Georgia Recruiting Overview: Cornerbacks

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

Overview: If there is a spot in Georgia's program which needs little help in the future its cornerback. Talent is all over Willie Martinez's depth chart for the coming years. But the departure of Paul Oliver after spring football, a story broken on Dawg Post, leaves the program with a bit of a void in the secondary. Bryan Evans and Asher Allen are the projected starters for 2007 now, but several talented players, Prince Miller and Ramarcus Brown just to name two, have also gotten heavy work in the past. Even with Oliver done Georgia is young and good at this critical position.

Total cornerbacks: 6 in 2007; 6 in 2008

Starters: Bryan Evans and Asher Allen

Backups: Ramarcus Brown, Prince Miller, and Thomas Flowers

Signed in 2007: Vance Cuff

Won't be here in 2008: Thomas Flowers

Committed for 2008: Brandon Boykin and Makiri Pugh

2008 Offers: Neiko Lipscomb (Tucker), T.J. Bryant (FL), Charles Whitlock (SC), Jeremy Brown (FL), Xavier Avery (Cedar Grove)

What it all means: I wouldn't hold my breath for Georgia to sign Bryant – signing a top talent out of Florida – I'll believe it when I see it. He came up to Georga's seven-on-seven in June. There may not be a school in state with stronger ties to Athens than Lipscomb's Tucker. Tucker Safety Jamoris Slaughter may have committed to Notre Dame not too long ago, but Lipscomb is still being pursued hotly by the Dawgs. Parks does not seem very interested in Georgia – he seems headed out of state. Whitlock is an intriguing offer – could he be another South Carolina corner the Bulldogs steal ala Tim Jennings and Prince Miller? He's already being tabbed as a better player than those two, and neither in-state program is going to pass on him.

Georgia already has one of the most athletic safeties in the state in Boykin. Pugh keeps the strong Georgia-Independence tie going. Don't be surprised if Georgia signs one more corner – Whitlock and Lipscomb seem the likely targets right now. Avery is a target, too, and Georgia seems him as a cornerback, not a running back. But he's good enough running back to get an offer there, too. So if he wants to do that or play baseball in the minor leagues Georgia may not be the place for him. Still, Avery is one of the top athletes in Georgia, so put him down on your list, too.

Dawg Post Top Stories