Georgia Recruiting Overview: Linebackers

ATHENS – In a week-long series of articles, Dean Legge takes a look at Georgia's recruiting; today, the linebackers.

Overview: The NFL took away almost all of the experience of Georga's linebacking corp. But Brandon Miller, who struggled getting used to outside linebacker his entire career in Athens, has moved to the middle and done well there. By the end of the spring redshirt freshman Akeem Dent was too good to keep off the field and sophomore Dannell Ellerbe lost his starting job. Dent was ahead of Darius Dewberry at the start of the spring, but Dewberry fought enough to get his job back. Akeem Hebron's future with the team is in serious doubt after being arrested for the second time in a semester. Marcus Washington is still getting healthy, and Darryl Gamble is still getting used to college ball. Walk-ons Tommy Watkins and Benjamin Boyd, both special teams stalwarts, don't look bad.

Total linebackers (scholarship): 7 in 2007(at this moment – Hebron could be gone by the fall); 8 in 2008 (at this moment, again Hebron is the unknown)

Starters: Brandon Miller, Darius Dewberry and Akeem Dent

Backups: Marcus Washington, Darryl Gamble, Dannell Ellerbe, and Akeem Hebron

Signed in 2007: Rennie Curran and Charles White

Won't be here in 2008: Brandon Miller

Committed for 2008: None

2008 Offers: Etienne Sabino (Krop, FL), Ricky Holloway (Fayette Ware, TN), Jerrell Harris (Gadsden City, AL), Arthur Brown (Wichita East, KS), Ramon Buchanon (Palm Bay, FL), Jordan Futch (Chaminade Madonna, FL), Christian Robinson (GACS)

What it all means: What's the one thing you notice about the above list of non-committed-yet-offered players? All but one, Robinson, is from out of state. It's been hard to get a gauge on where Georgia is with recruiting linebackers. There are at least two out-of-this-world linebackers the Bulldogs already know about for 2009, so they may be thinking: "Hey, let's not rush the 2008 backers." Charles White and Rennie Curran are very fast, and both have proven their worth during their high school season and at all-star games. Georgia may only sign one linebacker this year, and be ok with that. If they can pull Robinson from Georgia-loving Gwinnett County anyone else they get would be gravy.

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