July 19, 2008

Stars Perform at Dawg Night

This is the first Dawg Night in Athens and it looks like it will be around for a while. This camp had stars in it from the class of 2009 and 2010 from in and out of the state of Georgia. One of the many talented prospects on UGA's campus Friday was Florida receiver Rantavious Wooten.

A lot of talent was on the UGA campus Friday night, but we have to start with the best.

Wooten was the most electric prospect on the field in Athens. The Belle Glades (Fla.) Glades Central playmaker was someone corners did not want to line up against. He showed excellent quickness, a great burst once the ball was in his hands, and there was not one defensive back that could get a hand on him in press coverage.

Wooten started things off in the mat drills where he was blowing his competition away in the 3-cone drill. He took that to the practice field when he started hooking up with UGA commitment Zach Mettenberger. Those guys were connecting left and right the final 30 minutes of the camp.

Entering Dawg Night, we knew Wooten was a special player, but he just made that clear with his performance at UGA. It is safe to say that the 5-foot-9, 165 pound athlete out of South Florida played himself into a major priority for Georgia Bulldogs in 2009.

Other receivers shined in Athens as well. Jamal Reid (Mayo, Fla.) and Danny Madison (Macon, Ga.) were two in the class of 2009 that showed they were definite high level DI receivers.

Reid, a 6-foot-1, 171 pound athlete could play safety or possibly corner, but he looked comfortable at receiver. He was not extremely explosive, but he had good quickness and nice hands. Madison is a strong receiver with good speed and athleticism. Academics could hold offers back, but someone will sign and place him.

This camp was full of top underclassmen and three of the best were at receiver. Clemson commit Martavis Bryant (Anderson, S.C.), Tailer Jones (Gainesville, Ga.), and Antonio Goodman (Atlanta, Ga.) showed they will be receiving a lot of attention from colleges over the next two years.

Bryant has a nice long body (6-3, 170) and he showed very good body control. Not great speed, but quick enough, a solid route runner, and very nice hands. He remains committed to Clemson even though he camped at UGA. Jones was back for his third camp in Athens this summer and he again showed why the Dawgs keep asking him back. He is a smooth receiver that is very hard to press at the line. Jones is quick, he was arguably the top route runner there, and he is a guy that will emerge this fall.

A guy that is close to busting out of the shell is Antonio Goodman out of Atlanta (Ga.) Booker T. Washington. Goodman is a 6-foot-2, 172 pound receiver with blazing speed. He has not gotten a chance to show it on the field yet because of the offense he plays in, but he showed it Friday in Athens. Goodman will be one of the top prospects in Georgia in 2010.

Those receivers had to have someone throw the ball their way and the top guy under center was clearly UGA commitment Zach Mettenberger. "Mett" was getting in one final workout before he heads for California on Sunday to participate in the Elite 11 camp. This was his second camp in Athens this summer and he had a very nice showing. The deep ball was on all night, he threw nicely to the immediate routes, and it was a very consistent night for the future Dawg.

Another quarterback that showed that he will be a recruit in the future was Jamius Gunsby out of Lagrange (Ga.). Quarterback may not be the position he is recruited to play, but the 6-foot-3, 220 pound athlete showed a lot of agility, flexibility, and quickness through all of the tests. His arm is nice, but he looks more like a potential tight end or athlete recruit.

Tight end was not a deep position at this camp, but David Paulsen (Walton, Ga.) and Justin Lattimore (Tampa, Fla.) were two that stood out.

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