Jan 1, 2013; Orlando, FL, USA; Georgia Bulldogs head coach Mark Richt watches his team during warmups before the game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers in the 2013 Capital One Bowl at the Citrus Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Douglas Jones-USA TODAY Sports

Georgia Football Recruiting: Dawg Night Produces Commitments From Shakenneth Williams, Kendall Gant, and Dyshon Sims


On a rainy Friday night, the Georgia Bulldogs held their annual “Dawg Night” camp with over 200 prospects in attendance and came away with three commitments in the 2014 class within hours of each other.

The beginning of the camp was halted by an hour rain delay, which actually worked in the Dawgs’ favor as Head Coach Mark Richt was able to interact and conversate with recruits face to face.

The first recruit to pull the trigger was Macon, GA native Shakenneth Williams. The 6’1, 195 pound wide receiver received a Georgia offer back in June at the Mark Richt Camp and decided to commit to Richt and his staff Friday night.

Williams is rated as a three-star, according to the 247 Sports composite rankings. He has the ability to play in the slot or outside and has good speed and hands to go along with a solid frame.

Shortly after garnering the commitment of Williams, the Dawgs picked up another commitment during the rain delay from four-star safety Kendall Gant.

The Florida native had always been projected as a Florida State Seminoles lean, as the 247 Sports experts all had him pegged for the Seminoles in their crystal ball projections.

Gant has great height, standing at 6’3, and will be able to fill out and add on to his current 185 pounds once in college. Gant is the third defensive back commit for the Dawgs in the 2014 class and second safety prospect.

As the night began to conclude in Athens, Georgia picked up their biggest commitment of the night by far. Four-star offensive tackle Dyshon Sims became the second offensive lineman to pledge to the Dawgs.

Sims is a three-star prospect and has flown under the radar much of the offseason. Some sites, such as Rivals.com, have Sims as a two-star prospect, but his recruitment intensified after receiving a Georgia offer in May.

The class of 2014 for offensive lineman in Georgia is not the strongest, but Sims is a player that could be a steal for the Dawgs. At 6’4, 280 pounds, the Lowndes Co. product possesses great athletic ability, quickness, and footwork. He is still a bit raw with some of his pass blocking techniques, but he is a huge pickup for the Dawgs as he fills a much needed hole at offensive line in this class.

Georgia now has 15 commitments in the 2014 class and holds the No. 4 ranked overall class, according to Scout.com. They are also in the top 10 in the 247 Sports team rankings at No. 7.

This year’s class is filling up quickly for the Dawgs as they look to bring in around 21 to 22 players this year, which leaves only six or seven spots left. Look for Mark Richt and his staff to make this a point of emphasis and put pressure on high-rated recruits to make a decision.

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