Georgia Bulldogs: Derrick Green

Now that the pens have been put to paper, the classes have been announced and most of your attention has turned to the 2014 recruiting season, it's time to take a look at how each school in the SEC did when it came to immediately filling needs.

We're checking out what all 14 teams did to fill holes, and we're looking at which holes still remain. We'll start with the SEC East:

FLORIDA

Needs filled: LB, OL, DB, WR, DT -- The Gators had one of the most complete classes out there, finishing second in the ESPN class rankings. Florida landed the top cornerback prospect (No. 3 nationally) in Vernon Hargreaves III, defensive tackles Caleb Brantley and Jay-nard Bostwick, linebackers Daniel McMillian and Matt Rolin, and safeties Keanu Neal and Marcell Harris. The Gators also added five wide receivers, including ESPN 150 members Demarcus Robinson and Ahmad Fulwood.

Holes remaining: DE -- Will Muschamp seemed thrilled with his class, but he probably would have liked to get a least one more defensive end. The Gators missed on a few, including Tashawn Bower, who almost picked the Gators before signing with LSU. Four-stars Jordan Sherit and Antonio Riles were the only defensive ends in this class.

GEORGIA

Needs filled: ILB, S -- The Bulldogs had to replace a few bodies at middle linebacker, and did so by signing four. The star of the group is four-star ESPN 300 member Johnny O'Neal, who is the No. 5 inside linebacker in the county. Tim Kimbrough and Ryne Rankin, both ESPN 300 members, also signed with the Dawgs. Georgia also signed five safeties, including two junior college standouts. The top safety in this class is ESPN 150 member Tray Matthews.

Holes remaining: Elite OT, elite RB, elite DT -- Mark Richt was pleased with his 32-man signing class, but he knows it could have been better if a few elite players had signed with Georgia. The Dawgs barely missed on top offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil (Ole Miss), No. 4 running back Alvin Kamara (Alabama) and No. 2 defensive tackle Montravius Adams (Auburn).

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U.S. Army Bowl: Monday notebook 

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SAN ANTONIO -- ESPN 150 outside linebacker Mike Mitchell (Plano, Texas/Prestonwood Christian) isn’t big on speaking publicly. He’d rather let his game do the talking -- and it speaks volumes.

On Monday, the 6-foot-5, 222-pound linebacker officially confirmed that he will announce his college plans during Saturday’s U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Oregon, Texas A&M and Ohio State are his three finalists.

#BlueChipBattles: Nov. 16

November, 16, 2012
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Alvin Kamara, Derrick GreenESPN.comUncommitted 2013 running backs Alvin Kamara and Derrick Green.

ESPN 100 running backs Alvin Kamara and Derrick Green can score from anywhere on the field thanks to their breakaway speed, an attribute that makes them very attractive recruits to the Oregon Ducks. Oregon's pursuit of the duo headlines this week’s #BlueChipBattles. Insider

Click through for our list to rank the top 10 recruiting battlesInsider.

#BlueChipBattles: Week 3

October, 19, 2012
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David Dawson decommited from Michigan and Justin Manning delayed his decision date, and that had a big-time ripple effect in this week's #BlueChipBattles Insider, as more than half of the top 10 spots have new occupants.

Even in loss, Auburn looks good to Green 

September, 2, 2012
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It wasn't official but it was noteworthy.

“Worth taking,” four-star tailback Derrick Green (Richmond, Va./Hermitage) said on Sunday after watching Auburn play Clemson on Saturday evening in Atlanta.

Green, who has shown strong interest in Auburn, wasn't as concerned about the final score as he was about seeing the Tigers up close and personal in the Georgia Dome. Auburn ran for 180 yards, averaging 4.9 yards per carry, in the highly contested 26-19 loss.

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RB Derrick Green to announce in October 

August, 29, 2012
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Recruiting is moving quickly for four-star running back Derrick Green (Richmond, Va./Hermitage) -- almost as quickly as the ESPN 150 prospect picks up yardage.

The nation's No. 53 prospect said during ESPN's RecruitingNation podcast that he plans to announce his final decision in October. He's still considering Auburn, Georgia, Michigan, Ole Miss, Oregon and Tennessee. Green said he'll again cut down his list before he announces his commitment.

Auburn, Michigan and Tennessee seem to be in the best position. The prospect has said he'll take official visits to all three schools and has planned an Oct. 20 visit to Ann Arbor for the Michigan State game. He has yet to set dates for Auburn and Tennessee. His last two official visits will be to two of his last three other finalists: Georgia, Ole Miss or Oregon. Green will travel this weekend to Atlanta to see Auburn play Clemson in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game.

