Bulldogs Need To Close Georgia Borders
As the spring rolls through and the Georgia Bulldogs start preparing for the 2013 season, focus must also turn to recruiting the Class of 2014.
In the past, Georgia has had solid recruiting classes, ranking 12th the last two years (according to Rivals.com)
However, the one thing the Bulldogs have failed to do is keep some of the top in-state talent at home.
In 2012 it was a player like Ukeme Eligwe (Florida State), while 2013 saw players like Robert Nkemdiche (Mississippi), Carl Lawson (Auburn), Reuben Foster (Alabama), Montravius Adams (Auburn) and Vonn Bell (Ohio State) all head out of state. The sad thing is, all of the players were ranked in the top 32 by Rivals with Nkemdiche and Lawson be in the top four.
Georgia has to get better at recruiting in-state guys.
Sure, guys like Josh Harvey-Clemons and Tray Matthews stayed home, but the opposite effect needs to happen. The talk needs to be about the one or two that got away and not the one or two that decided to stay here.
Here's a look at a few in-state players Georgia needs to recruit hard to ensure they stay home after National Signing Day.
DE Lorenzo Carter
Norcross HS, No. 9 overall ranking, No. 1 positional ranking
Listed as a defensive end, Carter can play linebacker in a 3-4 scheme, which Georgia has.
A basketball player as well, Carter has the athleticism to get off the line and get a good rush on the quarterback. He stands 6-foot-6, 235 pounds and is a beast on the field.
He's still raw in his pass-rushing skills as he doesn't have the repertoire that a guy like Nkemdiche does, but it's something that can be developed at the next level.
Carter has the size and athleticism that a guy like Ray Drew has, but Carter is just a little bit better than Drew was entering his senior year of high school.
Add in the fact that Georgia is going to need to look at the defensive end/linebacker position with this year's recruiting class and it seems like a perfect fit.
ILB Raekwon McMillan
Liberty County HS, No. 16 overall ranking, No. 1 positional ranking
Keeping with the theme of linebacker, McMillan is as mean and as nasty as they come on the football field.
At 6-foot-3, 235 pounds, McMillan absolutely owns the line of scrimmage as he's so quick at the snap that linemen don't know what to do when they see him on them in an instant.
He's a playmaker and that's something Georgia needs in the middle of that defense, especially considering Amarlo Herrera will be a senior when McMillan is a freshman. That is of course assuming Herrera stays after his junior year.
McMillan currently has Georgia in his top five, along with Ohio State, Alabama, Clemson and USC.
WR Demarre Kitt
Sandy Creek HS, No. 67 overall ranking, No. 6 positional ranking
When there's a highly-ranked player on the outside out of Sandy Creek HS, you have to pay attention. That's where players like Calvin Johnson, Shaq Wiggins and JaQuay Williams came from.
Kitt can really tear open the middle of the field.
As Recruit Talk describes, the norm at Sandy Creek is to just throw the ball up to Kitt and let him go get it. I remember another player who was like that named Johnson.
Any way the Bulldogs look at it, they can never have too many receivers. Kitt could come in and be that go-to receiver the Bulldogs have lacked since A.J. Green left.
Kitt originally committed to the Bulldogs and then backed off his commitment in October. However, he still lists the Bulldogs in his top three along with Clemson and USC.
If the Bulldogs can get him to re-commit, then it will be a nice way to wash the taste out of last year's failures.