Chad Simmons

DawgPost breakdown: Defensive Line Targets

After a solid haul of defensive lineman in the 2016 class, the Bulldogs are in good shape to land more talented lineman for the 2017 class as well.

Aubrey Solomon from Lee County is one of the more dominant defensive lineman in the state for 2017.  Solomon had an outstanding showing at the Elite Junior Class last December, and the 6-foot-3 304-pound playmaker has offers from every major program around.  Solomon has been to Athens many times, but he has admitted that Florida was his leader in late January.  Look for Smart and his staff to turn the heat up on this talented defender sooner than later.

Malik Herring from Mary Persons (GA) is one of the top pass rushers in the south in this class.  The 6-foot-3 253-pound Herring carries his weight very well, has good quickness off the edge, and consistently makes plays in the backfield.  Herring is close with current Bulldog commit Richard LeCounte, and the two spent plenty of time together during Rising Seniors week.  With Georgia's need for explosive pass rushers, Herring is a prospect to really look out for.  The Bulldogs are in a good spot here going forward.

Another pass rusher who really looks the part physically is Norcross (GA) defensive end Robert Beal.  The former Notre Dame commit has great size at 6-foot-4 216-pounds, and has those long arms you look for in an outside linebacker/pass rusher role.  He has good quickness to get around an offensive tackle, and good strength and leverage to power through his opponent as well.  Beal has drawn comparisons to former Norcross star Lorenzo Carter, and is one of the top pass rushers in the entire country.  The Bulldogs will have to fight off Notre Dame, Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, and Ohio State for this Norcross standout.

Another name to remember is Crisp County (GA) defensive end Markaviest Bryant.  Bryant's recruitment has started to blow up in the past couple of months, and schools like Florida, Clemson, Georgia, and Auburn have taken notice of the 6-foot-4 226-pound defensive end.  Bryant is well put together physically and has good strength.  Bryant is versatile enough to play outside linebacker or end at the next level and is ranked the seventh-best defensive end prospect in the south.  

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