published Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Georgia's 2014 football signing class


• Quarterbacks: 1

• Running backs: 2

• Receivers, tight ends: 5

• Offensive linemen: 4

• Defensive linemen: 3

• Linebackers: 1

• Defensive backs: 4

• Athletes: 1


Georgia's 2014 signing class is headlined by the tailback tandem of Sony Michel and Nick Chubb. It is likely that neither will redshirt later this year, with national analyst J.C. Shurburtt projecting that this tandem will be superior to the 2012 signing pair of Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall.

The biggest defensive grab was defensive end/outside linebacker Lorenzo Carter, who somehow compiled 40 tackles for loss this past season for his state-championship Norcross High team.


The player with the best chance of early playing time could be tight end Jeb Blazevich of Charlotte. The Bulldogs only have two returning tight ends on scholarship following the graduation of Arthur Lynch, and the most experienced returnee, Jay Rome, had an injury-plagued 2013 season.

Georgia's cornerback spot opposite Damian Swann this past season was a revolving door, so Malkom Parrish and junior-college transfer Shattle Fenteng could get a chance at playing time as well. Who could not pull for someone named Shattle Fenteng, anyway?


Ohio State swiped the Peach State's top player, Hinesville linebacker Raekwon McMillan, and the Bulldogs were too little, too late in their pursuit of McDonough defensive end Andrew Williams, who signed with Auburn.

The only commitment the Bulldogs lost down the stretch was safety Kendall Gant of Lake Gibson, Fla., a three-star prospect who was not going to qualify and signed Wednesday with Marshall.


"Every player, really, that we've signed since we've been here from North Carolina or South Carolina has had a high percentage of being very productive players for us. We're going to continue to recruit great players, and we're going to continue to recruit this state, but you're never going to make everybody happy in this state."

— Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo


Oakwood, Ga. (West Hall)

6-5, 260

Rivals: 3 stars

Atkinson was an 11th-hour addition to Georgia's class after tallying 51 receptions for 704 yards and 11 touchdowns this past season. He is the nation's No. 15 tight end according to


Atlanta (Marist)

6-6, 275

Rivals: 4 stars

Baker tallied 55 tackles as a senior in helping lead Marist to an 11-3 record. He is rated the nation's No. 10 defensive tackle by but will start his Bulldogs career on the offensive line.


Charlotte, N.C. (Charlotte Christian)

6-5, 230

Rivals: 4 stars

Blazevich finished his four-year career at Charlotte Christian with 104 receptions for 1,520 yards and 15 touchdowns. As a senior, he also tallied 85 tackles, 20.5 tackles for loss and eight sacks. Blazevich is the nation's No. 4 tight end according to and No. 6 according to


Wauchula, Fla. (Hardee Senior)

6-3, 240

Rivals: 4 stars

Brown recorded 79 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, six sacks and two forced fumbles, one of which he returned 56 yards for a touchdown. He is a top-100 national prospect according to and is the No. 7 weakside defensive end according to


Norcross, Ga. (Norcross)

6-6, 230

Rivals: 4 stars

Carter, who announced his decision Wednesday afternoon on ESPNU, racked up 132 tackles, 40 tackles for loss and six sacks this past season for a Norcross team that went 13-2 and won the Class AAAAAA title. He is rated the nation's No. 2 defensive end and No. 20 overall prospect by, while ESPN pegs him as the No. 3 defensive end and the No. 14 prospect overall.


Cedartown, Ga. (Cedartown)

5-10 215 4 stars

Chubb rushed for 2,690 yards and 41 touchdowns this past season in leading Cedartown to a 9-2 record. He is a five-star prospect according to, which rates Chubb the No. 17 player nationally and the No. 4 tailback.


Atlanta (Tucker)

6-0, 232

Rivals: 4 stars

Bing-Dukes tallied 80 total tackles and five sacks as a junior, helping the Tigers advance to the Class AAAAA quarterfinals. Tucker finished this past season as the state runner-up. He is rated the No. 19 inside linebacker nationally by and No. 21 by


Franklin, Ga. (Heard County)

6-4, 271

Rivals: 3 stars

Edwards helped lead Heard County to a 10-2 record and a trip to the second round of Georgia's Class AA playoffs. He is rated the No. 28 guard nationally by and the No. 46 tackle by ESPN.


