Dawg Post Recruiting Board: Defense

Who does Georgia have the greatest shot at landing on the defensive side of the ball three and a half months until Signing Day? Get the very latest here...

Georgia has a total of 27 verbal commitments right now and 18 could be playing defense in Athens down the road.

Defensive Breakdown: DL-3 | OLB-3 | ILB-4 | CB-4 | S-4

----- Defensive Line -----

NEEDS: 5-6
COMMITTED: 3

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Player
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Montravius Adams 40%
Position: DT | Size: 6-3/305 | Hometown: Vienna, Ga. - Dooly County
Ranking: 5-star | No. 1 DT
Competitors: Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, and LSU.
Commitment timeline: Likely sometime late in January.
Summary: His mother plays a big role and she recently visited Florida. She has visited Auburn twice too. Florida has really become a player in this race and Auburn still may have the lead. Georgia is right there though at this time.
John Atkins - EE 99%
Position: DT | Size: 6-3/310 | Hometown: Thomson, Ga. - Hargrave Military Academy
Ranking: 3-star DT
Competitors: None.
Commitment timeline: Signed with Georgia in February 2012.
Summary: Atkins is working on getting qualified at Hargrave Military Academy and he plans to be in Athens in January 2013. He will play nose guard for the Dawgs.
Keith Bryant 10%
Position: DT | Size: 6-2/307 | Hometown: Delray Beach, Fla. - Atlantic
Ranking: 4-star | No. 18 DT
Competitors: Miami.
Commitment timeline: He plans to take some official visits.
Summary: He is a big Miami fan, but the word is that some close to him want him to get away and to make a fresh start. Since being a UM commit, he has visited Athens twice. He likes UGA, but if it his personal choice, he will be a Hurricane.
Kelsey Griffin 0%
Position: DT | Size: 6-2/290 | Hometown: Hoschton, Ga. - Mill Creek
Ranking: 4-star | No. 10 DT
Competitors: N/A
Commitment timeline: Committed to South Carolina Oct. 10.
Summary: This one was very interesting. Griffin tried to commit to Georgia, that did not work out, so he committed to South Carolina less than two weeks later.
DeAndre Johnson 99%
Position: DT | Size: 6-3/315 | Hometown: Newnan, Ga. - Northgate
Ranking: 3-star | No. 51 DT
Competitors: None.
Commitment timeline: Committed to Georgia on February 28, 2012
Summary: 'Moose' is a strong commitment to Georgia and they recruited him to play the nose guard position in their 3-4 scheme.
Toby Johnson - EE 55%
Position: DT | Size: 6-4/296 | Hometown: Hutchinson, Ks. - Hutchinson C.C.
Ranking: 4-star JUCO DT
Competitors: Nebraska, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and others.
Commitment timeline: He plans to take official visits first and he is a December graduate.
Summary: He is from the state of Georgia and he has a good relationship with Rodney Garner. UGA was out to see Johnson play recently and they look to be the team to beat at this stage.
Chris Mayes - EE 99%
Position: DT | Size: 6-4/325 | Hometown: Perkinston, Ms. - Mississippi Gulf College
Ranking: 3-star JUCO DT
Competitors: None.
Commitment timeline: Signed with Georgia in 2011.
Summary: Mayes was placed at Mississippi Gulf Coast after he failed to qualify out of high school. It looks like he will red-shirt this season allowing him to have three years to play three when he gets to Athens in January.
Jay Woods 0%
Position: DT | Size: 6-3/285 | Hometown: Jackson, Ga. - Jackson
Ranking: 4-star | No. 33 DT
Competitors: Vanderbilt.
Commitment timeline: Committed to Vanderbilt on Aug. 16.
Summary: The Dawgs lost out to Vanderbilt here and he has not heard from UGA since he committed to the Commodores.

Position Summary: The Dawgs are in the running for some of the best defensive linemen in the country, but it will be a fight for each of them. They have three commitments at this time and all are likely to play inside. Adams and Johnson are two they are targeting to play defensive end.


----- Outside Linebacker -----

NEEDS: 2
COMMITTED: 2-3 (McGee could play ILB or OLB)

