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UGA Recruiting: Can Bulldogs Keep Lorenzo Carter In State?

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Georgia's 2014 recruiting class is solid so far, but whether Rivals No. 5 overall Lorenzo Carter, an in-state kid, signs with the Bulldogs is a key indicator. Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images.
Georgia's 2014 recruiting class is solid so far, but whether Rivals No. 5 overall Lorenzo Carter, an in-state kid, signs with the Bulldogs is a key indicator. Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images.

Norcross High School (Ga.) defensive end Lorenzo Carter is the No. 5 recruit in the nation, according to Rivals.com.

With Georgia's recent struggles to keep top talent in-state, many Bulldogs fans are hoping Carter will buck the trend.

Carter hails from the same county (Gwinnett) as 2012 No. 1 overall prospect Robert Nkemdiche.

While not nearly as touted as Nkemdiche, Carter brings a lot to the table and is someone the Bulldogs (or any team for that matter) would love to have committed to the program.

In May, Carter told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution he wasn't ready to reveal his Top 10, but that Georgia would definitely be in it. He also revealed Alabama would be in there as well.

On a recent visit to Florida (subscription required), Carter raved about the visit, likely adding the Gators to the Top-10 list.

Carter isn't going to reveal his decision until February. What many fans are wondering is if the Bulldogs can keep him in Georgia.

The Competition

One thing working in Alabama's favor is the fact that Alabama signed running back Alvin Kamara to the 2013 class. Kamara is a high-school teammate and good friend of Carter's.

He did say, however, that Kamara wouldn't influence his decision in his interview with the AJC.

"It's all on me. I can't let anyone else influence me. Schools will do whatever they can to get you there, so it has to be your decision."

For Georgia fans, that has to be nice knowing he'll make the decision on his own and not be influenced by other teammates.

Georgia As A Home

If he were to sign with Georgia, Carter would fill the outside linebacker position.

He said he has a close relationship with assistant coach Bryan McClendon, who ensures that "Georgia is always on my mind."

Helping the Bulldogs is also the fact that their recruiting class has gotten stronger during the last week as Georgia now has one five-star player (Sony Michel) and five four-star players committed.

This season could also go a long way toward getting Carter to commit. If Georgia can make it back to the SEC Championship Game and win it, that will stick fresh in the minds of many recruits.

High school seniors want a chance to go play for a national championship, and Alabama has given players that opportunity on a consistent basis. It's one of the main reasons why the Crimson Tide are one of the best recruiting schools in the country every year.

Regardless, Georgia has to figure out a way to keep Carter in-state. A combination of great play on the field and constant contact should do the trick.