December 4, 2012

Defensive Big Board

Big Board - Defense

Defensive line

John Atkins (Hargrave Military Academy; Chatham, Va.)

UGA's chances: Solid Commitment - Atkins has remained 100 percent committed to Georgia throughout the 2012 and 2013 recruiting cycle, and told UGASports recently that he has his test score and just needs to finish half a credit this semester to enroll at UGA in January. Atkins has had a strong season for Hargrave and will be working to earn a spot on Georgia's young defense next fall.

Chris Mayes (Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College; Perkinston, Miss.)

UGA's chances: Solid Commitment - Mayes was originally a part of Georgia's "Dream Team" class of 2011, and has always been set on getting back to Athens. When Mayes enrolled at MGCCC, the staff there agreed to redshirt him, but ended up needing his services last year. The Griffin native did redshirt this season and will have three years to play three in Athens. He is set to enroll in January.

DeAndre Johnson(Northgate)

UGA's chances: Solid Commitment - Johnson committed to Georgia early in the process and has never wavered. He is a prospect that the Georgia staff targeted early as a nose tackle, and those who saw him play this season say his best football is ahead of him.

Toby Johnson (Hutchinson Community College, Hutchinson, Kan.)

UGA's chances: 75% - Johnson told UGASports when the Bulldogs offered that he has always wanted to get back to the state of Georgia, and we don't think that has changed. Georgia needs help on the defensive line and they have made Johnson a priority from day one. The four star JUCO experienced a set back with an ACL injury that has put his 2013 season in question, but Georgia has continued to go after him. He will take his official visit to Athens this weekend (December 7-9).

Montravius Adams (Dooly County)

UGA's chances: 40% - Georgia and Clemson appear to be the top two teams and the Bulldogs have as good of a shot as anyone at this time. This could shape up to be a story much like that of Jordan Jenkins last year as Todd Grantham and the UGA defensive staff has made up a ton of ground with this five star recruit. Georgia is in desperate need of difference makers on the defensive line of scrimmage, and Adams told UGASports on Monday night that there is a good chance he takes an official visit to Athens this weekend. Alabama, Florida, Clemson, and Auburn are all heavily in the mix here.

Outside linebacker

Naim Mustafaa (Alpharetta)

UGA's chances: Soft Commitment (90%)- Mustafaa has taken a long look at Tennessee and Oklahoma State since committing to Georgia, but maintains he is 100 committed to Georgia. There have been some questions about grades for the four-star defender, and the next couple of months could be interesting with his recruitment.

Shaun McGee (Brookwood)

UGA's chances: Solid Commitment - McGee committed to Georgia over Alabama shortly after Dawg Night this summer, and has been recruiting for the Bulldogs ever since. McGee had a very strong senior season and is one of the hardest working prospects in the country. He will arrive at UGA this summer and could compete for immediate playing time due to his work ethic and motor.

Inside linebackerReggie Carter (South Gwinnett)

UGA's chances: Solid Commitment - Carter had a monster senior season despite the fact that he is coming off an ACL injury. The three-star prospect will enroll at UGA in January and compete for playing time right away.

Ryne Rankin (East River; Orlando, Fla.)

UGA's chances: Solid Commitment - Rankin committed to Georgia shortly after the Bulldogs offered this summer, and has been a very vocal member of the class. Rankin, like Carter, will enroll early and have a chance to fight for playing time this spring.

Tim Kimbrough (Warren Central; Indianapolis, Ind.)

UGA's chances: Solid Commitment - Kimbrough committed to Georgia at Dawg Night this summer, and was one of UGA's top targets in this class. He won't arrive at UGA until the summer, but he is expected to compete for playing time at inside linebacker due to the fact that the Bulldogs are quite thin at the position. Kimbrough is also a U.S. Army All American.

Johnny O'Neal (West Laurens)

UGA's chances: Solid Commitment - Also a U.S. Army All American, O'Neal broke the ice for Georgia when it comes to inside linebacker commitments. O'Neal is very quiet and hasn't talked much about recruiting, but does play on enrolling at UGA this June and competing for playing time with the other freshmen linebackers.

