Georgia is looking to add linebackers for the class of 2017, and fortunately the Peach State has several elite prospects at the position for the upcoming cycle. But that doesn't mean the UGA coaches will end their search at the state line.
The Red and Black hosted Oxford, Alabama inside linebacker Kenny Britt on campus Tuesday to observe practice. He was joined by Vidalia five star Nate McBride, also an inside linebacker and one of the top players in Georgia for 2017. McBride is a well-known prospect who's been on the Dawgs' radar since his freshman season. Britt is probably less familiar to UGA fans, but not to college coaches. The 6'0, 230 pound standout claims offers from home state powers Alabama and Auburn, not to mention schools like Florida, Tennessee, Michigan, Ole Miss, and Virginia Tech.
The junior highlights below provide a good indication of why he's so sought-after. True middle linebackers, the kind ho can come up and thump ball carriers, are harder to find these days. Spread offenses have fully infiltrated the high school ranks, so that linebackers are now far more comfortable playing in space than inside a phone booth. Britt however is a tackling machine, the kind Smart's defense calls for. With several of Georgia's inside linebackers (Tim Kimbrough, Shaun McGee, and Ryne Rankin for example) about to graduate, numbers are necessary on the inside. I'd be thrilled if Britt were among the replacements for those guys.