlerClick Here to view this Link. transferred from OregonClick Here to view this Link.? Do any guys they recruit from the South end up working out? Do you think they should stick to the West? -- Ryan via email Here to view this Link. went from Florida to Oregon and did well (minus the Boise State punch), and former Hoover (Ala.) defensive back Brian Jackson is vying for a starting position this season.
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Is Tyrone SwoopesClick Here to view this Link. a quarterback or an athlete? Because his camps are as a QB and he's been bad. -- Teddy via Twitter
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Swoopes' stock has been falling since our initial rankings were released in February. In the latest round of rankings, Swoops lost his fifth star, but let's not get carried away. He's still an elite athlete and even though he's a bit raw as a quarterback and there are still a lot of issues with his throwing motion, we've seen dynamic guys come into college football and have early success despite mechanical flaws (see Taylor Martinez). For now, he's still a quarterback, but he's been downgraded to a four-star player. We'll see where he sits when we revisit things after the high school season.
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Does KentuckyClick Here to view this Link. lead for Rashard FantClick Here to view this Link.? -- Phil via message board
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I think Kentucky is in the lead right now, but things are up in the air for the newly minted, four-star athlete from Georgia. Many people thought he would follow his friend Deangelo Yancey to Lexington, but so far, he's been mum about a choice. Originally, Fant planned on committing by mid-August, but he recently told me that it will be "a little while" until he makes the call. A lot of teams are showing late interest and I think he'll wait and see which offers come in as the season moves along.
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