On Sunday, The Bulldogs lost inside linebacker commit Breon Dixon, who decided to re-open his recruitment. The Grayson linebacker committed to Georgia on Christmas Day and was soon a big recruiter for the Bulldogs. Every time I spoke with Dixon, you could tell he was excited to be a Bulldog, and wanted to help build the best recruiting class in the country. The de-commitment caught many fans off-guard, but it's clear there was not much communication going on recently. I don't know the exact reasons behind Dixon's de-commitment, but I feel like it will turn out to be a good decision for both parties in the end.
So where does Georgia go from here?
The Bulldogs only have one commit at linebacker at the moment, that being Westlake senior Jaden Hunter. At 6-foot-2 212, Hunter has the ability to play both inside and outside linebacker in college, but needs to continue adding solid muscle, as well as improve his coverage skills. Hunter is ranked as a four-star prospect and the second-ranked outside linebacker prospect in Georgia.
Maybe the most sough after linebacker on Georgia's board is Vidalia's Nate McBride. The 6-foot-2 225-pound linebacker has great speed for his size, and should be a natural ball hawk at the next level. McBride has been a major Georgia target even with the old staff, and the new staff is looking to close this one up soon. A decision could come soon, and the Bulldogs sit in a very good spot for the four-star.
Another inside linebacker hearing from Georgia is James Clemens (AL) prospect Monty Rice. Only a three-star prospect, the staff seems to really like the Alabama native. Rice even told me last week that he hears from Georgia "every day". The 6-foot-1 228 backer plays tough, and would be a nice addition to the class if he signs with Georgia. Rice also holds offers from Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, LSU, among others.
Brookwood's Leonard Warner has been a hot name in UGA recruiting the past few weeks. Warner doesn't talk much, but he always has good things to say about the Bulldogs. Warner has great size at 6-foot-4 224, and can bring an intimidating look for a defense. He plays a little stiff, but he's a tough guy for lineman to handle. The Bulldogs have really turned the heat up on Warner recently, and they are sitting in a strong spot right now for the state's third-ranked outside linebacker. Like Hunter, Warner should be able to play either linebacker spot at the next level.
Cairo's Walter Grant is another versatile linebacker that could be on the Bulldog's commit list at some point. Grant didn't compete at many camps, but he definitely looks the part as a big time prospect. His size stands out at 6-foot-4 235-pounds, and he is well put together physically. Grant is ranked as the top outside linebacker prospect in Georgia for the 2017 class, but he is another guy who could play inside if possible. Grant was in Athens last month for the final Kirby Smart Camp, and looked to be having a great time. He was laughing and joking with other recruits, and got some quality time with the coaches. Grant felt VERY comfortable at Georgia that day. Keep a close eye on his recruitment moving forward.