Georgia may have wrapped up its latest signing class a few days ago, but it’s never too early to look ahead to 2013.
Camden County quarterback Brice Ramsey has already verbally committed to Georgia.
Georgia’s upcoming class may well feature the most talented trio of Mark Richt’s tenure in Athens. Troup linebacker Reuben Foster (6-foot-1, 240 pounds), Grayson defensive end Robert Nkemdiche (6-5, 270) and Camden County quarterback Brice Ramsey (6-3, 197) will be the recruiting focus of the Bulldogs — and the rest of the country — for the next year.
Foster, who is committed to Alabama, will likely be ranked Scout.com’s top player in the country when rankings come out in the spring. Nkemdiche could be named the top player in the country if Foster isn’t. The Bulldogs are long shots to sign Nkemdiche as he rarely lists Georgia among the schools he’s considering. However, Ramsey committed to Georgia in July and plans on enrolling early.
While Foster is committed to Alabama, he has visited Georgia several times, including in December when he called his visit “awesome.”
“Georgia is coming strong and very hard at me,” Foster said. “I like Georgia — I always have — but Alabama is still No. 1. Georgia is up there now, and they are higher than they have been. It was awesome at Georgia, and I loved everything about the visit. I know we will be talking again soon.”
Newnan safety Tray Matthews (6-1, 191), who is committed to Georgia, is close with Foster and may hold the keys to getting him to Athens. Montravius Adams (6-3, 285), a defensive lineman from Dooley County, is another top in-state target for the Bulldogs.
Walton running back Tyren Jones (5-8, 192) is yet another prospect to keep an eye on. Jones might be a bigger target if Georgia didn’t already have Yulee (Fla.) running back Derrick Henry (6-3, 232) committed at the same spot.
Another big factor for the Bulldogs in 2013 will be signing a full class, which according to Southeastern Conference bylaws can only include 25 players who enroll after the spring semester of 2013.
The Bulldogs signed only 19 players in 2012, meaning they would be allowed to sign as many as 31 players so long as six of them enroll early. Because of that, Georgia will likely try to sign a few junior college transfers to go along with any players who will enroll early, such as Ramsey.