Reuben Foster (Auburn; Auburn, Ala.)

UGA's chances: 10%- Foster, an Auburn commitment since the summer, visited UGA for the Georgia Tech game, but when the Tiger staff was dismissed the next day, he was at the football facilities talking to coaches. If Trooper Taylor is let go at Auburn, his recruitment could open up. Until that happens, however, Foster is still a solid commitment to the Tigers.


Brendan Langley (Kell)

UGA's chances: Solid Commitment - Langley flipped from South Carolina to Georgia last month, and has told UGASports multiple times that he is 100 percent committed. He may still visit South Carolina officially, and will take his official visit to UGA this weekend. Langley is one of the most explosive players in the Peach State, and will enroll at UGA in January.

Reggie Wilkerson(North Marion; Citron, Fla.)

UGA's chances: Solid Commitment - Wilkerson committed to Georgia in the spring and has never wavered. He, like many other commitments, will take his official visit to Athens this weekend and enroll at UGA in January.

Shaquille Wiggins (Sandy Creek)

UGA's chances: Soft Commitment (95%) - Wiggins plans to take all five official visits and has kept the door cracked for other programs. Per his twitter account on Sunday night, Wiggins had spoken with UGA commitment Tramel Terry and decided his heart was set on Georgia, but as long as he takes the official visits, there is at least a small chance he won't sign with Georgia.

Mackensie Alexander (Immokalee; Immokalee, Fla.)

UGA's chances: 10% - Alexander told TigerIllustrated last month that he plans to visit UGA officially before he makes a decision, and right now, that is Georgia's only hope. Clemson seems to have the clear lead here, but anything could happen if/when he visits officially.

Adrian Baker (Chaminade Madonna; Holleywood, Fla.)

UGA's Chances: 15% - Baker told UGASports Sunday night that he plans on visiting UGA officially in January. Baker is committed to Florida State but has been looking around since former FSU defensive coordinator Mark Stoops took the job as Kentucky's Head Coach. With Georgia's immediate need at corner and Wiggins looking around, Georgia could turn up the heat on Baker and make this interesting.


Tray Matthews (Newnan)

UGA's chances: Solid Commitment - Matthews flirted with Auburn for a short time, but has since stated that he is completely solid to the Bulldogs. He plans to enroll at UGA in January, but keep an eye on Auburn if the Tigers do bring in Kirby Smart as Head Coach. Smart and Matthews have a solid relationship, but with so little time before Matthews is set to enroll, it would all have to happen extremely quickly.

Quincy Mauger (Kell)

UGA's chances: Solid Commitment - Mauger has been committed to Georgia since Dawg Night this summer and was instrumental in getting his close friend and teammate, Langley, to flip from South Carolina. Mauger, like so many other defensive recruits, will enroll in January.

Paris Bostick (Plant; Tampa, Fla.)

UGA's chances: Solid Commitment - Bostick committed to Georgia over the summer and has been very quiet since. He had a big senior season and averaged over nine tackles per game from his safety position. He is set to enroll at UGA this summer, and will likely have a chance to compete for playing time at strong safety.

Shaquille Fluker (East Mississippi Community College; Scooba, Miss.)

UGA's chances: Solid Commitment - Fluker has gotten a lot of attention in recent months, but remains committed to UGA. He told Orangebloods and UGASports recently that he wants to play in the SEC and is solid to the Bulldogs. Despite the fact that he is a JUCO prospect, he won't be able to enroll in January but will still likely compete for playing time at safety in 2013.

Kennar Johnson (Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College; Perkinston, Miss.)

UGA's chances: Solid Commitment - Johnson's commitment seemed to be very brief. The JUCO prospect came on to the scene with UGA this summer when he visited Athens, and didn't resurface until a few days before he took his official visit to Georgia for the Georgia Tech game. He committed on that visit and is now set to enroll in January.

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