February 14, 2012

Future of the OL

Most coaches agree that it all starts up front. Georgia, seemingly every year, is in a situation where it is looking to bring in big numbers on the offensive line, and 2013 is no different.

While the Bulldogs have yet to secure a commitment in their offensive front five for the upcoming recruiting class, the state of Georgia is loaded with big time talent. As a result of the plethora of talent in the Peach State for 2013, Georgia has a chance to bring in a number of quality offensive linemen in a year where building depth is vital.

Offensive Tackles

Top Targets

Laremy Tunsil (Columbia, Lake City, Fla.) - Tunsil is the top offensive lineman and third ranked overall prospect in the country. He has a rare blend of size, athleticism, potential, and attitude that makes him one of the most elite offensive tackle prospects to come out in the last five years. Tunsil likes a number of SEC schools, but his top three consist of Florida, Georgia, and Florida State. Tunsil grew up a Florida fan, but is also very close friends with Georgia commit Derrick Henry (Yulee, Fla). His former teammate, Timmy Jernigan, plays for Florida State, and that could also play a factor. Tunsil hasn't put a timeline on his recruitment, but it looks as if he will wait until National Signing Day before making a decision.

Shamire Devine (Tri Cities) - Devine is a monster offensive tackle prospect at 6-foot-7, 340 pounds. He is an excellent athlete for his size, and will undoubtedly shed some weight once he is in a strength and conditioning program at the next level. Devine is receiving interest from almost every school in the southeast, and holds seven offers at present. He is a prototypical right tackle prospect a the next level, and is very close with fellow Rivals250 offensive lineman, and teammate, Jeremi Hall. Georgia has a solid chance of landing the top offensive lineman in the Peach State for 2013.

Other Offers

Delando Crooks (Carver-Atlanta) - Crooks is a tremendous athlete with excellent upside. He has the height at 6-foot-5, but only weights 265 pounds and will need to bulk up to play tackle at the next level. Regardless of his size now, he has an excellent frame and could develop into a big time target. UGA is in his top group.

DeVondre Seymour (North Gwinnett) - Seymour has long been thought to be a Georgia lean, and his uncle, Richard Seymour, is a former All American for the Bulldogs. The North Gwinnett lineman has excellent upside and has the physical tools to be one of the best in the southeast. Georgia leads right now.

Possible Target

Trenton Brown (Georgia Military Academy) - Brown is an enormous tackle prospect at 6-foot-8, 340 pounds, but has the athleticism to play on Sundays. He has great feet, very long arms, and is a solid run blocker. According to his teammate, GMC defensive back Jaylon Myers, Brown is a lock to Georgia when and if the Bulldogs offer.

Ones to Watch

Isaac Rochell (Eagles Landing) - Rochell is listed as a defensive end, but has been offered by a few schools as an offensive tackle. He is open to playing the position, and has the frame at 6-foot-5, 260 pounds to grow into the position. He is also a tremendous athlete, and if he continues to grow, offensive tackle may be his future home.

Interior Linemen

Top Targets

Brandon Kublanow (Walton) - Kublanow is an physical specimen. He already bench presses well over 400 pounds, and has a knack for pushing people around on the interior. He plays center right now, but could play guard at the next level as well, and his attitude and motor make him a Rivals250 player. The Peach State star has mentioned several times that he is wide open, but Georgia is thought to be the team to beat.

Joe Fennell (South Fort Myers, Ft. Myers, Fla.) - Fennell has excellent size at 6-foot-5, 320 pounds, but he is also a solid athlete. He is a dominant run blocker with the ability to excel in pass protection. Fennell has kept things quiet so far, but Georgia will likely have to battle Florida, Florida State, and Miami for his signature.

Josh Cardiello (Buford) - Cardiello is a very strong and agile offensive line prospect. He plays with a great deal of intensity and very little fear, but he is also a cerebral player that understands how to take angles and block at the second level. Sources close to the Buford standout say that he is a big Georgia fan, but it is unclear where the Bulldogs stand at this time.

Possible TargetsCory Helms (Milton) - Helms is a mauler on the inside with excellent strength and athleticism. Helms is currently a center for Milton, but has played guard and tackle as well. He is a weigh room warrior with a 415-pound bench press, and looks to be on the verge of some big time offers.

Joshua Outlaw (Martin Luther King) - Outlaw is a versatile offensive lineman that projects as a guard, but could also play some tackle. He is a solid pass blocker, with good feet. He has gone on the record in expressing his desire to receive a UGA offer.

Jeremi Hall (Tri Cities) - Hall is a Rivals250 lineman that has continued to improve throughout his high school career. During the Georgia Rising Seniors week, Hall showed an ability to play with leverage, and to swallow defensive linemen with down blocks. If Georgia should offer, they would have an excellent chance of landing he and Devine.

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