With today's flip of Kell High School (Marietta) DB Brendan Langley from South Carolina, Georgia's 2013 recruiting class received the shot in the arm it needed after the recent de-commitment of CB Steven Nelson (College of the Sequoias- Visalia, CA).
Why I am stoked about Brendan Langley de-commiting from South Carolina and committing to UGA:
- He is rated as the state's #1 defensive back.
- Georgia needs some talented DBs in this class. Seniors Shawn Williams, Bacarri Rambo and Branden Smith will all be gone after this season. Langley joins Shaquille Fluker, J.J. Green, Tray Matthews, Quincy Mauger, Shaq Wiggins and Reggie Wilkerson in the 2013. If that's not quality depth, I don't know what is.
- High-caliber talent from Georgia, in my humble opinion, should stay in Georgia.
- Spurrier just hurled his visor across the putting green when he got the news.
Langley's commitment brings Georgia's total to 28 for the 2013 class. Seeing as how the coaches would like to sign a number in the low 30s, available spots in this upcoming class are now few and far between.
Here are just a few recruits that I think Coach Richt and his staff should really zero in on (grouped by position):
1. Laremy Tunsil: OT, Lake City, FL
We all know the Dawgs are in need of offensive linemen. Tunsil is regarded as among the best tackles in the nation, just like his buddy, John Theus, was in last year's class. All signs are pointing to Tunsil signing with Georgia, but Alabama is also rumored to be in the hunt. We all know you can't count them out of anything.
2. Tyrone Crowder: OG, Rockingham, NC
What better way to complement one of the nation's best tackles but with one of the nation's best guards? The oft-overlooked Crowder has spoken very highly of Georgia and his decision will likely come down to the Dawgs, the in-state Carolina Tarheels or the right-down-the-road Clemson Tigers.
3. Joshua Outlaw: OG, Lithonia, GA
Outlaw, a three-star guard out of Lithonia's MLK High School, should be a top target for the Dawgs in their offensive line recruiting efforts. Why? Well, besides the fact that he can flat out play , Outlaw decommited from Florida in August and it's always good to stick it to Larry, especially since the Gators snatched Georgia native Max Garcia right out from under our noses. To the best of my knowledge, Outlaw has not named a favorite yet but the Dawgs would be crazy to let this one slip away.
1. Montravius Adams: DT, Vienna, GA
Adams, long thought to be Auburn- or Clemson-bound, has recently been taking Georgia very seriously. To improve the Dawgs' standing in his recruitment, his momma ranks Georgia among her favorites. Montravius, who very much likes Georgia himself, says his mother's opinion will have an effect on his decision. All signs point to Adams signing with Georgia as Auburn coach Gene Chizik will soon join Derek Dooley (albeit without a law degree from UGA) in the SEC coaching alumni pool and Clemson's recruiting efforts in the state of Georgia have been spotty at best over the past few years.
2. Toby Johnson: DT, Hutchinson, KS
Johnson, the top defensive lineman in the JUCO ranks, would be either the perfect complement to Adams or the perfect backup plan if the Dawgs fail to gain the former's service. He is a native of the Atlanta area and has expressed great interest in Georgia, having already taken his official visit. Tennessee is also rumored to be at the top of Johnson's list, but I would not be surprised if we saw both Adams and Johnson donning the red and black next season, especially given the current developments on Rocky Top.
1. Alvin Kamara: TB, Norcross, GA
Despite the successes of Gurshall this season and the recent commitment of Orlando, FL back A.J. Turman to Georgia, we still need more quality depth at the running back position. Kamara would be a perfect Marshall to Turman's Gurley. I sure hope to see Turmara (or is it Karman?) running the rock for the Dawgs in 2013. A speedster with a tireless work ethic, Kamara's decision will likely come down to Georgia and Alabama with Oregon as a dark-horse possibility. With Bama's backfield already looking loaded for the 2013 class, I'd be surprised if Kamara didn't end up signing with the in-state school.
I myself expect Coach Richt and company to sign most, if not all, of these young men. Of course, it all depends on how many players enroll early (to count against the numerically smaller 2012 class), how many spots are actually left in the 2013 class after the early enrollees come to campus in January and, of course, the decisions that these players make.
What say you? Who else do you think the Dawgs could (or should) sign in the 2013 class? Regardless of how many of these young men end up in Athens, this class is shaping up to be a very loaded one that is focused on positions of need.