- David Ching, ESPN Staff Writer
Editor’s note: In the next several weeks, we’ll take a look at each position on Georgia’s depth chart and project how it might look in the future. Today we examine Georgia’s wide receivers:
(Michael Bennett started three of the first five games before suffering a season-ending knee injury. Marlon Brown started six times in the first nine games before suffering a season-ending knee injury of his own.)
• Who’s ready to move up for more playing time?: With King and Brown out of the picture, there is plenty of playing time available among the wideouts. After catching three passes for a career-high 67 yards in the Capital One Bowl victory over Nebraska, redshirt freshman Justin Scott-Wesley could be a candidate for a larger role in 2013. Freshman Blake Tibbs, who redshirted in 2012, and junior college transfer Jonathon Rumph, who enrolled earlier this month, will also be players to watch this spring and in the preseason.
• High-profile commits: The 6-foot-5 Rumph (Cayce, S.C./Holmes Community College) is a four-star prospect and ESPN’s No. 7 overall junior college prospect in the 2013 class. The versatile Tramel Terry (Goose Creek, S.C./Goose Creek) -- ESPN’s No. 89 overall prospect and No. 9 athlete -- will start his career at receiver, although his status for 2013 is questionable after he suffered an ACL injury in an all-star game last month. Four-star receivers Reggie Davis (Tallahassee, Fla./Lincoln) and Uriah LeMay (Matthews, N.C./Butler) and three-star Rico Johnson (Swainsboro, Ga./Swainsboro) are also on Georgia’s commitment list.
• Additional targets on the board: With five receiver commitments -- including two early enrollees in Rumph and Terry -- already in the class, Georgia’s goal is now to lock up the committed players and try to attract a few remaining prospects at other positions between now and signing day.
• 2013 gameplan: Georgia appears to be in good shape at receiver this fall with Bennett (24 catches, 345 yards, four touchdowns in five games) returning from injury and Mitchell (40-572, 4 TDs), Conley (20-342, 6 TDs), Rantavious Wooten (15-187, 2 TDs) and McGowan (12-150, 1 TD) returning among the regulars. Adding Scott-Wesley, Tibbs, Rumph and perhaps other members of the 2013 recruiting class to the mix should give position coach Tony Ball no shortage of options this fall.
• And 2014?: Wooten and McGowan will be the only seniors in 2013, and Mitchell, Bennett, Rumph and Conley will all be juniors. Perhaps one or more of those players will choose to enter the NFL draft a year early, but it would appear that the depth chart will still be stocked with talent in 2014. Davis and Johnson could also be in line to eventually replace Mitchell as kick returner. Georgia already has a commitment from 2014 prospect Krenwick Sanders (Jesup, Ga./Wayne County), who is a big-time leaper. They also had a commitment at one point from Demarre Kitt (Tyrone, Ga./Sandy Creek), although he is now also considering USC, Ohio State and Clemson.
• What about 2015?: There will be something of a changing of the guard by 2015 with the large group of older receivers out of the picture and the younger classes moving into bigger roles. Will Scott-Wesley become a go-to receiver by what could be his senior season? Will Terry, who some recruiting analysts compare to NFL star Percy Harvin, become a breakout star? Also worth watching is 2015 prospect Terry Godwin (Hogansville, Ga./Callaway), who can play cornerback or receiver and seems to favor UGA.
Editor’s note: In the next several weeks, we’ll take a look at each position on Georgia’s depth chart and project how it might look in the future.