Hutchinson, Kan. (Hutchinson CC)

6-2, 200

Rivals: 4 stars

Fenteng tallied 27 tackles, four interceptions and two fumble recoveries this past season at Hutchinson and is rated by ESPN as the nation's No. 1 junior-college cornerback prospect. He is originally from Loganville, Ga., where he helped lead Loganville High to the Class AAAAA title in 2011.


Fayetteville, N.C. (Pine Forest)

6-2, 328

Rivals: 3 stars

Gaillard racked up 82 tackles as a senior after amassing 108 tackles, seven tackles for loss and four sacks as a junior. He is a three-star according to but a four-star according to the other major services, and he's ESPN's No. 4 defensive tackle nationally.


Palm Bay, Fla. (Merritt Island)

6-2, 175 2 stars

Jones has been busy in recent days, committing to Louisville but then backing away from that when Georgia provided a scholarship offer. The nation's No. 100 cornerback according to and the No. 113 cornerback according to ESPN helped lead Merritt Island to an 11-1 record this past season.


Homestead, Fla. (Homestead)

6-3, 192

Rivals: 3 stars

Johnson has stayed occupied at Homestead High, following up a junior football season that contained 35 receptions for 572 yards and five touchdowns with a junior basketball season in which he averaged 9.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.3 blocks. He is rated by as the nation's No. 62 receiver.


Atlanta (Georgia Prep Sports Academy)

5-11, 172

Rivals: 3 stars

Originally from Swainsboro, Ga., Johnson captured first place in the 100-meter dash at the 2012 GHSA state track championships. He signed with Georgia last year before spending this past season at Georgia Prep Sports Academy. Johnson is a four-star prospect according to and the No. 42 receiver nationally.


Plantation, Fla. (American Heritage)

5-8, 175

Rivals: 4 stars

McKenzie received a late scholarship offer from Georgia and picked the Bulldogs over Ole Miss and Virginia Tech. He had 41 receptions for 892 yards and seven touchdowns in helping lead American Heritage to a 15-1 record. He is the No. 23 receiver nationally according to and No. 35 according to


Plantation, Fla. (American Heritage)

5-11, 205

Rivals: 5 stars

Michel rushed for 1,833 yards and 24 touchdowns this past season, where he teamed with fellow Georgia signee Isaiah McKenzie. He is rated the nation's No. 13 overall prospect by and, making him the highest-rated member of Georgia's class by the two longest-running Internet recruiting services.


Goose Creek, S.C. (Stratford)

6-3, 202

Rivals: 4 stars

Park threw for 3,665 yards and 33 touchdowns and had four scores in Stratford's Class 4A state championship triumph before enrolling early at Georgia. He is the No. 4 quarterback nationally and the No. 78 overall prospect according to


Quitman, Ga. (Brooks County)

5-10, 185

Rivals: 4 stars

Parrish was Brooks County's quarterback, throwing for 2,600 yards and 18 touchdowns and rushing for 1,300 yards and 24 scores on teams that captured Region I-AA titles in 2012 and '13. He is rated by as the No. 71 prospect nationally and the No. 6 cornerback.


Atlanta (Tucker)

6-0, 190

Rivals: 3 stars

Sanders is the younger brother of 2011 Dream Team cornerback signee Chris Sanders, who was dismissed from the program during the winter of 2012 along with current Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall. He helped lead Tucker to a 14-1 record this past season and is rated the No. 126 athlete by ESPN, the No. 69 cornerback by and the No. 185 receiver by


Clyattville, Ga. (Lowndes)

6-4, 278

Rivals: 4 stars

Sims is rated by as the No. 17 tackle nationally and the No. 185 prospect overall. He is ranked among the top 300 prospects nationally by and


Macon, Ga. (Rutland)

6-1, 195

Rivals: 3 stars

Williams recorded 998 all-purpose yards as a Rutland senior, including 898 receiving yards on 36 catches. He is the No. 44 receiver nationally according to and the No. 51 receiver according to


St. Petersburg, Fla. (Lakewood)

6-2, 269

Rivals: 4 stars

Wynn helped Lakewood amass 2,371 rushing yards this season. He is the No. 6 guard nationally according to ESPN and the No. 9 guard according to

about David Paschall...

David Paschall is a sports writer for the Times Free Press. He started at the Chattanooga Free Press in 1990 and was part of the Times Free Press when the paper started in 1999. David covers University of Georgia football, as well as SEC football recruiting, SEC basketball, Chattanooga Lookouts baseball and other sports stories. He is a Chattanooga native and graduate of the Baylor School and Auburn University. David has received numerous honors for ...

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