Posted: 3:08 pm Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Georgia’s elite offensive linemen headed out of state? 

By Michael Carvell

New Auburn commits Kaleb Kim (left) and Bailey Sharp (247sports)

New Auburn commits Kaleb Kim (left) and Bailey Sharp are both from Atlanta (247sports)

The good news is that this year’s crop of offensive linemen from the state of Georgia is one of the best in years. Two are ranked among the top 30 overall college prospects in the nation.

The bad news, at least for UGA and Georgia Tech, is that the cream of the crop appears to be headed out of state.

Mill Creek High School’s Kaleb Kim is the latest Georgia export, committing to Auburn over UGA on Thursday.

Kim was the third Georgia offensive lineman to commit to Auburn this week: Sprayberry High School’s Bailey Sharp and 22 family members picked Auburn over UGA on Saturday; Creekside High School’s Marquel Harrell announced the Tigers over Tennessee and Alabama on Monday night.

The cream of the crop starts with a pair of Georgia high school juniors, Mitch Hyatt and Chuma Edoga. They are both rated as 5-stars and among the nation’s top 30 overall prospects, per the 247sports.com composite rankings.

North Gwinnett High School’s Hyatt committed to Clemson last February, and it was always expected due to his family connections to the ACC school.

On Monday, McEachern High School’s Edoga tweeted his commitment to USC over UGA, Tennessee and Stanford. The Bulldogs might’ve been Edoga’s leader at some point, and won’t likely give up on the elite player until next February.

You could also put Kaleb Kim and Dallas Warmack in the “elite” category. (Warmack was recently picked for the Nike Opening, and I’ve always opined that Kim will challenge Edoga and Hyatt for the title as the state’s No. 1 OL)

Mays High School’s Warmack has committed to Alabama but the Crimson Tide was also considered “automatic” because his older brother, Chance Warmack, played there. However, Warmack is still considering Auburn due to the chance for early playing time.

Here’s the top offensive linemen among Georgia’s top 50 prospects for 2015, per 247sports composite rankings:

  • No. 2 Mitch Hyatt, North Gwinnett (committed to Clemson)
  • No. 4 Chuma Edoga, McEachern (committed to USC)
  • No. 20 Dallas Warmack, Mays (committed to Alabama)
  • No. 23 Kaleb Kim, Mill Creek (committed to Auburn)
  • No. 26 Nick Wilson, Milton (undecided)
  • No. 35 Bailey Sharp, Sprayberry (committed to Auburn)
  • No. 38 Cole Minshew, Coffee (committed to FSU)
  • No. 39 Malik Mackey, Mays (undecided)
  • No. 40 Sage Hardin, Marist (undecided)
  • No. 45 Kwan Stallworth, M.L. King (undecided)

Both UGA and Georgia Tech have one commitment on the offensive line for 2015.

UGA’s commit is DeVondre Seymour of Hinds junior college. He originally signed with the Bulldogs two years ago out of North Gwinnett High School but did not qualify academically.

UGA has made offers within the past week to a pair of homegrown offensive linemen – Coffee High School’s Cole Minshew (who is committed to FSU and Lakeside-DeKalb High School’s Mike Horton (undecided).

Georgia Tech’s OL commit is Franklin County High School’s Will Bryan. He’s rated as the state’s No. 55 overall prospect.

Of course, this is the wacky world of recruiting, and it’s a long ways until February’s signing day. Anything and everything could change.

140 comments
Chuck_UGA
Chuck_UGA

It is obvious Richt and Will Friend are notoriously terrible at recruiting O-Line. Friend may not be around much longer after three successive years of poor results, and that includes on the field. We'll see if OL is the Achilles Heel of the 2014 Dawgs. Of course, that sends a tingle down the leg of the drama queen who continually writes about how inferior Mark Richt and staff are by pointing out every missed in-state player.

Auburn can recruit OL and DL pretty good, but that's about it (LOL).

sportsnut
sportsnut

OK, now UGA needs to go hot & heavy to the remaining 4 undecided OL and quit beating around the bush. Alabama & Auburn and other colleges offer all of these kids knowing that you are not going to get everyone to commit, but not PREACHERMAN, he doesn't offer unless he knows he is going to submit to UGA. This is where they miss out on a LOT of recruits.

Railroadtracgang
Railroadtracgang

Get Wilson and Mackey and it wont matter. Georgia has a list of young linemen getting ready to play soon. They don't need them as much as Auburn.

