There are only a few weeks until the college football regular season comes to an end, and the Georgia Bulldogs are looking to win the final three games of the year to have a shot at a 9-3 record as well as a chance to play in the SEC title game.
That would be a really good thing for them moving forward into 2014. It will not only give the young players motivation to be even better, it will also help the Bulldogs on signing day in February.
So far, the Bulldogs have done a good job on the recruiting trail, getting 17 players to commit for the 2014 season. According to 247 Sports, the Bulldogs have the fourth-best commitment class, right behind Ohio State, Tennessee and Alabama. However, they still have a lot of work to do in order to get the right class that will fit into the system put in place.
The Bulldogs will need a few offensive linemen, as they will lose three starters this season (Dallas Lee, Kenarious Gates and Chris Burnette). However, there will still be experience on the line, because Mark Beard and Watts Danztler should take over next season. The Bulldogs have already gotten three offensive linemen commitments for the 2014 season, and it would be good if they can get one or two more.
Cornerback is another area of need. This has been a weakness for the Bulldogs all year, which is why they made offers to 18 different cornerback prospects across the country. Malkom Parrish and Shattle Fenteng are the only two cornerbacks to commit to Georgia.
It would not hurt the Bulldogs if they could get a couple of wide receivers also. The Bulldogs have a solid group of receivers, but it would be great to have a guy who can be a dominant vertical threat, especially with not knowing if Malcolm Mitchell will return next season and with Michael Bennett and Chris Conley being seniors next season.
Here’s a look at the 17 commits.
|Georgia's 2014 Commits|
The two top commits have to be the two running backs who look to take the place of Keith Marshall and Todd Gurley.
Sony Michel is a 5-star recruit from Fort Lauderdale, Florida and could be the best running back recruit in the country. At his high school, he only rushed for 948 yards in the regular season, but he did it on only 134 carries, which puts his yards-per-carry average at about seven.
Nick Chubb, on the other hand, did get the carries to help his team earn a spot in the playoffs. The running back from Cedartown High School in Cedartown, Georgia has rushed for 2,612 yards on 256 carries in 10 games. He’s a 4-star recruit and is also considered one of the best running backs in the country.
Defensive tackle Lamont Gaillard is considered by 247 Sports as one of the five best defensive tackles in the country. Hailing from Fayetteville, North Carolina, Gaillard had 100 tackles and four sacks as a junior at Pine Forest High School last season.
Here’s a look at all of the targets for the Bulldogs.
|Georgia's 2014 Targets|
It would be huge for the Bulldogs if they could land defensive end Lorenzo Carter. The 5-star recruit from Norcross, Georgia was a key contributor to his team’s state title run last season and has more than 80 tackles and three sacks in 10 games this season. He is considered the best defensive end in the country.
Rashaan Evans is an outside linebacker from Auburn, Alabama who can play a lot of different positions. He is a solid tackler but can also make plays when it comes to pass coverage. He can be a great pass-rusher if he gets a little bigger.
One guy who does not need to get bigger is Elisha Shaw who is a defensive tackle from Tucker, Georgia. Shaw plays with good leverage and is a dominant run defender. He should fit well in the 3-4 scheme as a nose tackle.
If there is one receiver the Bulldogs are looking at, it’s Josh Malone from Gallatin, Tennessee. Standing a 6’2’’ and 191 pounds, Malone has the size to be an elite receiver in the SEC. If he improves his route running, he can be a dominant red-zone threat.