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Davin Bellamy 20%
Position: OLB | Size: 6-5/225 | Hometown: Atlanta, Ga. - Chamblee
Ranking: 4-star DE
Competitors: Florida State.
Commitment timeline: Committed to Florida State on Aug.11.
Summary: Bellamy took an unofficial visit to Georgia when the Dawgs hosted Tennessee and he seems to have some type of interest in UGA. He now says he plans to take an official visit to Georgia, but his commitment to FSU looks to be strong.
Leonard Floyd - EE 99%
Position: DT | Size: 6-5/225 | Hometown: Eastman, Ga. - Hargrave Military Academy
Ranking: 3-star DE
Competitors: None.
Commitment timeline: Signed with Georgia in February 2012
Summary: Floyd is an athlete that will likely play a mix of outside linebacker and rush end for the Dawgs in their 3-4 scheme. He is at Hargrave Military Academy and plans to be in Athens in January 2013.
Shaun McGee 99%
Position: DE | Size: 6-2/230 | Hometown: Snellville, Ga. - Brookwood
Ranking: 3-star | No. 45 DE
Competitors: None.
Commitment timeline: Committed to Georgia on July 16, 2012
Summary: McGee went to Dawg Night 2012 with a goal in mind - to earn an offer. He earned one, slept on it for a couple of days, visited the following Monday, and committed that day. He is likely to play more ILB, but could cross-train and be worked inside and outside.
Naim Mustafaa 90%
Position: DE | Size: 6-4/235 | Hometown: Alpharetta, Ga. - Alpharetta
Ranking: 4-star | No. 15 DE
Competitors: Nebraska, Oklahoma State, and Tennessee.
Commitment timeline: Committed to Georgia on June 9, 2012
Summary: Mustafaa visited Tennessee over the weekend and the Vols are giving him something to think about he says. He is set to visit Oklahoma State in early November as well. UGA stays in contact with Mustafaa though and he is expected to visit Athens the weekend of the GALA in December..

Position Summary: Mustafaa and Floyd are the only for-sure outside linebackers committed to the Dawgs. They are a perfect fit for what Todd Grantham looks for at that position. McGee could get some work there too. UGA could be done at this position unless something happens with Bellamy.


----- Inside Linebacker -----

NEEDS: 4
COMMITTED: 4-5 (McGee could play ILB or OLB)

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Player
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Reggie Carter - EE 99%
Position: ILB | Size: 6-2/230 | Hometown: Snellville, Ga. - South Gwinnett
Ranking: 4-star | No. 16 ILB
Competitors: None.
Commitment timeline: Committed to Georgia on April 9, 2012
Summary: Carter is coming off a torn ACL, but if he returns to form, he is a top 15 type of prospect in the state of Georgia. He is very athletic and he is planning to be in Athens in January.
Reuben Foster 10%
Position: ILB | Size: 6-1/245 | Hometown: Auburn, Ala. - Auburn
Ranking: 5-star | No. 1 ILB
Competitors: Committed to Auburn
Commitment timeline: Flipped to Auburn from Alabama on July 12, 2012
Summary: Foster committed to Alabama in the summer of 2011, but continued to take visits to Auburn and Georgia. He switched to Auburn in July and it looks like he is firm with his commitment.
Tim Kimbrough 99%
Position: ILB | Size: 6-1/230 | Hometown: Indianapolis, Ind. - Warren Central
Ranking: 4-star | No. 6 ILB
Competitors: None.
Commitment timeline: Committed to Georgia on July 13, 2012
Summary: .
Johnny O'Neal 99%
Position: ILB | Size: 6-2/230 | Hometown: Dublin, Ga. - West Laurens
Ranking: 4-star | No. 7 ILB
Competitors: None.
Commitment timeline: Committed to Georgia on March 24, 2012
Summary: O'Neal made it clear early on that he was going to stay close to home to play college football and he followed through with that by committed to Georgia over Georgia Tech.
Ryne Rankin - EE 99%
Position: ILB | Size: 6-1/228 | Hometown: Orlando, Fla. - East River
Ranking: 3-star | No. 35 ILB
Competitors: None.
Commitment timeline: Committed to Georgia on April 6, 2011
Summary: Rankin is a prospect UGA really evaluated and they seemed to like a lot of things about him. He knows the game, he plays hard, and his is the son of a coach.

Position Summary: Georgia has four inside linebackers committed at this time and they are likely done here. They would likely take Foster at any time, but the odds of him leaving Auburn are very low at this time. Outside of Foster, unless someone de-commits, UGA is done here.


----- Cornerback -----

NEEDS: 4
COMMITTED: 3-4 (Green is an athlete)

