- Kipp Adams, Reporter, RecruitingNation
If there is one position Georgia could use a little luck with, it is the offensive line. Sure, the Bulldogs have signed their fair share of talented linemen over the past five years, but the group has been hit hard with season-ending injuries, including two (Austin Long and Brent Benedict) while they were still in high school. Only signing three linemen in the 2009 and 2010 classes, coupled with the sudden transfer of Benedict over the summer, leaves Georgia razor thin going into next year. With starters Ben Jones, Cordy Glenn and Justin Anderson all set to graduate, the Bulldogs are going to need as much help as they can get from the 2012 class.
Top targets: If you happened to be standing next to coach Mark Richt towards the end of the Dawg Night prospect camp in July, you probably heard a loud sigh of relief from the longest-tenured current head coach in the SEC. John Theus (Jacksonville, Fla./Bolles) had just given Georgia his commitment, giving the Bulldogs their biggest piece of the 2012 class to date. Theus has been a top target for Georgia for two years now, and the 6-foot-6, 295-pound ESPNU 150 tackle could start in Athens on day one.
The No. 27 prospect in the country has the size and physical attributes to be a force as a run blocker and has impressed in one-on-one pass blocking competitions at camps. If that was not enough, Theus is also one of Georgia's top recruiters in this class and has stated intentions to try and bring five-star running back Keith Marshall (Millbrook, N.C./Millbrook) and ESPNU 150 tackle Avery Young (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla./Palm Beach Gardens) to Athens with him.
Georgia has several key members of its offensive line graduating, so linemen will be a critical piece for the 2012 class.