Lamont Gaillard is a recent Georgia commitment, and he's a big one at that.
Gaillard is the No. 3 defensive tackle in the 2014 class, and the No. 58 player nationally, both according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.
He's easily one of Georgia's top commitments, so let's take a moment to break down the big defensive tackle.
Here's a complete scouting report for Gaillard.
|School:||Pine Forest High School|
|Weight:||310 pounds (247Sports)|
|Rankings:||5-star, 247Sports||4-star, 247Sports Composite||5-star, ESPN RecruitingNation||4-star, Rivals||4-star, Scout|
Via 247Sports.com, ESPN RecruitingNation.com, Scout.com, Rivals.com
First and foremost, Gaillard has great size, so he'll fit in well as a nose tackle or 0-technique in Georgia's 3-4 defense. He's big and strong enough to control both A-gaps, and his combination of strength and fundamentals make him the perfect double-team beater.
He has a quick first step, which allows him to shoot the gap, and that's step one in beating a double-team. Gaillard also does a great job of using his hands to lock up on a blocker and rip off. Against the double, he can hold his own to maintain gap responsibility at the line of scrimmage, and he does a good job of "getting skinny" (turning his shoulder) to create less surface area for the blocker to utilize.
Gaillard has the ability to get between the double-team, control the gap, rip off and make a play in pursuit. He has surprising speed and agility for 310-pound defensive tackle.
The screen shots below will give you a look at his complete skill set. On this particular play, he's lined up as a 1-technique, which means he controls the gap between the center and strong-side guard:
He gets double-teamed right off the bat, but the center ends up chipping in order to get to a linebacker at the second level. Still, Gaillard is in control of his gap and between the double-team:
As the play flows to his right, notice how Gaillard is able to get his hands into the chest of the blocker:
He starts to flow to the ball, but he keeps his arms extended, creating separation. In the second picture, it's hard to see, but he actually swims his left arm over the blocker, which allows him to cleanly disengage and start his pursuit in the third picture:
Gaillard covers the ground needed, and finishes with a big hit:
Gaillard will be able to play strong at the line of scrimmage, but he's the type of quick nose tackle recruit who will be able to shoot the gap and make some plays in the backfield or in pursuit as well.
It's tough to find much to critique about Gaillard, so we're going to have to nitpick. At times, especially when taking on blockers, he would stand a bit too high and lose his leverage. It's hard to blame the kid at 6'3'', but he'll need to work on consistently bending his legs and staying low in order to become a truly great player in college.
As mentioned earlier, Gaillard fits the nose tackle position, and he has the skill set needed to really standout as a 0-technique. Considering the main responsibility at that position is taking on double-teams in an effort to free up the linebackers, that's saying a lot.
Factoring in the experience of his senior season plus the coaching he would receive at Georgia, it's not out of the realm of possibility to say that Gaillard could develop into something special.
Note: All scouting and analysis done by writer, via tape study of film provided on recruit's 247Sports profile page. Screen grabs via recruit's Hudl film. Star rankings per the 247Sports composite unless otherwise noted.