- Radi Nabulsi, Reporter, DawgNation
To gear up for 2013 national signing day, DawgNation's Radi Nabulsi is breaking down every commitment in the Bulldogs' 2013 recruiting class.
Vitals: Offensive tackle Aulden Bynum, Valdosta, Ga./Valwood | 6-foot-5, 260 pounds
Committed: April 6, 2012
ESPN.com grade: 78. Three-star prospect.
ESPN.com rankings: No. 48 offensive tackle, No. 270 in Southeast region, No. 55 in Georgia
Picked Georgia over: South Carolina, Ole Miss, Nebraska, Auburn, Louisville and others
State of the position: True freshman John Theus grabbed the right tackle position early in fall camp and started every game there. Junior Kenarious Gates started all but two games at left tackle, with junior Mark Beard filling in there when Gates started at left guard because of the injury to Chris Burnette. All three will fight for the tackle spots next year with Austin Long, Watts Dantzler, Xzavier Ward and Zach DeBell pushing for playing time as well.
Pros: “Bynum demonstrates the ability to adjust his feet to movement both on and off the line of scrimmage. Has the height and athleticism for the offensive tackle position at the major level of competition. We see the athleticism needed to reach for leverage on offset down lineman; displays the ability to consistently get a hat on active first- and second-level defenders. This player should be able to make all the run blocks at the next level provided bulk and playing strength improve. His long arms and nimble feet should be assets in pass protection. This guy is a tough customer who works hard to finish run blocks.” -- ESPN scouting report
Cons: “Will need to gain experience both with footwork and hand use. There is the need to add bulk over time and it appears his frame is capable of supporting the needed body mass. Bynum does not appear to be an immediate starter at the BCS level of play; rather a developmental prospect in need of time and perhaps a redshirt year to grow physically while polishing his technical skills.” -- ESPN scouting report
Similar to/potential role: Zach DeBell. Bynum is a player that Georgia will take now and build into a prototypical SEC lineman. He has the frame and mentality just like DeBell but is not quite there physically. He is tough and eager to prove himself.
Expected impact: 2015. Bynum is almost guaranteed to redshirt his first year and might not see a lot of time as a redshirt freshman the following year. But once he has put on the muscle and traded haymakers with the Georgia defenders for a couple of seasons, he will be ready to make a name for himself. Enrolling early will also be beneficial.