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The battle for Derrick Green 

August, 22, 2012
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Let's look at the competition (And as a disclaimer, Green has never told me an order of schools in all the times I've talked to him. This is me reading the tea leaves and, well, talking to some people that should be in the know.):

Top Two
Auburn: The Tigers are getting hot in recruiting (no, not as hot as Michigan, but hot). Also, the timing of Green's decision to announce right after a visit to the Plains seems interesting.
Michigan: Great shot, but I put the Wolverines just behind Auburn. However, there's been so much Wolverine chatter, I think it's close.

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Derrick Green (Richmond, Va./Hermitage) is ready to move onto his official visits -- if only he knew where all he was going.

Green, No. 53 in the ESPN 150 and the nation's No. 6 RB, said he'll take an official visit to Michigan for the Michigan State game Oct. 20. That's hardly a surprise, considering Green has always spoken highly of the Wolverines. There was even speculation this summer that he could be close to committing to Michigan. Then the battle for Green got slightly more interesting.

“I know I'm definitely taking all my officials,” the four-star tailback said. “I'm taking all five.”

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Notebook: Summer recruiting recap 

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While the summer months are considered downtime, the Georgia Bulldogs have continued their torrid recruiting pace this summer, picking up several commitments from prospects in several states. With the ability and, arguably, the dire need to bring in more than 30 signees for the 2013 class, the Bulldogs have been aggressive with offers. That has paid off with a group that already dwarfs that of the freshman class now on campus. As football season approaches, DawgNation takes a look back at the goings on and decisions made in the past few months, along with a look ahead at what to keep an eye on this fall.

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Radi Nabulsi/ESPN.comTampa, Fla., safety Paris Bostick was slated to announce his decision this summer, and still might. The Bulldogs are considered a favorite to earn his commitment.
Commitments piling up
As school let out across the country, prospects seemingly lined up to make their commitments known to the Bulldogs. ESPN 300 wide receiver Uriah LeMay (Matthews, N.C./Butler) committed to Georgia on June 1. The 6-foot-2, 197-pound wideout picked the Bulldogs over Clemson, Notre Dame, Virginia Tech and Ohio State, among others. Two days later, another ESPN 300 receiver secured a spot, as Reggie Davis (Tallahassee, Fla./Lincoln) verbally committed. The 6-foot, 162-pound four-star prospect is considered one of the top deep threats in the always-loaded Sunshine State. Less than a week later the Bulldogs picked up their top outside linebacker target, Naim Mustafaa (Alpharetta, Ga./Alpharetta). It was a rare in-state battle for the 6-foot-4, 235-pound four-star, although SEC rival Tennessee continues its pursuit.

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Fresh off a positive visit to Michigan, Derrick Green is close to announcing his finalists.

The ESPN 150 tailback from Richmond (Va.) Hermitage said he plans to cut down his 14-team list of potential suitors later this week. Green previously told ESPN his other finalists are Tennessee, Michigan, Oregon, Ohio State, Ole Miss, Virginia Tech, Auburn, Clemson, Alabama, Miami, Pittsburgh, Oklahoma State, Georgia and Oklahoma.

Since then, some schools have fallen from the list but Green hasn't declared the primary schools he is considering. The 6-foot, 215-pound prospect declined to confirm that Michigan would make the final cut.

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As a junior, Derrick Green (Richmond, Va./Hermitage) ran for 1,500 yards and 20 touchdowns, often being taken out early because after helping his team build a comfortable lead.

The 6-foot, 215-pound running back picked up offer No. 34 last week, interesting enough, from the University of Georgia, a program where No. 34 is associated with one of the all-time great running backs in college history, Herschel Walker. The courtship between the Bulldogs and the ESPN 150 prospect really only started at the beginning of the month, which just happens to be right after the departure of tailback and returning SEC Freshman of the year Isaiah Crowell.

“Bryan McClendon reached out to me a couple weeks ago and then offered shortly after,” Green said. “Coach McClendon talked me about the depth at running back and how even though I would have to come in and work for my spot, that he felt I would be a great fit for their offense.”

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RB Derrick Green adds Georgia to list 

July, 11, 2012
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Derrick Green's list of finalists has grown.

Just about a week after announcing his top 13 schools, the tailback from Richmond (Va.) Hermitage was ecstatic about a recent offer from Georgia, texting, "Just got my #34 offer from #UGA UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA."

Clearly the Bulldogs are in the market for a top, power tailback after Derrick Henry from Yulee (Fla.) High School. pulled his verbal pledge in June. Henry is ranked the fourth-best tailback in the nation; Green is ranked sixth.

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