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If you put together a list of the top recruiting classes right now the University of Georgia would be near the top of the heap. Bulldog Head Coach Mark Richt has secured commitments from 16 prospects so far and first kickoff for UGA isn't for five more days. In fact half their commitments are from out-of-state prospects. They have done a nice job of blending both in-state and out-of-state prospects, targeting specific need areas like on the offensive line. Georgia will sign a full class and than some, so expect the Dawgs to over-sign their allotment of 25 prospects. Players like quarterback Matthew Stafford, wide receiver Kris Durham, offensive lineman Kevin Perez, and defensive tackle Ricardo Crawford will try and enter school early at UGA. Let's take a look at who's headed to Athens and who's still on the board for the Bulldogs.
Matthew Stafford (commitment)
Stafford will likely be the lone signal caller signed by UGA this season. Stafford, 6-2.5 and 212 pounds, is from Dallas (Texas) Highland Park High School. He is the Scout.com No. 2 rated quarterback prospect and a member of the National Hot 100. Stafford has a good feel for the game and he can consistently find the open receiver. He can throw with zip or touch, he has deceptive mobility and has the ability to make plays when things break down. Stafford takes command in the huddle and is very competitive. He will graduate in December and participate in spring practice at Georgia.
Ronnie Tyler, Shaun Chapas (commitments)
Chapas, 6-2 and 225 pounds, plays wing back for Jacksonville (Fla.) The Bolles School. He is very good at run blocking and blocking in pass protection. Chapas can also catch the ball out of the backfield and get you the tough yards between the tackles. Chapas will play fullback for Georgia. Tyler, 5-10 and 178 pounds, is from Wagener (N.C.) Salley High School. He is an explosive runner with blazing speed. Tyler is very effective getting around the corner and getting into space. Once he does he is gone. Tyler loves to "bounce" outside on the inside runs. Georgia is also recruiting Knowshon Moreno and Cameron Smith. Moreno, from Middletown (N.J.) is looking at UGA and many other schools while Smith, from Snellville (Ga.), is favoring Georgia and Michigan at this time.
Kris Durham (commitment)
Durham, 6-5 and 189 pounds, is from Calhoun (Ga.) High School. He is a huge target with deceptive speed. Durham has consistent hands and will be a great red-zone threat for the Dawgs. He runs good routes and he can go get the ball in the air. Tony Wilson is also committed to UGA and he can play on either side of the ball for the Bulldogs as a receiver or cornerback. Wilson, 5-10 and 172 pounds, is from Daytona Beach (Fla.) Mainland High School. He will likely first start on offense at UGA. Tony Wilson shows soft hands and excellent moves in the open field. He is very dangerous with the ball in his hands and is also a very good blocker. Tim Hawthorne, Chris Slaughter, Johnny Patrick, Jamar Hornsby, David Ausberry, Jarred Fayson, Earl Alexander, Riley Cooper, and Justin Williams are other wide receivers Georgia is pursuing. Williams, from Folkston (Ga.), is favoring Georgia and Florida and Patrick, from DeLand (Fla.), favors the Dawgs outright. Hornsby and Fayson will likely stay in the Sunshine State while the others mentioned above are wide open.
Na Derris Ward
Ward is a big time prospect from Oakland (Calif.) McClymonds High School. Ward, 6-5 and 245 pounds, is the No. 3 rated tight end prospect in the country and a member of the Scout.com National Top 100. He currently favors the Bulldogs over Arizona, Florida, Washington, FSU, Mississippi State, Oklahoma and Oregon. Michael Coggans, from the state of Alabama, is another tight end to keep an eye on but right now he favors the Crimson Tide and Vols.
Justin Anderson, John Miller, Ben Harden, Greg Billinger, Kevin Perez, Chris Davis (commitments)
Anderson, 6-4 and 315 pounds, is from Ocilla (Ga.) Irwin County High School. He is a dominating run blocker that absolutely man handles opponents at the point of attack. Anderson is strong, quick, explosive and nimble for a big man. He will likely play guard for the Dawgs. Anderson is rated as the No. 11 overall OL in the nation according to Scout.com and a member of the National Hot 100. Miller, 6-6 and 280 pounds, is from Cartersville (Ga.) Woodland High School. He is relatively new to the game of football and this season, his senior season, will only be his second as a starter. But he has great size and great upside. Miller has a great frame that should really fill out at the next level. He should be offensive tackle for the Bulldogs and he is trying to enroll early at UGA. Ben Harden, 6-3 and 295 pounds, is from Perry (Ga.) High School. Harden plays tackle in high school but projects as a center or guard in Athens. He has good feet, quickness and is very strong. Davis, 6-5 and 252 pounds, is from Jefferson (Ga.) High School. He plays tight end in high school but projects as a likely tackle for UGA. Davis is a good tight end that blocks well and has good hands but he will outgrow that position. He is nasty, aggressive and plays until the whistle blows. Davis is also an outstanding baseball player.
