2013 Defensive Targets
After a strong 2012 class on the defensive line, Georgia will look for another strong group in both numbers and talent. The best of Georgia's offers thus far is Grayson five-star Robert Nkemdiche. Nkemdiche is a long shot at this point for the Bulldogs, as he has had little to say about his feelings for UGA, but Georgia will continue to recruit him throughout the process. Nkemdiche is a rare talent that no school in its right mind would ever give up on. Mill Creek's Kelsey Griffin and Dooly County's Montravius Adams are two more defensive linemen that Georgia is working hard for at this time. Adams has expressed his desire to get out of state, but he will be visiting Athens later this month. Griffin has stated multiple times that he is wide open at this point, but Georgia appears to be one of his top teams right now. A few months ago, Eagles Landing defensive end Isaac Rochelle might have been considered an outside linebacker, but the Peach State star is quickly growing into a down lineman at the next level. Rochell is now 6-foot-5, 265 pounds, and continues to put good weight on his frame. He is also a big time Georgia target who recently told UGASports that he has a top three of Georgia, Clemson, and Georgia Tech. Tri Cities defensive tackle Dominique Threatt has yet to receive a UGA offer, but he recently told UGASports that they are recruiting him the hardest and he expects and offer to come any time.
Red Bank Regional (N.J.) pass rusher Garrett Sickels has an early offer from the Bulldogs, and while he is listed as a defensive end, he will likely be an outside linebacker in Georgia's 3-4 scheme. Sickels has a great motor and plays with a chip on his shoulder. He is explosive and has the kind of speed and athleticism to create problems for teams on the edge. Alpharetta's Naim Mustafaa is one of UGA's most recent offers, and is a rising star in the Peach State. Mustafaa is an incredible athlete that keeps impressing everyone that sees him, and he still has a ton of room to grow. Outside linebacker is a position where Georgia can afford to bring in fewer numbers in 2013 due to the fact that they brought in four big time prospects at the position in 2012.
While Georgia can afford to bring in fewer numbers at outside linebacker in 2013, it doesn't have that luxury at inside linebacker. The big fish here is Troup County superstar Reuben Foster. Foster is a rare talent at linebacker, and has the ability to step in and can make big time contributions right away. He is committed to Alabama right now, but those close to him say that he is strongly considering the Bulldogs and will until the end. His best friend, safety and Georgia commitment Tray Matthews has been tirelessly recruiting him to UGA as well. West Laurens linebacker Johnny O'Neal is another recipient of an early offer from Georgia, and he has recently stated that he is down to Georgia and Georgia Tech, and plans to make a commitment sometime this summer. Larenz Bryant out of Vance High School (N.C.) isn't the typical 3-4 inside linebacker, but Georgia has offered him based on his quickness and athleticism. Considering Georgia's need for players at the position, watch for more offers, maybe even JUCO offers, to go out in the near future.
Georgia's defensive backfield looked deep and talented after signing the "Dream Team" class in 2011. Just a couple of days after signing their 2012 class, due to the dismissal of Nick Marshall and Chris Sanders, Georgia finds itself in a tough position for 2013 if they can't bring in some top notch talent in the secondary. The Bulldogs already have Matthews committed at Safety, but they have only extended two offers at cornerback in Sandy Creek's Shaquille Wiggins and Piscataway (N.J.) athlete Nadir Barnwell. More offers are bound to go out soon to guys like Bleckley County's Derrick Farrow to play cornerback. Ridgeland's Vonn Bell got his first offer from Georgia a month ago, and Alabama, Tennessee, and Arkansas have followed suit. Bell is considering all teams equally right now, and has told UGASports that the early offer from Georgia "means a lot" to him. UGA will likely search for JUCO help at the position and they have recently showed interest in Holmes Community College (Miss.) safety Taj Letman, who is originally from Elberton, and the Georgia Military College duo of Neville Hewitt, a safety from Rockdale County High School in Conyers, and Jalen Myers, a cornerback from North Augusta, S.C. All three are big time talents who can contribute right away if Georgia decides to offer.
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