Georgia Recruiting Overview: Offensive Line

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

Overview: A new position coach, three new starters and a new offensive line set up – 2007 will be a bit of an experiment for Georgia's offensive line. But, and this is a big but, the line came together well in the spring – I was surprised. Scott Haverkamp, Chris Davis and Fernando Velasco make up a very formidable core of the line – that could hold up well in the SEC. Chester Adams lost weight before spring ball and looks good at tackle. As much as Trinton Sturdivant came on during the spring, I don't care who you are, you don't want a true freshman starting at offensive tackle. Still, Sturdivant unquestionably outperformed Josh Davis and Vince Vance during the spring. Justin Anderson is getting used to college ball, too. This group can give Matthew Stafford and the rest of the offensive enough time to perform. Stacy Searles is a very good coach – and I am not just saying that. He teaches his players. Clint Boling and Chris Little have both been working hard to get where they need to be weight-wise. Little is losing and Boling is still gaining; if both arrive on campus closer to 300 pounds than they were on Signing Day, Georgia will be very deep on the line.

Total offensive linemen: 13 in 2007; 12 in 2008

Starters: Trinton Sturdivant, Scott Haverkamp, Chris Davis, Fernando Velasco and Chester Adams

Backups: Josh Davis, Tanner Strickland, Kevin Perez, Ian Smith, Vince Vance and Justin Anderson

Signed in 2007: Chris Little, Scott Haverkamp, Vince Vance, Justin Anderson, Ben Harden, Clint Boling, Trinton Sturdivant and Tanner Strickland

Won't be here in 2008: Fernando Velasco and Chester Adams

Committed for 2008: B.J. Brand was committed, but is looking around now.

2008 Offers: Leroy Chevalier (TX), Cordy Glenn (Riverdale), A.J. Harmon (Jefferson County), Tyler Love (AL), Antoine McClain (AL), Lucas Nix (PA), Jonathan Owens (AL), Kenneth Page (SC), Vinston Painter (VA), Matt Patchan (FL), Zebrie Sanders (OH), Greg Shaw (FL), Omoregie Uzzi (Chamblee), Steven Robinson (FL),

What it all means: Brand is a monster - will he come back to the Dawgs? It looks like it. Georgia has not offered a true center. That must mean that Chris Davis or another younger Georgia player will have that responsibility in the coming years. Is A.J. Harmon going to play on offense or defense? He wants to play on defense. Glenn is Georgia's number one target at offensive tackle. If they can get him, everything else will fall in order. Uzzi may end up going to Georgia Tech. All of the out-of-state players, particularly those from Florida, are going to be hard to pull. I don't see Georgia getting a player from out of state unless that state borders the Peach State. Keep an eye on Owens, but forget about Love. Chevalier has a good relationship with Stacy Searles, and that could help Georgia with the former Texas A&M commit. If Georgia could land both Harmon and Glenn and one other out-of-state player they would be happy.


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