December 10, 2012

Mock Class update

With 30 commitments in the fold, numbers are getting tight for Georgia.

According to comments made by Mark Richt in a press conferences earlier this fall, the Bulldogs have room to sign 35 prospects in the 2013 class, but UGA make not take it that far as they still have to find room under the overall scholarship limit of 85.

Right now, UGASports projects Georgia to sign 34 recruits, and here are the four we believe they will finish with.


• RB Alvin Kamara (Norcross) - Georgia was the first SEC offer for Kamara and it has made him a priority from the get go. Alabama followed suit soon after and it has recruited the four-star running back equally as hard. Alabama has three running back commitments to Georgia's one, but Georgia has two freshman running backs that all but solidified a spot as the team's first and second team ball carriers. Kamara, however, has stated many times that he doesn't mind competition, and despite pushes made by Oregon, Clemson, and Tennessee, we believe this recruitment will come to Georgia and Alabama. In the end, Kamara has a number of friends that will be enrolled at Georgia when he takes his official visit, and that will make all the difference.

• OL Laremy Tunsil (Columbia; Lake City, Fla.) - Tunsil has been Georgia's top target at offensive tackle for over a year now. Georgia has been at Columbia High School at every opportunity. Just like with Kamara, the Bulldogs will be battling the Tide here. Those close to Tunsil describe him as a "Georgia fan," and that he talks a lot about Georgia when asked about recruiting by friends and family. Alabama, however, has Yulee (Yulee, Fla.) athlete and former UGA commitment Derrick Henry in the fold and he and Tunsil are close friends. Henry gives Alabama a good shot and their winning tradition helps, but Tunsil's connection to the Georgia staff and his mother's fondness of Athens and Richt give the Bulldogs what we predict to be the deciding edge.

Offensive notes

• Keep an eye on Richmond Senior (Rockingham, N.C.) offensive lineman Tyrone Crowder. Georgia isn't recruiting him very heavily right now, but it could, at any minute turn up the heat on him.

• It appears that Kamara is the only skill player left on Georgia's board for the offensive side of the ball, but the UGA staff has continued to stay in contact with Brookwood wide receiver Kyrin Priester. He could be a target should something go wrong with Kamara.

• Two names to look out for if UGA misses on Tunsil are Hargrave Military (Chatham, Va.) offensive lineman Sonny Odogwu and North Gwinnett offensive lineman DeVondre Seymour. Neither holds a committable offer right now, but one our both could get one quickly should Tunsil eschew UGA.


• DL Toby Johnson (Hutchinson Community College; Hutchinson, Kan.) - We projected Johnson to UGA in our very first mock class back in July, and nothing has changed. The four-star JUCO was on campus recently for his official visit and has since named Georgia as his leader. Right now, it appears to be a big lead for the Bulldogs as it is very tough to pinpoint who, if anyone, gives UGA serious competition.

• DL Montravius Adams (Dooly County) - During the summer, Georgia's chances looked bleak for Adams. He had spent most of his time at Auburn or Clemson and his mother, Debbie Young, had yet to make it to UGA. Adams took two visits to UGA this season, and brought his mother for the Ole Miss game. Georgia has been the trending team for Adams for a couple of months and his recruitment is starting to resemble that of Jordan Jenkins from the 2012 class. Clemson, Florida, Alabama, and Auburn are in hot pursuit and many believe it is a Georgia versus Clemson battle at this time. The five-star defensive tackle is very close to Clemson offensive line coach Robbie Caldwell, and the Tigers were the first to offer him. Right now, however, Adams has gone from not visiting UGA all summer to visiting them twice during the season and will likely take an official visit. Those close to him say his mother is fond of the Georgia staff, and Vienna, Ga. is in the middle of Bulldog country.

Defensive notes

• Auburn (Auburn, Ala.) linebacker Reuben Foster is back on the market and Georgia has been in to see him twice in a matter of four days. The Bulldogs are a major contender here, but watch out for Alabama. We believe it will come down to Alabama and Georgia with Auburn having a solid chance to climb back into the mix.

• Booker T. Washington (Miami, Fla.) linebacker Matthew Thomas has stated multiple times that he is high on Georgia and he will take an official visit to Athens. It will be interesting to see how this one shakes out as Thomas is one of the most dynamic and explosive defensive players in the country, and could help the Bulldog defense the second he arrives on campus.

• It goes without saying that we believe UGA would take either Foster or Thomas if either wanted to join the fold.

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