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Georgia included a defensive depth chart in their media guide at SEC Media Days. I’m not sure how accurate it was or how it was derived as several oddities existed. For example, J.J. Green, who seemed like a lock for the star position in Jeremy Pruitt’s defense, was listed as the starter at strong safety. A walk-on (for better or worse) was still listed as a starter at cornerback. Ray Drew was still listed as a third-teamer. Those three things may all come to fruition, but the list as a whole seemed like some combination of obvious assumptions, dart-throwing and lip service.
In any event, Jonathan Taylor was listed third at the lone nose tackle position behind Mike Thornton and Chris Mayes. Thornton is a a senior; Mayes is a junior. Lamont Gaillard (an incoming freshman) also figures to be a factor at that position at some point in the future. Taylor would have been a sophomore with two years of eligibility left following the 2014 campaign. But now he’s gone, and that helps in the recruitment of Trent Thompson (the nation’s second-best recruit and top DT per 247Sports).
With Taylor gone, Georgia’s returning depth chart in 2015 likely looks something like this:
- Chris Mayes, Senior
- Lamont Gaillard, Sophomore
Mayes started eight games and played well in 2013. A big season out of him could mean early entry into the NFL Draft. After all, at that point he’ll have spent four combined years at JUCO and UGA. Conversely, an average or mediocre campaign in 2014 could mean he’s subject to being leap-frogged in 2015.
We don’t know what Gaillard will amount to or how long it will take him to get there.
The point, as I discuss in part here, is this: Taylor’s dismissal renders the nose tackle position open for an elite talent to come in and seize right away in 2015. That’s got to be attractive to Trent Thompson, who already favors the in-state Bulldogs.
That’s all I got/
Sage Hardin got lost (somewhat understandably in the shuffle), but the 3-star lineman (per247Sports) is the second OL commit out of Marist in the last two years, following Kendall Baker’s signing in 2014.
Is Marist the new OL HS? Might be to soon to declare that, but both Hardin and Baker are big (6’6″) and fundamentally sound. Baker’s got more upside thanks to his athleticism, but if nothing else Hardin could be a multi-year reserve who plays meaningful time.
Originally posted on College recruiting blog:
Before a couple of 5-stars committed at Dawg Night, UGA’s biggest recruiting news of the summer was the fast and furious courtship of Sage Hardin.
The 4-star offensive lineman from Marist high school earned an offer from UGA at summer camp, and committed to the Bulldogs a few weeks ago. He was also considering offers from UVA, Tennessee and Georgia Tech, among others.
Hardin’s father played college football at Georgia Tech and UVA.
Sage Hardin reflected on his UGA commitment in the below video:
From Seth Emerson at Macon’s Telegraph:
Darnell Salomon, a 17-year-old high school junior from Hialeah, Fla., was one of the more than 100 recruits attending the annual Dawg Night last weekend. He is rated a five-star recruit by the 247Sports Composite, which averages out the rankings of the major recruiting services.
On Saturday morning, two female UGA students reported that an unknown person had entered their dorm room, according to UGA police chief Jimmy Williamson.
“After they were startled and he left, it was determined that a wallet and an iPhone were missing,” Williamson said. “As we investigated, we have every reason to believe that the person responsible for these thefts was a visitor to our campus.”
UGA police chief soon determined that it was someone who was visiting for the football camp, and “were able to determine what room he was staying in,” according to Williamson. They spoke to the two current UGA athletes living in that room, who confirmed a recruit had been staying with them. The police investigators then contacted the football office, which told them the name of the player who had been staying with them.
A warrant was issued for Salomon’s arrest Wednesday. Police waited to charge him until they determined Salomon was 17.
Because Salomon is from Florida, it is not certain that he will report to Georgia to be charged.
Salomon is listed as having 18 scholarship offers in the 247Sports database, including a who’s-who of major football programs: Alabama, Florida State, Clemson, Florida, LSU, Notre Dame, Auburn, Georgia Tech, South Carolina and more.