October 20, 2011

The Big Board - OLB

The Big Board - Outside Linebackers

It appears that Georgia is full on the defensive line for 2012, so we will skip to the outside linebackers where Georgia is eyeing a few guys that perfectly fit their scheme. While there few players left on Georgia's board, the Bulldogs would like to close with two more outside linebackers that could provide depth and add talent to arguably the most important position in the 3-4 defense.

Main Targets

• Joshua Harvey-Clemons (6-5, 215-pounds, Lowndes High) - Clemons is an exceptional athlete with an incredible skill set. He is a fluid and explosive athlete with a great understanding of how to play the game. He is a perfect fit for the Sam Linebacker position at Georgia with his ability to cover, defend against the run, and rush the passer. He has been used in a variety of roles for Lowndes this year, but he will likely land at outside linebacker at the next level.

Recruiting: Lowndes County High School has been a Florida State strong hold for a few years now and some think Clemons is a lock for the Seminoles. There are others who believe that Clemons and his family had rather avoid Tallahassee altogether and that they really like Georgia head coach Mark Richt. While it remains to be seen which story is true, it is widely known that Clemons' recruitment is a two-team race between the Bulldogs and the Seminoles. Florida is another team to watch as it appears he will take an official visit there, and Alabama could also get the top player in Georgia on campus for a visit.

Kenderius Whitehead (6-5, 220 pounds, M.L. King) - Whitehead is a long and lean linebacker with a ton of room to grow. He has the frame to add 30-40 pounds while keeping his quickness and flexibility. The former Athens resident has been extremely productive with ML King this year and has been unblockable most of the time. Teams are either double/triple teaming him or even running away from him on most snaps. Expect Whitehead to climb the rankings when the next evaluations are done.

Recruiting: Whitehead stated in the spring that he wanted to commit before the season. Since that time he has transferred to ML King and is a teammate of current Georgia commit Blake Tibbs. Georgia is the leader for Whitehead, who now says he will decide on Signing Day, as he wants to take all of his visits before making a decision. He calls Athens "home" and has a great relationship with defensive coordinator Todd Grantham so many will be shocked if he doesn't pick UGA when he decides.

Long Shot

Jordan Jenkins (6-3, 240 pounds, Harris County High) - Jenkins is the most developed and advanced pass rusher in the state of Georgia. He has excellent explosion, great athleticism, and natural pass rushing moves. He also has the strength to stand up against the run. Jenkins has the type of body that makes him a candidate to make an early impact for the school he chooses.

Recruiting: Georgia has been able to keep their foot in the door with Jenkins, but it appears that they are on the outside looking in. Jenkins likes Grantham, but he seems to have taken a liking to the coaches and surroundings at Alabama and Florida more. Jenkins has already taken visits to Tennessee and Auburn and it appears that Georgia is in a three-team battle with those schools for #3 on his list. If the Bulldogs can get the peach state standout on campus for a visit, things could change.

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