October 12, 2012

2014 defensive targets

Since Georgia will be losing so many contributors on the defensive side of the football in the next two years, both the 2013 and the 2014 recruiting classes are extremely important for the Bulldogs.

The Bulldogs have a strong group of defenders coming in for 2013, and have already offered and targeted a number of big-time recruits for 2014.

Here is an October look of the juniors UGA has offered to this point and thoughts on where the Bulldogs stand.

Defensive line

Elisha Shaw (Tucker) - Shaw is a prospect that burst on to the scene and seemingly out of nowhere. At this point, he will challenge for the top defensive player in the state of Georgia, and has three offers from Alabama, Florida State, and Georgia. Shaw says that Alabama has the early edge, but UGA and FSU are right in the mix as well.

Khairi Clark (Charminade Madonna; Hollywood, Fla.) - Clark reported an offer from UGA recently, and that adds to a number of others for the star defender. According to Rivals.com Southeast Analyst Kynon Codrington, Clark is a high-motor player that uses his hands well. Word around Clark is that it could be tough to pull him from the state of Florida, but he does have interest in UGA.

Andrew Brown (Oscar Smith; Chesapeake, Va.) - Brown has an excellent chance to be a five star player in the 2014 class, and already has over two dozen offers. It is unclear where Georgia stands at this time, but he has mentioned multiple times that he has no leader.

Defensive end/Outside linebacker

Da'Shawn Hand (Woodbridge Senior; Woodbridge, Va.) - Hand received an offer from UGA earlier this week, but his defensive line coach, John Harris, believes the Bulldogs offer actually came much sooner. Hand has legitimate interest in UGA, but teams like Ohio State and Virginia Tech probably hold the early edge. According to Harris, Hand will visit Georgia this spring or summer.

Inside Linebacker

Raekwon McMillan (Liberty County) - McMillan is an early candidate for the top player in Georgia, and visited Athens for the Tennessee game a couple of weeks ago. McMillan has Georgia in his top two along with Ohio State, and those close to him feel that Georgia has an excellent shot.

Korie Rogers (Buford) - Rogers could play inside or outside linebacker at the next level, and is one of the best athletes in the state of Georgia. Rogers has interest in a number of schools, but the ones he mentions most are UGA, Florida, and Clemson. He has visited Athens multiple times and told UGASports earlier this fall that Georgia seemed to be recruiting him the hardest.

Rashaan Evans (Auburn; Auburn, Ala.) - Evans made a trip to Athens earlier this fall and gave the visit very high marks. Georgia has made a strong impression on the junior standout, but the hometown school, Auburn, might be tough to beat. Evans, like Rogers could play inside or outside linebacker at the next level.

Cornerback

Wesley Green (Martin Luther King) - Green is one of the best athletes in the state of Georgia and certainly one of the most electric players that few people talk about. Green has the size, speed, and flexibility to be an elite defensive back at the next level, and says that Georgia and Florida stand out for him the most at this time.

D.J. Smith (Walton) - When the Bulldogs offered Smith, it didn't seem like they had much of a shot, but after a visit this summer and a couple of trips to games, Georgia is firmly in the mix. Smith is a long, rangy corner with solid ball skills and great flexibility. He and Green will likely battle it out for the best cornerback in this class.

Kendall Randolph (Lincoln; Tallahassee, Fla.) - Randolph is a special athlete that has the ability to be a complete cornerback at the next level. He has a solid build, fluid hips, and is very quick. A number of schools are in on Randolph early, but he is close with teammate and wide receiver Reggie Davis, and Davis is committed to Georgia.

Safety

Nick Glass (St. Pius - Atlanta) - Glass committed to Georgia in the spring, but has since taken some trips and looked around. There is concern as to whether or not he will decommit, but Glass has told UGASports on more than one occasion that he likes the fact that Georgia offered him before offering any of their safety targets in the 2013 class except for Tray Matthews. Glass is a complete prospect at the safety position and likely to be a top 10, if not top five, player in Georgia next year.

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