Six Candidates to Wrap Up Georgia's 2009 Recruiting Class
The Bulldogs are putting together another stellar recruiting class under coach Mark Richt. Georgia has been in the consensus top 10 every year Richt has been at the helm. Some of this year's headliners are Quarterback Aaron Murray, Offensive Guard Chris Burnette, Running Back Washaun Ealey, and Tight End Arthur Lynch-Fontaine.
With 15 commitments for 2009, the Bulldogs are looking to put the finishing touches on the class. Who will they be?
Here is my take on who the Bulldogs should wrap up the 2009 class with.
1) Branden Smith: 5'11"/171/4.4 Atlanta, GA (Washington High)
The Atlanta native rose up the recruiting rankings as fast as anyone. He now finds himself among the elite cornerbacks in the country. Smith does it all, making an impact on offense, defense, and special teams. He possesses great speed to go with great ball skills and a knack for the big play. Smith fits the typical mold of a true corner on the next level.
Smith has visited Athens many times over the last year, and do not look for that to stop. He has stated he will take all of his visits. Look for him in December when he will make it up to Athens for one of his official visits.
2) Bobby Massie: 6'8"/335/5.1 Chatham, VA (Liberty Christian Academy)
Massie is, well, MASSIVE. The Lynchburg product brings a big game to go with his frame. Massie is currently the top prep school player in the nation according to Rivals.com. He has incredibly quick feet and the ability to lock on to his target at the point of attack. A true offensive tackle at the next level, look for him to make an impact immediately.
Georgia has been recruiting Massie from the beginning and look to continue until signing day.
3) Orson Charles: 6'2"/230/4.55 Tampa, FL (Plant High)
Charles hit the scene this year when he transferred to Florida power Plant High School and teamed up with current Bulldog commit Aaron Murray. He is extremely athletic and plays a number of positions for his team.
Look for Charles to grow into the tight end mold in college. He shows the ability to get separation from linebackers and the size to overpower smaller DBs. Charles owns great hands and red zone ability as well.
Aaron Murray has been working on Charles from the beginning. Look for the Dawgs to face off with the Florida schools for his signature.
4) Marlon Brown: 6'5"/205/4.5 Memphis, TN (Harding Academy)
The talented Brown is an underrated athlete. He is an elite football and basketball recruit who will be looking to play both at the next level. Brown owns the size offensive coordinators drool over. At 6'5" and 205 pounds, Brown can go up and get it. He has also shown that he can spread the field with his speed.
Georgia will be losing starter Mohamed Massaquoi next season, and the Bulldogs have made wide receiver a priority in the 2009 class. Brown has visited Athens a number of times. Look for him to make another trip to Athens before it is all said and done.
5) Darren Myles: 6'0"/175/4.49 Atlanta, GA (Carver-Atlanta High)
At the Tuscaloosa Nike Camp, Darren Myles took home the "Top Defensive Back Award" and has not looked back. This safety from Atlanta has great ball skills and a quick break in run support.
Myles has a great frame and top-flight speed. With a year of collegiate workouts under his belt, do not be surprised if Myles grows out of his position. He has become one of the top safeties in a deep class.
Myles has shown that he may be too good for the Dawgs to pass up. A visit to the Classic City is not out of the question.
6) Jarvis Jones: 6'3"/226/4.6 Columbus, GA (Carver-Columbus High)
Jarvis Jones has been one of the most sought-after recruits in the Southeast. Holding numerous offers from all across the country, Jones finds himself sitting pretty on many recruiting boards.
Jones fits the typical mold of an elite linebacker and could grow into a pass rushing defensive end depending upon the scheme. He makes plays at the point of attack, but what separates him is his ability to tackle downhill.
Although it would seem that Georgia is done at linebacker for this class, the Dawgs have made it know they will not quit until the ink dries in February.
Others to watch
Stephen Hill (6'4"/190/4.4 Lithonia, GA)
Andre Debose (6'0"/170/4.44 Sanford, FL)
Donavan Tate (6'2"/205/4.5 Cartersville, GA)
Sam Montgomery (6'4"/240/4.44 Greenwood, SC)
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