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2014 National Signing Day: Georgia Bulldogs Get Their Man In 5-Star Defensive End Lorenzo Carter

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The Georgia Bulldogs had a tough time last year on National Signing Day with in-state recruits leaving the Peach State to head to other programs, but on Wednesday afternoon, the Bulldogs landed the highly-touted Lorenzo Carter as he officially signed to play in Athens.

Carter, a 6-foot-6, 235-pound defensive end, hails roughly 30 minutes from Athens, and he was the no. 1 player on Georgia’s big board for over a year now. The no. 2 rated defensive end in the nation who also stars in basketball chose the Bulldogs over fierce competition from LSU, Florida and Florida State.

Throughout the summer, Carter was considered to be an Alabama lean, but he named the Gators as his leader in the fall and eliminated the Crimson Tide completely. Many in the recruiting industry, including myself, felt that Carter would end up donning the red and black, and he was a recruit that Mark Richt desperately needed to land to keep Georgia fans confident in his ability to keep big-time prospects from leaving the state.

Although he is considered to be a defensive end, Carter is simply a pass rushing specialist who will line up at the outside linebacker position in newly-hired defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt’s 3-4 defensive scheme, much like former Bulldog Jarvis Jones did during his time in Athens.

The Norcross, GA native is undoubtedly the most prized possession Georgia’s 2014 recruiting class, which will wind up being a consensus top-10 class nationally once all signatures and forms are finalized. Carter’s length and speed will serve him well at Georgia, and he helps the Dawgs fill a much-needed void at the outside linebacker position.

Currently, Georgia has 21 commitments overall for the 2014 class, which should be the final amount that they end up with considering that there are no more prospects out there who the Bulldogs have targeted. The Dawgs will also end up with a consensus top-10 recruiting class in the nation.

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