Jason Ivester

Pittman Looking for Size

Georgia offensive line coach Sam Pittman has made it very clear that he wants to get bigger on the offensive line.

On Wednesday, Georgia offered Florida commit Jawaan Taylor, who is 6’5, 335-pounds.  On Thursday, Georgia invited 6’5 345-pound Solomon Kindley out of Raines (FLA) in Jacksonville to visit over the weekend, which he will.  Pittman also visited top 2016 lineman Jauan Williams who is listed at 6’7, 270-pounds.

Recent Georgia de-commitment Aaron Dowdell is not a small guy at 6’3, 294-pounds, but he is significantly smaller than some of the guys Pittman has been recruiting.  The Arkansas offensive line was one of the heaviest in all of football the past couple of seasons under Pittman, and it looks like that trend will continue to Athens.  

Chris Barnes, one of two current Georgia offensive line commits, does not look to have the ideal size for Pittman’s scheme at 6’3 278-pounds.  It seems that Smart and Pittman really like him anyway, after an in home visit on Wednesday solidified Barnes’ commitment.

Cleveland, on the other hand, is a monster lineman at 6’5, 320-pounds, and should fit perfectly into what Pittman plans to do with the line.  E.J Price, a crucial UGA target, looks like a great tackle prospect at 6’6, 324-pounds.  These two could be a dynamic duo under Pittman if Price picks the Bulldogs on Signing Day.

The one factor that stands out with these large linemen is that they all excel in the run game.  Pittman at Arkansas used his heavy offensive line year after year to produce one of the best running attacks in the country.  The plan right now for Pittman can Chaney is clear.  Establish a running game, and start by recruiting massive bodies.

From now on, expect the offensive lineman coming in to be larger than guys like Isaiah Wynn, Brandon Kublanow, Sage Hardin and Dyshon Sims.  Wynn, Pyke, and Kublanow should be considered favorites to be starters, but I believe guys like Sam Madden and Pat Allen could be players to really look out for going into spring practice.

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