Georgia Football Recruiting: Bulldogs' Top Priority on National Signing Day

Brian JonesContributor IJanuary 29, 2013

January 2, 2012; Tampa, FL, USA;  Georgia Bulldogs mascot, Hairy Dawg, during the second half of the 2012 Outback Bowl against the Michigan State Spartans at Raymond James Stadium. Michigan State Spartans defeated the Georgia Bulldogs 33-30 in triple overtime. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
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National Signing Day is right around the corner and the Georgia Bulldogs have done a lot of work this recruiting season, addressing key needs in an attempt to reach the SEC Championship game for the third consecutive year.

The Bulldogs already have 13 recruits enrolled this semester and they will likely have 35 players sign on February 6.

So what is the Bulldogs top priority on National Signing Day?

It’s simple, really. The Bulldogs must ensure every defensive players signed already committed signs onto the program. They also would like to get some of the top undecided defensive players in the country who have Georgia near the top of their list.

Committed linebackers Johnny O’Neal and Tim Kimbrough could potentially start for the Bulldogs in 2014, so it’s essential that the Bulldogs make sure that they do not decided to sign with another school.

The same goes with committed defensive backs Brendan Langley and Shaq Wiggins who could see a lot of playing time this season. Wiggins committed to UGA in Feb ’12 while Langley committed this past November.

With the Bulldogs playing the 3-4, they can never have too many linebackers, so that’s why they are working hard to grab two of the best in the country.

Matthew Thomas is considered the second-best outside linebacker in the country according to Rivals. Thomas has Georgia high on his list, but there’s a chance he could sign with Florida State or Miami.

The Bulldogs may have a better chance with Reuben Foster, who Rivals considers as the second-best player in the country behind Robert Nkemdiche (also on the Bulldogs’ radar).

Foster played the majority of his high school ball in LaGrange, Georgia before moving to Auburn, Alabama his senior year. Foster does have Georgia on his list, but the Auburn Tigers do have a lead and because of Foster living in Auburn, he could very well stay there the next four years.

The Bulldogs also need nose tackles that can plug up space for the inside linebackers.

Enter Montravius Adams, who Rivals has the third-best defensive tackle in the country, as well as the third-best player in Georgia.

Clemson is right on Georgia’s tail for the 330-pound defensive tackle, but Georgia could get him on National Signing Day because he live in area which is pro-Georgia and he has a lot of connections with the current Georgia commits.

Just because the Bulldogs need to address the defense on National Signing Day doesn’t mean they can ignore the other side of the ball.

One player they would like to get is running back Alvin Kamara from Norcross, Georgia. Kamara is considered the second-best all-purpose back in the country according to Rivals and it’s a deadlock between the Bulldogs and Alabama in terms of where Kamara will sign.

Georgia also needs a few more offensive lineman and have a really good chance of getting the No. 1 offensive tackle in the country, and that’s Laremy Tunsil from Lake City, Florida. Georgia has worked hard to build a relationship with Tunsil the past couple years and it would be shocking if he doesn’t sign with the Bulldogs when the time comes.

This will be a very interesting National Signing Day for the Bulldogs. With the players that have already committed to the Bulldogs, it will be very strong class.

If they can finish it strong with such surprise signings of Foster, Matthews and Kamara, then the Bulldogs' signing class could be the best in recent memory.