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According to Rivals.com, Georgia’s 2014 recruiting class is currently ranked 10th in the nation thanks to 16 total commitments (one 5-star recruit, 10-4-stars).
Top Remaining Targets
Georgia remains in pursuit of in-state product Lorenzo Carter. Carter is a 6'5", 235-pound defensive end with offers from just about everyone as the state’s top-rated recruit and the nation's third-best prospect at his position. To bring Carter in, the Bulldogs will have to fend off the likes of Florida State, Florida and Alabama.
The Bulldogs are also big on Dontavius Russell, a 300-pound defensive tackle out of Carrollton, Ga. Russell projects well into Todd Grantham’s 3-4 scheme and has a tall frame to support added muscle and weight. Georgia is currently the leader in his recruitment, but Alabama and Auburn have also been calling.
Dante Sawyer, another in-state defensive prospect, is another player that the Bulldogs would love to have in the fold. The 6'3" defensive end already has a collegiate body and could contribute immediately as an outside linebacker before bulking up to play as a defensive end in the 3-4. Georgia is his current leader, but a number of Pac-12 schools (Southern Cal, UCLA and Arizona) are close behind.
Storylines in Recruiting
Georgia has two objectives on the recruiting trail between now and signing day. First of all, the Bulldogs must hold players like Sony Michel (a 5-star running back out of Florida), Nick Chubb (a 4-star running back from Georgia) and Malkom Parrish (a 4-star defensive back) to their commitments. These players will primarily be relied upon to provide depth in 2014, and other schools may be able to offer more immediate playing time. The Dawgs must keep these players focused on the bigger picture of the long-term success that is being built in Athens.
Secondly, Georgia needs to secure the state’s border. Seven of the Peach State’s top 25 recruits are currently uncommitted. Landing a majority of those prospects will help the Bulldogs rise up the ranks, but more importantly, build a foundation for the future.