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 West squad:
West offensive linemen
Shamire Devine (East Point/Tri-Cities); 6-foot-6, 332 pounds
Devine earned an offer from Georgia after camping there with his team in June, and has picked up offers from Florida, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Mississippi State, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Virginia Tech as well.
Jerami Hall (East Point/Tri-Cities); 6-4, 320
Hall currently has offers from Kentucky, Georgia Tech, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Virginia Tech, and is hoping to get one from Georgia.
Jordan Harris (Hampton/Dutchtown); 6-4, 320
First-team 3-AAAA selection participated in the Mark Richt Camp at Georgia in June.
Brandon Kublanow (Marietta/Walton); 6-3, 285
A dominating interior lineman who benches 430 pounds, Kublanow helped pave the way for 2,375 yard rusher Tyren Jones. He has offers from Duke, Georgia, Georgia Tech and Vanderbilt, and Kentucky and Miami could be next.
Nhigel Phillips (Griffin/Griffin); 6-3, 330
Phillips has lost considerable weight since impressing in camps last year, and he is hoping Georgia, his childhood favorite, is the first school to offer him.
Maurice Swain (Lagrange/Troup Co.); 6-6, 300
Swain projects as an offensive tackle at the next level but also could play defensive tackle in some schemes. Claims an offer from Ole Miss and interest from Alabama, Auburn, Florida and Georgia.
Justin Ward (Hillgrove); 6-foot, 210
Undersized lineman with high motor who could play fullback or long snapper at the next level.
West defensive linemen
Montravious Adams (Vienna/Dooly County);6-3, 280
Last year Adams was a second-team all-Region 4 selection as a sophomore after posting more than 70 tackles and 15 sacks. He followed it up with a monster junior campaign that saw him make 84 tackles, 10 sacks, and an incredible 45 tackles for loss. Clemson has offered Adams, and Alabama could be next. Participated in the Mark Richt Camp at Georgia in June.
Anfirnee Chatfield (Warner Robins/Northside); 6-foot, 270
Chatfield, a 1-AAAA All-Region selection who had 73 tackles and eight sacks, was a major reason why Northside held opponents to less than 10 points per game.
Darren Dowdell (Atlanta/Grady); 6-3, 215
All-metro selection at tight end can play defensive end as well.
Jay Ellison (Hamilton/Harris Co.); 6-1, 280
Ellison, who says Auburn, Georgia Tech, Michigan, South Carolina and Tennessee have offered, made 57 tackles and three sacks this year.
D’Von Isaac (McDonough/Henry Co.); 6-4, 280
Camped at Georgia with his team in June, and although he was held out of half the season because of eligibility issues from transferring, Auburn, Georgia, Georgia Tech and Oregon have showed interest.
Joe Sanders (Lagrange/Troup Co.); 6-5, 270
Transfer from Lagrange has the ability to play offensive or defensive line at the next level.
Dominique Threatt (East Point/Tri-Cities); 6-2, 315
Threatt is tough to block one-on-one and does an outstanding job of pushing the pocket back and closing gaps. He is one of three 300-pound line prospects in the 2013 class for Tri-Cities head coach Kenneth Miller and is a AAAA first-team All-State selection as an offensive lineman.