Georgia Football: Ranking Bulldogs' Top 10 Recruiting Targets for 2015
After having a solid 2014 signing class, the Bulldogs are already working hard to get the 2015 class together. According to 247 Sports, the Bulldogs have five players committed and have a ranking of 13th in the country.
All five players have a chance to make an impact once they arrive on campus, but head coach Mark Richt and his coaches are looking for more players that are just as good, if not better, as those five.
Also, the coaches have to make sure that the players they have committed stay that way until February of 2015. So the Bulldogs still have those players targeted as well as the players that are uncommitted.
Here’s a list of the Bulldogs’ top 10 recruiting targets for 2015.
No. 10: CB Rico McGraw
Rico McGraw has already committed to UGA according to 247 Sports, but because he’s considered to be the second-best player in the state of Tennessee, the Bulldogs have to make sure they don’t let him out of their sight.
McGraw has good ball skills and he can tackle, which is something cornerbacks have to have in Jeremy Pruitt’s system. Because McGraw can play safety or cornerback, he will have a chance to play as soon as he arrives on campus in 2015.
No. 9: DE Natrez Patrick
Natrez Patrick is an explosive player who has a nose for the football. He can play the run as well as he can play the pass and has a lean, muscular frame.
The only problem for the Bulldogs is that Alabama and Auburn are going after him hard. However, Michael Carvell of the Atlanta Journal Constitution said UGA "may be the school to beat" for Patrick followed by a list of schools in the South. If he does sign with the Bulldogs, he could be a hybrid defensive end/outside linebacker.
No 8: OL Kaleb Kim
Kaleb Kim is one of the better offensive line prospects in Georgia, which is already deep with talent. With offensive line help needed for the Bulldogs, he could be an early contributor right away.
He plays with a nasty streak, and according to Carvell, Kim is a little like Brandon Kublanow, who has a chance to start for the Bulldogs this season. Kim has said UGA, Auburn and Duke are his early leaders, per Carvell.
No. 7: LB Roquan Smith
The Bulldogs may have missed out on Raekwon McMillan, but they have a chance of landing Roquan Smith from Macon County, Ga.
Smith is a very fast linebacker who can play from sideline to sideline. Per Carvell, he got a personal tour of from Richt in January. So it’s clear that the Bulldogs are doing what it takes to land the rising senior. According to 247Sports, he does have UGA high on his list, but Auburn and Kentucky are right there with the Bulldogs.
No. 6: LB Rashad Roundtree
One of the things that Richt did when Josh Harvey-Clemons was kicked off the team was send a message to Rashad Roundtree, according to Michael Carvell of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, asking if he would be interested taking Harvey-Clemons' place in the future.
Roundtree is clearly on UGA’s radar and Smith has the Bulldogs on his. The safety from Lakeside High School in Evans, Ga., but Auburn also has a shot of getting him. 247 Sports has Roundtree listed as the eighth-best player in Georgia.
No. 5: OL Chuma Edoga
There can be an argument made that Chuma Edoga could be the best offensive lineman in the state of Georgia. Standing at 6’4’’ and 280 pounds, Edoga has Tennessee as his early leader, followed by UGA and USC, per 247Sports.
Edoga visited UGA last March, according to the AJC, and he will make his decision on where he wants to go to school by the end of the summer.
No. 4: OL Martez Ivey
Martez Ivey could be a long shot for the Bulldogs, but that doesn’t mean they can’t have him high on the board.
The offensive lineman from Florida can do almost everything at an elite level. If he does commit and sign with the Bulldogs, he could change the entire look of the offensive line. However, Florida, Alabama, Auburn and South Carolina feel the same way, and they are way ahead Ivey’s 247 Sports watch list.
No. 3: RB Taj Griffin
Replacements for Keith Marshall and Todd Gurley will soon need to be found, and Taj Griffin has all the tools to be just as good as, if not better than, the duo.
Listed as the No. 1 all-purpose back by 247 Sports, Griffin is very fast and very explosive. He can also change direction with no issues and has great footwork.
However, offers are coming from all across the country, and the Bulldogs will have to fight with schools like Clemson, Florida State, Ohio State, Oregon and USC.
No. 2: WR Terry Godwin
Terry Godwin is one of those players who can set the tone for the rest of the class. 247 Sports has him listed as a 5-star player who can either play wide receiver or defensive back. He can also return kicks, which is something the Bulldogs need desperately.
Godwin committed to the Bulldogs over Auburn. But with a player like him, the Tigers are not going to give up that easily.
No. 1: DT Trent Thompson
One player that the Bulldogs should pursue constantly throughout the entire recruiting season is Trent Thompson, who could be the best overall prospect in the country.
Thompson is raw but has a great first step, is very explosive and has quick hands. 247Sports lists Georgia as one of the top schools on his list, but Florida State is making a push along with Alabama and Auburn.