ATHENS - The recruiting hype seems deserved, at least at this point. Lorenzo Carter continues to make an impression on his new teammates.
The highest-rated member of Georgia's signing class, Carter stands out physically (6-foot-6, 237 pounds), and during drills thus far he has looked a lot like starter Leonard Floyd, according to offensive tackle John Theus.
“Lorenzo has definitely got some quick twitch. He’s long, he reminds me some of Leonard for sure," Theus said after Saturday's practice. "He’s fast. But a good player, a great player. He’s also got a bit of a nasty streak, which is nice to see. I’ve got a lot of respect for that guy, he’s a nice kid, works hard. So I’ll be expecting big things from him for sure.”
Georgia appears to be building up quite the stable of edge rushers. Carter joins a group that already has Floyd (six sacks as a freshman last year), Jenkins (10 sacks over his first two years). And junior James DeLoach has also received good marks since moving to defensive end.
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Theus, who has to block those edge rushers in practice, analyzed them:
“Jordan Jenkins and Leonard Floyd, they’re always gonna be on top of their game. Jordan’s been real physical, he’s been playing tough, really good with his hands. Leonard is Leonard, that kid’s good. But those guys along with DeLoach, they’ve been real shifty on the edge, and ready to go.”
Theus still rotating
As for Thues, it's still not certain whether he will be at right or left tackle. It could still end up being both.
Theus said he’s taking equal reps between right and left tackle. He’s starting at the right spot, with Mark Beard at left tackle, and when Theus goes to the left he's replaced by Kolton Houston at right tackle.
“As long as Im’ on that (first) team line it doesn’t really matter," Theus said. "I’m feeling pretty good on both sides at this point. I played left all through high school growing up. I played right these past two years. So I’m comfortable at both of them.”
There are three freshmen in camp, and Theus - apparently an elder statemen now - weighed in on them too:
“Isaiah (Wynn) is looking really good at center, he’s got a great mentor in Boss (David Andrews). Kendall (Baker) is very raw but he has a lot of upside. I’ll be excited to see what he’s gonna be able to do these next couple years. And Dyshon (Sims) has some good footwork and good upside as well. So it’ll be exciting to see, I definitely see all three of these guys playing here in the future.”