Georgia Football: Analyzing the Bulldogs' Top 5 2015 Recruiting Targets
With it now being the (unofficial) start of summer, the Georgia Bulldogs will have time to focus on the 2015 recruiting class before the entire team comes back to Athens for preseason practice.
So far, the coaching staff has done a good job of getting some top recruits to commit, ranking 14th in the 247Sports Composite Rankings.
But they know they can do better, and there are five recruits that could make or break the Bulldogs' recruiting class heading into the 2015 season.
Here’s a look at the top five recruiting targets for the Bulldogs.
Albert Huggins would be a very nice addition to the defensive line because he can play either defensive end or defensive tackle.
He is listed as the second-best prospect in South Carolina and the 11th-best defensive tackle in the country, according to 247Sports.
Huggins finished with 65 tackles and 11 sacks last season. He is good at the point of attack, has quick hands and has a great first step. Georgia, Clemson and South Carolina are among the leaders for Huggins.
With a new defensive coordinator in Jeremy Pruitt, the Bulldogs will need more help in the secondary, which is why they are going after Micah Abernathy from Norcross, Georgia.
Abernathy actually played running back last year and rushed for over 1,600 yards and 22 touchdowns. But because of his size and speed, he is slated to move to defense at the next level.
Georgia is high on Abernathy’s list, but Alabama and Tennessee are right behind the Bulldogs. And 247Sports has reported that Oregon has also offered Abernathy, making it his 20th offer to date.
Considered as one of the 10 best linebackers in the country, according to 247Sports, Roquan Smith would help bolster an already talented outside linebacker position.
Smith finished with 101 tackles, 36 tackle for losses, 12 sacks, four interceptions and two defensive touchdowns last season.
The Bulldogs are one of Smith’s leaders, but Florida and Auburn are giving the Bulldogs a run for their money. This may be a recruit the Bulldogs can’t let slip away.
Rashad Roundtree is the No. 8 player in Georgia and the No. 5 safety in the country, according to 247Sports.
He has been on Georgia’s radar for a while, and he has the Bulldogs listed as one of his top three schools.
Roundtree is 6’2’’ and 195 pounds, which is the reason why he is coveted by over 15 major Division I schools. He can cover big receivers and is also very good playing run defense, as he is very sound when it comes to tackling.
The top target for the Bulldogs is the most coveted recruit in the country.
Trent Thompson, from Albany, Georgia, is not only the No. 1 player in the state, he is also listed as the No. 1 defensive tackle and overall player in the country, according to 247Sports.
Thompson tallied 83 tackles and 12 sacks last year for Westover High School. He has a great first step, quick hands and elite strength.
Many experts believe Thompson will sign with Georgia, according to a report by Wesley Sinor of al.com. But with Thompson being the top recruit in the country, every school will be after him, so there is no telling which school he will choose.