Georgia Football Recruiting: The Good and Bad of National Signing Day
Another national signing day is in the books and for the Georgia Bulldogs, it was an up-and-down day to say the least.
They ended the day with 32 signees, which was expected and also good because they needed as much help as they could get.
However, they did not get some of the targets they were hoping to get. Had they signed just one of those targets, it would have changed the entire complexity of the 2013 recruiting class and would have made the Bulldogs a legit contender for the BCS title.
Here’s the good and bad for the Bulldogs on national signing day.
One of the priorities for the Bulldogs this recruiting season was to load up on linebackers, and they did that on national signing day.
Five linebackers signed with the Bulldogs and that’s not including the two that are already enrolled.
Both Johnny O’Neal and Tim Kimbrough look like they can they can be the inside linebackers of the future. Both players stand at 6’1’’, 225 pounds, and both are tackling machines.
As for the outside linebackers, Leonard Floyd and Davin Bellamy look like they can do some damage on the outside. Floyd signed with the team last year but failed NCAA academic requirements.
Bellamy is listed as a defensive end, but if he stays at 6’5’’, 230 pounds then he will see a lot of action at outside linebacker.
Good: Filling Secondary Holes
Another area the Bulldogs wanted to focus on is defensive backs and they were able to come away with three safeties and two cornerbacks.
Brendan Langley and Paris Bostick lead the defensive back signees and both could see early playing time. Langley picked off six passes to go along with 40 tackles in his senior year at Kell High School in Marietta, Ga.
Bostick earned a scholarship after impressing the coaching staff at “Dawg Night” prospect camp in June. Bostick is from Plant High School in Tampa, Fla., which also produced Aaron Murray and Orson Charles.
The other defensive backs that Georgia signed are CB Shaq Wiggins, S Kennar Johnson and S Shaquille Fluker.
Good: Can't Have Too Many Receivers
A team can never have enough offensive skill players, which is why the Bulldogs signed three wide receivers.
The one receiver that could do some early damage is Uriah LeMay, who is the brother of Bulldogs QB Christian LeMay.
The younger LeMay got some mixed reviews at the start of the recruiting process, but by the end of his high school career, he started to get attention from teams like Ohio State, Clemson, Oklahoma and Virginia.
Rico Johnson and Reggie Davis are the other two receivers that signed with the Bulldogs. Johnson has great speed and could be in the running to return kicks. Davis is ranked as the 388th overall player by 247sports composite rankings.
Bad: Missing on Top Targets
Now here comes the bad.
The only thing that the Bulldogs could not do is sign some of the targets that could have made a real difference in their class.
The Bulldogs could not land DT Montravius Adams, who signed with Alabama.
They also could not lure back OL Laremy Tunsil from Ole Miss, as he signed with the Rebels after being a hard commit to Georgia.
The Bulldogs also struck out on RB Alvin Kamara, who signed with Alabama giving the Crimson Tide four running backs in their class.
The Bulldogs ended with a solid-to-very-good class. But had they been able to sign two, or even one of the three aforementioned targets, it would have made the class a lot stronger.
Bad: Losing Local Talent
And speaking of making the class a lot stronger, it would have helped the Bulldogs if they could have signed more of the top players in their state.
Out of the 30-plus signees the Bulldogs had, over 20 of them are from Georgia. But according to the Rvials ranking of the top players in the state, only one from the top 10 signed with the Bulldogs.
That means the Bulldogs could not land Robert Nkemdiche, Carl Lawson, Adams, Von Bell, Demarcus Robinson, Kamara, Jones, Trey Johnson or Kelsey Griffin.
Just imagine if the Bulldogs would have been able to sign one or two of those players. They might have had the top class in the country if they were able to pull that off.