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. As a result, Davis is now listed at the back up right guard. Also, Sturdivant needs to be given credit for adding weight in the off-season. He was near at 288 according to the official depth chart in late June. He'll need that weight to stand up to the defensive ends in the SEC.

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 looks good, but like Sturdivant, he needs to add weight to be the type of performer folks are excepting him to be.

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: Jonathan Owens and Ben Jones

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

What it all means: Georgia had not offered a true center until they found out about Ben Jones. That means Chris Davis, or another younger Georgia player, won't have that responsibility in the coming years. Davis can stay at guard. A.J. Harmon is a bit of a mystery, but I expect him to stick with Clemson even if he goes back and forth a lot. He wants to play defense and the Tigers seem prepared to let him do that. He would be a dominating offensive guard in my opinion. Uzzi may end up going to Georgia Tech even thought he likes Georgia. 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 (like Alabama). I said earlier in the year to "forget about Love", but he keeps coming around. How serious is he taking Georgia? Seems pretty serious. Getting three of the top linemen from Alabama in Nick Saban's first full year of recruiting would be huge. Bobby Massie seemed to be Georgia's to lose, but Clemson has pulled in front of the Dawgs for the time being.

Former commit B.J. Brand and Cordy Glenn must now be the top in-state targets of the Dawgs on the offensive line.

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