Dawgs in need of play-making receivers

Georgia needs help at wide receiver. Hutson Mason takes a lot of criticism, but he does not have the best wide receivers to throw to either. That could change in the future with the group UGA has committed in 2015...

Michael Bennett is good, but he is not going to scare an opposing defensive coordinator.

Like Bennett, Chris Conley is solid, but he is another possession-type who is not explosive, nor does he stretch the field.

Malcolm Mitchell has been slowed by injuries the last year and half after having a strong freshman campaign. When fully healthy, he gives Georgia a weapon with explosiveness and the ability to take the short pass to the house.

Justin Scott-Wesley was coming into his own a year ago before going down with an injury. He has not shown he's fully healthy yet in 2014.

Reggie Davis has shown flashes of his ability, Blake Tibbs has yet to show up, Kenneth Towns is a walk-on for a reason, and Shakenneth Williams is a true freshman with upside to like.

Isaiah McKenzie and Jeb Blazevich are two other true freshmen who are already helping the team at receiver and tight end, and each should see their roles increase in the coming years.

I am not going to even mention Jonathan Rumph. I probably typed his name one too many times already.

The future is looking brighter at Georgia when talking guys who catch passes.

Georgia has seven commitments right now who could be catching passes for the Dawgs down the road. Some could end up on defense too, but the group is strong, and Darius Slayton is still out there with UGA right there on his list.

Lets look at who Georgia has coming in next season as it stands right now.

Why not start with one of the most electric athletes in the country -- Terry Godwin.

He is an in-state (Hoganville (Ga.) Callaway) athlete who is truly explosive. He is quicker and more fluid than Malcolm Mitchell and just a better overall athlete. No matter where Georgia plays him -- offense or defense, he will play as a true freshman. He has the ability to make a significant impact in 2015.

The most polished wide receiver on their commitment list at this time is Van Jefferson. The star out of Brentwood (Tenn.) is the son of former NFL receiver Shawn Jefferson. The 6-foot-2, 175 pounder is an advanced route runner, he has sticky hands, he sets defenders up, and I think he would be starting now for UGA is he was already on the team.

How about some size? Michael Chigbu is a physical wideout with strength, the ability to catch the ball in traffic, and someone who knows how to get behind defenders. The New Orleans (La.) Holy Cross star looks like a linebacker in pads, and like Jefferson and Godwin, he is another who could play right away in Athens, Ga.


If Brice Ramsey is the UGA signal caller in the future, he has to like to like this group.

Jayson Stanley is known for his ability to stretch the field. He also scored touchdowns as a junior on hitch routes, so he showed he could take the short pass the distance as well. He is best though running down the field and high-pointing the ball. Stanley tore his ACL in game one this season, so he is currently rehabbing. He may need a red-shirt year at UGA. His game is still a ways away too, so that could really benefit him. He reminds me of Scott-Wesley.

The first Georgia commitment for 2015 was Christian Owens, a Griffin, Ga. native. He is a 6-5, 200 pounder with long arms, a great wingspan, and soft hands. He really needs to add weight and improve his speed. He is a long-strider, so he covers a lot of ground, but he was viewed more by me as a hybrid (Aron White type) a couple of years ago, but he has yet to develop physically like expected. Still a solid receiver, but not the true game-changer.

Another wildcard here is Shaquery Wilson. The Coral Gables (Fla.) athlete is 6-1, 190 pounds, and someone who could play receiver, cornerback, or safety on the next level. He has good hands -- he showed those at UGA's camp over the summer. He showed a burst too and he is a fluid athlete who is raw in a lot of areas at this time. Wilson is more ready to play on offense, but his most upside could be on defense.

It is easy with Jackson Harris, a four-star tight end out of Columbia (Tenn.) Central -- he is a true tight end. An old-school tight end is a good way to describe Jackson who is 6-5, 240 pounds. He is a great blocker, he can set the edge for the running back, and he has very reliable hands. Harris is not a burner, but he and Blazevich should really compliment one another in the coming years. Do not be surprised to see Harris on the field next fall.

The main question is, how many of these 2015 commitments will play in 2015 between the hedges with a real chance to make a difference?

Godwin? Yes.

Jefferson? Yes.

Chigbu? Yes.

Stanley? Not likely.

Owens? Needs a red-shirt year.

Wilson? Yes. Just don't know where.

Harris? I lean towards yes.

Georgia has a need, a big need in my eyes at wide receiver, and the group they hope to sign in 2015 could be their best ever. You have some game-changers on this list and UGA has not had many of those at this position in recent years.

Also, the Dawgs hope not to be done here. Slayton, a Scout 100 prospect out of Norcross (Ga.) Greater Atlanta Christian has had a great past nine months. He has grown so much as a player and he has made plays week in, week out on both sides of the ball. His decision will likely come later this month.

Hutson Mason has taken some heat this season and some feel he is the reason UGA is not taking the shots down the field. Some of that may be accurate, but he is not Aaron Murray, he may not have the arm to toss the ball all over the yard, but he needs receivers who can help him too. He is not going to have the luxury to work with the 2015 class, this group will definitely help the future signal caller in Athens, Ga. look a lot better.

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