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Thursday, January 27, 2011

What's the Word?

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It's almost Friday CrackHeadz and National Signing Day is getting closer and closer. Here's the latest from what I can gather for UGA.

Ray Drew, according to Chip Towers of the AJC has reportedly canceled all in home visits this week. Further, Chip reports that Isaiah Crowell will not be visiting Auburn this weekend. Gotta love that news if you're a Dawgs fan!

Drew, by the way, said it was he, not the college teams recruiting him, who canceled all the in-home visits scheduled for this week. Clemson, Auburn and LSU were all due in his Thomasville home this week, but Drew said he asked them not to come.

“I needed this week just to breathe a little bit and clear my mind,” the 6-foot-5, 250-pound defensive end said. “I didn’t want to talk to any more coaches.”

Drew is going to announce his decision Friday morning at 10 a.m. at Thomas County Central High School. That has required a lot of his time to get ready. Not only has he had to figure out who he’s going to pick — he already knows, by the way — and how he’s going to do it, but he also is having to juggle his academic schedule. He’s having to take one test today that was scheduled for Friday so he can get it out of the way.

“I’m ready to get it out and get it over with,” he said.

Drew offered no hints or intentional deflections were provided by Drew this time. He said will talk about finalists Auburn, Clemson, Georgia, LSU and Miami on Friday. But there will be no hat ceremony, he said. “Only the one I’m going to put on my head when I say where I’m going.

Also, word on the street is that Jeoffrey Pagan has decommitted from Clemson and that Clemson will not be sending scholarship paperwork to either Pagan nor Ray Drew. Even the Clemson insiders over at think that Pagan will probably sign with UGA. I'm hearing that UGA staff is visiting both Crowell and John Jenkins this week before the dead period and that at least one UGA staffer will be at the Drew press conference on Friday.

Finally, I'm still hearing things are looking good for the Dawgs with Kent Turene and Antonio Richardson. While Turene remains a USC commit, several experts tend to think UGA has a real shot with him, especially if Pagan commits. Richardson may be a bit of a stretch, but stranger things have happened and if the UGA staff is still on him this hard and this late, there has to be a chance and there has to be room. It's going to be an interesting week for the Dawgs, but look for them to finish strong thanks to excellent recruiting by Coach Bobo, yes Coach Bobo, and Coach Richt. The Dawgs should be looking at a top 3 class by the time all is said and done. It's still great to be a Dawg folks!

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