GSU93
GSU93

Has UGA not offered the 4 guys on that list that are undecided? Their recruiting of the OL is pathetic.  Coach Friend can't close a paper bag! Kim was right in their backyard.

keendaddy
keendaddy

Willie,

wish we could find a way to get Dix too! That just doesn't sound right. Haha...

RedandBlackDAWG
RedandBlackDAWG

Looks like there are still a few good ones out there that UGA might have a shot at.  The OL needs to step it up this year and make a better showing for themselves. Do that and more OL will want to play for the DAWGS.

Blasingame
Blasingame

Something has been very wrong with UGA's recruiting for years.  I don't know exactly what it is; but, the results speak volumes  It has been showing up on the field for years also.  UGA will never be a top tier program as long as they can't even compete in their own state! Something, possibly drastic, needs to be done before Georgia, once again, drops into complete mediocrity.

keendaddy
keendaddy

gtcaryd,

having problems getting a reply in. Doing great. Waiting on Falcons Draft, looking for a few Dawgs/Yellow Jackets, to stay and play for the Home team. Go Hawks....

caneowar
caneowar

Mark Richt can't possibly help it if these state kids, are a bunch of ingrates. Evidently they have no state pride or no school could pry them away from UGA. I get sick and tired of kids using the excuse of going to pops or brothers alma-martyrs for their reasoning for making their decision. How about trying something new and start your own tradition. I don't give a crap what college my father or brother went to. I was raised in Georgia, fans from Georgia were out there rooting for me every Friday night and no way in hades am I going to some school in Alabama or anywhere else if Tech or UGA were to come a calling. . Yes I do realize UGA has players from other states. I never bad mouth a kid for wanting to stay and play in the home state. Fact is I don't blame them at all. The state of Georgia has more than it's fair share of ship jumpers. I have no doubt the majority of these kids are skipping state for academics or more likely for the lack of academics. Ricth can't help it if kids want to go to other schools, because those schools academics are a joke.

DrPhill
DrPhill

I guess the two linemen who are headed to Auburn didn't get their signed portraits from Coach.

Classof98
Classof98

I wish the kids the best, but I'm not losing any sleep.  Remember when Michael Munoz was supposed to come to Tennessee and become the greatest lineman ever?  Approximately around that same time, Richt was lambasted for signing some skinny 3-star lineman from Missouri named Dennis Roland.


Roland now starts for the Cincinnati Bengals, Munoz just put together my Joey Bag of Donuts at Moe's.

Dewnsav
Dewnsav

couple being surrounded on all sides with great football schools/programs and the number of great players in this state, you will lose many...that being said, we seem to keep our share of the pretty boys and D talent, we need to figure out a way to keep more of the road graders in state...we do a fair job of getting the big 'uns, but would be nice to have more premium beef...go dogs

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

Looks like he is friend's with the kid you dawg fan's were cutting up the other day. Bad Form.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

He's going to AU! there's a shocker!...........Hey Everybody!

OldFan
OldFan

Auburn has more big news this weekend from Georgia......stay tuned :)

BigTimeTECHFan
BigTimeTECHFan

Will Bryan is ranked in top 3 OL if you are evaluating football players on talent alone.I've told head to head he would start over all the players listed. 

bigshotdawg
bigshotdawg

What else is new? This has been an under recruiting position at UGA since Mark Richt came.

SinceVince
SinceVince

oh look at the excuses falling from the sky!

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

If Mark has a recruit ready to annouce then tomorrow is a great day to pull the trigger. Recruiting is PR and you need to be able to play the game. UGA needs Ole Mo to get in red and black. Do you not think for minute that Gus didn't have all these commits scripted for the full PR impact. Bama had 4 of the top 100 commit on Saturday and another good player on Monday.

thebucket
thebucket

There are reasons and excuses for the those top 4 guys not picking UGA. Edoga, UGA didn't offer his degree (says more about Tech than UGA). Hyatt and Kim, going to Clemson and Auburn because of family connections period. Warmack is going to Bama because his brother was hugely successful there. Dawgs need to have a good year and chip away at some other players in other states.

DawginLex
DawginLex

Recruiting classes for UGA


2006-6

2007-13

2008-5

2009-6

2010-12

2011-6

2012-5

2013-10


AVG of 8


And most of the class will be from GA, like always


Recruiting is not our issue folks. Scoring points is not our issue folks


It's the defense

thebucket
thebucket

@GSU93 Kim was never coming to UGA because of his parents. The only way he was coming to UGA was if Auburn didn't want him or if they found a higher rated player.

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

Looks as though the Birds are going all in for Clowney. With the rookie pay(top 5) at around 5 million I would go with him as well.

