Tuesday, July 2, 2013
Georgia recruiting: Positions of need
By Radi Nabulsi
ATHENS, Ga. -- The Georgia coaching staff has addressed some of its pressing needs for the Class of 2014, but they still have half the class to go. Here are the top five positions of need for the Bulldogs:
Offensive tackle: After missing out on Laremy Tunsil last year and Avery Young the year before, the staff would love to get a bookend tackle to play opposite of John Theus. After starting all 14 games his freshman season, Theus is the perfect example of how a premier tackle can have an immediate impact. Offensive line coach Will Friend hopes that Dyshon Sims (Valdosta, Ga./Lowndes) could be that player, as Sims has Georgia on top and just completed a visit to Athens. Sims plans to return for the Dawg Night camp and a commitment would not be surprising.
Outside linebacker: Georgia is on the verge of having an embarrassment of riches when it comes to who will replace Jarvis Jones and Cornelius Washington in this class. Five-star defensive end Lorenzo Carter (Norcross, Ga./Norcross) has Georgia tied atop his leader board. ESPN 300 outside linebacker Christian Miller (Columbia, S.C./Spring Valley), fresh of a visit to Athens, said Georgia is among his top three. ESPN 300 defensive ends Rashaan Evans (Auburn, Ala./Auburn) and Keyon Brown (Wauchula, Fla./Hardee County) have both named the Bulldogs as their leaders. For now, Georgia has some talented players on the roster such as Jordan Jenkins and Josh Dawson, but the Bulldogs would like to add another couple of pass rushing standouts and look to be in good shape so far.
Defensive tackle: Georgia did bring in four defensive linemen last year but two of them, Toby Johnson and Chris Mayes, were junior college transfers. Among the other two, John Atkins spent the spring working on defense but could also play offense and Deandre Johnson is more likely to make an impact later in his career. The Bulldogs want a premier defensive tackle in this class and as they lead for Lamont Gaillard (Fayetteville, N.C./Pine Forest) and Kendall Baker (Atlanta/Marist) and share the lead for Elisha Shaw (Tucker, Ga./Tucker). With Dontavius Russell (Carrollton, Ga./Carrollton) already committed and Baker set to announce this week, the defensive line class for the Bulldogs could be special.
Wide receiver: The Georgia receiving corps is deep and talented, but receivers coach Tony Ball would love to have another gifted wideout such as A.J. Green. Georgia could lose top receiver Malcolm Mitchell to the NFL after this season while Michael Bennett and Chris Conley will be seniors in 2014, so a strong receiver class this year is important. The Bulldogs stand in good shape with ESPN 300 wideout Josh Malone (Gallatin, Tenn./Station Camp) after his recent visit and Shakenneth Williams (Macon, Ga./Rutland) could commit to the Bulldogs this month.
Cornerback: Georgia is rebuilding its secondary this year around junior Damian Swann. But in 2014, Swann could be suiting up in the NFL. The Bulldogs signed three cornerbacks last year but Reggie Wilkerson is out for 2013 with an ACL injury. They need to bring in another couple DBs for this class and, as it stands, Kendarius Webster (Stockbridge, Ga./Stockbridge) could be a good complement to ESPN 300 athlete commit Malkom Parrish (Quitman, Ga./Brooks County).