December 11, 2012

Early enrollee recap

One of the biggest stories surrounding Georgia football in 2012 was the fact that the Bulldogs only had 68 recruited players on scholarship.

One of the best ways to correct that problem is to bring in a number of players from both the junior college and high school ranks who can enroll early and go through spring practice with the team.

The UGA coaching staff has done just that with the 2013 class as Georgia has 16 current commitments that plan to enroll early and with the news that Hutchinson Community College (Hutchinson, Kan.) defensive tackle Toby Johnson will not enroll early, it looks as if that number will hold steady as January approaches.

Here is a look at the prospects that plan to enroll early, broken down by position, and how they fit in to Georgia's plans going forward.

Quarterback

Brice Ramsey (Camden County) - Ramsey has been committed to Georgia since before his junior year, and has remained solid throughout the process. Ramsey will compete in the Under Armour All American game to be played in St. Petersburg, Fla. on January 4, 2013. Ramsey will likely redshirt in his first year as a Bulldogs, but factors greatly into Georgia's future plans at quarterback.

Wide receiver

Jonathan Rumph (Holmes Community College; Wiggins, Miss.) - Rumph chose UGA over Mississippi State last month, and was one of Georgia's top targets at the position for much of the process. Rumph will be expected to compete for playing time right away and will give Georgia an immediate red zone targets with his 6-foot-5, 220-pound frame.

Offensive line

Aulden Bynum (Valwood) - Bynum was targeted and reeled in by the Bulldogs early in the process, and worked extremely hard this summer to be able to enroll early. The three-star prospect is almost certainly headed for a red-shirt season to add weight to his impressive frame and has a ton of upside at tackle or guard.

Josh Cardiello (Buford) - Cardiello, like Bynum, will need to add mass once he gets to campus at UGA and is likely headed for a redshirt due to Georgia's experience on the interior. Cardiello and Buford will face off against St. Pius X in the GHSA AAA title game on Friday.

Athlete

Tramel Terry (Goose Creek; Goose Creek, S.C.) - Terry recently shut down his recruitment and is locked in on Georgia. The four-star standout was named Mr. Football in the state of South Carolina on Friday, and is currently turning heads at the Shrine Bowl of the Carolina's practices. Terry will also compete in the Under Armour All American Bowl before enrolling at UGA, and will have a chance to earn playing time as a wide receiver, running back, and return man for Georgia in 2013.

J.J. Green (Camden County) - Green committed to Georgia in the spring, and has done nothing but impress in his senior year. The 5-foot-9, 185 pound athlete won't be competing in any all star games, but will have a chance to earn a roll in Georgia's offense as a slot receiver, running back, and return man in 2013.

Defensive line

Chris Mayes (Gulf Coast Community College; Perkinston, Miss.) - Mayes originally signed with Georgia in 2011, and is now set to enroll in January. The three-star JUCO will have three years to play three in Athens, and is expected to challenge for playing time right away at the all important nose tackle position in Georgia's 3-4 defense.

John Atkins (Hargrave Military (Chatham, Va.) - Atkins signed with Georgia in 2012, and, like Mayes, is on pace to arrive in just over a month. Atkins has told UGASports that he has a half credit to finish, but is confident he will do so. The three-star defender will be expected to compete for snaps right away on the Georgia defensive line and provide depth.

Outside linebacker

Leonard Floyd (Hargrave Military (Chatham, Va.) - Floyd, like Atkins, signed with Georgia in 2012, and is on track to arrive in Athens in January. Floyd played a lot of linebacker for Hargrave in 2011, and has added 20 pounds to his 6-foot-5 frame since graduating high school. The four-star prospect could be expected to provide depth right away and contribute on special teams.

Inside linebacker

Ryne Rankin (East River; Orlando, Fla.) - Rankin committed to Georgia this summer, and has been one of the Bulldogs' most vocal commitments in regard to his excitement level in getting to Athens. Rankin was selected to play in the Semper Fidelis All American Bowl in Carson, Calif. on January 4, but told UGASports on Tuesday that he has decided to pass up the all-star game and join UGA on Friday for bowl practices. Rankin will be able to practice with Georgia until the Bulldogs leave for the bowl site in Orlando. Georgia returns only one inside linebacker with game experience, so Rankin will be one of four linebackers signed in this class to play right away.

• Reggie Carter (South Gwinnett) - Carter's situation is similar to Rankin's. Carter had multiple all-star game invitations, but has elected to eschew those possibilities to join the team early. Carter isn't quite sure when he will be able to join the team, but will do so as soon as possible. The Snellville native recently received his fourth star from Rivals.com, and will compete for playing time right away with Georgia's situation at inside linebacker.

Cornerback

Reggie Wilkerson (North Marion; Citron, Fla.) - Wilkerson committed to Georgia at G-Day this spring, and has been very quiet since. The four-star prospect played a lot of wide receiver in his senior season, but will be counted on to provide depth at a position where Georgia returns very little experience in 2013.

Brendan Langley (Kell) - Georgia targeted Langley early, and never gave up despite the fact that he committed to South Carolina in late summer. Georgia eventually flipped the four-star prospect, and he will no be relied upon to come in and compete for early playing time at cornerback and may even get a shot to play some offense. Langley also has the skills to give Georgia a boost in the return game as well. Langley will compete in the Offense-Defense All American Bowl in Houston, Tex. on December 30, 2012.

Safety

Quincy Mauger (Kell) - Mauger impressed Georgia coaches at the Mark Richt mini camp this summer, and earned an offer. He committed shortly there after, and he was instrumental in helping the Bulldogs flip his close friend and teammate, Langley. Mauger is an underrated prospect that, at worst, will be a big time special teams contributor early on and could open some eyes in Athens with his football intelligence and work ethic.

Kennar Johnson (Gulf Coast Community College; Perkinston, Miss.) - Johnson was a guy that not many people knew about until the week before he visited Georgia officially for the Georgia Tech game. The three star JUCO committed that weekend, and will now be counted on to compete for early playing time at a position where Georgia loses both starters from 2012. Johnson primarily played cornerback for GCCC in 2012, so he could also slide over and help at that position if needed.

Tray Matthews (Newnan) - Matthews has been committed to Georgia since right before his junior season, and despite advances from Auburn and Alabama, the Bulldogs were able to hold on. Matthews impressed many in his senior season, and will compete in the Under Armour All-American bowl with future teammates Ramsey and Terry. The four-star prospect will be expected to contribute in year one at UGA in the secondary and on special teams.

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