Ray Gant and Dale Dixson are back ups at the spot, but no player deeper in the depth chart has shown anything of note during regular season games. That's why recruiting defensive linemen, particularly defensive tackles was critical for the Bulldogs' this recruiting season.
It appears that Rodney Garner, Georgia's defensive tackles coach and the recruiting coordinator, has been cleaning house at that spot. The three top defensive linemen on the Bulldogs' board, Kade Weston, Brandon Sesay, and Jeffery Owens are all signing with Georgia in a few weeks.
Each commitment means different things for the program as each tackle has a different recruiting situation.
Weston, arguably the top defensive tackle in the country, will sign with the Bulldogs even though he lives no where near Athens. He hails from New Jersey. Weston was at the top of the Bulldogs' list and they snagged him. This, after last seasons' struggles to ink top defensive tackles Lorenzo Washington and Michael Brown.
Unlike Brown, Sesay, also a City of Atlanta player, jumped at the chance to sign with the Dawgs. His commitment to Georgia reversed the trend of big-time inner city Atlanta kids going to schools other than Georgia. Players like Jamal Lewis and Ammad Carroll picked schools out of Georgia to play ball at. If Sesay and his teammate Roderick Battle are any indication, the city is now wide open for the Bulldogs' choosing.
Finnally, Owens, one of several out-of-staters who will sign with the Bulldogs, showed that Georgia can compete for any player in the southeast. Even top players in Florida are interested in Georgia's program. In the past Georgia would get ‘very interested' players from the Sunshine State to visit Athens – now they are signing them. Brain VanGorder's ties to the Plantation High program not withstanding; picking up Owens competed an impressive sweep of the top of Georgia's defensive tackle board. And that isn't anything to complain about if you are a Georgia fan.