Green, Smith among '14 CBs to watch


ATHENS, Ga. -- As Georgia closes out its 2013 recruiting class, the Bulldogs coaching staff is hitting the road and the film room to evaluate the next crop of talented recruits. A few offers have already gone out to some members of the Class of 2014, but each week new names emerge.

We are going to take a position-by-position look at a number of the 2014 prospects whose profile pages you may want to add to your favorites. Here is a look at the cornerbacks Georgia has offered or has on its radar.

Needs: 2-3. Committed: none

Offers: Georgia has offered five true cornerbacks and one athlete in the Class of 2014. Graduation and transfers will leave Georgia very thin at cornerback in 2013 so it is a position of need in 2014. Each of these players is on the ESPN Watch List.

Wesley Green (Lithonia, Ga./Martin Luther King) -- A shutdown cornerback, Green has picked up eight offers so far and will likely pick up more offers, as Alabama, Florida State and UCLA are communicating with him heavily. In the meantime the 5-foot-11, 165-pound defender says that Georgia, Florida and Auburn are standing out to him in the early part of his recruitment.

D.J. Smith (Marietta, Ga./Walton) -- Five of Smith’s five offers are from SEC schools, including his favorite, the Florida Gators. But what will bear watching in his commitment will be the influence some of the Walton seniors may have on Smith. Brandon Kublanow is committed to Georgia and says he is going to try to bring Smith to the Bulldogs. Tyren Jones and Parker McLeod are both committed to Alabama and might try to do the same with Smith and the Tide.

Kendall Randolph (Tallahassee, Fla./Lincoln) -- Florida would jump to the top of Randolph’s list if the Gators were to offer him, but in the meantime he has Florida State and Auburn on top with Georgia and South Florida recruiting him hard.

Nick Watkins (Dallas/Bishop Dunne) -- The 6-1, 180-pound junior lists 17 offers from the likes of Alabama, Michigan, LSU, Oklahoma and Ohio State. He does not have a top list at this time but has expressed his interest in Texas and Oklahoma, not surprising for one of the nation’s best cornerbacks living in Dallas.

Marlon Humphrey (Hoover, Ala./Hoover) -- With offers from eight traditional powerhouse programs such as Alabama, Clemson and Michigan State, Humphrey is obviously a wanted man. But with all the trips he has taken to the Crimson Tide, it would be surprising to see Humphrey leave the state of Alabama. He did visit Florida State recently and is giving the Seminoles serious consideration.

D’Andre Payne (Washington, D.C./Howard D. Woodson) -- With a staggering 27 offers and counting, Payne is a true national recruit despite his 5-9 frame. He visited 11 schools over the summer, with Virginia, Virginia Tech, Michigan and Ohio State standing out to him. The Buckeyes seem to be in good shape.

Names to Watch: These players are worth keeping an eye on as they are in-state and talented.

Chris Murphy (Marietta, Ga./Lassiter) -- Purdue, Vanderbilt and North Carolina have offered the hard-hitting cornerback and more are on the way. Murphy is visiting a lot of schools all over the country and is a fixture on the camp circuit. He spent last Saturday taking in the Florida game.

Nick Ruffin (Atlanta/St. Pius X) -- A tall, lean athlete, Ruffin has seven offers from top programs such as Florida State, South Carolina and Ole Miss. Some schools like him as a cornerback while others like him as a wide receiver. Georgia is keeping an eye on him, as is teammate and current 2014 safety commit Nick Glass, a strong recruiter for the Bulldogs.

Kalvarez Bessent (Kingsland, Ga./Camden County) -- A 6-1, 170-pound athlete, Bessent has no college offers yet but that is likely to change. Having two Georgia commits on his team in Brice Ramsey and J.J. Green doesn’t hurt when it comes to exposure.