Georgia signed four offensive linemen in its latest recruiting class.
Scout.com pegged the haul—guards Isaiah Wynn and Jake Edwards and tackles Dyshon Sims and Kendall Baker–as the No. 7 rated group at that position nationally.
That doesn’t mean you should expect them to crack the playing rotation right away.
Wynn, a top-150 prospect by most recruiting services, might be most prepared to be heard from. As you might expect, offensive line coach Will Friend said that “all four have a chance to contribute.”
Whether one or two actually get playing time may depend more on need for a Georgia front that lost three starters.
“You’d really rather not have linemen come in and play early,” offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said. “The difference between a 17 and 18-year old guy and a 22-year old guy who has been in the weight room for four years is huge, especially up front.”
247Sports’ Rusty Mansell came away impressed with Wynn and Sims at the U.S. Army All-American game in San Antonio.
Friend called Wynn, from St. Petersburg, Fla., “a good athlete, a smart kid. He’s got long arms. Everything he’s gone through from camps to combines to all-star games, he never went to one of those and people didn’t brag on him. His product was always good for people. That being said, I wouldn’t expect any different when he gets here.”
Mansell said that Wynn was probably the second best lineman at the U.S. Army game.
“He’s a strong inside guy—6-3 and 275 pounds. A lot of punch,” he said. “A hard-nosed kid that I think is going to play somewhere along the line. He’ll be in the rotation.”
Sims (Lowndes), Baker (Marist) and Edwards (Heard County) are all in-state products.
Georgia was on Sims early, Mansell said. “Long arms, athletic, a tight tackle guy that maybe they don’t have on campus right now. He’s 280 pounds. If he can get to that 295-pound, 300-pound range, he may not start, but I can see him in the rotation. I don’t think either one of those guys redshirts in my opinion.”
Rivals.com national recruiting analyst Mike Farrell isn’t so sure.
His take on the new Georgia o-line signees: “It’s an athletic group. Isaiah Wynn is a small guard, but he’s a really, really aggressive physical kid. Sims has good size. He’s a big kid. He’ll fill out to be 310, 320. …These guys aren’t immediate impact guys, I don’t think.”
Said Bobo: “You never know, there are situations where young guys have to play and we’ll try and get them all ready.”
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