Georgia Bulldogs Recruiting: 12 Players to Watch in High School All-Star Games

Andrew Hall@DudeYouCrazyCorrespondent IIIDecember 30, 2013

Georgia Bulldogs Recruiting: 12 Players to Watch in High School All-Star Games

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    Via 247Sports.com

    Squeezed into the middle of bowl season is one of the more underappreciated aspects of college football recruiting: high school all-star games.  For graduating seniors, these games, like the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and the Under Armour High School All-America Game, serve a number of purposes.  

    First and foremost, these outings reward the nation's best players for four years of hard work and high-level performance.  But the games are much more than mere victory laps.

    These games also give players the opportunity to go against a full roster of FBS-caliber talent and adjust to the spotlight of big-time college football.  

    Furthermore, some players even use the games to formally announce commitments and close their recruiting.

    For Georgia fans, these are the 12 prospects worth watching in the upcoming high school all-star games.

Jeb Blazevich, 4-Star Tight End

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    Via 247Sports.com

    Committed

    The 6'4" North Carolina product chose Georgia over Alabama, Auburn and Clemson.  He committed last spring.

    Under Armour All-America Game: Jan. 2nd, 4 p.m. ET, ESPN

    Georgia likes Blazevich for his large frame and his ability to block as much as his pass-catching ability.  In that regard, although his statistics may not overwhelm (he recorded 441 receiving yards and five touchdowns as a senior), he may be able to push for playing time early if he can bulk up and learn the Georgia offense.

    Only one tight end who registered a catch in 2013 will be back for the Bulldogs next year, and Georgia typically plays two or more tight ends during the course of a game.  Blazevich will compete with a host of other inexperienced players at the position to play alongside established veteran Jay Rome.

Lamont Gaillard, 4-Star Defensive Tackle

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    Committed

    Gaillard, also out of North Carolina, committed to Georgia in July of last year.

    Under Armour All-America Game: Jan. 2nd, 4 p.m. ET, ESPN

    Georgia struggled to find a dominant force in the middle of its 3-4 defense after John Jenkins and Kwame Geathers departed for the NFL following last season.  The hope is that Gaillard can eventually fill that void.

    Gaillard's combination of athleticism, strength and explosiveness is truly elite, according to 247Sports.  But his ability to adjust to the physicality of the college game will determine how early he sees the field.  To be sure, there is an opportunity for him to contribute in 2014, but 2015 is the more realistic target for his insertion into the regular rotation.

Lorenzo Carter, 5-Star Defensive End

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    Uncommitted

    Carter remains uncommitted but has Georgia in his top four.

    Under Armour All-America Game: Jan. 2nd, 4 p.m. ET, ESPN

    At 6'5", Carter has every school in the nation drooling with his combination of size and athleticism.  All eyes will be on him this week, as he is one of the nation's best uncommitted players.

    Carter is still considering Florida, Florida State and LSU, but he admits that Georgia is his leader by a slight margin.  He translates well as a defensive end within Georgia's 3-4 but could play some outside linebacker as a pass-rusher while he adds size.  

    He projects favorably to current Georgia defensive end Ray Drew and would most likely see the field as a true freshmen thanks to his unique physical skill set. 

Rashaan Evans, 4-Star Outside Linebacker

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    Via 247Sports.

    Uncommitted

    Evans is uncommitted, but the hometown Auburn Tigers have the inside track in his recruitment.

    Under Armour All-America Game: Jan. 2nd, 4 p.m. ET, ESPN

    Already 220 lbs., Evans is a college-ready specimen.  He may not have the upside of a player like Lorenzo Carter, but he could be inserted into an SEC defense and perform adequately from day one.

    Evans was an All-State selection as a junior and did a little bit of everything as a senior, registering 77 tackles, 43 for a loss, 17.5 sacks and breaking up 5 passes.

    Conventional logic suggests he'll end up at Auburn, but Georgia (along with Ole Miss and Alabama) continue to push hard for his attention.

Nick Chubb, 4-Star Running Back

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    Committed

    Chubb, a Cedartown, Ga. native, committed to the Bulldogs last summer over the likes of Alabama, Auburn and Florida State.

    U.S. Army All-American Bowl: Jan. 4th, 1 p.m. ET, NBC 

    Chubb ran for 2,720 yards and 39 touchdowns as a senior and will look to further establish himself as one of the best running backs in this class in the game on Saturday.

    Although Georgia is seemingly stockpiled at the running back position (with its four leading rushers returning), Chubb could break into the rotation early as a true freshman.  Rising junior Keith Marshall will still be recovering from a torn ACL, and if Chubb's talent proves as transcendent as his rankings imply, he could leapfrog current freshmen J.J. Green and Brendan Douglas to become Todd Gurley's backup.

