Sunday, August 3, 2008

Countdown to UGA-GSU: 27 Days

#27 Dontavious Jackson, RB
5-11, 190, Franklin GA (Heard County HS), True Freshman
One of the more highly recruited running backs in the country last year, Jackson chose to stay in-state over offers from Penn State, LSU, Clemson and Alabama. Rivals.com rated Jackson the 8th best running back prospect in America, the #11 player in Georgia, and the 4th best "downhill runner." He reported to UGA in January for spring semester and practice, and got a couple of carries in the G-Day game. However, an offseason wrist injury has him slightly hampered heading into fall practice next week.
Depth Chart Analysis: Jackson was a coup in the 2008 signing class. Given UGA's stockpile of young running backs, and already having Richard Samuel committed, many experts thought Jackson would leave the state for another one of the powerhouses he was looking at. Now he gets an opportunity to compete against the best, and he'll have every opportunity to be the Dawgs' next great tailback. With Samuel and Carlton Thomas also in camp, you have to believe that one or more of these guys will redshirt. At this point it is probably too close to call, but Jackson's wrist definitely puts him behind the 8-ball compared to the other guys.

1 comment:

Bop said...

I think Tubberville has really made a mistake going away from his smash mouth offense. Not to mention Fulmer and Tennessee (although he is a little more desperate and I can't say I blame him as much as Wingnut).

That being said...we are loaded at TB and should dominate the recruiting scene for star TB's in the forseeable future in the South. With our bread and butter offense now really coming to fruition (toss g, iso, power o, big play passes etc.) we should continue to stockpile prep star backs like Jackson. He's the type TB that would leave the state for Aub or Tenn just a few years ago.

For the life of me I can't understand why those two smash mouth programs are going to the spread...although I'll be shocked if UT goes away from the power o and iso and iso bend play that they have run for so long.

That being said, I'm very glad Georgia will be the premier TB/FB, I-formation run team in the league. Georgia is LOADED at TB. I love it.