Dawgs Eyeing 2010 Class

ATHENS – It's still pretty early on in the recruiting season for 2010, but Georgia's coaching staff is already looking into what needs have to be addressed before next year's signing class adds their names to the Bulldogs' roster.

Among the biggest concerns for many Georgia fans has been at defensive end, where Georgia landed just one pass rusher in its 2009 recruiting class -- Montez Robinson out of Indiana. The Bulldogs have already landed defensive end Jalen Fields as their first commitment of the 2010 class, however, and Rod Battle figures to be the only loss at year's end, so Garner isn't overly concerned.

"We have numbers at defensive end, they're just all hurt," recruiting coordinator Rodney Garner said.

The interior part of the line is a much bigger concern, Garner said. With three seniors -- Jeff Owens, Kade Weston and Geno Atkins -- all leaving at year's end, the depth at the position could get shallow awfully quickly. Prior to the 2009 class, the Bulldogs had signed just two tackles -- Richardo Crawford and DeAngelo Tyson -- in the past three years, putting plenty of pressure on Garner to land a big group of impact interior linemen in 2010.

"We've got to sign at least two to three (at defensive tackle)," Garner said.

After landing two of the top quarterback recruits in the nation in 2009 in Zach Mettenberger and Aaron Murray to go along with rising sophomore Logan Gray, Georgia figures to be solid at the position for the foreseeable future, but with the departure of fifth-year senior Joe Cox, Mark Richt said he'd still like to nab at least one more QB in 2010.

"We need to sign one because Joe's going to leave and four is really the minimum you should have in one season," Richt said.

The additions of tight ends Orson Charles and Arthur Lynch in 2009 have reduced one other need, but beyond that, Garner said he expects Georgia to go hard after every other position in 2010.

"I think it will be a pretty balanced class," Garner said. "We may not sign a tight end in this class, but I think at every other position, there will be numbers."

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