Friday, June 28, 2013
Ranking Georgia's recruiting areas of need
By David Ching
It’s Rankings Week at DawgNation. Each day this week, we’ve ranked some aspect of Georgia’s football program and the teams and players the Bulldogs will face in the 2013 season.
Today we’re ranking Georgia’s top five areas of need in the 2014 recruiting class and some of the players the Bulldogs are pursuing to fill those holes.
Georgia is in a good position at tailback thanks to the verbal commitment of Sony Michel.
1. Tailback -- The good news is that Georgia has already addressed this need by adding two tremendously talented players who have verbally committed to the Bulldogs. Sony Michel (Plantation, Fla./American Heritage) and Nick Chubb (Cedartown, Ga./Cedartown) -- Nos. 17 and 142 in the updated ESPN 300 -- are on board, and that might not be all. No. 137 Joe Mixon (Oakley, Calif./Freedom) continues to show an interest in Georgia, as well.
2. Tight end -- As long as Jeb Blazevich (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Christian) sticks to his verbal commitment to Georgia, the Bulldogs appear set in addressing their need at tight end for this class. They will lose senior Arthur Lynch after this season and recently lost Ty Flournoy-Smith when coach Mark Richt announced he was leaving the program. But in No. 94 overall prospect and No. 3 tight end Blazevich, they will add a 6-foot-5 target with impressive receiving skills who can help keep the position active in the Bulldogs’ passing game.
3. Defensive line -- The line of scrimmage will be an area of emphasis in this class, and the Bulldogs have only started to address it with its crop of commitments thus far. ESPN 300 defensive tackle Dontavius Russell (Carrollton, Ga./Carrolton) is the lone defensive lineman on Georgia’s list of verbal pledges, but there are some big fish out there who are interested, starting with No. 12 overall prospect and No. 2 defensive tackle Lamont Gaillard (Fayetteville, N.C./Pine Forest) and No. 75 overall and No. 7 defensive tackle Elisha Shaw (Tucker, Ga./Tucker). Another name to watch is that of Kendall Baker (Atlanta/Marist), who could play on either side of the ball in college.
4. Offensive line -- Georgia added only three offensive linemen and did not bring in a pure offensive tackle in its 2013 signing class after failing to reel in highly-regarded tackle prospect Laremy Tunsil, who signed with Ole Miss. The Bulldogs will lose at least three senior linemen (Kenarious Gates, Chris Burnette and Dallas Lee) and possibly a fourth (Austin Long) after this season, so there will be a few spaces available to O-linemen in this class. The versatile Jake Edwards (Franklin, Ga./Heard County) has already grabbed one of them. Keep an eye on No. 115 overall prospect and No. 5 guard Isaiah Wynn (St. Petersburg, Fla./Lakewood Senior) and Dyshon Sims (Valdosta, Ga./Lowndes) as possible candidates to join him.
5. Wide receiver -- Georgia already has two verbal commitments at wideout in Gilbert Johnson (Miami/Miami Southridge Senior) and Krenwick Sanders (Jesup, Ga./Wayne County). Richt’s coaching staff still has its eyes on several other players at the position, including No. 63 overall prospect Cameron Sims (Monroe, La./Ouachita Parish), No. 126 Josh Malone (Gallatin, Tenn./Station Camp) and Shakenneth Williams (Macon, Ga./Rutland).