September 10, 2012

Mock class update

Two weeks into the 2012 season, Georgia is holding at 28 commitments for the 2013 signing class.

Even with that number, the UGA coaching staff still has a number of players left on the board with hopes of signing as many as 36 prospects for the current class.

The Bulldogs haven't gotten a commitment since last month's edition of the Mock Class, but Georgia could ready 30 commitments by the end of the month.

We still expect the Bulldogs to bring in six more prospects, one less than last month, and here is how we see it going down.

Offense

• RB Alvin Kamara (Norcross) - Georgia is still in strong position for Kamara at this time but Alabama remains in the mix as well. Kamara confirmed recently that Georgia and Alabama are his top two, but the Bulldogs appear to be the clear favorite at this time. Running back is still a thin position for the Bulldogs, and Kamara remains one of UGA's top targets at the position despite a severe ankle sprain that might cause him to miss time this season.

• WR Jonathan Rumph (Holmes Community College; Goodman, Miss.) - Rumph remains a strong priority for the Georgia coaching staff, and we still believe the Bulldogs are the favorite. Rumph doesn't talk much to the media, but those close to him believe that he likes the opportunity in Athens and sees Georgia as one of the best places he can go and make an immediate impact. Mississippi State is still in good shape, but Georgia has a slight lead at this time.

• RB Greg Bryant (American Heritage; Plantation, Fla.) - Georgia has been in consistent contact with Bryant since he committed from Oklahoma. Some believe he is the top running back on Georgia's board at this time. Sources close to the situation believe that Bryant, who was once very high on Auburn, now has Georgia and Auburn virtually even regardless of what the Tigers do at running back. Look out for Florida State who has recently entered the mix for Bryant and could end up being a serious player. We still believe that if Hermitage (Richmond, Va.) running back Derrick Green picks Auburn, Bryant will end up in Athens.

• OT Laremy Tunsil (Columbia; Lake City, Fla.) - Tunsil went on the record last week as saying that Georgia and Alabama are his top two. Georgia has been thought to be the leader for a couple of months now, and we still believe that is the case. Alabama will make a strong push for Tunsil, but his strong relationship with Georgia coaches John Lilly, Will Friend, Mike Bobo, and Mark Richt will likely make all the difference in this one.

Offensive Notes:

• Keep an eye on Martin Luther King offensive lineman Joshua Outlaw. The Bulldogs have been in contact lately, and according to Outlaw, they are recruiting him hard again. If Georgia wants him bad enough, they will have a great shot to land the versatile lineman.

• There is still little information out there on Mallard Creek (Charlotte, N.C.) wide receiver Marquez North. Georgia remains a consistent player, but a source close to North says he still isn't talking to college coaches with any sort of regularity.

• Boon (Orlando, Fla.) running back A.J. Turman and Walton running back Tyren Jones are two other names that could fill that second running back spot in this class. Bryant is currently the guy we believe UGA will land, but Turman and Jones are also possibilities. Especially if they make official visits to Athens this fall.

Defense

• DL Kelsey Griffin (Mill Creek) - Georgia still has a solid lead over South Carolina, and we predict that Griffin could commit sooner rather than later. Georgia has made the four star defender a priority in this class, and his strong relationship with Rodney Garner is a huge factor. South Carolina is still very much in the mix, but UGA is the strong favorite today.

• DL Toby Johnson (Hutchinson Community College; Hutchinson, Kan.) - Johnson has told UGASports on multiple occasions that he plans on making UGA his final official visit before he decides. Johnson, like Griffin, has a strong relationship with Garner, and sources close to Johnson say that he holds the Bulldogs in high regard. Expect the Bulldogs to turn up the heat even more on the four star JUCO standout because of the impact he could made immediately in 2013.

Defensive Notes

• Keep an eye on Piscataway (Piscataway, N.J.) athlete Nadir Barnwell. The Bulldogs offered Barnwell early in the process, and they like him at cornerback. According to a source close to the four star athlete, Barnwell likes Georgia and defensive backs coach Scott Lakatos. Look for Georgia to host him for an official visit this fall or winter.

• Dooly defensive tackle Montravius Adams was featured in last month's mock class but not this one. After receiving pro-UGA information on Adams for two solid weeks in August, things have gone quiet since. Adams says he will "definitely" visit Athens this fall and will do so with his mother. Until that happens, we can't project him as a member of UGA's 2013 class.





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