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Mackensie Alexander 10%
Position: CB | Size: 5-11/185 | Hometown: Immokalee, Fla. - Immokalee
Ranking: 4-star | No. 4 CB
Competitors: Alabama, Florida State, Miami, Tennessee, and others.
Commitment timeline: N/A
Summary: Alexander has visited Athens, but there does not seem to be much interest there right now. He committed to Tennessee early before backing off that. He is one UGA would take, but it will be difficult for the Dawgs to get him.
J.J. Green 99%
Position: CB | Size: 5-9/170 | Hometown: Kingsland, Ga. - Camden County
Ranking: 3-star | No. 59 CB
Competitors: None
Commitment timeline: Committed to Georgia on April 9, 2012
Summary: Green is one of the most exciting football players in the state of Georgia. He is super-quick, he is very tough, and it remains to be scene just how or where UGA will use him. Scout ranks him as a corner, but he could be used as a slot receiver. He will definitely be a return man as well.
Brendan Langley 40%
Position: CB | Size: 6-1/186 | Hometown: Marietta, Ga. - Kell
Ranking: 4-star | No. 12 CB
Competitors: South Carolina
Commitment timeline: Committed to South Carolina on August 1, 2012
Summary: Langley is still committed to Carolina, but he has taken two visits to Athens and one to Columbia so far this season. UGA is still in this and they will likely receive an official visit before all is said and done.
Steven Nelson - EE 95%
Position: CB | Size: 6-0/185 | Hometown: Visalia, Ca. - College of Sequoias
Ranking: 3-star JUCO CB
Competitors: Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Oregon, and Texas Tech.
Commitment timeline: Committed to Georgia on February, 2012
Summary: Nelson is from Warner Robins, Ga. and he grew up a Dawg fan, so when he knew he had an offer from the Dawgs, he acted on it fairly quickly and committed to them. He has taken other official visits, but he calls Georgia his home and he seems to be very solid to the Dawgs.
Shaquille Wiggins - EE 90%
Position: CB | Size: 5-10/160 | Hometown: Tyrone, Ga. - Sandy Creek
Ranking: 4-star | No. 14 CB
Competitors: Florida, Ole Miss, Tennessee, and Vanderbilt.
Commitment timeline: Committed to Georgia on February 10, 2012
Summary: Wiggins took a visit to Athens on February 10 and he did not leave before committing. Florida looks to be the biggest competition for the Dawgs and he still plans to visit them officially.
Reggie Wilkerson - EE 99%
Position: CB | Size: 5-11/165 | Hometown: Citra, Fla. - North Marion
Ranking: 4-star | No. 24 CB
Competitors: None
Commitment timeline: Committed to Georgia on April 14, 2012
Summary: Georgia got Wilkerson on their campus in March, let him know he had an offer, and he committed to them a month later. He is a very good athlete with speed and size.

Position Summary: Georgia is looking for one more cornerback in this class and Langley appears to be the guy they are targeting He could help UGA in multiple ways.


----- Safety -----

NEEDS: 4
COMMITTED: 4

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Player
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Vonn Bell 10%
Position: S | Size: 6-0/190 | Hometown: Rossville, Ga. - Ridgeland
Ranking: 5-star | No. 3 S
Competitors: Alabama, Ohio State, Tennessee, and Texas.
Commitment timeline: Possibly around mid-season.
Summary: UGA was the first to offer, but for some reason, they have never seemed to be a true contender in this race. Bell visited UGA briefly on one occasion and he may return again, but the odds of signing him are not in their favor right now.
Paris Bostick 99%
Position: S | Size: 6-0/205 | Hometown: Tampa, Fla. - Plant
Ranking: 3-star | No. 35 S
Competitors: None.
Commitment timeline: Committed to Georgia on August 13, 2012
Summary: Bostick has been on the UGA radar for a couple of years. He is a great athlete that worked out at three different positions at Dawg Night 2012 and he made his mind up that night before going public a month later.
Shaquille Fluker - EE 99%
Position: S | Size: 6-1/205 | Hometown: Scooba, Ms. - East Mississippi C.C.
Ranking: 3-star JUCO S
Competitors: None.
Commitment timeline: Committed to Georgia on August 14, 2012
Summary: Fluker is a hitter and Georgia jumped on him early. He was leaning towards UGA for months before he committed to them.
Quincy Mauger 99%
Position: S | Size: 6-0/200 | Hometown: Marietta, Ga. - Kell
Ranking: 3-star | No. 76 S
Competitors: None.
Commitment timeline: Committed to Georgia on July 13, 2012
Summary: Mauger earned an offer after performing well at the >Mark Richt Camp in June and he committed to the Dawgs at Dawg Night a little over a month later.
Tray Matthews - EE 95%
Position: S | Size: 6-1/200 | Hometown: Newnan, Ga. - Newnan
Ranking: 4-star | No. 9 S
Competitors: Auburn.
Commitment timeline: Committed to Georgia on August 13, 2011
Summary: Matthews committed to UGA before the 2011 season kicked off and he is still a strong commitment, but Auburn is a school you have to watch. With that said, he seems as strong as he has in recent months.

Position Summary: Georgia is likely done here. They will likely concentrate on holding onto who they have committed and start working on the 2014 class.

EE = Early Enrollee. Prospects with this beside their name are on track to graduate in December and enroll in college in January 2013.

The Offensive Recruiting Board will be updated on Wednesday.


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