Monday, November 19, 2012
UGA's top five remaining defensive targets
By Kipp Adams
With verbal commitments from 27 prospects, spots are filling up fast at the University of Georgia. In this feature, DawgNation takes a look at five top remaining defensive targets still on the board for the Bulldogs.
Georgia is still firmly in the mix for Montravius Adams.
Early on in his recruitment, Adams favored leaving the state. But much like 2013 outside linebacker target Jordan Jenkins, Georgia has slowly improved its standing for the 6-foot-3, 300 pound defensive lineman during the past nine months. With possible early playing time, a connection to the coaching staff and the other commitments -- and the blessing of his mother -- many feel Adams could be favoring Georgia. The official and in-home visits could be critical to any program's chance of signing the five-star prospect.
DL Toby Johnson - Hutchinson, Kans./Hutchinson Community College
Seen by some as the top junior college prospect in the country, Johnson suffered a torn ACL two weeks ago that could impact his ability to play in 2013. Luckily the 6-4, 305-pound defensive tackle has a redshirt to burn, and schools like Florida, Georgia, Miami, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Tennessee have informed Johnson that he is still a coveted target. Defensive line coach Rodney Garner has stayed in contact with Johnson, and Johnson is expected to take his final official to Georgia for the senior banquet before making his decision.
Foster has been committed to Auburn for four months, but the struggles at Auburn University have cracked open a window of opportunity for other schools to convince the No. 24 prospect to reconsider his options. Georgia has been in on Foster since his recruitment began, and he is expected to visit Athens on Saturday for the game against Georgia Tech. Close friend and fellow ESPN 150 prospect Tray Matthews (Newnan, Ga./Newnan) is expected to enroll early at Georgia, so he could end up hosting Foster during his official visit.
Georgia led for Langley in the spring, but a misscommunication between the two led to the Bulldogs moving behind a few other programs before Langley committed to South Carolina in August. Since then, Langley has been to four home games at Georgia, including last weekend for the game versus Georgia Southern. Georgia recently lost juco cornerback Steven Nelson, making Langley an even bigger priority for the 2013 recruiting cycle. He could return for his fifth Georgia home game and seventh overall Bulldogs' game this season. Signs are pointing toward the ESPN 150 athlete and top cornerback target strongly considering joining the class headed to Athens.
Alexander surprised many when he was spotted at Dawg Night in July, but there seems to be serious interest in Georgia from the five-star cornerback. Secondary coach Scott Lakatos watched Alexander play two weeks ago, and shortly after the loss of Nelson last week, Alexander was in touch with the Bulldogs' coaching staff. An official visit is possible, giving Georgia a chance to make a serious push for the elite defensive back.