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Blog: New DL coach wants to rely on depth in the trenches

Georgia’s recruiting class already includes three defensive linemen. The Bulldogs hope to add to that with remaining targets.

New defensive line coach Chris Wilson says he wants to count on not only his starters, but quality backups in the Bulldogs’ 3-4 scheme.

“I want to play two deep,” Wilson said. “I want to play anywhere from six to eight guys in a game. That’s the only way I believe you get better. You get better by practicing, but you get even better by competing in SEC football games.”

Defensive linemen Chris Mayes from Gulf Coast (Miss.) Community College and John Atkins from Hargrave (Va.) Military re already enrolled and will practice this spring.

Three-star DeAndre Johnson from Newnan is among Georgia’s 29 commitments.

Defensive linemen Montravius Adams from Dooly County and Toby Johnson from Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College could join the fold.

Georgia coaches visited Dee Liner from Muscle Shoals, Ala., on Thursday, trying to make a late run at another highy-rated defensive lineman.

“You want guys who can really create disadvantages for the offense,” Wilson said. “The more guys you have like that from guys who can play on first down, second down, guys who can play on third downs, short yardage, it really builds depth. I think later on in the season when you have a chance to play in those SEC title-type games, you’ve got a really good group of guys who have been tested. I think it’s critical. That’s the only way you win is up front.”

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