Georgia Bulldogs Recruiting: Mark Richt Must Land OL in ’14 Class

Fans of every team always want to bring in flashy, talented athletes each year in recruiting because those players make the headlines and score the touchdowns. Yet, the most important piece to any team starts in the trenches on the offensive and defensive fronts.

After recruiting well on the defensive line over the past few seasons, the Georgia Bulldogs have struggled to reel in top recruits on the offensive line. The Bulldogs have landed just one major offensive line recruit in the past two seasons with that being former five-star offensive tackle John Theus. In last year’s massive class of 33 recruits, the Dawgs landed just three offensive lineman and missed out on five-star tackle Laremy Tunsil. While fans were anxious to try and land defensive tackle Montravious Adams or running back Alvin Kamara, Tunsil was the one prospect Georgia needed more than any other.

In the class of 2014, the Bulldogs have one commitment on the offensive line from three-star guard Jake Edwards. Edwards was offered by the Dawgs on June 8 at the annual Mark Richt Camp and committed on the spot. With Edwards commitment, it leaves three to four sports available for the Dawgs to grab some of their top targets.

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

One of the biggest and best targets, physically and ability-wise, is five-star offensive tackle David Sharpe. The 6’6″, 290 pound Florida native is rated as the No. 2 offensive tackle in the nation, according to the 247 Sports Composite Rankings. Currently, Sharpe is considered a heavy Florida Gators lean along with Georgia, Clemson, and Alabama in the mix.

Along with Sharpe in the state of Florida is offensive guard Isaiah Wynn. The 6’2″, 275 pound athletic lineman has long been thought as a heavy lean to UGA and would be a nice addition to the Dawgs interior offensive line due to excellent footwork and quickness.

This 2014 recruiting class is considered to be a down year in the state of Georgia as far as offensive line talent is concerned, but Lowndes Co. High School tackle Dyshon Sims’ stock has been continuing to grow as the summer months progress.

Sims is rated as a four-star in the 247 Sports Composite Rankings and is considered to be an extremely heavy Georgia Bulldogs lean. Sims earned an offer from UGA in early May and could possibly commit to the Dawgs before the beginning of his senior season.

One of the more intriguing prospects for UGA on the offensive line is four-star offensive/defensive tackle Kendall Baker from Atlanta, GA. Baker stands at a massive 6’6″, 275 pounds and has Georgia and Auburn as his leaders. UGA has not specified whether they will use him on the offensive or defensive side of the ball, but I suspect the Dawgs to take Baker as an offensive lineman and continue to develop his skills as a tackle. Baker is making his decision between Georgia and Auburn on July 3.

Georgia has signed offensive lineman late in the recruiting process in recent years, including current starting tackle Kenarious Gates, who was not offered until the day before signing day, as well as 2013 signee Devondre Seymour who was more heavily recruited by the Dawgs after it was apparent they would miss out on Tunsil. Seymour is headed to junior college and will also be a target once again for the Dawgs to bring back in 2014.

A few other names to lookout for include Duke commitment Christian Harris and Georgia Military College tackle Adam Duckett. If the Dawgs are once again unable to land some of the nation’s best, they could be forced to offer Harris or Duckett to fill out their recruiting class.

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Topics: 2014 Football Class, David Sharpe, Dyshon Sims, Georgia Bulldogs, Isaiah Wynn, Kendall Baker, Mark Richt, Recruiting

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  • Allen Karmelin

    UGA has a great O-line coach. Whoever they get, will become much more than “good” lineman. As always they’ll be extremely versitile, being able to handle multiple positions in the line.

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