Georgia Football Recruiting: Top in-State Prospects Bulldogs Can't Let Slip Away
Georgia bounced back from a tough loss to Clemson with a great win over South Carolina this past weekend. The Bulldogs have a chance to get back to the SEC title game, but recruiting is also going well in Athens.
UGA has a top-10 recruiting class, says 247Sports, and half of its 16-man group are "Peach State" players. To make sure that the Dawgs bring in an elite class, head coach Mark Richt has to continue locking up in-state prospects.
A defensive end is Georgia's top recruiting target, and he must not be let out of the state, while another defensive lineman also is a must-get in-state prospect.
Tez Parks, ATH
Tez Parks is a 3-star prospect who plays quarterback for his Callaway High School squad in Hogansville. However, Parks has drawn interest from schools as a safety and receiver.
The 6'0" athlete weighs 198 pounds, and has quicker-than-fast movement skills. He could fit best as an intermediate receiver who moves the chains by catching passes on top of linebackers and below safeties.
Tennessee, Auburn and Georgia Tech are the Bulldogs' main competition, per 247Sports.
Josiah Coatney, DL
The Bulldogs run a 3-4 defense under defensive coordinator Todd Grantham. Finding the proper personnel in the front seven is key for this scheme, which is why 3-star prospect Josiah Coatney is a must-get for UGA.
Coatney, who is 6'5" and 265 pounds, has the perfect skill set of a five-technique defensive end in a 3-4 scheme. He has excellent strength, can play with power at the point of attack and has the ability to stack blockers at the line of scrimmage to hold them from getting to the second level.
Alabama is also on the Douglasville native's mind, says 247Sports.
D.J. Smith, CB
A 4-star cornerback, D.J. Smith would be beloved in Athens. He plays in Marietta, where he is the leader of his Walton High School team in Georgia.
Smith, who is 6'0" and 191 pounds, has good physicality for a cornerback. He can re-route receivers at the line of scrimmage, pin them into the sideline and carry them to safeties on top of the defense. Smith has solid instincts, will locate the football in the air and is effective when supporting the run.
Georgia will need to beat out Clemson and Tennessee to sign him, according to 247Sports.
Myles Autry, RB
Myles Autry may be small at 5'9" and 175 pounds, but the 4-star recruit displays some toughness when running the ball. Autry is not afraid to challenge defenders at the point of attack, flashes the ability to break tackles and is strong for his size.
He plays for Georgia powerhouse Norcross High School, where his versatility is constantly on full display. Autry has great quickness, blasts through alleys and can sharply cut to elude bigger defenders.
He also has the ability to factor into the passing game. Autry has the skills to run routes in the slot, dart away from linebackers and safeties at junction points and use his running back skills to make plays after the catch.
Florida State is the team to beat, says 247Sports. Georgia must start to put the press on Autry.
Kendarius Webster, CB
Stockbridge is home to 3-star cornerback Kendarius Webster, who is one of the top cornerbacks in Georgia. Webster stands nearly 5'11", weighs 177-pounds and has the potential to develop into a good press-man cornerback.
He has long arms to jam receivers at the line, flexible hips and solid transition quickness. Webster has the instincts and vision to play in zone coverage, while also displaying good ball skills.
Georgia, Ole Miss and Florida State are his key schools, according to 247Sports.
Elisha Shaw, DL
Elisha Shaw is a 4-star defensive lineman from Tucker who is not only one the premier players at his position in Georgia, but also in the nation.
Shaw, who is nearly 6'5", weighs 295-pounds and has exceptional strength. He powerfully punches blockers, plays huge at the point of attack and could play the five technique or nose tackle for Georgia.
Shaw has solid athleticism and quickness to pursue the ball, plus he can easily generate a push inside when rushing the passer.
Ole Miss and Alabama are UGA's main competition, per 247Sports.
Raekwon McMillan, LB
Raekwon McMillan is one of the top defensive players in the country, as the Hinesville native is a 5-star linebacker from the "Peach State."
McMillan, who is 6'2" and 242 pounds, plays for Liberty County in Georgia, where he strikes fear in the hearts of offenses every game.
A ferocious hitter, McMillan has explosive short-area quickness to strike blockers and running backs in the box, solid speed to track the ball to edges and could weigh more than 250 pounds at the start of his freshman year in college.
Georgia will have to beat out Ohio State, Clemson, Alabama and Florida, says 247Sports.
Lorenzo Carter, DE
Without question, Lorenzo Carter is the top in-state prospect Georgia can't let slip away. The 5-star defensive end is the top player in the state, as he is the main attraction for juggernaut program Norcross High School.
Carter, who is 6'5" and 232 pounds, has outstanding athleticism on the edges. He can fire upfield at the snap, use his long arms to keep blockers away from his body and simply "out-athlete" them to get to the quarterback.
Carter has adequate strength, but his range versus running plays is more impressive. He would be a great fit as a hybrid defensive end/outside linebacker in the Bulldogs' 3-4 defense.
Florida and Alabama are the main schools Georgia will have to compete with to sign Carter, per 247Sports.
2014 Bleacher Report College Football Recruiting Heat Map
Several of Georgia's top in-state targets can be located by using the 2014 Bleacher Report College Football Recruiting Heat Map.
The Bulldogs—and everyone else—should use this as a great resource to find the best talent in the country!
Edwin Weathersby is the College Football Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. He has worked in scouting/player personnel departments for three professional football teams, including the New York Giants and Cleveland Browns.