You gotta be impressed with the defensive signees UGA nabbed considering the complete overhaul of the defensive staff right before signing day (and one assistant wasn't hired until after signing day). We filled needs in the front seven but you can see that the defensive backfield was the focal point in this class. Expect several of these guys to play significant roles on August 30th.
Many call him this class's most underrated players and it's hard to disagree. He's not talked about often, but as you can see from his film he's an extremely talented pass rusher. He has great speed off the edge and plays with good leverage. I'm also very impressed with his array of pass rush moves (high school players usually don't have so many). He gets by tackles by beating them to the edge, swimming, ripping, spinning, bullrushing, going inside, and going outside. He uses his hands well, which is another skill many guys don't have coming right out of high school. A good comparison for Brown may be Jarvis Jones- and he could make a similar impact before his time at UGA is done.
DE Lorenzo Carter 6'5 230 Norcross HS (Norcross, GA)
If there was a must-get in this class, it was Lorenzo Carter. The athletic 6'5 pass rusher had offers from all over the country and recruiting services had him ranked as the state's top prospect. Thankfully he chose to represent his state and don the red and black. Although he was productive at the high school level, his top ranking and intense recruitment were due in large part to his immense potential. His raw skills and measurables (speed, length, overall athleticism) are off the charts and many are already calling him a future NFL player. He'll need to bulk up before he becomes an every-down player in the SEC, but he has the explosiveness off the edge to make an impact on passing downs immediately.
LB Detric Dukes 6'0 232 Tucker HS (Tucker, GA)
A former Louisville commit, Dukes made a quick switch to the Dawgs after receiving the in-state offer he desired. Another bigtime player from the Tucker pipeline, Dukes was a tackling machine in high school and has the look of a future team leader. Despite not having prototypical size (around 6 feet tall), Dukes makes up for it with effort, instincts, and good athleticism. He's like a heatseeking missile and takes great angles to the ball. He's a classic inside linebacker in that he's at his best in the running game, but his highlights in pass coverage and as a tight end show that he brings more to the table.
CB Shattle Fenteng 6'2 185 Hutchinson C.C. (Hutchinson, KS)
The lone junior college signee in this class, Fenteng played his high school ball at Grayson. One of the most impressive things about his game is his size/length. You don't see 6'2 cornerbacks that can run like him. He also plays with good instincts, reacts to the ball well, and has good hips/change of direction ability. There's a reason ESPN ranked him as the #4 JUCO prospect in the country and it's hard to imagine him not playing early. Cornerback is a position of need and he's a guy that can match up with bigger wideouts.
DL Lamont Gaillard 6'2 320 Pine Forest HS (Fayetteville, NC)
Gaillard's commitment was in jeopardy (despite getting a Bulldog tattoo) after the exodus of Grantham and his staff, but thankfully the new staff smoothed things over and were able to keep him on board. Gaillard is an interesting prospect in that his rankings on the recruiting sites varied greatly. Some had him has one of the top d-line prospects in the country, while others had him further down the board. From what I can gather, he's a guy that had a huge junior season but his play dropped off as a senior due to weight issues (his higher rankings were probably based off his potential/junior film). The good thing is that weight can be corrected with a few months in a collegiate weight program. Despite his massive size, he has unbelievable explosion and athleticism. He has the ability not only to clog up space but to penetrate as well. With Gaillard, he's got a lot of natural ability and he just needs to put it all together. I think he'll be a good one.
CB Shaquille Jones 6'2 175 Merritt Island HS (Merritt Island, FL)
DB Malkom Parrish 5'10 190 Brooks Co. HS (Quitman, GA)
At the end of the day, I think this guy could end up being the MVP of this class. Guys like Carter, Chubb, and Michel get most of the publicity, but Parrish deserves to be mentioned too. He's coming in at a position of need and has the look of an all-SEC player. He reminds me of Brandon Boykin and did it all for his high school team (including playing quarterback). He's probably the best pure athlete in this class and has the speed, hops, agility, toughness, and physicality to play significant snaps at any position in the defensive backfield.
DB Dominick Sanders 5'10 175 Tucker HS (Tucker, GA)