Georgia Bulldogs: Reginald Carter

Coach's take: Johnny O'Neal 

May, 21, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. -- West Laurens coach Stacy Nobles believes Johnny O’Neal has everything Georgia is looking for from an inside linebacker -- if he can remain slim enough to play the position.

DawgNation Mailbag 

March, 8, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. -- Spring practice has started for the Georgia Bulldogs, and all eyes are turning to the defense to see how that unit is going to shape up after losing so many starters from last year. Questions abound on what type of squad Georgia will field this fall and where the Bulldogs stand on the recruiting trail. We have taken some of those questions and added them to the weekly DawgNation Mailbag.

1thatguy: Who will be the surprise player of the season next year? Last year nobody at all talked about Todd Gurley before the season but he ended up being amazing. What players do you think have the potential to impress like that next year and have been under the radar?

Radi Nabulsi: That depends on what you mean by “under the radar.” Can a four-star recruit be considered a sleeper? Last fall we wrote extensively about Gurley and while few, if any, predicted he would lead all running backs in the SEC in total yards, it should not have been surprising that he started, considering how Gurley’s coaches and teammates raved about him. So let’s limit the scope to new signees, not in the ESPN 300, who could start next year. Those signees in the ESPN 300 are expected to contribute early so they would not really be a surprise.

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Inside the DawgHouse: Sept. 28 

September, 28, 2012
DawgNation is here to take you Inside the DawgHouse -- a confidential look inside Georgia football recruiting for DawgNation subscribers only. As it will be every week, everything reported Inside the DawgHouse stays on The Pound forum. We are providing this information for our subscribers and hope that you help keep this information protected by keeping it here.

In this week's update:

  • Prospects flock to Athens
  • Spots filling up

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Reginald Carter making up for lost time 

September, 25, 2012
SNELLVILLE, Ga. -- Shiloh (Ga.) High School took its 3-0 record to South Gwinnett (Ga.) High School on Friday night to face Reginald Carter and the rest of his Comets' teammates. When the night was over, Carter was all smiles as he looked at the scoreboard. His team had dominated from start to finish, posting a 31-0 shutout.

“I tried to be everywhere I could be,” Carter said after the game.

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Tom Hauck/ESPNHSReginald Carter is making up for lost time in his senior season at South Gwinnett High School.
He lined up at no less than six different positions and made tackles all over the field. His name came over the public address system constantly, like a skipping record. He finished the game with double-digit tackles, just as he had the previous three contests.

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ILB Ryne Rankin on fast track to UGA 

July, 24, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. -- When Ryne Rankin (Orlando, Fla./East River) isn’t hunting hogs with a knife or raising prize cows for school, he can often be found recruiting for the Georgia. The ESPN 300 four-star inside linebacker committed to the Bulldogs in April and has since been aching to get to campus. At Georgia’s recent Dawg Night, he took a break from collecting alligator eggs to visit the campus that he calls “my new home.”

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Tom Hauck for ESPN.comCentral Florida linebacker Ryne Rankin boasts a 4.0 GPA and has a plan mapped out that will get him to UGA good and early.
“I think I will be there in less than six months,” Rankin said. “It is exciting. I knocked out all of my school work. Actually, I only need half a credit to graduate high school. Next year I will do dual-enrollment, which means I won’t even go to high school -- I will go to the local community college. I’ll knock out some college courses there and come play football at the high school. Then when I leave early I will have college credits.”

This was the plan all along for Rankin, whose 4.0 GPA shows he can tackle the books, too.

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Scouts: Another top ILB to UGA 

July, 14, 2012
The Dawgs are really beefing up their inside linebacker unit with the addition of Tim Kimbrough (Indianapolis, Ind./Warren Central), who joins fellow ESPN 300 middle backers Johnny O’Neal (Dublin, Ga./West Laurens) and Ryne Rankin (Orlando, Fla./East River).

Like O’Neal and Rankin, Kimbrough brings great size and strength to the position. He is quick to read and react and fill downhill, and very seldom is beat physically at the point of attack. He's a wrap-up tackler and strong overall inside presence who can help stop the run.

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On the surface it would appear that Reuben Foster’s (Auburn, Ala./Auburn) decommitment from Alabama and subsequent commitment to Auburn would mean little to Georgia. He wasn’t committed to the Bulldogs and still is not.

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Radi Nabulsi/ESPN.comLongtime UGA commit and hard-core recruiter Shaq Wiggins (right) is among the top recruits who say they'll commit to the same school as Reuben Foster.
However, he was trying to convince his best friend, safety Tray Matthews (Newnan, Ga./Newnan), to join him at Alabama and he will continue to try to pull Matthews with him to Auburn. Taking into consideration the fact that Matthews and Foster have a pact to play together in college and are working to extend that pact to include others, the Georgia coaches cannot be comfortable right now.

In speaking to Matthews briefly this afternoon, DawgNation asked whether the Foster news would change his commitment to Georgia. Matthews hesitated, then said, “Yes.”

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Video: Reggie Carter analysis

May, 7, 2012
With a number of high schools in the Southeast out for Spring Break, the visitors have become more frequent at the University of Alabama’s practices. On Friday, Snellville, Ga./South Gwinnett linebacker Reggie Carter was on hand for practice.

“The visit went good,” Carter said. “I like how practice was run. They got so many reps. I’ve done some of the drills, but there was some I didn’t do, and I like how Kirby Smart runs the linebackers.”

During his visit to Tuscaloosa, Carter got a chance to sit down and talk with Smart, the Crimson Tide’s defensive coordinator who serves as Carter’s main recruiter and would also be his position coach at UA.

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Peach State: Top Tier Recruiting Ground?
California, Florida and Texas are largely considered the "Big Three" in college football recruiting. But national recruiting analyst Gerry Hamilton joins ESPN's Phil Murphy to explain why Georgia deserves to be in the top tier and has numbers to prove it.