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August 27, 2012

SE Mailbag: Dawgs hunt for RB

MORE: Green ready to commit? | Around the SE

Rivals.com analyst Woody Wommack answers questions regarding the Southeast Region from readers.

Where does the University of Georgia stand in regards to running back recruiting for 2013? -- Clint via email

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 Green, 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 Kamara, A.J. Turman and Greg Bryant, all of whom are elite or near- elite level backs. Georgia has also kept in touch with Derrick Henry and Alabama 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.

Where do you think Seffner (Fla.) Armood receiver Alvin Bailey ends up?: -- Tim via email

Ever since Bailey lit up the summer circuit, this has become a popular question. For the longest time UCF has been the leader in the clubhouse, but Bailey said the offer he picked up from Florida might change his line of thinking. The consensus is that UCF is still the leader, but Bailey recently said that the Gators and Notre Dame 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.

Did you see former four-star wide receiver Tacoi Sumler transferred from Oregon? Do any guys they recruit from the South end up working out? Do you think they should stick to the West? -- Ryan via email

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 Blount 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.

Is Tyrone Swoopes a quarterback or an athlete? Because his camps are as a QB and he's been bad. -- Teddy via Twitter

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.

Does Kentucky lead for Rashard Fant? -- Phil via message board


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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