Thursday, May 23, 2013
Ten prospects that Georgia could land
By Kipp Adams
As we approach the end of the spring evaluation period, the University of Georgia appears to be in great shape to land several top prospects in 2014. DawgNation takes a look at 10 targets that could end up listed in the Bulldogs’ commitment list before all is said and done.
The chance to play with ESPN 150 RB Sony Michel could help land lineman Isaiah Wynn.
DT Lamont Gaillard (Fayetteville, N.C./Pine Forest) The Bulldogs are the outright leaders for the No. 10 prospect in the country, taking the top spot from Florida after a miscommunication in April with the Gators’ coaching staff led to them getting eliminated from consideration. Schools such as Clemson, LSU and South Carolina could get visits from Gaillard in the next two months, as he is looking to see if any program can shock him and overtake Georgia. But the Bulldogs are likely to get a return visit from the five-star defensive lineman, and a possible summer decision could give Georgia its first five-star commitment in the class.
CB Malkom Parrish (Quitman, Ga./Brooks County) After two visits to Atlanta, Parrish had Georgia Tech in the lead. The only thing is, at the time those were the only two college visits on which the ESPN 150 athlete had been. A trip to Athens earlier this month shook things up, and now both in-state programs are battling it out for Parrish. His desire to play cornerback in college could give the Bulldogs an advantage over their rivals. Parrish hopes to decide before the end of the summer.
LB Christian Miller (Spring Valley, S.C./Spring Valley) Just a few days ago, Miller was committed to the University of Florida. But after thinking it over and talking with this family, the ESPN 150 linebacker decided he wanted to take a closer look at a few other programs and felt it would be unfair to do so while still being committed to the Gators. While many immediately pegged Miller to join Alabama, the Bulldogs pounced on Miller and extended an offer a few days later. Because of proximity to his home and the chance to thrive in the 3-4 defense, Georgia was a school that Miller had high interest in before committing to Florida. There is no doubt now that Georgia is a legitimate contender for the No. 1 prospect in South Carolina.
OL Isaiah Wynn (Saint Petersburg, Fla./Lakewood) Wynn said Georgia was standing out earlier this month, and the ESPN 150 offensive lineman even tweeted out that he would be blocking for ESPN 150 running back Sony Michel (Plantation, Fla./American Heritage) after seeing Michel commit to Georgia on ESPNU. He says he plans to take all of his official visits and hold off on making a decision until the end, but for now Georgia is where it needs to be.
RB Nick Chubb (Cedartown, Ga./Cedartown) Georgia offered early and did a nice job connecting with Chubb, getting him on campus several times and making him feel like a priority for this class. He will visit Georgia, Auburn and South Carolina over the next five days before making his decision. The Bulldogs will have to fend off two conference foes, but they stand a solid chance at landing the highly-productive four-star running back.
LB Korie Rogers (Buford, Ga./Buford) Rogers told DawgNation earlier this month that he had a school picked out and that he wanted to discuss it with his parents before making a decision. Clemson, Tennessee and Auburn have all been atop the four-star linebacker’s list before, but the Bulldogs stand the best chance of landing Rogers, who grew up a Georgia fan and wants to major in business.
The Bulldogs have had a lot of success getting to the quarterback under defensive coordinator Todd Grantham, who has made the outside linebacker position the focal point of his 3-4 scheme. As one of the more skilled pass rushers in the Southeast, four-star prospect Keyon Brown earned an offer from the Bulldogs back in March. Schools like Ole Miss and Clemson are contenders, but the chance to thrive under Grantham, who visited his school Wednesday, has Brown thinking more about the Bulldogs than anyone else right now. A solid visit to Athens this summer could put Georgia over the top.
DL Kendall Baker (Atlanta/Marist) The 6-foot-5, 270-pound lineman might have potential to play offensive line in college, but right now he is being recruited to play for defensive line coach Chris Wilson at Georgia. The chance to play close to home, his relationship with the Bulldogs’ coaching staff and the life after football that Georgia provides, has Mark Richt and his staff in the lead this summer.
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OL Dyshon Sims (Valdosta, Ga./Lowndes) Like Rogers, Sims grew up a fan of the Bulldogs, so getting the coveted Georgia offer two weeks ago was huge for the 6-foot-4, 280-pound emerging offensive lineman. He is trying to think things over and take some visits this summer, but the chance to secure a spot might be too much to delay his commitment much longer.
Georgia saw Lambert’s immense upside in high school, and even though he was not going to be able to qualify, the Bulldogs’ coaching staff brought the 6-foot-2, 275-pound pass rusher in on an official visit anyway to let him know they want him playing ‘between the hedges’ down the road. Their consistent efforts appears to have made a solid impression in Lambert, whose cousins Marcus and Cornelius Washington played at UGA.