New Kids on the Block: Georgia’s 13 Early Enrollees
The Bulldogs have 13 early commitments (in the formed of Signed Letters of Intent) for the 2013 signing class. Those lucky 13 have already arrived in Athens and are getting settled at the school and within the Georgia football family. Here’s a look at those guys:
John Atkins – DT, 6’4”, 310 lbs., Hargrave Military Academy
Hailing from prep school power Hargrave this four-star recruit has an opportunity to make an impact right away. With Kwame Geathers and John Jenkins off to the NFL and a two-man rotation often being used, I’d expect him to see the field early and often this year. Atkins committed back in August and Todd Grantham was his lead recruiter.
Aulden Bynum – OL, 6’5”, 260 lbs., Valdosta, GA
This three-star recruit is slightly undersized at this point (at least in weight measures), but at 6’5” he certainly has the frame to carry more weight. He was considered the 40th best offensive lineman in the country, but if his stated bench press max is accurate (250 pounds), he’s going to need to work not only on his size but also on his strength. He received offers from the likes of Vandy, Tennessee, South Carolina, Nebraska and Auburn.
Josh Cardiello – OL, 6’3”, 280 lbs., Buford, GA
Buford high school is a haven for offensive linemen, Cardiello is no exception. Listed as the nation’s 25th best lineman he received offers from Florida, Florida State, Nebraska and South Carolina but committed to Georgia last May. Buford boys tend to do well, and I’d expect nothing else from Josh.
Reggie Carter – LB, 6’1”, 225 lbs., Snellville, GA
This four-star linebacker is the type of player you want in your fold. Offers from Alabama, Florida State, Michigan and South Carolina tell you more about his skill set than I ever could.
J.J. Green – ATH, 5’9”, 186 lbs., Kingsland, GA
J.J. was a teammate of fellow early enrollee Brice Ramsey at Camden County High. Rivals lists him as the 52nd best “athlete” in the country, but I’d expect him to use his 4.4 speed on the defensive side of the ball at the corner position. His speed is comparable to Branden Smith, but I think he’s more elusive and would be a viable option as a return specialist as well.
Tray Matthews – DB, 6’0”, 194 lbs., Newnan, GA
Tray projects as a safety at the collegiate level and Rivals.com says he’s the fifth best in the country. Georgia will be in need of playmakers in the defensive backfield with the departure or Rambo, Williams and Commings and I’d expect Matthews to get a shot. This four-star recruit received offers from Bama, Auburn, Florida, Michigan, Ohio State and Virginia Tech.
Quincy Mauger – DB, 6’0”, 197 lbs., Marietta, GA
Quincy is considered the 26th best safety in the country and will also be looking to make an impact at the position. According to Rivals, Quincy is slightly larger and a little faster than Tray Matthews, so his development on the field will be exciting to track.
Chris Mayes –DT, 6’4”, 315 lbs., Gulf Coast Community College
Mayes was considered the nation’s 25th best JUCO prospect in this class and with his size and strength that’s not surprising. There will be some exciting position battles along the defensive line this season and don’t be surprised to see him win one.
Brice Ramsey – QB, 6’3”, 205 lbs., Kingsland, GA
Ramsey has been the future of UGA’s passing game for years and committed way back in July of 2011. This pro-style passer was regarded as the state’s 18th best player and got all the right offers (Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Ohio State). I’d expect him to redshirt this year before taking on Hutson Mason in 2014.
Ryne Rankin – LB, 6’1”, 231 lbs., Orlando FL
Rankin is already a strong kid with explosive hips (creepy enough for you?), but I’m not sure what his ceiling is. If he can continue to build on those skills, then he could be an absolute force. If much of his success has been due to a raw size and strength advantage, then he may taper out. The way he plays (angry, aggressive) makes me think that his development will continue. He could end up being a steal of this class.
Jonathan Rumph – WR, 6’5”, 215 lbs., Holmes C.C.
I’m not sure why Rumph isn’t getting more press. He has a huge frame, good speed and great hands. He picked up offers from LSU, Florida, Texas Tech, West Virginia and everybody else. At the worst he plugs in nicely where Marlon Brown left off. But, I think he has much, much more upside. The video below is from two years ago but even captures Rumph punting.
Tramel Terry – ATH, 6’0”, 190 lbs., Goose Creek, SC
This four-star recruit was the 3rd best player in the state of South Carolina according to Rivals.com. Most anticipate him playing wideout and he has the size and speed (4.4 type wheels) to do so. But, he could also be a valuable playmaker as a DB where Georgia is a little thinner in depth. Either way, I’d look for him to make a Malcolm Mitchell-esque immediate impact.
Reggie Wilkerson – DB, 5’11”, 163 lbs., Ocala, FL
Wilkerson may play faster than any other Georgia recruit in this class, but he’s going to need to add some size to his frame if he ever wants to see the field. That being said, I think he will do so and could be seen returning kicks this year or showing up in some random offensive sets. He’s a playmaker.
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