Five on Defense: Where's UGA Stand?

Where does UGA stand with some of the best in its home state? Dawg Post takes a look at five elite targets and breaks each down here...

Georgia always wants to keep the best at home, but getting them all is impossible.

UGA will get their share from the Peach State in 2015 and Dawg Post takes a look at five top targets on the defensive side of the ball.

Natrez Patrick, Four-star DE, Atlanta Mays
Georgia is sitting at the top for Patrick. He has a very good relationship with Bryan McClendon, he likes what he sees in Jeremy Pruitt and Tracy Rocker, and the Dawgs are the one others are chasing. Alabama is in this and you cannot rule out schools like Auburn, Clemson, and Florida, but if signing day was this Wednesday, Patrick would sign with the school in Athens.

Rashad Roundtree, Four-star S, Evans Lakeside
Auburn got up early in this race, but Georgia has slowly pulled back to the top here. He has a lot of Dawg fans around him, Athens is not too far from Augusta, and the visit he and his family had to Athens this spring was a very good one. Georgia stays in regular contact and even though Roundtree does not plan to announce his decision for a while, UGA is in a good position.

Roquan Smith, Four-star ILB, Montezuma Macon County
Smith just spent over 24 hours at Georgia last week and he said it was his "best" visit to this point anywhere. That says a lot - This young man has visited schools just about every weekend since January. UGA has made Smith a priority and he knows it. He does not say it - yet - but Georgia is leading the group here. Smith has a great bond with the coaches in Athens and he feels at home. Smith also thinks he can play early there.

Trenton Thompson, Five-star DT, Albany Westover
Most have followed this one closely that follow UGA recruiting and most know he has thought about committing to Georgia on more than one occasion. UGA still leads here - pretty big too. His mother and grandmother were with him in Athens recently and not only did Thompson leave Athens loving the Dawgs, but two important females in his life did as well. This one may go the distance, but it will take a lot for someone to unseat the Dawgs at top.

D'Andre Walker, Four-star OLB, Fairburn Langston Hughes
Tennessee has the edge here, but Georgia is in a close second. Auburn is in this too, but there is a little separation between Tennessee and Georgia to Auburn. Walker has really connected with the UT staff as he has with Georgia's, but the Vols are a little higher on his list. Expect Walker to release an official top five in the coming weeks. Georgia really likes his ability to rush the passer off the edge.

We will have a feature on five top in-state offensive targets later in the week.


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