October 26, 2011

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Although there hasn't been much news of late for Georgia on the recruiting front as far as verbal commitments, that doesn't mean there's not some movement behind the scenes.

Inside, UGASports.com takes a look at some of the scuttlebutt surrounding a few of Georgia's bigger remaining targets.

Unfortunately, all the news is not good as one wide receiver target may not make it to Athens at all.

Avery Young - Offensive tackle Avery Young from Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. is arguably the top target left on Georgia's board. He let people know last week that he had eliminated Virginia Tech, and he failed to make his first official visit to Auburn for personal reasons. What many do not know is that the blue chip lineman has expressed to those in his circle that he really likes Georgia's depth chart situation and wants to visit Georgia officially in December. While he has yet to set up that official, he has every intention on setting up a visit to UGA. He has built solid relationships with the coaches and while he has yet to see the campus in Athens, Georgia is, at worst, an extremely close second behind Florida in the battle for his signature in February.

Keith Marshall - Running back Keith Marshall from Raleigh, N.C. is another player that could be considered as Georgia's top remaining target, and he has made it well known that he has a great deal of admiration for Head Coach Mark Richt. People close to Marshall say that the young running back rarely misses a snap of Georgia football and one person even said "He lives and dies on every play. That's how much he loves Georgia." Those people also say that he is a little nervous about the fate of the Georgia coaching staff, but that he feels confident that Richt has the program going in the right direction.

Now some potentially disturbing news, according to sources close to the situation, wide receiver and Georgia commitment Lonnie Outlaw is not going to graduate from GMC and will not be able to enroll at an FCS school.

Outlaw was originally thought to be a January enrollee for the Bulldogs, but things have changed and it is almost certain that the 6-foot-7 receiver will not end up at UGA. Another source tells UGASports that Outlaw has "a long way to go."

Another Georgia commitment at GMC is defensive end Jalen Fields. While Fields isn't in the same boat as Outlaw, he is awfully close. It appears that Fields will have a chance to graduate in May or June, but many feel that UGA will not take him as a May or June enrollee.

If this proves to be the case, and it has been rumored that neither Fields nor Outlaw have heard from Georgia in weeks, then it will open up two scholarships for Georgia in the 2012 class.

Linebacker Shannon Brown is also a UGA target that is attending GMC at this time, and it seems that things have changed for him as well.

Brown left high school early and earned his GED so that he could enroll in junior college early. His early enrollment into junior college gave him a chance to be a 2012 recruit if he could earn his associates degree by the end of the Spring or Summer semester of 2012. While that scenario is still a possibility, sources say it would take a minor miracle for Brown to graduate by the end of the spring or summer. Brown will likely be an early enrollee for the 2013 class.

Some team bits and pieces

• Wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell could well rest the rest of the week after feeling tightness in his hamstring on Monday. That said, the Valdosta native has told friends he will play Saturday against Florida.

• According to running backs coach Bryan McClendon, redshirt freshman Ken Malcome is starting "to get back into the groove of things." Malcome saw some reps with the second team during Tuesday's session. "He's doing good, he's working hard," McClendon said.

• Sources say that running back Isaiah Crowell has "gotten the message" and will do "whatever it takes" to help Georgia be successful. Crowell has been challenged to "get tougher" and so far we're told he seems to be responding.

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