Georgia Football Defensive Recruiting Poised to Take Off

By Brad Stephens
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Dale Zanine – USA TODAY Sports

The Georgia Bulldogs racked up in June and garnered five verbal commitments. The Dawgs may not be done yet and the biggest names would possibly propel the Dawgs into top five territory in terms of recruiting classes.

Jeremy Pruitt‘s presence is already being felt in Athens and never more so than on the recruiting trail. Three of the five commitments were on the defensive side of the ball, an area where Georgia needs immense and immediate improvements. Pruitt is recruiting speed and athleticism to Athens, and the additions of Deandre Baker, Juwan Taylor and Gary McCrae certainly fit that bill. McCrae piques the interest of many Dawg fans, as he is a 6-foot-5, 220-pound linebacker that flies all over the field in a similar fashion to another Randolph-Clay High alumnus, Thomas Davis of the Carolina Panthers.

Waiting in the wings, however, are two of the biggest names in recruiting. Trenton Thompson has yet to announce his commitment, but the five-star defensive tackle appears to be all-Dawg, even referring to Mark Richt as “Boss man” on his Twitter account. Many believe he is playing the recruiting game longer so his teammates can get noticed. In any event, Thompson is the No. 1 man on Georgia’s board right now and getting him on board is tantamount to success in 2015.

The No. 2 man on Georgia’s board has to be five-star defensive back Rashad Roundtree of Evans, GA. Roundtree is coveted by most major programs in the country and the Dawgs have their work cut out for them to keep Roundtree at home. He will not decide until late in the process as he will take all of his official visits. However, Pruitt seems to have established a relationship here that could propel the Dawgs into clear frontrunners. Early playing time under a defensive mastermind at the home state school may be hard to pass up.

The SEC has been on fire this summer all over the recruiting trail and Georgia looks to fan the flames with these two big names, whether it be sooner or later. Surely, the Dawgs hope for the former, but will take the latter.

Brad Stephens is an SEC Football writer for Feel free to follow on Twitter @bradstephens320 or add him to your Google network.

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