Georgia Bulldogs National Signing Day 2014: Position-by-Position Analysis
The dust has cleared for the Georgia Bulldogs, and the 2014 signing day class is one of the better ones in the country.
With Lorenzo Carter, Nick Chubb, Rico Johnson and Lamont Gaillard, this class has a chance to do some special things in Athens the next few years.
But how good is this class really? Can these recruits finally give the Bulldogs their first national title in 34 years, or will they be another group that comes close but is missing a key player to get them over the hump?
Note: Stars and rankings are from 247 Sports.
Signee: 4-star Jacob Park (Stratford High School, Goose Creek, S.C.)
With Jacob Park being the only quarterback in the signing class and the only player to enroll early, he is already ahead of the curve.
He has great arm strength as well as a solid delivery. He will make his share of mistakes because he has too much faith in his arm, but he is as good as any pro-style quarterback in the country. He has a chance of winning the starting quarterback position by the 2015 season.
Nick Chubb and Sony Michel resemble Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall. Both players have great speed and can break tackles with no issues.
The one thing that separates them is skill as a receiver. Chubb could use some work, while Michel has done some damage by catching the ball out of the backfield.
It will be interesting to see who gets more playing time. Odds are Chubb will see more time on the field because he has a little more size. But Michel can contribute on special teams by returning kicks, so it could go either way.
Signees: 4-star Shakenneth Williams (Rutland High School, Macon, Ga.), 4-star Isaiah McKenzie (American Heritage High School, Plantation, Fla.), 3-star Rico Johnson (Georgia Prep Sports Academy, Atlanta, Ga.), 3-star Gilbert Johnson (Homestead High School, Homestead, Fla.)
Overall, this is a solid group of receivers that has good speed and can catch the ball well. If one player stands out, it is Isaiah McKenzie, who was a teammate of Michel in high school. McKenzie is small (5’8’’, 175 pounds) but has the explosiveness and playmaking ability that teams love.
Rico Johnson is the most interesting prospect of the class. He committed to Georgia last year, but the NCAA did not accept one of his credits. As a result, he had to spend last fall at Georgia Prep Sports Academy. He has a chance to see a little action this season and could be playing with a chip on his shoulder.
Jeb Blazevich has a chance to be a major contributor to the offense right away. He has the size, speed, ball skills and blocking ability to be an elite SEC tight end. There is no reason he can’t play immediately and be in the two-tight end set with Jay Rome.
Hunter Atkinson is raw and has room for improvement. But learning from a guy like Rome will help him become a solid tight end by his junior year.
Signees: 4-star Isaiah Wynn (Lakewood High School, St. Petersburg, Fla.), 4-star Dyshon Sims (Lowndes High School, Valdosta, Ga.), 3-star Kendall Baker (Marist School, Atlanta, Ga.), 3-star Jake Edwards (Heard County High School, Franklin, Ga.)
Offensive line recruiting has been an Achilles' heel for the Bulldogs the last few years. However, this is a good group, and Isaiah Wynn is the best of the bunch. He does need to fill out more, but he has the toughness and the run-blocking skills to play all five positions.
Dyshon Sims also has toughness but needs more time to develop his body before he is thrown out on the field in his true freshman year.
Lorenzo Carter was a huge pickup for the Bulldogs. He is a long, lean defensive end who has good quickness and can get after the quarterback. The one thing he will work on is adding more mass to his body so he can become an every-down defender sooner than later.
Kenyon Brown does not have the explosiveness of Carter, but he has the tools to be a very fine player. Because of his size (6’3’’, 235 pounds), don’t be surprised if he moves to outside linebacker when he gets to Athens.
Signee: 4-star Lamont Gaillard (Pine Forest High School, Fayetteville, N.C.)
Lamont Gaillard could be the next big defensive tackle for the Bulldogs. He is not as big as John Jenkins or Kwame Geathers, but he is naturally strong and has the brawn to take on double-teams from offensive linemen.
He will need to work on developing his frame, but he will see some playing time in 2014.
Signees: 4-star Malkom Parrish (Brooks County High School, Quitman, Ga.), 3-star Shattle Fenteng, (Hutchinson Community College, Hutchinson, Kan.), 3-star Shaquille Jones (Merritt Island High School, Merritt Island, Fla.)
When push comes to shove, Shattle Fenteng may be the best of the three recruited cornerbacks. Malkom Parrish has a better skill set, but Fenteng has the size (6’1’’) that coaches love.
Along with his size, he has great feet and uses his hips well. He will have to work on his fundamentals, but playing at a community college last season will pay dividends when he gets to campus this summer.
Signee: 4-star Detric Dukes (Tucker High School, Tucker, Ga.)
Detric Dukes was not the most dominant linebacker recruit in the country or the state, for that matter. But he’s a fundamentally sound player who can play multiple positions and rarely makes mistakes.
He will most likely redshirt in 2014, but if he continues to polish his skills, there is no reason he can’t start in 2015.
Signee: 3-star Dominick Sanders (Tucker High School, Tucker, Ga.)
The truth is there is no telling where Dominick Sanders will play because he can man a variety of positions. But safety is the most likely choice because that’s an area where the Bulldogs need depth.
He has great ball-hawking skills, which was missing with the Bulldogs last year, and he’s a solid tackler. What it comes down to is he can make plays. He has a good chance of sharing time with either Josh Harvey-Clemons or Tray Matthews.