While 4-star wide receiver Demarre Kitt is a former Georgia commitment, the Bulldogs are still in the running for his services.
Kitt is the No. 17 wide receiver in the 2014 class according to the 247Sports Composite, and has a ton of potential, checking in at 6'1'' 182 pounds and running a 4.53 40.
He has the intangibles to be very good at the college level, so he'd be a huge recruit for Mark Richt and the Bulldogs to win back. Making him an even more important target though is the fact that he's ranked as the No. 8 player from the state of Georgia (247Sports Composite).
Considering Georgia's issues recruiting elite in-state prospects during the 2013 class, getting Kitt to recommit would be a major step in changing that trend.
According to Radi Nabulsi of ESPN.com, Kitt has narrowed his interest list down to a top 15. Georgia is on that list and is still recruiting him hard:
Kitt says that Clemson, Ohio State, Auburn and Tennessee are standing out to him right now but that Alabama, Georgia, Oregon, Michigan, Oklahoma State, West Virginia, Texas, USC, Ole Miss, Texas A&M and UCLA all made the cut.
A number of schools are recruiting Kitt harder than the rest of the pack.
“Clemson, Auburn, Georgia, Texas Tech, West Virginia, Texas, Tennessee is really hitting me up the most,” Kitt said. “Tennessee and Auburn want me to come in and play as a freshman and be an impact receiver. It is better to come in with a coach than leave out with a coach.”
Kitt went on to talk about a recent experience he had at a Georgia spring practice:
“We went up there to watch spring practice,” Kitt said. “I got a chance to get back and see the coaches that I had not seen in a while. They need receivers. I like the tempo of the offense they run and the variety of it.”
It's also worth noting that Mark Richt reportedly invited Kitt to the practice himself.
How does Georgia get back in the lead for the talented in-state recruit?
Richt has the right idea, and that's personalized attention. With a recruit like Kitt, who is hearing from a multitude of different schools and coaches, being able to establish a personal connection with him is huge.
We already know that Kitt likes Georgia, so re-establishing that affinity has to be the main priority for Richt and his staff.
Having him unofficially on campus is huge, and he's from Tyrone, Georgia, which is just under two hours away from Athens. That may seem like a long trip, but in recruiting, that's a pretty close distance. The Bulldogs need to capitalize on the fact that they're the in-state favorite.
In regards to the offense, Kitt did say that he enjoys the scheme, so that needs to be another focus for Georgia. Even though the Bulldogs signed five wideouts from the 2013 class, Kitt is more than talented enough to be a contributor for Georgia and work his way up the depth chart.
He could consider a redshirt to give himself more room on the depth chart and eligibility, or he could just go out and compete. He has the size, speed and potential to be a big-time option in Georgia's offense.
The Bulldogs are talented enough to compete in the SEC and Richt should have his team challenging the likes of LSU, Florida and Alabama on a yearly basis for the SEC crown. The future of Georgia football is very bright and it's a program that's taking steps towards a national championship.
That's a great pitch if you're Georgia, and it should be enough to keep the Bulldogs in the running, if not propel them back up to the top of Kitt's list.