July 19, 2008
Dawg Night Elite Eight
The University of Georgia may have started a new tradition in Athens on Friday July 18. Their final camp of 2008 was entitled Dawg Night and this camp will likely be around a while and only get bigger and better. The overall number of prospects on hand was low, but the talent was very high.
Three prospects that would been as close to automatics as there can be will not be listed because of partial participation or no participation at all. Dallas Lee went the through the mat drills and speed tests while sitting out the one on one session, and both Branden Smith and Abry Jones watched from a distance all night.
Yes, those three are very talented prospects, but there was plenty more talent on hand for Dawg Night. Who was the best? Who stood out the most? Who was the most dominant?
Here are the eight prospects we feel were most elite from start to finish. From the mat drills to one on ones, here are our Elite Eight from the first Dawg Night.
DAWG NIGHT ELITE EIGHT
Raymond Beno: Newnan - Newnan, Ga.
2009 Offensive Guard - 6-2, 285
Dawg Night Nugget: Beno was't a known name by UGA fans before camp, but he is recognized now. He is a little on the small side at 6-foot-2, but he plays with great leverage, he uses his hands well, and he slides his feet better than many. He does not have a UGA offer and UGA may be done on the OL, but he is now a person of interest.
Michael Gilliard: Valdosta - Valdosta, Ga.
2009 Linebacker - 6-1, 209, 4.55
Dawg Night Nugget: What started off as a slow night ended very strong for Gilliard at his future home. He was not familiar with the 3-cone drill, so he looked sluggish there, but when the linebacker drills started, he took off. He showed good lateral movement, good quickness, and good coverage skills down field.
Antonio Goodwin: Booker T. Washington - Atlanta, Ga.
2010 Wide Receiver - 6-2, 170, 4.44
Dawg Night Nugget: Goodwin has now burst onto the scene after an impressive performance in Athens. His length, speed, hands, and big play ability will make him one of the top recruits in Georgia come 2010. His numbers may not show it due to the offense he plays in, but he elite.
Galatian King: Ware County - Waycross, Ga.
2009 Defensive End/Tackle - 6-3, 276
Dawg Night Nugget: King was so impressive in Athens that he had Garner (DT Coach), Fabris (DE Coach), and Searels (OL Coach) all watching him at times. He is a big guy that can move. He looks to be best suited for DT, but he could play end for some, and offensive line if those positions do not work. He has great feet and athleticism.
Zach Mettenberger: Oconee - Watkinsville, Ga.
2009 Quarterback - 6-5, 229
Dawg Night Nugget: Mettenberger returned to Athens for the second time this summer for the camp and he was sharp. He looked like he did in Tuscaloosa at the NIKE Camp in May when he was named the top QB there. The deep balls were on the money, he threw to the outside shoulder well, and he showed he could make every throw.
Alec Ogletree: Newnan - Newnan, Ga.
2010 Safety - 6-3, 210, 4.6
Dawg Night Nugget: Ogletree answered all questions about not being able to get the job done at safety. Yes, he has size similar to many linebackers his age, but he is special. He can cover, he can tackle, he can change direction, and he has set himself up to be a top target for the Dawgs.
Brandon Willis: Byrnes - Duncan, S.C.
2010 Defensive Lineman - 6-2, 248
Dawg Night Nugget: Willis attended his third UGA camp and it was the charm. He impressed the UGA staff enough to pick up an offer and it was after a dominant performance. He is explosive off the ball, he showed a little more usage of the hands than before, and he was unblockable all night.
Rantavious Wooten: Glades Central - Belle Glades, Fla.
2009 Wide Receiver - 5-10, 164, 4.43
Dawg Night Nugget: Wooten is a member of the Dawg Night Elite Eight, but we only had one spot, he would get it. He was the most dominant player on Georgia's practice fields Friday night. He has speed, he is very elusive, and he is stronger than many may think. He is a true playmaker.
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