DawgPost Looks at UGA Running Back Targets

Running back is a serious position of need for the Bulldogs in the 2017 class, and the new staff are going after some of the best in the country.

Clinton (MS) back Cam Akers is ranked as the eighth-best back in the country for the 2017 class, and the Bulldogs have made sure he knows he is a top priority.  The 5-foot-11 208-pound Akers recently de-committed from Alabama, and is fresh off a visit to Georgia.  Akers aattended Dawg-Night in Athens last July, and was one of the two most impressive physically of all of the back in attendance with Newton (GA) back Kurt Taylor.  Akers does a great job of breaking tackles, staying balanced, and is a guy who can put a team on his back late in the game.  Look for the Bulldogs to do everything they can to fend off Alabama, Ole Miss, and Ohio State for one of the top backs in the country.

Another guy high on Georgia's board is Sprayberry (GA) back Trey Sermon.  Sermon is coming off a back injury, but was the top back in the state of Georgia when he was healthy.  Sermon has good size at 6-foot-1 203-pounds, and can beat teams in different ways.  This versatile back can play on special teams returning kicks, and can also catch well out of the backfield.  Sermon was another back that attended the annual Dawg-Night recruiting camp last July, and did a very good job catching the ball.  The Bulldogs will have to battle plenty of SEC rivals in order to sign the state's top back next year, but as of right now they are in a good spot.

Dematha Catholic (MD) back Anthony McFarland is another back that the Bulldogs are high on.  McFarland has expressed interest in Georgia for a while now, and had a very close relationship with the old staff.  McFarland has admitted he really enjoys Athens, and could see himself playing down south in college.  The 5-foot-8 188-pound McFarland is not as big as some of Georgia's other targets, but he's very agile and has a knack for slipping away from tackles.  The old Georgia staff was high on him, and it seems like the new staff is too.  Keep an eye on his recruitment moving forward.

Langhard Creek (TX) back Toniel Carter Jr. is ranked the seventh-best back in the country and another priority for the Bulldogs.  The Houston native is 5-foot-11 190-pounds and very explosive.  He has good vison, can break tackles, and runs effortlessly. He has good instincts, runs tough, and has the ability to score every time he touches the ball.  Alabama, Arkansas, LSU, Notre Dame, TCU, Baylor, and Texas A&M are all coming hard after one of the best backs in the country.  

New names will always emerge, but as of right now, these are four guys who are getting a serious look from the Bulldogs.  Georgia needs two impressive backs in this class to carry the load for the future of the program, and signing any two of these four backs would be a giant step in the running game moving forward.


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