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Apr 6, 2013; Athens, GA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs head coach Mark Richt shown on the field during the Georgia Spring Day Game at Sanford Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Georgia Bulldogs Must Keep In-State Talent at Home in '14

University of Georgia Head Coach Mark Richt and his staff much focus on keeping in-state talent at home in the 2014 recruiting class. Photo Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Mark Richt and the Georgia Bulldogs coaching staff have faced scrutiny over the past couple of seasons, especially this past year, because of their inability to reel in the top home-grown talent within the state of Georgia. Each year, the state of Georgia produces many of the top players throughout the entire country, and the 2014 class looks to hold that theory true.

On signing day this past February, the Dogs missed out on in-state talents such as Norcross running back Alvin Kamara, Dooly Co. defensive tackle Montravious Adams, and Ridgeland defensive back Vonn Bell, to name a few.

The upcoming class of 2014 once again features top all-American caliber talents. Of course, it is impossible for Coach Richt and his staff to land every single highly-rated recruit, but it is hard to ignore the fact that other teams such as Alabama, Auburn, and Clemson come into the state of Georgia and steal away talent. The Dogs have already landed the top running back in the state in Cedartown running back Nick Chubb as well as one of the top cornerbacks in the state, Malkolm Parrish.  While Georgia would like to have every heralded recruit, there are two players that they need to focus on who could come in and become game-changers as soon as they step foot in Athens.

Liberty Co. middle linebacker Raekwon McMillan is the nation’s top-rated inside linebacker, according to Rivals.com, but Georgia is down on his top list of schools. Ohio St. seems to be the leader for McMillian along with Alabama and Clemson. Richt and his staff must make a move this summer with McMillan on the annual Dawg Night in July and hopefully secure an official visit.

Defensive end / outside linebacker Lorenzo Carter may end up being the nation’s No. 1 overall player before signing day is up and currently the No. 3 overall player in our FanSided150.com recruiting rankings. The 6’5 235 pound freak athlete from Norcross has Alabama and Georgia in his top two, and Coach Grantham must help secure Carter to become his next stud pass rusher. Imagine Carter lining up beside Jordan Jenkins wreaking havoc to every SEC quarterback. Carter is a special talent that will undoubtedly play on Sundays in the future.

Georgia has recruited extremely well out of state (see Todd Gurley, Aaron Murray and Keith Marshall) over the years and that includes this season. They currently have commitments from the consensus No. 2 running back in the nation in Sony Michel from Florida as well as a top ten tight end from North Carolina in Jeb Blazevich.

Yet, with all of the outside talent surrounding the state of Georgia, the Dogs must secure the in-state talent if they want to get over the hump and win a coveted national championship.

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