Race begins for Georgia’s 2015 recruiting class

DEAN LEGGE
DAWGPOST.COM

The race is about to begin for Georgia’s 2015 recruiting class. Ranked in scout.com’s top 10 but with few recruits relative to those surrounding them in the recruiting rankings, Georgia is expected to make a big push in the summer.

And there are still many prospects out there, which is where the Bulldogs’ focus will be this July. A slew of prospects are expected for Georgia’s annual Dawg Night, which takes place on July 18. That event, which continues to grow in stature in the recruiting world, could be the night when it all comes together for Georgia on the recruiting trail.

Among those still on the Bulldogs’ list: Westover defensive lineman Trenton Thompson; Tucker defensive lineman Jonathan Ledbetter; Princeton (N.C.) running back Johnny Frasier; Franklin (Md.) offensive lineman Patrick Allen; Macon County linebacker Roquan Smith; Lakeside-Augusta defensive back Rashad Roundtree; Langston Hughes linebacker D’Andre Walker; Greater Atlanta Christian defensive backs Darius Slayton and Micah Abernathy; and Creekside wide receiver Jayson Stanley.

The Bulldogs are expected to sign as many as 30 players for the class of 2015. That can happen if Georgia gets at least five players to enroll early this coming winter. That shouldn’t be a problem as a slew of players already committed to the Bulldogs, including five-star Callaway athlete Terry Godwin, have indicated that they will enroll early.

Georgia did a good job of getting high-level players on campus for camps. Of the players mentioned above, only Frasier and Roundtree didn’t camp in Athens in June. The rest of the players, who could form a significant part of Georgia’s class, visited at least one day earlier in the month.

Georgia still leads for five-star Thompson and seems to be in the best position to sign Ledbetter, an Alabama commitment. The challenge this summer will be finding receivers other than Godwin and Griffin wide receiver Christian Owens. Depending on the side of the ball Godwin plays on, Georgia has only four committed players on offense — something that will have to change for the class to be considered a successful one.

Georgia still has the ability to sign a top-five class, but it may have to flip a player committed to another team. If the Bulldogs can pull Ledbetter away from Alabama, which certainly seems possible, and yank McEachern offensive lineman Chuma Edoga away from Southern Cal, they will continue their upward trajectory in recruiting rankings.

The Dawgs netted three commitments thanks to Dawg Night last year a record five in 2012.

Comments are not binding, but more often than not players who commit to a school sign with that school. So that’s what the Bulldogs will be looking for in July — commitments from a slew of players, but just which ones is always the most difficult part to figure out.

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