Georgia Bulldogs Recruiting: Blue-Chip Targets Remaining
Georgia football recruiting is always red hot, and this year is no exception. The Dawgs stand with 29 total commits, 13 of which are already signed with the team.
The Bulldogs aren’t done yet, though. With a sizable number of blue-chip players still on the board, the Georgia recruiters are hard at work in an attempt to secure the No. 1 recruiting class.
Here’s a look at who the Georgia Bulldogs still want to land in Athens come National Signing Day:
6’6”, 295 lbs (ESPN)
Perhaps there is no more sought-after player in the 2013 recruitment process than big OT Laremy Tunsil, who is ranked No. 1 in the country at his position and No. 5 overall according to ESPN.
Tunsil has now taken visits to Alabama and Georgia and is scheduled to visit Ole Miss next weekend and Florida State the following weekend.
The battle is believed to be between Georgia and Alabama at this point, with Georgia possibly having the advantage. In an interview with Radi Nabulsi last week, Tray Matthews, a 4-star safety who is already signed with and enrolled at Georgia, said, “It looks like it is 100 percent that Laremy Tunsil will be a Dawg,” (ESPN).
Of course, things change, but we Dawgs fans are certainly helping that Matthews hit the nail on the head with this one.
6’3”, 205 lbs (ESPN)
Although he is a 5-star 'backer, Thomas is one of the less-talked-about targets for the Dawgs for reasons unknown to me. He is a tall, speedy outside pass-rusher who can play defensive end or outside linebacker in Georgia’s 3-4 scheme.
Thomas, early on, expressed the desire to play at the next level with teammate Denver Kirkland, but the Bulldogs have not extended a scholarship offer to the 4-star OT.
Miami and Florida State are believed to be the current frontrunners for Thomas. However, he does take his final official visit to Georgia the weekend before National Signing Day.
If the Dawgs can land Thomas, who showed incredible skill at the UA All-American Game, they will be right on track to rebuilding this defense into the top-five squad it was a year ago.
6’3”, 281 lbs (ESPN)
Montravius Adams may be the most dominating defensive front-seven presence in this year's recruiting class. He has a tremendous combination of strength, speed and disruptiveness.
According to a breakdown by Bleacher Report’s own Adam Kramer, there are now five schools in the final running for Adams—Clemson, Georgia, Alabama, Florida and Auburn (in that order). These are also the only schools to which Adams is taking official visits.
The Dawgs lost John Jenkins and Kwame Geathers to the NFL draft this year and are desperately in need of a new physical presence in the middle. Georgia will be a place at which Adams can come and compete for the starting job on Day 1.
Landing this recruit would be huge for each school involved, and hopefully the Bulldog recruiters can add another sensational athlete to this class.
6’2”, 242 lbs (ESPN)
If you’ve followed the recruiting trail of Reuben Foster, you know just how drawn out and exhausting it has been.
After having committed and de-committed from both Alabama and Auburn (and getting a tattoo of the latter on his arm), Foster is back on the scene as one of the nation’s most desirable recruits.
The nation's No. 1 inside linebacker has all the tools and skills to be a sideline-to-sideline tackler while jamming the run up the middle. He also shows skill in blitzing up the middle. He would be the perfect replacement for Georgia's loss of Alec Ogletree in the middle.
Since early on in their recruitments, Foster and Tray Matthews have said on numerous occasions they would like to play together. Luckily for the Dawgs, Matthews is already signed and enrolled, giving us a very helpful edge.
Needless to say, Foster will fit right in wherever he decides to go, but hopefully he will decide that Georgia is the right place to be.
5’10”, 192 lbs (ESPN)
Alvin Kamara may have the most difficult decision of all. The Norcross, GA native will decide between carrying the football for the Georgia Bulldogs or the Alabama Crimson Tide.
Both teams have exceptional running games and running back coaches and will also be in the national title hunt for the foreseeable future.
Kamara is taking official visits to both schools and has not identified a leader as of now.
When Kamara visited Miami to take in the BCS National Championship Game, rumors began to swirl that he had made a silent commitment to Alabama. Good news for Georgia, though: Days later, he released a tweet stating “I DID NOT COMMIT TO THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA” (ESPN).
This one will come down to the wire and will hopefully end with Kamara suiting up in red and black this fall. What a sight it would be to have Kamara, Gurley, Marshall and A.J. Turman all competing for carries.
Toby Johnson (JC)
6’4”, 305 lbs (ESPN)
Many heavy-hitters in college football have recruited this junior-college 4-star defensive lineman. He has narrowed his options down to the five schools to which he is taking his official visits: Oklahoma, Georgia, Missouri, Mississippi State and Auburn.
Luckily for the Dawgs, coach Rodney Garner's departure and subsequent replacement by Chris Wilson did not impact this defensive line recruit the way some were afraid it would.
In a statement, Johnson says, “It helps Georgia. It helps that I won’t have to start a new relationship with somebody that I didn’t know before. Me and Coach Wilson have a strong relationship, so it will be just like not missing a beat” (ESPN).
Wherever he decides to go, Johnson will still have to deal with a knee injury he is fighting through, but hopefully he will be back on the field in no time.
6’5”, 295 lbs (ESPN)
Seymour is an offensive tackle from North Gwinnett High School in Suwanee, GA. He is also the son of former UGA star Richard Seymour.
Although he has received offers from the likes of Alabama, Florida, South Carolina and others, he has taken only a single official visit to the University of Georgia.
Up to now, he remains uncommitted, but with Richard Seymour on the Dawgs' side, it is certainly no long shot to believe DeVondre may be at Georgia next year.
6’1”, 325 lbs (ESPN)
The No. 5 OG in the country was left out of the UA All-American Game due to an aggravated hand injury. Although disappointed, Crowder said he is still excited about the home stretch of his recruitment and his upcoming decision between two schools.
“It is Clemson No. 1 and Georgia No. 2, and I will decide on signing day,” Crowder stated (ESPN).
The Tigers seem to have the upper hand at this point, having recruited Crowder since his freshman year at Richmond Senior High School, but he enjoyed his visit to Georgia last summer and was excited to take an official this past weekend as well.
Gaining depth on the offensive line is crucial for the Dawgs in this recruiting class, and adding Crowder to the mix would be more than ideal.
6’2”, 235 lbs (ESPN)
Bellamy is a 4-star Georgia native who is currently committed to Florida State. Bellamy originally had the Dawgs atop his recruitment board when Coach Grantham gave a memorable presentation to him during a visit this summer (ESPN).
Bellamy had a less-than-stellar experience on a recruiting visit to Georgia months ago that had a large amount to do with Rodney Garner. Now with Garner heading to Auburn, Bellamy has announced that he told his school to contact Georgia again, since his only issue with the Dawgs left to be a Tiger and “…that changes everything” (ESPN).
With Bellamy back in the race, Todd Grantham and the rest of the Dawgs can try to add another pass-rusher to fill the void Jarvis Jones is leaving.