Georgia Bulldogs Recruiting: Bulldogs sign 21 players

The Georgia Bulldogs had an excellent National Signing Day on Wednesday, officially adding twenty-one players to the roster. This batch of recruits, which includes in-state players such as Norcross defensive end Lorenzo Carter and Cedartown running back Nick Chubb, has gained a great deal of praise from the various recruiting websites, earning the #8 spot by Rivals, #8 by 247Sports, #9 by ESPN, and #12 by Scout.

In order to give you a clear rundown of what Georgia was able to add this offseason, let’s break down the additions by offense and defense, adding details to the situations that truly warrant doing so.

Let’s start with the offense:

13 Total Players

Jacob Park, Quarterback (Goose Creek, SC)

6’3”, 202 lbs

247Sports Rating: ****

Notes: Georgia’s quarterback depth chart, which currently has Hutson Mason, Faton Bauta, and Brice Ramsey, added another body with Park, who enrolled in January to help speed up his adjustment to the college level. Recruiting experts really liked Park’s arm strength, but his poor performance in the Army All-American game showed that he still has a great deal of improvement if he is to challenge the other QBs in Athens any time soon.

Sony Michel, Running Back (Fort Lauderdale, FL)

5’11”, 205 lbs

247Sports Rating: ****

Michel is expected to team up with Chubb to make a formidable duo (Photo by

Michel is expected to team up with Chubb to make a formidable duo (Photo by

Nick Chubb, Running Back (Cedartown, GA)

5’11”, 216 lbs

247Sports Rating: *****

Notes: It’s hard to tell which running back will be more dynamic for the Dawgs, because both Michel and Chubb are incredibly powerful backs. The driving force behind Cedartown’s run through the majority of 7-AAAA last season, Chubb did work again and again on Friday nights, flying by defenders thanks in part to great awareness and 4.47 speed. Chubb’s speed and power has Georgia fans excited, and although the odds are he may not see much playing time this fall, his future with the Bulldogs is very promising.

Dyshon Sims, Offensive Tackle (Valdosta, GA)

6’4”, 278 lbs

247Sports Rating: ****

Kendall Baker, Offensive Tackle (Atlanta, GA)

6’6”, 275 lbs

247Sports Rating: ***

Notes: Georgia is famous for fielding an offensive line featuring some of the biggest men in football (both college and NFL), a mold which Baker certainly fits. A former defensive tackle that Georgia head coach Mark Richt feels is fully capable of playing on the offense, the learning curve may be steep once Baker comes into the fold.

Isaiah Wynn, Offensive Guard (Saint Petersburg, FL)

6’2”, 272 lbs

247Sports Rating: ****

Jake Edwards, Offensive Guard (Franklin, GA)

6’4”, 286 lbs

247Sports Rating: ***

Jake Edwards

Jeb Blazevich, Tight End (Charlotte, NC)

6’4”, 230 lbs

247Sports Rating: ****

Hunter Atkinson, Tight End (Oakwood, GA)

6’6”, 250 lbs

247Sports Rating: ***

Shakenneth Williams, Wide Receiver (Macon, GA)

6’1”, 195 lbs

247Sports Rating: ****

Rico Johnson, Wide Receiver (Atlanta, GA)

5’10”, 170 lbs

247Sports Rating: ***

Gilbert Johnson, Wide Receiver (Homestead, FL)

6’2”, 190 lbs

247Sports Rating: ***

Isaiah McKenzie, Wide Receiver (Fort Lauderdale, FL)

5’8”, 175 lbs

247Sports Rating: ****

Notes: The biggest surprise of National Signing Day for the Bulldogs, McKenzie showed up with just Ole Miss and Virginia Tech hats sitting in front of him, only to be assisted with a Georgia cap from teammate and fellow Bulldogs commit Sony Michel. what McKenzie lacks in size, he makes up for in speed and tackle-breaking ability; nicknamed “The Human Joystick”, Georgia has to be hoping that he lives up to the Ace Sanders comparisons that some have drawn.

