Recruiting Diary: Heading into the Holidays

A quick look at Georgia's recruiting as we head into the holidays and the stretch run until signing day... Targets, commitments and more...

Georgia had 19 commitments at this same time last year. That may be the amount of total commitments that Georgia ends up with this season. The Bulldogs are standing at 11 commitments right now, and here is a breakdown of each position as it stands now, and how each position could look on signing day.

Quarterback:

Commitments: A.J. Bryant and Blake Barnes will both accompany the Bulldogs to the Capital One Bowl in Orlando. Getting one quarterback on campus for spring practice is a bonus. Getting two players the caliber of Bryant and Barnes in for an extra spring is striking gold.

Targets: None

Running Back: Thomas Brown and Danny Ware are currently committed. Ware joined the team for practice last year. Both will get an opportunity at running back, and both are good enough athletes to contribute at other positions. Brown is the top cornerback prospect in the state of Georgia, and Ware could play fullback as well as tailback. Cedric Hodges turned down offers from the likes of Florida State and will be placed by Georgia in a Junior College.

Targets: Georgia is pretty well set at running back, but they have not given up on the possibility of signing Markus Manson of Tuscaloosa. Manson is committed to Florida, but it is very possible that he changes his mind before all is said and done.

Fullback:

Commitments: Brannan Southerland is one of the top fullbacks in the country. He is also one of the top middle linebackers. He will have a chance to play his position of choice on the next level.

Targets: None

Wide Receiver:

Commitments: None

Targets: This is the one position that is being recruited the hardest right now. Calvin Johnson may be the #1 Target left on Georgia's board,

Calvin Johnson

 and the Bulldogs will be in a battle with Georgia Tech for his services. Kenny O'Neal is out there looming large in California. Originally from Georgia, O'Neal named the Bulldogs a leader when he came back from his official visit. Demiko Goodman is a player with a world of potential. He is 6-4 and a world-class sprinter. He could develop into a huge player maker on the next level. Kenneth Harris is a late name to the scene, but Georgia was the first team to offer him. It's been pointed out that Athens is actually closer to Harris' home than Raleigh, and Georgia would love to bring him across the state border.

Offensive Line:

Commitments: Seth Watts is the lone offensive line commitment for Georgia right now, and he is a good one. He is a mauler that plays a physical brand of football that the Bulldogs will love.

Targets: Big Leon Hart is going to come to Georgia for a visit, and the Bulldogs have not given up on recruiting Courtney Abbott who committed to Florida State earlier this season. Drew Miller of Florida has already taken a visit to Georgia, and he hit it off well with the players and staff. Jared Gaither is an intriguing prospect. He is new to the game of football, but he has unlimited potential. He will visit Georgia on January 9th.

Tight End:

Commitments: None

Targets: Georgia as an athlete offered Jordan Lyons, but he wants to play quarterback. Kenny Ingram is listed as a safety, but he is a better offensive player at this stage of his career, and he is roughly the same size as Boss Bailey was when he graduated. Everyone recruiting him is telling him safety, but he would make an All-SEC caliber tight end.

Defensive Tackle:

Commitments: Michael Brown of Westlake is already on board. He is 6-5+ and 260 pounds with a motor that doesn't stop.

Michael Brown
Michael Brown



Targets: This position could be a fun one to watch in January. Eric McLendon is likely headed to Hargrave for a year, but he will be a Georgia Bulldog eventually. Demonte Bolden flirted with Georgia for a while, but he looks to be back on board with Tennessee.  Lorenzo Washington is a player still on the board. His age would make him a junior in high school this year, but he is a year ahead and will graduate with the class of 2004. He was one of Georgia's most impressive campers this summer.

Defensive End:

Commitments: Charles Johnson is one of two five star defensive ends by TheInsiders.com, and he has been committed to Georgia since last February. Jeremy Lomax of Lovejoy recently hopped on board as well. He will be a rush end in the mode of Quentin Moses.

Targets: It's only a matter of time before Brandon Lang makes an official commitment to Georgia. In the meantime, he is going to take some of his official visits. Brandon Miller bumped Johnson from the #1 spot at DE, and he is the other five star defensive end prospect. He will likely choose between Georgia and Florida State.

Linebacker:

Commitments: None

Targets: Georgia signed a slew of linebackers last year, and they are targeting a select few for the Class of 2005. Josh Johnson of Stephenson committed to Miami on his visit, but it was a spur of the moment type of thing, and he will still take his visit to Georgia. Keith Rivers was long thought headed to USC, but he announced last week that he would make a visit to Georgia. Jae Thaxton of Hart County has been open with his recruitment, and he is still on Georgia's target list. Lawrence Timmons is a new name to the list, but he is definitely a player to keep an eye on coming out of South Carolina.

Safety:

Commits: Antonio Sims filled a huge need when he made a commitment to Georgia earlier this month. He is a tremendous athlete that played running back and some quarterback this year as well.

Targets: Anthony Reddick is one of the top targets on the board. It will be tough to pull him away from Miami, but if it's not the Canes, it will be Georgia. Tony Bell from Alabama is going to give Georgia a hard look as well. He will likely end up at linebacker, but could play the roll of the hard hitting Sean Jones or Greg Blue.

Cornerback:

Commitments: None

Targets: Another position that will be recruited heavily over the course of the next month. Michael Grant is the biggest name still out there.

Michael Grant
Michael Grant

  Inquorous Johnson is a new name to the recruiting board, but he is a tremendous athlete that could play corner or wide receiver on the next level. Trevor Ford and Khalil Jones will get a look from the Bulldogs as well. Ramarcus Brown committed to Oklahoma, but the Bulldogs would still love to get him on a visit.

Summary:

If you take a look at the Commitment List, you are going to see a star studded group. The Target list is equally impressive. Georgia has done a great job signing their in state targets the past three years, and this year doesn't look to be any different. The Bulldogs are also looking to get out of state for a select few.

Georgia does not have the number of scholarships available this season that they've had in the past, but the quality of signees in February will stack up with any in the country.

Stay tuned to the Dawgpost and TheInsiders.com to follow all of the action through Signing Day and beyond!


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