    At the very least, his impact will be felt in 2015, as most believe Gurley will depart for the NFL following his junior season.

Sony Michel, 5-Star Running Back

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    Committed

    Michel, a 5-star prospect according to the 247Sports Composite, committed to Georgia in April of 2013. 

    U.S. Army All-American Bowl: Jan. 4th, 1 p.m. ET, NBC

    Like Chubb, Michel will hope to make an impact as a true freshman, and his biggest competition for seeing the field may come from his fellow class of 2014.

    Michel is the smaller of the two backs (although he's far from slight), but he brings a little more pass-catching ability than Chubb.  That could serve Michel well, as Georgia has grown accustomed to utilizing running backs within the passing game as of late.

Jacob Park, 4-Star Quarterback

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    Via 247Sports.

    Committed

    Park will enroll early at Georgia in January.

    U.S. Army All-American Bowl: Jan. 4th, 1 p.m. ET, NBC

    At 6'3" and with a strong arm, Park fits the prototypical mold to run Georgia's pro-style offensive attack.  While he may be stuck behind redshirt senior Hutson Mason in 2014, he will begin competing immediately with the likes of Faton Bauta (currently a redshirt freshman) and Brice Ramsey (redshirting as a freshman) for the backup job.

    More importantly, however, those three passers will be vying for the starting spot in 2015.  If Park's high school career is any indicator (he was South Carolina's Mr. Football as a senior), he may very well contend for that job.

Malkom Parrish, 4-Star Cornerback

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    Committed

    Parrish committed to the in-state Bulldogs last summer.

    U.S. Army All-American Bowl: Jan. 4th, 1 p.m. ET, NBC

    Georgia's woes in the defensive secondary are well documented.  Accordingly, it's safe to say that Parrish will compete for playing time at the cornerback position immediately and could threaten to crack the starting lineup.

    Currently, Damian Swann and Shaq Wiggins are expected to start at the two spots, but Parrish could get on the field in Nickel situations or even beat out a current starter.

    Although he's undersized, his ability to react quickly and his ball skills will set him apart sooner rather than later.

Dyshon Sims, 4-Star Offensive Tackle

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    Via 247Sports.

    Committed

    Dyshon Sims committed to Georgia over Alabama and Florida State.

    U.S. Army All-American Bowl: Jan. 4th, 1 p.m. ET, NBC

    Sims has the frame to be a force along the offensive line, but he will need to bulk up before he'll see the field at the collegiate level.

    That being said, with three Georgia starters departing from the offensive line and a history of playing freshmen early along the trenches, Sims may get a shot at significant playing time as a true freshman in 2014.

    This week of practice and competition against the nation's best will be telling as to how well he'll adjust to the speed of the college game. 

Isaiah Wynn, 4-Star Offensive Guard

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    Via 247Sports.

    Committed

    Wynn committed to Georgia in April.

    U.S. Army All-American Bowl: Jan. 4th, 1 p.m. ET, NBC

    Much like Dyshon Sims, Wynn is hoping to contribute immediately in filling the void left by three Georgia starters along the offensive line. 

    He may be able to do so, but his upside is much lower than that of Sims.  At 6'2", Wynn lacks the elite size of Sims and will be forced to survive on quickness and strength alonea lofty proposition for a true freshman.

Elisha Shaw, 4-Star Defensive Tackle

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    Uncommitted

    Shaw is heavily considering Georgia, Alabama, Auburn and Ole Miss.

    U.S. Army All-American Bowl: Jan. 4th, 1 p.m. ET, NBC

    If Shaw does enroll at Georgia, he will be able to compete for a relatively unoccupied defensive tackle position.  Unfortunately, leapfrogging fellow freshman Lamont Gaillard, a more highly regarded recruit, may prove difficult, and he may quickly find himself lost in the depth chart.

    Accordingly, if immediate playing time is a driving force in Shaw's decision, he could select Ole Miss or another school with less of a crowd.  After all, Georgia's 3-4 scheme only supports one tackle.

Myles Autry, 4-Star Athlete

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    Via 247Sports.

    Uncommitted

    The leaders for Autry are Florida State, Georgia Tech and Georgia.

    U.S. Army All-American Bowl: Jan. 4th, 1 p.m. ET, NBC

    Autry is heavily favoring BCS National Championship contender Florida State and Georgia Tech (where his brother plays), but he could contribute as a small slot receiver at Georgia.

    Unfortunately, Georgia is loaded with depth at the receiver position, and Autry will most likely elect to contribute sooner than later.  In that regard, Georgia Tech may make the most sense, and he could even get some looks at running back.