Sneek Peek: Georgia's Class of 2005

ATHENS - A quick look at each player in the Class of 2005.

Donovan Baldwin, 6-2, 175, DB: A Class AAA all-state player in Florida, Baldwin intercepted seven passes during his senior season and returned four of them for touchdowns. He also returned six kickoffs for touchdowns in his final year, including two in one playoff game.

Roderick Battle, 6-4, 250, DE: The Georgia Sportswriters Association defensive player of the year in Class AAAAA, also a defensive captain who had 15 sacks, 25 quarterback pressures, 30 tackles-for-loss and 10 caused fumbles. Named to Superprep All-America and All-Dixie teams and will have a chance to contribute this year.

Jamar Bryant, 6-2, 195, ATH: Named one of Scout.com's top 70 quarterbacks in America coming out of high school but is expected to play wide receiver of the Bulldogs. Signed last year but spent 2004 season at Hargrave Military Academy, where he caught five passes for 89 yards.

CJ Byrd, 6-2, 180, S: The marquee defensive back of this class was the 2004 Gatorade South Carolina player of the year was named best player by his teammates in the Shrine Bowl. Considered one of country's top four safeties by Tom Lemming and Scout.com and could play right away.

Tripp Chandler, 6-6, 230, TE: Rated the country's No. 20 tight end by Tom Lemming and also a member of the Superprep All-Dixie Team. A member of the Macon Touchdown Club's Super 7 team. Caught 27 passes for 538 yards and eight touchdowns as senior. Faces logjam at tight end.

Jamar Chaney, 6-2, 215, LB: A Class AAAA all-state player in Florida, recorded 16 tackles in the Outback Bowl High School All-Star game. Had 68 tackles, six sacks and three interceptions in six games his senior season. A member of the Superprep All-Dixie Team. Depth at his position may force a redshirt season.

Antavious Coates, 6-4, 200, DB: Recorded 21 tackles and four interceptions in four games as a senior before tearing his ACL on the first play of the fifth game. Considered one of nation's top 25 safeties by Scout.com and Rivals.com. Like Byrd, has a chance to play right away due to lack of depth at safety.

Joe Cox, 6-1, 195, QB: A Parade All-American and the player of the year in North Carolina but won't play this year barring catastrophe. Threw for state record 66 touchdowns during his senior season and a two-time MVP of the state title game. Threw for 3,983 yards as a senior after 4,509 yards as a junior.

Darius Dewberry, 6-4, 218, LB: The Peach County native was almost as highly thought of as in-state linebacker Tray Blackmon, who signed with Auburn, but the Bulldogs will have to wait a while for Dewberry. Barring a very unexpected development, he will spend next year at Hargrave Military Academy and then re-sign with Georgia next year, once he is academically eligible.

Bryan Evans, 5-11, 177, CB: The shutdown cornerback the Bulldogs were looking for has maybe the best chance of anyone to play right away since his position is relatively easy to learn. Intercepted five passes and returned two for touchdowns as a senior, while also rushing for 327 yards.

Tavares Kearney, 6-1, 205, LB: Was slightly overlooked due to number of linebackers this year but could be impact player if he can qualify academically. Named Scout.com's No. 26 linebacker and had 14 sacks, 78 tackles and 51 quarterback hurries during his senior season.

Mohamed Massaquoi, 6-2, 191, WR: The Parade Magazine All-American could make immediate impact at position where true go-to player has yet to emerge. Owns North Carolina state record for career receiving yards (4,851), receiving yards as a senior (1,834), career touchdown catches 76) and senior season touchdown catches (32).

Corey Moon, 6-5, 240, DE: Not as highly regarded as other defensive line signees but has opportunity due to lack of depth. Recorded 220 tackles and 25 sacks in his last two seasons. Rated one of the top seven defensive ends in the South by Scout.com.

Michael Moore, 6-2, 191, WR: Set the Broward County (Florida) single-game receiving record as a junior and a senior. Caught 59 passes for 1,055 yards and 14 touchdowns as a senior, giving him 30 touchdowns in final two prep seasons. Named Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel's offensive player of the year as senior.

Jeffrey Owens, 6-3, 280, DT: Was ranked No. 12 defensive tackle in country in a very good year for defensive tackles. Lemming thinks he could be a player who contributes right away, providing depth in the middle for the Bulldogs. Led his county in sacks with 14 and also had 74 tackles and 27 tackles-for-loss.

Brandon Sesay, 6-5, 250, DT: Not as celebrated as Douglass High School teammate Roderick Battle but still among top 15 defensive tackles in country by Scout.com. Recorded 17.5 tackles, 24 quarterback pressures, 15 tackles-for-loss and eight caused fumbles in senior season.

Ian Smith, 6-3, 295, OG: Faces a logjam at offensive guard but could develop into a player down the line. A Class AAA all-state player and a member of Countdown to Signing Day's All-South third team. Considered one of country's top 25 guards by Rivals.com.

Marcus Washington, 6-0, 210, LB: The first player to commit to the Bulldogs also became the first player to fax in his letter of intent on Wednesday. May have to wait a while to play, though since he's at a position with some depth. Had 422 career tackles at Burke County High School. Had 79 solo tackles and 46 assists as senior.

Kade Weston, 6-5, 316, DT: Is expected to battle Jeffrey Owens for immediate spot in Georgia's tackle rotation. Both could end up playing right away. Weston is considered the third-best defensive tackle in the country after recording 79 tackles as a senior. Returning starters
Offense -- Seven
Defense --Eight
Top Need Areas
Defensive line, cornerback, safety

Filling the gap

The Bulldogs have plenty of candidates to fill their defensive line now. Georgia signed two ends and three tackles and several have the chance to play right away due to their ability and the Bulldogs' lack of depth. Tackle Kade Weston leads that group. Bryan Evans may play right away at cornerback.

Maybe later

Quarterback Joe Cox will have to wait his turn behind D.J. Shockley, etc. Ian Smith is an offensive guard, which is bad news for the immediate future because the Bulldogs have too many of those now. Tight end Tripp Chandler has two good, young players in front of him.

Still searching

The Bulldogs signed just one offensive linemen, a guard. It's always dangerous to bring in so few big guys in any class. Georgia will have to make sure it fills this need next year.


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