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Legge's Thoughts: D'antne Demery Signs w/ UGA

Dean Legge explains what D'antne Demery signing with UGA means.

What it means: Unfortunately, I only got to see Demery in camp settings, but I came away impressed each time. He’s long, and was the best lineman at the camps in Athens when I saw him play. Like most players outside of Metro Atlanta, Demery is raw. 

At 6-6, 304, Demery is the smallest lineman the Bulldogs picked up this recruiting cycle. (I feel like I need to write that twice). At 6-6, 304, Demery is the smallest lineman the Bulldogs picked up this recruiting cycle - the smallest. He’s the average size for what UGA used on the offensive line in 2016, and he’s the smallest in this class. 

He’s also the tallest, meaning he’s almost certainly a tackle in the future. And if Georgia has lacked things in the recent past - really since 2002 - it’s been tackles. Demery is a tackle for sure. Could be play major minutes early? He might, but he’s more of a project than someone like D’Marcus Hayes, who will have to come in and produce right away. 

The fight in the future will be to see who winds up at left tackle. The good news for the Bulldogs and Jake Fromm, specifically, is that there will be a few choices to pick from now. That’s just not been the case here lately for Georgia, and that’s been a major problem. 

Dean Legge saw him live: 2015 Mark Richt Camp; 2016 Kirby Smart Camp

Chad Simmons says: Demery is an offensive tackle who is really starting to fill out his frame and become the player we expected him to a couple of years ago. With his big frame, he moves well, and plays light on his feet. Moving in space and getting off the ball are strengths of his. He has really improved his power, and he has one of the best punches in the South. He has the length coaches covet at tackle and he could be a true left tackle on the next level.

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