UGA Recruiting Daily Thread
TODAY’S FEATURED PROSPECTS
If position ranking is noted, unless otherwise stated, it is 247 Sports latest composite ranking of the player.
HT, WT: 6-4 255
SCHOOL: Upson-Lee High School
CITY, STATE: Thomaston, Georgia
# OF OFFERS: 12
UGA OFFER: Yes
Walker is a disruptive defensive lineman that is quick on his feet. He has the ability to tackle in the trenches but isn’t afraid to hit the edge and chase down the playmaker. Walker’s vision impressed me, he’s patient to see where the play develops. He’s a hard hitter that will knock your teeth down your throat if you’re not careful. But’s what’s most impressive is his ability to chase down running backs to make the play. Walker runs a 4.94, and that’s pretty quick for someone of his size.
Georgia seems to be the leader for the No. 3 defensive tackle in the country. However, I expect others teams to push for this versatile player and snag him out of state.
HT, WT: 6-3 244
SCHOOL: T L Hanna High School
CITY, STATE: Anderson, South Carolina
# OF OFFERS: 17
UGA OFFER: Yes,
Pickens is the No. 2 Strong defensive end in the country and ranks as the No. 1 prospect in the state of South Carolina. He’s a force on the defensive front and gets to the ball quickly. Pickens is disruptive and strong at the point of attack. He’s got quick hands and sheds blocks well. Pickens changes direction easily and can really run to the ball. He’s impressive against the run and smart in pass plays. Pickens shows a lot of control, but still can improve his technique and develop some more moves.
The race appears to be between South Carolina and Clemson, but Georgia seems to be closing in. He recently attended Junior Day at South Carolina on January 27. This fast DE is a hot commodity and whoever gets him is getting a special player that could develop into a next level competitor.
HT, WT: 6-3, 220
SCHOOL: Tucker High School
CITY, STATE: Tucker, Georgia
#OF OFFERS: 22
UGA OFFER: Yes, February 11, 2017
McLendon is explosive off the block. He likes to chase down quarterbacks and waits for his moment. He’s long and has the reach to make those shoe string tackles every loves to see. McLendon’s vision allows him to make these plays and cause havoc. Sometimes he gets manhandled in the trenches, so working on some technique and moves to get that push is something he could work on. However, if he gets you on the edge it’s over it looks like he can run down the play. McLendon ranks as the No. 17 WDE and No. 31 in the state of Georgia.
Alabama appears to be the team to beat. According to 247 Sports, he named Alabama as the leader this past July, but I don’t think that will last. Georgia needs another defensive end with his length and speed, as he runs a 4.6. I expect Kirby Smart and company to give this kid all the stops to land him in the classic city.