Class Snapshot: Georgia

By JC Shurburtt | 247Sports

Class Snapshot: Georgia (18 commits)

Current Rank: No. 8 nationally, No. 6 Southeastern Conference 0.9138 average 247Sports Composite rating.

Top Commit: Running back Sony Michel (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./American Heritage) has been on the Division I prospect radar since his eighth grade year. The 5-foot-11, 205-pounder is fast (has run sub- 10.5 seconds in the 100-meter dash) and has excellent instincts at the position. He is the No. 3 running back prospect in the 2014 cycle and the No. 19 overall prospect according to 247Sports Composite Rankings.

Class Strength: Running Back, which is no surprise considering tailback at UGA is one of the glamour positions in all of college football. As good as Michel is, Nick Chubb (Cedartown, Ga.) for my money is better and he will remind you more of a classic Georgia running back. Chubb is 5-foot-11, 227 pounds and has been timed as fast as 4.47 seconds in the 40-yard dash. He also set a regular season record for rushing yardage in the Peach State this past season. Combined with Michel, this is “Gurshall, Part II”.

Sleeper: There aren't many who have watched linebacker Detric Dukes (Tucker, Ga.) play and come away unimpressed. The 6-foot, 220-pounder doesn't come with the dynamic size or “blow you away” film, but he's an excellent football player who will likely contribute earlier than expected in Athens.

Top Remaining Target: Defensive end Lorenzo Carter (Norcross, Ga.) has excellent athletic upside and is one of the more “freakish” athletes in the 2014 class. Georgia is battling Florida and LSU to keep the 6-foot-5, 230-pounder in-state and right now, the Bulldogs are garnering 64 percent of the prediction votes on 247Sports Crystal Ball.

Remaining Needs: Georgia would like to sign one more cornerback prospect in this class and needs pass rushing help (which is why Carter is a huge target). The Bulldogs are battling South Carolina for former Gamecocks commit Wesley Green (Lithona, Ga./Martin Luther King) and recently flipped Dominick Sanders (Tucker, Ga.) from UCF, who they believe could be a cornerback or a safety. UGA has room to work scholarship-wise in this class, so a late surprise signing from an under-the-radar prospect the staff evaluates (the Dawgs found Tim Jennings this way a decade ago) and likes isn't out of the question. Combine that with new defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt being one of the top recruiters in the country and Georgia will be one of the most interesting SEC programs to watch in recruiting during the next week and change.

Top Recruiter: Running backs coach Bryan McClendon is the primary record-of-record for both Michel and Chubb and also was the primary for four-star defensive end Keyon Brown (Wachula, Fla./Hardee) and four-star offensive guard Isaiah Wynn (Saint Petersburg, Fla./Lakewood), among his eight commits. McClendon currently is ranked No. 2 nationally and in the SEC in 247Sports Recruiter Rankings for the 2014 cycle. He's Carter's primary recruiter, so landing him could give McClendon the No. 1 ranking and National Recruiter of the Year. McClendon played at UGA.

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