The 4 Recruits Who Will Make or Break Georgia's National Signing Day

Brian JonesContributor IJanuary 19, 2014

The 4 Recruits Who Will Make or Break Georgia's National Signing Day

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    The Georgia Bulldogs have been consistently in the top 10 when it comes to recruiting. They have been good at keeping the top players in Georgia in the state as well as getting some of the best players in the region.

    This year has been the same story, as they got running back Nick Chubb to commit, who is one of the best prospects in Georgia. They also got running back Sony Michel, a 5-star recruit from Florida.

    However, the Bulldogs are ranked No. 11 in the 247Sports Recruiting Rankings behind SEC foes Alabama, LSU, Texas A&M, Florida, Tennessee and Auburn.

    So how can the Bulldogs break into the top 10 and possibly pass some of their SEC counterparts? By signing these four recruits. They could make or break the Bulldogs on national signing day.

Lorenzo Carter

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    The top player on the list has to be one of the five best defensive ends in the country, and that’s Lorenzo Carter.

    The Bulldogs wasted no time in persuading him to come to Athens, as The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Georgia officials visited Carter’s high school last week.

    But Florida officials also made it to Norcross High School, as Carter has stated that the Bulldogs and Gators are the co-leaders in the race.

    The Bulldogs' hiring of Jeremy Pruitt as the defensive coordinator could help them since he is known for his great recruiting. Plus, with him coming off a stellar one-year performance at Florida State, there’s a chance Carter would love to see how Pruitt can help him become a dominant player on the next level.

Wesley Green

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    Another player from the Atlanta area who is getting a lot of attention from the Bulldogs is safety Wesley Green.

    According to Michael Carvell of AJC.com, Green is set to officially visit Georgia this week, and this is coming off the heels of Green visiting South Carolina last week. Carvell also reported that South Carolina has the edge because Green originally committed to the Gamecocks.

    Green could potentially be the lockdown corner that the Bulldogs need. With 4.3 speed and long arms, he has a chance to play right away in Pruitt’s scheme.

Bryson Allen-Williams

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    Bryson Allen-Williams is another top recruit from the Atlanta area who is getting a hard look by Georgia. The only problem is that he committed to South Carolina last April.

    Regardless, UGA is going to stop by his high school this week to see if it can change his mind, according to AJC.com.

    Why are the Bulldogs still pursuing him? Because he’s a 4-star recruit and one of the 10 best outside linebackers in the country. He played well in the Army Bowl as he came up with a few tackles.

    He's a long shot for the Bulldogs, but if they can grab him, it would be huge moving forward.

Lamont Gaillard

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    Lamont Gaillard is a 4-star defensive tackle from North Carolina who is currently committed to Georgia.

    However, with Todd Grantham and defensive line coach Chris Wilson leaving and Pruitt now the new man in charge of the defense, AJC.com expressed a level of concern about Gaillard's commitment.

    He has scheduled visits to Miami and Louisville, but Mark Richt and Pruitt made an in-home visit to his home last week.

    Gaillard is the 10th best defensive tackle in the country and the seventh-best player in North Carolina, according to 247Sports.

Final Analysis

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    These four players are all on the defensive side of the ball. That is not a surprise because that is where the Bulldogs need the most help.

    However, the group will be more experienced this upcoming season, and Pruitt should give the defense a spark that it didn’t have with Grantham.

    If the Bulldogs don’t get at least two of these players, recruiting experts will say that Georgia had a disappointing recruiting season. But with Pruitt joining the coaching staff, he should give the Bulldogs the recruiting boost they need to finish strong.

    Note: Star ratings and other recruiting information courtesy of 247Sports.