Ask the Expert

Fox Sports NEXT recruiting analyst Chad Simmons answers Dean Legge's recruiting questions.

LEGGE: It has been common knowledge for some time that Georgia wants to sign more than 30 players this winter... but how will they get to that number considering they are only at 27 commits this second?

SIMMONS:It is no problem for Georgia to get to 32-33 for this class, but it will be a fight for them to get the right 5-6 guys to finish this class out. They has been talk that they could go as high as 34, so if they did that, they would have seven spots remaining. Georgia would not have a problem throwing some new offers out there and filling this class up, but they are going to fight for Laremy Tunsil, Montravius Adams, Toby Johnson, Brendan Langley, Alvin Kamara, Jaquay Williams, Tyrone Crowder, and Jonathon Rumph. Those are eight the Dawgs are going hard after and we will know by the middle of December what Johnson, Langley, Williams, and Rumph decide to do. They are all early enrollees.

LEGGE: Traditionally Auburn has been a recruiting rival for the Bulldogs. Just how much are the Tigers going to be effected going into this winter with coaching speculation, and will Georgia benefit from that in any way?

SIMMONS:I think they will be effected more than it really helps Georgia. However, Georgia could already be benefitting from this a little with Jaquay Williams and Montravius Adams, so that is pretty significant. Williams is an Auburn signee, then the Tigers placed him at Fork Union for academics reason, and someone close to him has told me that he has opened back up, and is now Georgia a hard look. Adams was a strong lean to the Tigers at one time and Georgia has pulled even with the rest of the pack after the issues at Auburn and getting his mother to Athens. I think Georgia will always hold a spot for Reuben Foster, an Auburn commitment, so he could be one Georgia tries to reach out to through the turmoil there on the plains, but overall, Georgia has their targets in place for now, and only a couple have any ties to Auburn.

LEGGE: If the Bulldogs beat Auburn for the fifth time in six years they will earn a place in the SEC Championship on December 1st. What, if any, ramifications come from playing in the title game - even if you don't win it - in the recruiting world?

SIMMONS:It always helps to win and to play in big games. Usually something like this may have an effect on one or two kids in the current class, but where it really helps is the next class because you can use this as momentum going into Junior Days, walking through the hallways of high schools in January, and things like that. No matter what kids say, they all want to play for a winner on the next level, so if Georgia repeats as SEC East Champions, plays for the SEC title for the second year in a row, it is a real positive.

LEGGE: This is the last weekend of the regular season in high school football in the state... which playoff-eligible high schools should Georgia fans keep tabs on for 2014 recruiting?

SIMMONS:There are so many… A kid that we have ranked in the 2014 Scout100 is Elisha Shaw out of Tucker. He still has not really hit the Internet too hard yet. He is a kid I have liked since seeing him in the summer and he has a lot of upside. D.J. Smith is a long corner out of Walton that is now showing his athleticism at running back with Tyren Jones going down with an MCL injury last week. Georgia really wants him. Both of those kids have Georgia offers, but a couple that don't to keep an eye on are Myles Autry from Norcross (I would offer as an athlete if I was Georgia) and Chris Williams from Camden County. Williams plays cornerback and running back and he is a definite division one talent.

LEGGE: We are less than three months from Signing Day, which program, specifically, will give Georgia the most competition for players in this final stretch?

SIMMONS:There really isn't that consistent school this year when looking at the top seven or eight guys on the board, but Alabama is big again with Laremy Tunsil and Alvin Kamara specifically, but Montravius Adams to an extent as well. Other than that it is pretty spread out with schools like Clemson, South Carolina, Auburn, Mississippi State, and Tennessee.

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