Potential sleepers in Georgia's recruiting class

semerson@macon.comJanuary 30, 2013 

ATHENS - Over the final week before signing day, the big names - Laremy Tunsil, Alvin Kamara, Montravius Adams and so on - will be getting the attention from Georgia fans.

But while their impact on the program would be big, so could the ones who have already committed, or already enrolled. Those guys tend to get overlooked at this time of year, especially the ones not rated very highly. So I asked a few recruiting analysts for some "sleeper" candidates in Georgia's 2013 class:

ILB Reggie Carter : Some web sites only rate Carter as a three-star prospect, but he's a four-star on Scout.com, where analyst Chad Simmons is very high on his potential. Carter tore his ACL as a junior at South Gwinnett High School, and didn't play a lot as a senior, so he had limited time to show his ability.

But Simmons said Carter - who is already enrolled at Georgia - was impressive when he did play. He played some defensive end, and outside and inside linebacker, doing well at every spot.

Simmons isn't alone: Mike Farrell, the national recruiting analyst for Rivals.com, also mentioned Carter as a prospect with a chance to be better than advertised. And so did JC Schurburtt, the national recruiting analyst for 247sports.

“He fits into the (Georgia) scheme so well," Schurburtt said. "He’s an undersized D-end, linebacker guy.”

WR Rico Johnson: Johnson didn’t play football as a junior because of transferring schools, and played on an off as a senior because of some minor injuries.

“But when he’s healthy, he’s exciting,” Simmons said.

Simmons said Johnson was perhaps the most impressive player at Georgia's Dawg Night last year. Johnson, who is listed at 5-foot-10, is rated a four-star prospect by some services, and a three-star in others.

Independent of Simmons, Johnson's name was brought up by Schurburtt.

“He’s a guy that our scouts really love and think can make an impact in Year 1," Schurburtt said. "He wasn’t healthy, because nobody quote-unquote ranked him very high. Then our people circled back and saw him.”

S Tray Matthews: While he's not really an unknown, being a consensus four-star prospect, Matthews gets extremely high marks from Farrell.

"Vonn Bell gets a lot of the attention in state, and it's justified," Farrell said of Bell, the highest-rated defensive back in Georgia this year. "But Tray Matthews is gonna be a beast. He's huge, and he's athletic."

S Paris Bostick: Bostick come from Tampa's Plant High School, the alma mater of Aaron Murray and Orson Charles. Bostick wasn’t targeted by the three big Florida schools, but Simmons thinks he’s versatile and has potential.

Bostick is a consensus three-star recruit, but given Georgia's need for secondary players, he will get a chance to make an impression.

OLB Shaun McGee: Schurburtt is high on McGee, rated a three-star prospect by the 247composite rankings, for the same reason he's high on Carter: They both fit into defensive coordinator Todd Grantham's system.

“Both of those guys, if they went to a different scheme, might not have as much of an impact," he said. "But with a scheme that Todd Grantham runs, Carter and McGee could both be high-impact guys.”

Follow Seth Emerson at @sethemerson.

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