We've seen what UGA has done with elite skill players like Todd Gurley, Aaron Murray, A.J. Green and Matthew Stafford. What we've not seen is UGA amass skilled mass on the offensive line, and that's cost them.
But Thursday, 4-start Franklin (TN) OL Max Wray picked Georgia over Tennessee on Thursday night according to Scout National Recruiting Analyst Chad Simmons. Its a major development because Simmons says that Wray is a “what you want to see in an offensive tackle.”
The 6-6, 272-pound prospect has “good feet” and “his ability to move stands out”, Simmons said. Wray is the first committed prospect in UGA’s class of 2018. It shows the recruiting prowess, first and foremost, of new UGA offensive line coach Sam Pittman, and it proves that the Bulldogs are building a base for the future with an elite offensive lineman.
Wray will likely be a Scout 100 player, which is a major get for a program that has signed only one Scout 100 offensive lineman in the last five recruiting cycles (John Theus, 2012). If offensive line recruiting was going to improve it was going to have to start by attracting a left tackle, which Simmons said is what Wray can deliver in the future.
“He can be a true left tackle on the next level,” Simmons said. “His technique is good and he can shoot his hands, lock them in, and then take control. He is growing into his frame nicely.”