Another nasty player is Kevin Perez from Miami (Fla.) Killian High School. Perez, 6-4 and 275 pounds, is a likely guard for Georgia. He is quick off the ball and a better run blocker at this stage. Billinger, 6-3 and 255 pounds, is from Lilburn (Ga.) Parkview High School. He is very quick and explosive and could end up playing center for the Dawgs. He will likely first get a crack on the defensive line in Athens. Georgia would love to land another big time tackle. Andre Smith, Butch Lewis, Lee Tilley, and Clifton Geathers are all being pursued despite Georgia already having five OL commitments. The Dawgs want more because of how their depth chart sets up with so many upper classmen. Smith, Lewis, Tilley and Geathers are all open at this time. Tilley has set up an official visit to Georgia for September 10th. Geathers older brother Robert played for the Dawgs and is now with the Cincinnati Bengals.
Ricardo Crawford (commitment)
Crawford, 6-1 and 296 pounds, is from Cerro Gordo (N.C.) West Columbus High School. Crawford is quick off the football and sheds blockers very well. He is strong, especially in the lower body. Crawford plays both tackle and end in high school but will play d-tackle for the Dawgs. Micah Johnson, from Fort Campbell (Ky.), has Georgia on his short list with some other college football powers. He plays linebacker at 270+ pounds and wants to play that position in college. However, he will likely grow into a defensive linemen. UGA is battling Louisville, Michigan, Ohio State, Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Virginia and others. Michael Lemon, Reggie Odom, and Leslie Stirrups are three other tackle prospects to keep an eye on.
Brandon Wood (commitment)
Wood, 6-1 and 245 pounds, is from Tallapoosa (Ga.) Haralson County High School. He is an athletic defensive end prospect with great speed and quickness off the edge. Wood is also a powerful running back on the offensive side of the ball. The Bulldogs lead for DL/OL Kiante Tripp from Atlanta. Tripp, 6-5 and 250 pounds, favors UGA over Florida, Alabama and Notre Dame. He could play defensive end, tackle or on the offensive line. Jared Odrick, from Lebanon (Pa.), is a 6-6 and 285 pound defensive end that could end up at end, tackle or on the offensive line as well. He has narrowed his schools down to Georgia, Florida, Penn State, Virginia and Virginia Tech and has set up all five official visits. He will visit Athens in November. Jermaine Cunningham, Demarcus Dobbs, and Deantwan Whitehead are three more D-end prospects to watch out for.
Akeem Hebron, Darius Dewberry (commitments)
Georgia will re-sign linebacker Darius Dewberry, one of the top linebackers in the nation from a year ago. Dewberry, 6-4 and 218 pounds, is an outside linebacker that failed to qualify and he is now at Chatham (Va.) Hargrave Military Academy. The Dawgs got a potential great one in Akeem Hebron. Hebron, from Wheaton (Md.) Our Lady Good Counsel, is 6-2 and 198 pounds. He is the No. 5 rated linebacker prospect in the nation and a member of the Scout.com National Top 100. Hebron's game is a lot like Tray Blackmon's (Auburn signee) from last season. He flies to the football and is a big-time hitter. UGA would give Micah Johnson (mentioned above with DT) a shot at linebacker first, if he were to sign with Georgia. Other possibilities are Chasman Davis, Marcus Ball, Perry Riley, Kelvin Sheppard, and Anthony Lewis. Riley favors the Dawgs and Vols while Davis favors Auburn. The others are open.
Tony Wilson, Prince Miller (commitments)
Wilson (mentioned above with the receivers) could play cornerback as well but will first get a look on offense. Miller, 5-9 and 185 pounds, is from Duncan (S.C.) Byrnes High School. He is a versatile player that has played running back, receiver or cornerback. He is quick and very fast and has great closing speed. Miller can also be a physical corner. Asher Allen, from Tucker (Ga.), is a two-way standout from a school that has been very good to the Bulldogs. He will likely play CB at the next level. Georgia will battle Florida, Auburn, Notre Dame, Clemson, LSU and Tennessee for Allen. Chavez Grant and Marcus Udell are two other cornerback possibilities.
Safety Darryl Gamble is leaning to Georgia over Alabama, Auburn, South Carolina and Tennessee. He is from Bainbridge (Ga.) and he may grow into a linebacker at the next level. UGA would love to land Reshad Jones from Atlanta but he favors Florida, LSU, Miami, Michigan and Oklahoma at this time. Quinton Banks, from Warner Robins (Ga.), likes Georgia but is open at this time with UGA and everyone else. FSU commitment D'Vontrey Richardson could visit the Dawgs sometime this fall as well.
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