Georgia has quite a crop of elite in-state talent that it wants–and frankly needs–to keep out of the hands of Alabama, Auburn and Florida. Look for the Bulldogs to handle this group well, and land quite a few of the national top 100 players living within a few hours of Athens.
Editor’s note: Saturday Down South’s references to ratings follow the 247Sports.com composite rankings.
1. Trent Thompson, Albany (Ga.), 6-4/295, Defensive tackle
- National rank: No. 1 overall prospect
- SEC schools: Georgia, Alabama, Auburn, Florida
- The skinny: For a defensive tackle, this guy can scoot. He’s a disruptive machine at the position. Georgia seems to be the lock to get him, but maybe Thompson has a little something to say about that. He did just return from Alabama’s junior day.
2. Albert Huggins, Orangeburg (S.C.), 6-3/280, Defensive tackle
- National rank: No. 37 overall
- SEC schools: Georgia, South Carolina, LSU
- The skinny: He’s a South Carolina native, so there’s obviously going to be some competition from Clemson and the Gamecocks for Huggins’ commitment, but this is a battle that Bulldogs might be able to pull off if all goes their way.
3. Natrez Patrick, Atlanta (Ga.), 6-3/220, Defensive end
- National rank: No. 51 overall
- SEC schools: Georgia, Auburn, Alabama
- The skinny: Could also play outside linebacker for his future college team. The in-stater seems to be an Auburn-Georgia battle, just another massive in-state target the Bulldogs are hoping to haul in.
4. Chuma Edoga, Powder Springs (Ga.), 6-4/280, Offensive lineman
- National rank: No. 56 overall
- SEC schools: Tennessee, Georgia
- The skinny: Edoga actually named Tennessee his leader early last month, but he’s an in-state kid that Georgia covets–so don’t expect the Bulldogs to stop chasing him any time soon. In fact, he was on Georgia’s campus this weekend.
5. Roquan Smith, Montezuma (Ga.), 6-2/205, Linebacker
- National rank: No. 70 overall
- SEC schools: Georgia, Auburn, Kentucky
- The skinny: The last two months have been nuts for this quickly rising recruit. He has seen countless offers come in since the holiday season, and it’s doubtful to end any time soon. This hitter seems to be a Georgia-Auburn battle brewing.