Dawg Post's 14 for 2014
The list below is a grouping of the 14 players - all from the state of Georgia - who are already grabbing the attention of college football staffs around the South. It is not a list of the top 14 players in Georgia, although it is a leading indicator of what the state has to offer at this time.
As always, as our intelligence of the prospects in the state increases so, too, could we change whom we consider the top players in the state. For now this list of 14 prospect is a good group to keep an eye on this year.
Norcross RB Myles Autry
The speedy teammate of Alvin Kamara last year, Autry visited Georgia the weekend before Signing Day. The Bulldogs, however, are going to have to fight off Ohio State, Oregon and others to get his signature. He tore both his ACL and MCL at the end of the season in 2012, which is something to monitor as well.
Peachtree Ridge OL Orlando Brown
Huge. Brown is a massive offensive tackle prospect who has gotten into much better shape in the last year. He took part in the 2013 Under Armour Combine and did well there. Its hard to teach size, which is something Brown has plenty of.
Norcross DE Lorenzo Carter
Carter is a candidate to be a five-star prospect and the top player in Georgia. He's very, very rangy and can rush the passer effectively. He passes the eye test immediately. He visited Georgia the weekend before Signing Day, but has been making the rounds to check out a slew of schools. He is an important prospect in 2014.
Cedartown RB Nick Chubb
The top running back in the state, Chubb got an offer from the Bulldogs early, and everyone else in the South followed. 200-yard games are not uncommon for Chubb. He ended 2012 with 2,717 on 312 carries and 39 rushing touchdowns. He named Georgia his leader on Feb. 3rd.
Buford S Nick Glass
A Georgia commit, Glass is now at Buford - his third school in three years of high school. He committed to the Bulldogs, but has visited other schools.
Sandy Creek WR Demarre Kitt
A Georgia former commit, Kitt opened up his recruitment in the fall. He's since taken a liking to Clemson and others. He is the former teammate of Georgia signee Shaq Wiggins.
Locust Grove S Cortez McDowell
Everyone in the South has offered McDowell. He's said he would like to go to school close to home, but with offers from Georgia Tech, Georgia, Alabama and others, it remains to be seen just how "close" close really is.
Liberty County LB Raekwon McMillan
This is shaping up to be an Ohio State-Georgia fight, but it is early in the recruiting process. McMillan was identified early by the Bulldogs, and they have had him up a few times.
St. Pius ATH Nick Ruffin
A Baton Rouge, La. native, Ruffin is another player in the state who has offers from everyone in the South including LSU and Georgia. He performed well at the 2012 MVP Camp in Atlanta - taking home the Top Defensive Back Award.
Wayne County WR Krenwick Sanders
A Georgia commit, Sanders is an explosive wide receiver with size. He's well used in Wayne County's offense, and isn't expected to back away from his commitment to the Bulldogs.
Tucker DL Elisha Shaw
Tucker has been good to Georgia over the years, but Alabama offered Shaw early, and that got his attention. Since then new Georgia defensive line coach Chris Wilson has come on strong for Shaw, who is considered the #5 DT in the country in 2014.
Walton DB D.J. Smith
Named Top Underclassman at MVP Camp, Smith has offers from all of the South including the Bulldogs. He also had a very good week during the 2012 Rising Seniors game. He is considered the #13 CB in the country.
George Walton RB Stanley Williams
Williams is a longtime Georgia commit at running back, but he's looked around during his commitment to the Bulldogs. After all, he committed the same night Brice Ramsey did in July 2011. He's run very fast 40-yard dash times. Williams is a short, but elusive back.
Gainesville QB Deshaun Watson
A Clemson commit, Watson picked the Tigers a year ago and has wowed scouts and fans alike with his athleticism. He will fit in well with the Tigers' spread offense. However, a slew of other schools, including Georgia, have offered the Hall County native.