Close to 200 prospects in Georgia sign with FBS programs each year, with the Peach State leading the country in SEC signees each of the last three years, as well. Averaging more than 30 offers to in-state prospects through the last five years (153 overall), the Georgia Bulldogs have made closing the borders a priority, and with 2013 being one of the deeper classes in terms of top talent, next year will be no different for the Bulldogs.
The weeklong Rising Seniors program culminates with the Georgia Junior Bowl at 7 p.m. ET Friday at Grady Stadium in Atlanta. The game will be streamed live on ESPN3 and will showcase dozens of FBS-caliber Georgia state prospects for the 2013 class. DawgNation takes a look at the linemen set to suit up for the East squad:
East offensive linemen
Josh Cardiello (Buford/Buford); 6-foot-2, 270 pounds
Buford’s next collegiate prospect at offensive line projects as a possible FBS center prospect. Hearing from Auburn, Florida State, Georgia and Tennessee, among others, and was in Athens for the game versus Kentucky in November.
Delando Crooks (Atlanta/Carver); 6-4, 255
Crooks moved to Georgia from Jamaica when he was in sixth grade and played football for the first time in ninth grade. He has picked up several offers to date, including Georgia, Georgia Tech, Tennessee and Virginia Tech. Currently dual-enrolled at Georgia State with plans on being an early enrollee.
Will Jones (Augusta/Richmond Academy); 6-6, 295
Jones attended the Mark Richt Camp at Georgia in June, as well as camps at Auburn and South Carolina. Also getting interest from Georgia Tech, Kentucky, USF, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Michigan State and UCLA. His father, Will Jones (6-foot-4), started for two years at rover back for Georgia for Coach Vince Dooley back in the mid- to late-1980s and his mother, Karen (6-2), played volleyball for the Dawgs.
Joshua Outlaw (Lithonia/Martin Luther King); 6-4, 280
Florida and South Carolina have offered Outlaw so far, with Georgia and Vanderbilt also showing interest. Attended Dawg Night in Athens back in July.
Alex Stoehr (Suwanee/North Gwinnett); 6-3, 275
Good technique and size remind some of former North Gwinnett standout Austin Shepherd, who signed with Alabama in 2010.
J.P. Vonashek (Kingsland/Camden County); 6-6, 270
Vonashek earned an invite to the Rising Seniors program/game after I saw him at the Mark Richt Camp in June. He does not currently have any offers, but he definitely has FBS potential based on his size and athleticism alone.
Julian Williams (Duluth/Duluth); 6-6, 300
Reports offers from ECU and North Carolina and interest from Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, LSU and Florida.
DeAndre Wise (Alpharetta/Alpharetta); 6-1, 280
Wise took in games at Georgia Tech, N.C. State, Vanderbilt and Georgia this year and feels like N.C. State, Tennessee and Virginia Tech are closest to offering.
East defensive linemen
Jack Banda (Loganville/Grayson); 6-4, 225
Second team AAAAA All-State selection had two sacks in state championship victory over Walton. Also a standout at tight end.
Kelsey Griffin (Hoschton/Mill Creek); 6-2, 282
As a sophomore Griffin made 96 tackles and six sacks, and he followed it up by making 82 tackles, 10 tackles for loss and six quarterback hurries this year, while facing constant double- and triple-teams. Auburn, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, and South Carolina have offered Griffin so far. Ran an impressive 4.7 40-yard dash at 280 pounds at a camp last spring.
Tony Jones Jr. (Norcross/Greater Atlanta Christian) 6-1, 215
Father Tony Jones was a Pro Bowl offensive tackle and won two Super Bowl rings with the Denver Broncos during his 13 year NFL career.
Carl Lawson (Alpharetta/Milton); 6-2, 245
A relative unknown before this week, Lawson earned an invite after impressing Rising Seniors co-founder Joe Burns in a game earlier this fall. This season Lawson had more than 80 tackles, 15 sacks, 31 tackles for a loss and five forced fumbles. East coaches said he has been virtually 'unblockable' in practices on Tuesday and Wednesday. His stock is on the rise, and his performances this week could earn him FBS offers very soon.
Courtney Miggins (Lithonia/Miller Grove); 6-5, 245
Miggins had 40 tackles, eight sacks and 10 tackles for loss on defense, as well as three catches for 50 yards and a touchdown at tight end while grading out at 90 percent in blocking on the offensive line. His film recently was sent out to Alabama, Georgia and Louisville.
Tony Porter (Suwanee/Peachtree Ridge); 6-2, 260
Porter had 59 tackles, five sacks, a forced fumble, two pass deflections and scored a touchdown for the Lions this year.
Isaac Rochell (McDonough/Eagles Landing Christian Academy); 6-5, 250
Rochell, who has offers from close to 20 schools, including Alabama, Florida State and Georgia, had 97 tackles, seven sacks and 24 tackles for losses this year.
Jay Woods (Jackson/Jackson); 6-2, 270
Woods led Jackson in tackles this year with 72 solo and 27 assisted. He was at Georgia’s Dawg Night Camp in July, as well as camps at Auburn, Southern Miss, Troy and Vanderbilt. Woods took in games at Auburn, Georgia and Georgia Tech this year, and also is getting interest from South Florida, Duke and North Carolina State.