A disappointing 8-5 season has left many Georgia Bulldogs’ fans readily anticipating the 2014 campaign. A revamped and healthy offense with Hutson Mason at the helm will hope Todd Gurley, Keith Marshall and Malcolm Mitchell return with a vengeance. Yet with Mitchell entering his final year of eligibility and Gurley not expected to stick around as an early favorite for next year’s Heisman Trophy, the Bulldogs might have to rely on the fruit borne by this year’s recruiting class a bit earlier than expected.
With that in mind, I’d like to take a brief look into the Bulldogs’ promising class of 2014. The early leaders among this year’s commitments can be found at the running back position, with Sony Michel and Nick Chubb looking to add to an already star-studded Bulldogs’ backfield. While both players will likely redshirt, they provide hope for the future at a loaded position for the Dawgs.
Lamont Gaillard leads the way on the other side of the ball, hoping to make an immediate impact under new hire Jeremy Pruitt at the defensive tackle position. He should be a big step up for a Bulldogs team that was gashed by the run all year. Keyon Brown will look to bring pressure from the outside as an undersized, speedy defensive end.
And while Brown might be one of the best players committed to play for the Bulldogs next year, it is another defensive end considering UGA that’s making waves in Athens. Lorenzo Carter is the 14th ranked prospect overall in ESPN’s Top 300. The fact that he hails from Norcross, Georgia makes UGA an early favorite to land this scary quick end, whose speed–runs a 4.60 40 yard dash–has SEC powerhouses salivating at the prospect of putting him on the edge to wreak havoc in the backfield.
With cornerbacks Marlon Humphrey and Wesley Green also considering playing for the Bulldogs, the future looks bright in Athens. A recruiting class that already includes nine commits from ESPN’s top 300 bodes well for a team undergoing considerable changes this offseason. As the offseason progresses and the Bulldogs’ tenth ranked class begins to take shape, chances are the Dawgs’ future will only get brighter.