May 11, 2012

Top offensive targets



Spring Top Targets

Offense


• OT Laremy Tunsil (Columbia High; Lake City, Fla.) - The top offensive lineman in the country is the top offensive target for a number of teams. The five star lineman recently named a top five of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Oklahoma, and LSU, and has yet to name a leader. Tunsil has the perfect frame, ideal athleticism, and all of the tangible and intangible tools to become a stalwart at left tackle for three or four years in almost any program in the nation. That is why every school with a chance is going all out for Tunsil's services.

Where UGA stands: Georgia is in very good position for Tunsil at this point, and Coaches Mike Bobo, John Lilly, and Will Friend are the primary reason. All three coaches have made a number of visits to Lake City to build a strong relationship with the blue chip tackle, and their efforts have paid off. Alabama, Georgia, and Florida are thought to be the main competition, but Oklahoma, LSU and even Florida State will have their chances for Tunsil's signature as well. None of those schools, however, will give up before his recruitment is over on National Signing Day.

• WR Marquez North (Mallard Creek; Charlotte, N.C.) - When it comes to North's upside, many can't even see that high. The four star playmaker has excellent speed, elite size, and plays for one of the most solid high school programs in the country. Clemson, North Carolina, Georgia, NC State, Florida, and Ohio State have all made a big impression on the Rivals100 star. UNC and Clemson have spent the most time with North thus far, but more visits will come this summer.

Where UGA stands: At this point, it is simple. If North makes it to UGA this summer, the Bulldogs are in the thick of things. If he doesn't, it is battle between the Tarheels and the Tigers. The good news for Georgia is that North and his father have already planned a trip to the Classic City during June, and the Charlotte native says it is a trip they will "definitely" make. Clemson and North Carolina are both very confident at this point, but Georgia is the team to watch if the Bulldogs get North on campus.

• OL Brandon Kublanow (Walton) - Kublanow started receiving attention last fall, and things haven't let up. The four star lineman has made a name for himself as one of the strongest and most intense linemen in the country, and few, if any, lineman do a better job at finishing their blocks. Kublanow will be moving to left tackle for Walton in 2013 and the transition will undoubtedly help him become a better pass blocker and prepare him for success at the next level. A number of programs are vying for his commitment at this time, and the Marietta native has yet to name a top group of schools.

Where UGA stands: The Bulldogs have been all over Kublanow since October 2011, and they haven't let up since. New offers have rolled in for the Rivals250 prospect from LSU and FSU, and he will now wait a bit before deciding so that he can visit each school. Clemson and Florida are two other schools that have made their mark with the Walton standout. At this point, Kublanow is most familiar with the Georgia program as he has taken multiple visits, and the Georgia staff has made it known that he is one of their top priorities. Georgia will be tough to beat for Kublanow's services.

• RB Alvin Kamara (Norcross) - Kamara has elite speed, and a rare ability to change directions and make cuts without slowing down. While he isn't the biggest running back in the country, he does an excellent job at every thing. He runs well between the tackles, has solid vision, finishes his runs, and catches the ball well. Georgia, Alabama, and Tennessee appear to be the top three, but many believe there are two primary schools on his mind.

Where UGA stands: At present, this is yet another two team battle between Georgia and Alabama. The Bulldogs were the first to offer Kamara, but Alabama has had the chance to host the four star running back on multiple occasions. Those close to Kamara have told UGASports that he likes the way the UGA has used small backs in the past, but also understands Alabama's tradition at the position. Few people know who leads at this time, but being in the top two is a near certainty for UGA.

• TE Hunter Henry (Pulaski Academy; Little Rock, Ark.) - Henry is one of the hottest recruits in the country right now. Schools from all over the country are recruiting the four star tight end, and Henry has the skill set to help any team that he chooses. At 6-foot-6, 235 pounds, Henry has the athleticism to be an elite pass catcher, and the frame to develop into an excellent blocker. Henry has yet to name a leader, but has had high praises for Georgia, Alabama, and Stanford early in the process.

Where UGA stands: Georgia hosted Henry for its annual G-Day spring scrimmage on April 14, and the Rivals250 tight end had an excellent time. He has a great deal of respect for Georgia Head Coach Mark Richt, and likes Georgia's tradition at the position. As has become common in recruiting, Alabama is also a major player for Henry with Stanford set to host him some time this summer. This will be a battle to the finish, but Georgia is definitely in the mix here.

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