A visit to Athens on Saturday afternoon resulted in a commitment for Mark Richt and the Georgia Bulldogs from one of the nation’s top 2014 defensive lineman, Lamont Gaillard.
The Fayetteville, NC native comes in a No. 59 overall in our FanSided150 rankings and is rated as a four-star recruit and the No. 3 overall defensive tackle, according to the 247 Sports composite rankings. The 6-3, 310 pound defensive lineman chose the Bulldogs over the Alabama Crimson Tide, LSU Tigers, and Clemson Tigers, among others.
Many had projected Gaillard to commit to the Dawgs on his visit this weekend since he had long been a Georgia lean. According to 247 Sports, 27 out of 27 experts predicted Gaillard to land with the Dawgs.
Once in Athens, I see Gaillard switching between the nose tackle and defensive end positions.
He has great size and unbelievable strength and explosiveness off the ball. He has the athleticism to play the defensive end position, but is also big and strong enough to move inside and play head up on either the center or guard.
Since Georgia’s Defensive Coordinator, Todd Grantham, runs a 3-4 defensive scheme, it will be interesting to see where Gaillard ends up on the line.
In a 3-4 system, the defensive end and defensive tackle positions are much different than a 4-3. The end position is played by players who are more like defensive tackles, much like Georgia has had in players like Abry Jones and Garrison Smith. The nose tackle is usually a much bigger body who can take up two blocks as John Jenkins and Kwame Geathers did in the past.
The versatility that Gaillard brings to the defensive line positions is a problem that defensive line coach Chris Wilson will not mind having.
Gaillard is commitment No. 16 for the Dawgs in the 2014 class, which leaves around five or six spots left to fill for Richt and his staff.
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