Posted: 3:08 pm Thursday, April 24th, 2014
By Michael Carvell
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.