Recruiting: Georgia's big board

semerson@macon.comJanuary 28, 2013 

ATHENS - The recruiting season is winding down, which also means it's heating up, which also means the rumors and reports and speculation is running wildly rampant.

The Georgia football program hasn't received any new official commitments - defined as a player publicly announcing it. A number of its key targets visited this past weekend, and the team made a new, late scholarship offer to a player at a high-profile position.

The following is a comprehensive look at Georgia's 2013 class as it stands now: The players who have enrolled enrolled, the players who have officially committed, and the top targets. The latter category gets a bit of a makeover this week, while I've also tweaked a few of the comments in the other categories.

The star rating is according to the 247composite (which averages the ratings of all major services), the heights and weights are also per 247sports, and the comments are mine, centering on the potential immediate impact of the prospect.


DL John Atkins (6-4, 300) ........ Hargrave Military ... 3 stars
Originally signed last year but didn't qualify. A candidate to shore up line depth, or perhaps more.

OT Aulden Bynum (6-5, 270) ....... Valdosta ............ 3 stars
Bynum will need to put on weight before seeing the field, but getting in school early should help.

OG Josh Cardiello (6-3, 285) ..... Buford .............. 3 stars
The depth on the line should be better next season, so Cardiello is a redshirt candidate ... but you never know with someone enrolling early.

ILB Reggie Carter (6-2, 230) ..... Snellville .......... 4 stars
There's an opening at inside linebacker, and Carter will get a chance.

CB J.J. Green (5-9, 175) ......... Kingsland ........... 3 stars
Brice Ramsey's high school teammate at Camden County will figure into the mix in the secondary, as will practically anybody with a pulse.

S Tray Matthews (6-1, 192) ....... Newnan .............. 4 stars
The Bulldogs need two new starting safeties, and Matthews has a decent chance to be one of them. It would be a surprise if he's not at least playing off the bench in 2013.

S Quincy Mauger (6-0, 195) ....... Marietta ............ 3 stars
Another candidate to see the field at safety.

DL Chris Mayes (6-4, 330) ........ Mississippi GC CC ... 3 stars
The junior college prospect, who originally signed with Georgia two years ago, is in the mix for the vacant nose tackle spot.

QB Brice Ramsey (6-3, 197) .... Kingsland ........... 4 stars
Perhaps the team's quarterback of the future, depending on how he performs in practice.

ILB Ryne Rankin (6-1, 230) ....... Orlando, Fla. ....... 3 stars
Rankin was the first man on campus, practicing with the team before the bowl. He will try to be the new starter alongside the returning Amarlo Herrera.

WR Jonathon Rumph (6-5, 215) ..... Holmes C.C. (Miss.) . 4 stars
The native of Cayce, S.C., is a junior college prospect who could become an immediate member of the receiving rotation. He will immediately become the team's tallest receiver, with the graduation of Marlon Brown.

WR Tramel Terry (6-0, 192) ....... Goose Creek, S.C. ... 4 stars
Athletic prospect suffered ACL injury last month, has outside chance of playing in 2013. And with Ken Malcome's decision to transfer, Georgia could find a way to use Terry in the backfield.

CB Reggie Wilkerson (5-11, 175) ... Citra, Fla. ......... 4 stars
The Bulldogs also need depth at cornerback, and Wilkerson will get a shot.


S Paris Bostick (6-0, 217) ...... Tampa, Fla. ........... 3 stars
Georgia knew it had a void to fill: Bostick is one of four safeties either enrolled or committed.

TE Jordan Davis (6-3, 230) ....... Thomson .............. 3 stars
Georgia already has three guys set to play at tight end (Lynch, Rome, Flournoy-Smith) so a redshirt year appears in store for Davis, barring injury.

WR Reggie Davis (6-0, 158) ....... Tallahassee, Fla. .... 3 stars
Recent evidence shows Georgia will redshirt freshmen receivers (Blake Tibbs, Justin Scott-Wesley, Michael Bennett).

OLB Leonard Floyd (6-5, 240) ...... Hargrave Military ... 4 stars
Another player who originally signed last year, Floyd has a chance to compete for the spot opposite Jordan Jenkins, or to be Jenkins' main backup.

S Shaquille Fluker (6-1, 200) ..... East Mississippi CC . 3 stars
The junior college prospect will try to leapfrog Matthews, Mauger and others when he arrives this summer.

DT DeAndre Johnson (6-3, 310) ..... Newnan .............. 3 stars
A bulky player who will get a look at nose tackle. His nickname is "Moose," and therefore every writer is pulling for him to get the job.

WR Rico Johnson (5-10, 165) ...... Swainsboro ........... 3 stars
The speedy Johnson will also be a redshirt candidate because of the depth at receiver, but it figures that either Johnson or Davis could crack the rotation.

ILB Tim Kimbrough (5-11, 228) ..... Indianapolis ........ 4 stars
Another guy who will get a look at inside linebacker, a spot where Georgia is bringing in a lot of fresh blood. Georgia flew the school plane up to Indy to see Kimbrough on Monday morning.

CB Kennar Johnson (6-2, 185) ...... Mississippi GC CC ... 3 stars
Johnson has the height that Todd Grantham likes in his cornerbacks, but needs to put on some weight.

