Last weekend's DawgNight was a very productive one for Mark Richt and the Georgia Bulldogs, as 4 top-flight recruits gave their commitment to "The G." Today, as expected, Georgia got a verbal commitment from a kid who personifies what truly sets the Southeastern Conference apart from the rest of the nation: A prototypical big, agile defensive lineman. Welcome aboard, Lamont Gaillard.
I am not what anyone would call a recruiting guru by any stretch, nor do I pretend to be. But I do recognize quick feet in a big man as readily as I can pick out a receiver who has hands of stone. It ain't that hard to do. Watch this video and see what I mean.
A kid with this much athleticism to go along with his size (with room to grow. He's already 6' 3" and pushing 315) is a reason for everyone in Dawg Nation to celebrate this evening. His strengths are, well, pure strength...to go along with agility and a retro-rocket,explosive first step off the snap. Me likey. Me likey a lot. What he lacks are what most kids his age are a bit deficient in: Technique. This is entirely coachable.
His primary recruiter has been John Lilly and, more recently, new defensive line coach Chris Wilson who has made a tremendous difference during his short time in Athens. I'm beginning to believe that Mark Richt & Co. knew what they were doing when they hired Wilson. Results on the field, of course, are still pending. But recruiting results from all of our coaches have been, in a word, spectacular as the Class of 2014 begins to take it's final shape.
By some estimations, we still have 6 or perhaps 7 spots available.