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Tuesday, June 18, 2013
ESPN 300 targets: Georgia

By Kipp Adams

With the release of the ESPN 300, DawgNation takes a look at the Top 10 ESPN 300 targets most likely to commit to the University of Georgia as of right now.

1. DT Lamont Gaillard (Fayetteville, N.C./Pine Forest)
6-foot-4, 300 pounds
ESPN 300 rank: 12

Why they want him: The five-star defensive tackle could contribute immediately to the two-deep along the three-man front for the Bulldogs. He is the type of talent that Georgia needs to contend for SEC Championships.

Who else wants him: Alabama, Florida, Miami, Notre Dame, UNC and South Carolina are among the schools that targeted Gailard.

Odds they get him: 80 percent

2. OL Isaiah Wynn (St. Petersburg, Fla./Lakewood)
6-2, 270 pounds
ESPN 300 rank: 115

Why they want him: Offensive linemen are a position of need for the Bulldogs in the 2014 class. Wynn is one of the best interior linemen in the country, possessing the strength and toughness needed to get it done in the trenches.

Who else wants him: Over 20 schools, including Arkansas, Auburn, Florida and Ole Miss, have offered, but Vanderbilt might be the biggest threat to Georgia at the moment.

Odds they get him: 80 percent

3. DE Keyon Brown (Wauchula, Fla./Hardee County)
6-3, 235 pounds
ESPN 300 rank: 208

Why they want him: A promising pass rusher that could be a good fit as 3-4 outside linebacker, Brown could be very productive in defensive coordinator Todd Grantham’s scheme. That has Brown intrigued, and is why he plans is to visit Athens later this month to see if Georgia is the program he is looking to play for.

Who else wants him: Clemson, Miami and Ole Miss are also recruiting Brown hard at the moment.

Odds they get him: 60 percent

4. WR Josh Malone WR (Gallatin, Tenn./Station Camp)
6-2, 190 pounds
ESPN 300 rank: 126

Why they want him: While Georgia has a pair of commitments at wideout, Malone would give the Bulldogs an upper echelon talent at receiver that is a big need in the 2014 class.

Who else wants him: Tennessee was thought to be the early leader, but Georgia, along with USC, have added their hat to the ring.

Odds they get him: 50 percent

5. DE Lorenzo Carter (Norcross, Ga./Norcross)
6-5, 228 pounds
ESPN 300 rank: No. 10

Why they want him: With the size and athleticism to be a real difference maker off the edge, Carter is the kind of defensive talent that Georgia can build their defense around as he continues to develop physically.

Who else wants him: Alabama is hoping to keep the Norcross pipeline going, and other programs such as Florida and Florida State are hoping to impress Carter as well.

Odds they get him: 40 percent

6. DT Elisha Shaw (Tucker, Ga./Tucker)
6-5, 290 pounds
ESPN 300 rank: 75

Why they want him: Shaw’s ability to explode< off the ball is rare for his size, and he could be a real force in a three man defensive front. Tucker has been good to Georgia during the Mark Richt era.

Who else wants him: Alabama and Ole Miss have made naming a leader very difficult for Shaw, who might wait until January to announce a decision.

Odds they get him: 40 percent

7. DE Christian Miller (Spring Valley, S.C./Spring Valley)
6-4, 212 pounds
ESPN 300 rank: 76

Why they want him: One thing Miller does really well is come off the edge and rush the passer, which is paramount to success in Georgia’s 3-4 scheme.

Who else wants him: Alabama and Florida are the biggest threats to Georgia, although UCLA has recently joined the mix as well.

Odds they get him: 30 percent

8. LB Raekwon McMillan (Hinesville, Ga./Liberty County)
6-2, 249 pounds
ESPN 300 rank: 13

Why they want him: As the No. 1 inside linebacker, McMillan would provide the Bulldogs with the elite inside thumper they need to combat running backs in the SEC.

Who else wants him: Ohio State is was the clubhouse leader at one time, but McMillan says there is no order among his top five of Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Georgia and Ohio State.

Odds they get him: 20 percent

9. S Cortez McDowell (Locust Grove, Ga./Locust Grove)
6-1, 200 pounds
ESPN 300 rank: 221

Why they want him: Georgia needs to bring in a safety in this class, and McDowell represents the highest rated target the Bulldogs have focused on. He is a well-rounded prospect that makes the most of his abilities.

Who else wants him: Auburn, Florida State, Tennessee and Vanderbilt have all made early pushes for McDowell, although he also got plenty of attention at the Mark Richt 7-on-7 Camp earlier this month.

Odds they get him: 20 percent

10. WR Cameron Sims (Monroe, La./Quichita Parish)
6-4, 190 pounds
ESPN 300 rank: 63

Why they want him: While Sims is not considered to be quite in the class of former five-star prospect A.J. Green, he does bring similar qualities to the table as a wide receiver. Georgia would love to see if he can have a similar impact in Mike Bobo’s offense.

Who else wants him: Alabama is considered the favorite to land Sims, possibly next month.

Odds they get him: 20 percent