G-C Brandon Kublanow (6-2, 290) ..... Marietta ............ 4 stars
The center of the future? Kublanow has said he's been told by Georgia coaches he will work at guard in 2013, but also be cross-trained at center.

CB Brendan Langley (6-1, 180) ..... Marietta ............ 4 stars
A very good prospect who will compete for the nickel-back role next preseason.

WR Uriah LeMay (6-2, 200) ......... Matthews, N.C. ...... 3 stars
Even if he redshirts in 2013, Uriah LeMay may have a brighter long-term future than his brother Christian, who has struggled to climb the quarterback depth chart.

OLB Shaun McGee (6-3, 230) ........ Snellville .......... 3 stars
McGee's name doesn't get mentioned often for playing time, but if he puts on weight he could sneak in there.

ILB Johnny O'Neal (6-1, 233) ...... Dublin .............. 4 stars
Here's a wild card for the inside linebacker spot.

RB A.J. Turman (6-0, 205) ......... Orlando, Fla. ....... 4 stars
While Georgia is set with Gurshall, there is still a depth issue at tailback, especially with Malcome's transfer - which is why Turman can play in 2013. And now almost certainly will.

CB Shaq Wiggins (5-9, 160) ........ Tyrone .............. 4 stars
Wiggins is small for a cornerback in Todd Grantham's system - assuming it's still Grantham running the system this fall. But he's got athletic ability, so he figures to get a shot for playing time.


(Georgia can sign a total of 34, per my math, although no one at UGA has verified it. But the overall scholarship limit of 85 also comes into play. Check out the mailbag from Jan. 17 for an in-depth analysis on all that.)

DT Montravius Adams (6-4, 310) .... Vienna .............. 5 stars
Adams was one of several key targets who visited Athens over the weekend. None of them left with a public commitment, and Georgia isn't considered a heavy favorite for any of them, but making a visit to campus this late in the process certainly can't hurt the Bulldogs' chances. Clemson is considered the main competition, with some other usual suspects - Alabama, Auburn and Florida - all pushing too.

DE Davin Bellamy (6-5, 235) ....... Atlanta ............. 4 stars
Bellamy has been officially committed to Florida State for some time, but he visited Georgia last weekend, and the Bulldogs look to have a pretty decent chance of getting him. (So, basically, that means he's committed in name only to FSU. That's still not as comical as Wilson Bell, an offensive lineman who said his final two are Auburn and Florida State, but he's still officially committed to Central Florida. Huh?)

G Tyrone Crowder (6-1, 330) ....... Rockingham, N.C. .... 4 stars
A lot of schools would love to have a 330-pounder at one of the guard spots. Georgia is one of them, but there hasn't been much from Crowder lately.

RB Jonathan Ford (5-11, 190) ...... New Hope, Ala. ..... 4 stars
Ford has been committed to Vanderbilt since last April, but Georgia and Florida State swooped in over the weekend to offer him a scholarship. For Georgia, many may take that as a sign that it's concerned about Alvin Kamara, who visited Athens this past weekend. But keep in mind, Mike Bobo and the other coaches have talked often about wanting to bolster depth - and the transfer of Ken Malcome has left the team with just four scholarship tailbacks, if you count A.J. Turman (the incoming recruit) and Brandon Harton (awarded a scholarship after walking on.) So the offer for Ford, while it could be an indication on Kamara, could also just be a reaction to Malcome's decision.

ILB Reuben Foster (6-1, 240) ...... Auburn, Ala. ........ 5 stars
Foster was also in Athens last weekend, and afterwards told Rusty Mansell of that he rated the trip an "eight" on a 1-10 scale. But Foster reportedly is taking one last visit this weekend to Auburn, where he was committed until last month.

DT Toby Johnson (6-4, 310) ........ Hutchinson CC (Kan.). 4 stars
Johnson suffered an ACL injury late last season, so his ability to play next season is uncertain. But he's a talent, and Georgia still wants him.

TB Alvin Kamara (5-10, 195) ....... Norcross ............ 4 stars
Kamara was also a Georgia visitor. His final two reportedly is Georgia and Alabama, and the news on the Bulldogs offering Ford was taken by some panic-stricken fans to mean Kamara had somehow decided on his visit to Athens to go to Tuscaloosa. However, Kamara shot that down via Twitter. In any case Kamara, expected to announce on signing day, looks to be a toss-up between the two teams that met in the SEC championship game.

OT DeVondre Seymour (6-6, 300) .... Suwanee ............. 3 stars
The son of Richard Seymour is likely headed to prep school for one year, but Georgia wouldn't mind taking a chance that he qualifies.

OLB Matthew Thomas (6-3, 210) ..... Miami, Fla. ......... 5 stars
Georgia made a late push for Foster earlier this month, but there hasn't been much movement towards the Bulldogs lately.

OT Laremy Tunsil (6-6, 295) ....... Lake City, Fla. ..... 5 stars
Tunsil made a visit this past weekend to Ole Miss, which is coming out of nowhere to reel in one of the better recruiting classes in the nation. Still, the Bulldogs are regarded as the favorite for Tunsil, who very well may be the starting left tackle in 2013.


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