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April looks to be big for UGA recruiting

4/6/2012

With the commitment of sophomore defensive back Nick Glass (Atlanta/St. Pius X), April started off with a bang for the University of Georgia in recruiting, and heading into the weekend all indications are that the Bulldogs’ momentum will continue.

On Wednesday, Glass was in Athens, and he announced after returning home that he had indeed pledged to UGA. Close friend and fellow 2014 wide receiver target Demarre Kitt (Tyrone, Ga./Sandy Creek) was on the trip with Glass, and while he is high on the Bulldogs as well, he did not commit … yet. Kitt plans to be back Saturday with his family and Glass in Athens, so he is one to keep an eye on. An advanced route runner with solid size, hands and body control, Kitt would be an outstanding addition, regardless of class.

Another target who'll visit Georgia on Saturday is inside linebacker Reggie Carter (Snellville, Ga./South Gwinnett). In his first game last fall, Carter was lost for his junior year after suffering a knee injury. Carter told DawgNation on Thursday that he had been cleared 100 percent by his doctors, and he will be in Athens with his dad and brother to see the only program that has offered since the injury: the Bulldogs. With the need to bring in four inside linebackers this year, Mark Richt had faith that Carter would return to his previous form that netted him 10 sacks as a sophomore, and the coach extended the offer Feb. 10. Carter could decide this weekend to secure one of those four spots.

Another target is already on campus. While he has given no indication of a decision or even a leader, there are still enough reasons to think Aulden Bynum (Valdosta, Ga./Valwood) could soon become the first offensive lineman to commit to Georgia for 2013. Bynum’s parents went to Georgia, and he grew up following the Bulldogs and attending games at Sanford Stadium. He plans to be on campus through Saturday. His addition would give offensive line coach Will Friend a much-needed boost, as he likely needs to bring in at least five linemen in this class.

While no commitment should be expected from defensive lineman Montravius Adams (Vienna, Ga./Dooly Co.), having the Under Armour All-America Game selection on campus this weekend is huge for the Bulldogs in their attempt to keep the elite prospect from leaving the state for other programs such as Alabama or Clemson. Adams could be an instant-impact type of player at defensive end in the 3-4 scheme, and defensive coordinator Todd Grantham, defensive line coach Rodney Garner and the rest of the staff will do their best to impress Adams through the next few days.

The Bulldogs will soon have another chance to pick up one of the top playmakers in Georgia, J.J. Green (Kingsland, Ga./Camden Co.), who next week will be back in town with teammate and emerging offensive lineman J.P. Vonashek. Check back this weekend for more on Vonashek.

Green put Georgia on top after receiving an offer last month, and his quarterback Brice Ramsey and several other Bulldog commitments pushed for him to secure a spot as an athlete in Athens. On Monday, the Georgia coaching staff will have their chance to do the same with the potential early enrollee.

A new offer went out Thursday to linebacker Ryne Rankin (East River, Fla./East River), making his planned trip to Athens for the spring scrimmage in a week an even bigger deal. A solid tackler who shows agility as well as the physical style needed to play inside linebacker, the 6-foot-1, 233-pound prospect was impressed with his first trip to Athens, and his status as an early enrollee only increases his value for a program hoping to bring in 30 or more. The Bulldogs hope he likes what he sees during his return trip for G-Day.

There are no guarantees that Georgia will pick up any more commitments in April, but with so many top prospects planning to visit in the near future, the Bulldogs’ chances of helping themselves on the recruiting trails appear to be high at the moment.