Now let’s look at the defense:

8 Total Players

Lorenzo Carter, Defensive End (Norcross, GA)

6’5”, 232 lbs

247Sports Rating: *****

Notes: Definitely Georgia’s biggest pick-up on Wednesday, Carter is considered one of the best defensive ends in this class, which made his addition a priority. A solid rock for Norcross in their consecutive state championships in 2012 and 2013, Carter’s size and burst off of the end makes him a quarterback’s worst nightmare. It’s always hard to tell how soon talented guys like Carter will find the field, but rest assured, Bulldog Nation, we will all notice once he does.

Lorenzo Carter

Keyon Brown, Defensive End (Wauchula, FL)

6’3”, 230 lbs

247Sports Rating: ****

Lamont Gaillard, Defensive Tackle (Fayetteville, NC)

6’3”, 310 lbs

247Sports Rating: ****

Notes: Rumors swirled around Gaillard de-commiting these past few days, but he ultimately shunned such notions by sending in his NLI on Wednesday morning. Gaillard’s defensive tackle is crucial to Georgia’s 3-4 defense, as the entire unit’s success depends greatly on the emergence of a nose tackle that can attack the offensive line and stop even the best running backs in their tracks. Whether Gaillard can play like current New Orleans Saint John Jenkins did each Saturday remains to be seen, but he already has the frame necessary to cause headaches for opposing offenses.

Detric Dukes, Inside Linebacker (Tucker, GA)

6’0”, 220 lbs

247Sports Rating: ****

Malkom Parrish, Cornerback (Quitman, GA)

5’9”, 186 lbs

247Sports Rating: ****

Shattle Fenteng, Cornerback (Hutchinson, KS) JC

6’2”, 200 lbs

247Sports Rating: ***

Fenteng serves as Georgia's only junior college signing this season

Fenteng serves as Georgia’s only junior college signing this season

Shaquille Jones, Cornerback (Merritt Island, FL)

6’2”, 175 lbs

247Sports Rating: ***

Dominick Sanders, Safety (Tucker, GA)

5’11”, 187 lbs

247Sports Rating: ***

Notes: The brother of Chris Sanders, who played for Georgia in 2012 before being dismissed along with Nick Marshall, Sanders steps into a set of defensive backs that were very subpar in 2013, giving up enough big plays to fill at least one set of SportsCenter’s Top 10 plays. With new defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt in charge of teaching the defensive backs their approach, it will be interesting to watch Sanders develop and if he can turn some heads like his older brother before him.

Georgia’s recruiting class truly filled many of the holes in this roster and then some, which is always a great sight to see for a team that was disabled by depth issues one season ago. The Bulldogs also did an impressive job of keeping some of the most talented players in the Peach State in the state, reeling in eleven players that already called Georgia home, including three of the top 5 players in the state.

The Bulldogs’ successful recruiting class earned praise for many of the coaches on the staff, including running back coach Bryan McClendon, who moved up to the No. 1 recruiter in the nation according to 247Sports. A former player for the Bulldogs in the early 2000’s, among McClendon’s responsibilities in recruiting is targeting Gwinnett County, which is where Lorenzo Carter hails from. McClendon’s ascension to #1 means that the current Georgia staff holds the last four Recruiters of the Year: McClendon, defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt (2013 and 2012), and offensive coordinator Mike Bobo (2011).

McClendon, pictured here alongside Isaiah Crowell, has shown he is an extremely valuable asset for the Bulldogs (Photo by Radi Nabulsi)

McClendon, pictured here alongside Isaiah Crowell, has shown he is an extremely valuable asset for the Bulldogs (Photo by Radi Nabulsi)

With these players now officially part of Georgia Bulldogs football, all there is left to do now is watch their development and see if they progress to the studs that so many feel they are capable of being.