Georgia Football Recruiting: 5 Recruits for Georgia Fans to Keep an Eye on
After signing "Georgia's Dream Team" this past season, Mark Richt has been at work already this year to sign what fans are hoping is another top class.
So far the Bulldogs have gotten commitments from 4-star(according to Scout.com) defensive end Leonard Floyd, 3-star wide receiver C.J. Curry, 3-star tight end Ty Smith, unrated junior college defensive end Jalen Fields, junior college wide receiver Lonnie Outlaw, and unrated kicker Marshall Morgan.
Smith and Floyd are both also on ESPN 150 Watch List. Floyd's size makes me think he will be moving to outside linebacker at the next level, while Smith and Curry will continue to help re-bolster the receiver corps.
While there are a ton of guys for fans to keep their eyes on, I think these guys are the top five guys that would make a giant splash if they were to commit. I also suspect we will get at least a few of them.
John Theus, OT
The brother of 2011 signee Nathan Theus is a listed as 5-star player and is on the ESPN 150 Watch List.
Scout.com listed his strengths as having good foot work, a great ability to push away defenders, and that he has a nasty streak about him. Makes me think of current Georgia center Ben Jones a little bit.
While he will need to work a bit on his pass protection, he is a top five player at his position and it looks like Georgia is the early favorite for him.
ESPN has the Bulldogs as the favorite for Theus.
Jonathan Taylor, DT
Scout.com lists Taylor at just over 6'3", 307 pounds. His great size comes with a great athletic ability for a man his size, and his 4-star rating shows that.
Another member of the ESPN 150 Watch List, Taylor is a strong player with a good motor. He should become a run stuffing nose tackle after he gets a little more size on him.
He also may be bringing someone else with him from Jenkins County, as ESPN has this to say about him:
Talented Jenkins County (Millen, Ga.) defensive line teammates, Under Armour All-American Jonathan Taylor and ESPNU 150 Watch Lister James DeLoach, will likely be a "package deal" and are favoring four schools at this time, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
"We're best friends," Taylor said. "We're going through the same recruiting process with the same schools. Just about everybody wants us as a package and says we can help out in a hurry on defense. We want to be teammates in college. We enjoy play football and hanging out with each other. And if we're away at college and get homesick, we can help each other out."
He continued, "Right now, I'm wide open. Georgia and Georgia Tech are some nice schools. They are closer to home and our friends and families can come to our games all the time. Alabama and Auburn are real nice, too."
Florida, Florida State, Michigan, Clemson, South Carolina and Louisville are among the other schools to offer both prospects.
Taylor is a 6'4", 315-pound defensive tackle and DeLoach is a 6'3", 260-pound end.
Sounds like a good deal to me, especially when ESPN has the Bulldogs as the favorite for him.
Jordan Jenkins, DE/OLB
The 6'3", 235-pound defensive end Jordan Jenkins has the athletic ability to be one of the best pass rushers in this class.
Scout.com has him as a 4-star player that they have as the seventh best defensive end in the country. His size makes me think that if he comes to Athens that he will be moved to outside linebacker where his speed off the edge will make him potentially one of the best players in the conference.
Athletically, there isn't much Jenkins can't do, but Scout.com thinks that needs to work on his techniques and moves, which is surely something he could learn as a Bulldog.
Jenkins is also on the ESPN 150 Watch List and is an Under Armour All American. Like Theus and Taylor, Georgia appears to be the favorite.
Tyriq McCord, DE/OLB
As a junior this past season, Tyriq McCord racked up an outstanding 18 sacks, cementing his spot as one of the best players in the country.
McCord is listed by Scout.com at 6'3", 223 pounds. This puts him a little on the small side, but his frame makes me think that he'll be able to pack on 15-20 pounds easily once he gets in a college weight room.
McCord is like Jenkins in that he is one of the better pass rushers in this class, and if he were to become a Bulldog he would be moved to outside linebacker to fully utilize his strengths.
Here is also a little read on McCord from ESPN:
ESPNU 150 Watch List defensive end Tyriq McCord (Tampa, Fla./Jefferson) has picked up a scholarship offer from Georgia, the St. Petersburg Times reports. His former teammate, four-star linebacker Ramik Wilson, signed with the Bulldogs in February.
McCord's other offers include Florida, Illinois, Miami-FL, North Texas, Notre Dame, Ole Miss, South Carolina and South Florida.
The 6'3", 215-pound prospect registered 63 tackles and 18.5 sacks as a junior.
He posted a 4.5 40-yard dash and 33.5-inch vertical at the Orlando Under Armour Combine this offseason.
Hopefully Wilson can talk McCord into joining him in Athens. ESPN currently has the Bulldogs behind the Florida Gators in the McCord sweepstakes.
Jovon Robinson, RB
Apart from the slightly goofy haircut, Jovon Robinson is a guy that most Georgia fans would really want in Athens. There has been a lot of talk about Keith Marshall, and rightfully so, but Robinson would not be a bad consolation prize if we are unable to get Marshall.
This highlight video shows his amazing running strength and shows that he has enough speed in his 6'1", 220-pound body.
Scout.com gives his strengths and weaknesses, but its stuff that many can tell just by watching the film. He has extraordinary balance to go along with that power, and with his size could impact a team immediately. He is a 4-star player according to Scout, a ESPN 150 Watch List member, and Georgia is heavily in contention for the young superstar.