LEE3333
LEE3333

@caneowarDE-LUSION-AL....." skipping state for academics or more likely for the lack of academics."  That is a crock of crap.

marklemke
marklemke

@Classof98 Remember when uga lost a big recruit but their hard working 3 star helped them win 9 games?  Mediocrity must suck

Dewnsav
Dewnsav

@gtcaryd  like many of the blogs, the UGA fans "cutting up" are not Georgia fans...go dogs

Dawg350
Dawg350

Bubba

Our OL will be good this year. Go drink another beer redneck.

Phillipdj
Phillipdj

That's an outstanding point. Y'all don't think for a minute that timing of commits is carefully planned out. And you're right - CMR needs one this weekend but a big one. A 2 star JUCO commit on the heels of the past 15 days will make Uga small.

GTBob
GTBob

@thebucket  lol. Not getting Edoga says something about Tech? He would have been the highest rated recruit in the history of our program. Gee, I wonder why we didn't get him.

Phillipdj
Phillipdj

I agree with all that. The only "but" is that the #8 in the nation avg is also the 4th or 5th best in the conference.

Look back at the best CMR teams - 02, 03, 05, 07, 12 - all had game changing pass rushers (pollack, Moses, m howard, j jones). Let's hope Floyd is as great as we think and LC is as great as we want.

Dawg350
Dawg350

Dawg in lex

Great recruiting....in all areas but the secondary and OL. I still think we will have a great season though.

Chuck_UGA
Chuck_UGA

What do his parents have against UGA?

Phillipdj
Phillipdj

Isn't carefully planned out, rather

thebucket
thebucket

@GTBob @thebucket It most certainly says something about Tech when a FOOTBALL player who also wants to major in Aeronautical Engineering doesn't even consider your FOOTBALL team as a viable option. And if it is your true opinion that GT is not a contender for top football talent that also wants to pursue difficult degrees then why do you hang on FOOTBALL blogs all the time?

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@Dawg350 You think? For christ sake you moron you post every 15 minutes that your crotch sniffer's are going 15-0

Dawgilama
Dawgilama

@Dawg350  Oline  recruting  was  7th in nation in 2014, we had the  12 overall class, so the only position we  recruited better than O line  was  RB.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@thebucket @GTBobI think i see you on here more than Bob, he just enjoys reading all the concern you dawgs have for the Institute.

GTBob
GTBob

@thebucket What does it say? That 5 stars aren't all that high on GT? Gee, im pretty sure we already knew that. Expecting one of the nations top recruits to come to GT and be the best player we have ever recruited just because he said he wants to be an engineering major is a little ridiculous. 

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

Bobby I advised you to hire Mike Leach and the Jacket fans threw rocks at me (sometime there just aren't enough rocks). You need some excitement and even though Mike has had a few bumps along the way the guy can take less and get more (Yes Pawl does as well) and he can get this Easy Button/ESPN generatons players to come play for him. Auburn should be funding GT for all the good players they're getting that sould be going to GT.

GTBob
GTBob

@KeepOnSmilingWetWillie Sorry Willie. Five stars don't just fall from the sky for some teams. I know it seems really easy in your world but it's quite difficult for most others.

DawgNole
DawgNole

@Bubbatavious @Dawgilama  

If they win 8, they'll be playing 13, so 8-4 is a dumb prediction. And if you predicted that last year, you were wrong (and dumb) then, too.

SinceVince
SinceVince

@Dawgilama  I say our dawgs will go 8 - 4 at best.. care to wager? I was correct last year and was called an idiot.

SinceVince
SinceVince

@Dawgilama defenses sucked in the SEC last year.  CMR and Boo Boo still couldn't get it done.

Dawgilama
Dawgilama

@Bubbatavious @Dawg350  39 points  per  game , which offense in the  country didn't have some  sort of lapse during the  course of a  game? GT troll.

Dawgilama
Dawgilama

@Bubbatavious @Dawgilama @Dawg350   Vandy learned that we couldn't stretch them vertically, so they go up close and dared us to beat them with our young backs.   We failed.


That is hardly an OL failure. 


Dawg350
Dawg350

Yeah we some good lineman commit this past recruiting class. I'm just upset about losing Kaleb and Chuma...two of the best in state prospects. I don't understand it but I'm sure we will rebound.

SinceVince
SinceVince

@Dawgilama @Dawg350 an offensive line that couldn't sustain against Vandy..... Went 6 straight 3 and outs against Clempsun.... slow starts against Auburn and Georgia Tech. Looked awful against North Texas. Kool aid drinkers have short memories.