Power Ranking Top 2015 Recruits from Georgia
Georgia is among the best states in the country when it comes to college football recruiting. Top recruits are all over the Peach State, and college coaches flock to Georgia on a frequent basis looking for talent.
The 2015 crop of recruits within the talented state is another fantastic one, and it features a wide range of players. A 5-star defensive tackle leads the way, while two receivers figure to impact college football in a major way.
Also, a trio of great pass-rushers and an elite defensive back are on this list.
10. D'Andre Walker, DE/OLB
D'Andre Walker is a 4-star edge-defender who is best suited for a 3-4 defense. The Fairburn native can play traditional defensive end in a 4-3 scheme, but he's at his best when standing up as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 alignment.
Walker has excellent first-step quickness at the snap, which he uses to immediately crash and attack blockers off the edge. He has the makings of an effective pass-rusher at the collegiate level.
Auburn and Georgia are his top schools, according to 247Sports.
9. Chuma Edoga, OL
Hailing from Powder Springs, Chuma Edoga is one of the top offensive linemen in Georgia. He has a light frame for a blocker at only 276 pounds, but he has great quickness and agility.
Edoga, who is 6'4", fires with solid leverage at the snap to keep defensive linemen from jumping on top of him. He can play with strength at the point of attack, but he also has the ability to settle down in space to hit moving targets past the line of scrimmage.
He can dance with rushers as a pass-protector, and the 4-star blocker works with good toughness. Tennessee is the favorite, per 247Sports.
8. Natrez Patrick, DE
Natrez Patrick is a 4-star defensive end who has deceptive strength at the point of attack. He can get upfield quickly at the snap, plus he bends well around the edge.
However, Patrick has the ability to surprise offensive tackles by converting his speed to power nicely during a rush. He hustles in pursuit, and he doesn't play like a robot. Patrick also has enough athletic ability to play outside linebacker.
Georgia, Alabama and Auburn are his top suitors, says 247Sports.
7. Mekhi Brown, DE
A 5-star defensive end, Mekhi Brown can do several different things for a defensive line unit. He has the size and strength to play over guards and tackles to stack blocks and keep linebackers clean.
However, the 6'6", 230-pounder also has the quickness to attack the passer from the edge. Brown could add more mass to his frame and become a 3-4 defensive end, but he may also watch his weight and continue to call the edge his home.
He's committed to Alabama.
6. Rashad Roundtree, S
Teams looking for safety help should have 4-star prospect Rashad Roundtree near the top of their boards. The Georgia native is a versatile safety who can work in the secondary and in the box.
Roundtree, who is 6'1" and 195 pounds, is capable of menacing tight ends in the passing game. He plays with solid vision, which helps him track the ball while working over trash and traffic in the box. The more he's watched on film, the more it's apparent he's a good football player.
Georgia and Auburn are his leaders, according to 247Sports.
5. Preston Williams, WR
A receiver to keep an eye on this year is 4-star recruit Preston Williams. At 6'4" and 190 pounds, Williams already looks like a college receiver on the hoof.
He has adequate first-step quickness when releasing off the line, and he displays good build-up speed when running routes. Williams has a large catch radius, which means he's quarterback-friendly. With a little refinement and polish, Tennessee could have a potential No. 1 receiver in Williams.
4. Taj Griffin, RB/ATH
Taj Griffin is an awfully fluid athlete who is a playmaker. Although he isn't big at just 5'10" and 175 pounds, Griffin can be poison for defenses.
He can work with a fullback, but he's comfortable in a single-back alignment. Griffin has solid vision, but it's his burst that makes him so dangerous. He can shoot through creases with ease, plus he has the speed to blow by linebackers to race to the end zone.
Griffin is a weapon who can also help in the passing game. Schools such as Florida State, Oregon and Clemson are in the mix, according to 247Sports.
3. Terry Godwin, ATH
Watching Terry Godwin on tape brings back memories of current Georgia receiver Malcolm Mitchell. Like the current Bulldog, Godwin has a long and lean frame at 6'0" and 165 pounds.
He also is a fluid athlete who has smooth movement skills. Godwin can play cornerback or receiver, as his terrific ball skills and quickness are assets at both positions. Receiver could be his best bet in college, but the same can be said for cornerback.
Godwin is committed to Georgia.
Chad Simmons of Scout.com wrote on Jan. 18, "He is so versatile and he is such an elite athlete and when the ball is in his hands, he makes plays."
2. Mitch Hyatt, OT
At 6'5.5" and 271 pounds, Mitch Hyatt is a fundamentally sound offensive tackle who has a bright future. The Clemson commitment has solid quickness at the snap as well as impressive instincts and vision.
Hyatt doesn't get fooled often by stunts and twists, plus he's patient in his sets as a pass-protector. He needs to improve his strength to drive defensive linemen away from alleys, but he's certainly committed to getting better at his craft.
Hyatt is among the top overall players in the nation.
1. Trent Thompson, DT
Perhaps the premier recruit in the country, 5-star defensive tackle Trent Thompson can be a handful inside the trenches.
The 6'4", 292-pounder is simply electric and explosive at the snap. Thompson can squeeze by blockers by attacking gaps in a hurry, and he has the strength to fight and power his way through people at the point of attack.
He has excellent short-area quickness to surge and finish on the ball, plus he hustles hard in pursuit. Thompson is a potential difference-maker.
Georgia, Florida State, Alabama, Auburn and Tennessee are among his top schools, says 247Sports.
Edwin Weathersby is the College Football Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. He has worked in scouting/player personnel departments for three professional football teams, including the New York Giants and Cleveland Browns.