Dawg Post Review: Jake Ganus

Dean Legge reviews every member of Georgia's class of 2015 - today Jake Ganus

Jake Ganus

Linebacker

Chelsea/UAB – Chelsea, Ala.

6-2/215

Stars: 2 No. 259 WR in the country

No. 49 overall player in Alabama

This wasn’t the way Jake Ganus expected to end his college football career. But after a tumultuous December that involved the University of Alabama at Birmingham ending its long-standing football program, Ganus was a free agent of sorts.

He could sign anywhere in the country and play right away. But where? Georgia pounced. The Bulldogs’ coaching staff - aware that its two top tacklers were graduating - wanted to make certain production wouldn’t wane. After taking a look at nearly each player on the Blazers’ roster, Georgia made the push to add Ganus.

But as a prospect coming out of high school Ganus had been a virtual afterthought. Considered a two-star wide receiver, Ganus played quarterback for Chelsea High School just outside of Birmingham. He threw for 1,058 yards and rushed for 1,491 yards as a senior; he also threw nine touchdowns and ran for 22.

He was quite a high school player, but he wasn’t on the radar of many top colleges. Ganus visited Mississippi State and Alabama, but also took in trips to Southern Miss, South Alabama and UAB.

Schools were recruiting him as a defensive player - usually a safety. Eventually former Georgia offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Neil Callaway, who had taken over as head coach at UAB, offered him a scholarship to play for his hometown team. Ganus committed to UAB a month later.

He wound up playing linebacker for the Blazers and was very productive in that role, averaging 75 tackles a season in three years. Now Georgia hopes to have similar production from Ganus in his final season of college football.

STATS: 226 total tackles in three years as a starting linebacker at UAB.

SCOUTING: We took a good look at the film, but Jake stood out. He's a guy that we thought could come in and help us. Obviously Jake doesn't have a lot of eligibility left, but he's got a lot of maturity about him, and we really believe he's going to come in and give us some good pop. - Mark Richt

LEGGE’S QUESTION: Production won’t be an issue, but how much will Ganus play in 2015? Will he start at linebacker? Is he only a special teams guy? There’s a lot we really don’t know here.

LEGGE’S THOUGHTS: I don’t have much doubt that Ganus will be productive for Georgia - but I am not sure in what way he will be productive. Needless to say the level of competition from UAB to Georgia is a pretty big leap. But football is football; and tackling is tackling… and that’s something Ganus can do quite well. I don’t know if Ganus is going to start. I don’t know if he’s going to be a special teams star. It certainly seems like his pedigree at UAB was to make tackles - and a lot of them. Georgia lost a lot of production last season with the departure of Ramik Wilson and Amarlo Herrera. I don’t doubt that Ganus can help on the production front. But will he be so productive that he will be on the field at the moment of truth?


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