UGA lays claim to six ESPN 150 prospects

Georgia commit Derrick Henry will show off his mad skills at The Opening, an elite prospect camp, this summer in Oregon. Tom Hauck/ESPNHS

In February, the Georgia coaches signed six players ranked in the ESPN 150 for 2012, with five-star running back Keith Marshall leading the way. This year the Bulldogs already have commitments from six prospects in the initial ESPN 150 for the Class of 2013, with more than half of the class still to be determined. The accelerated pace of this year’s class includes quality as well as quantity. Here is where Georgia’s commitments land on the newly released ESPN 150.

Headlining the Georgia commits is athlete Derrick Henry (Yulee, Fla./Yulee) at No. 45. "King Henry," as he is often called, plans to be a running back at Georgia and has already secured an invitation to this summer's premier camp, The Opening -- his second in a row.

Two spots behind Henry, at No. 47, is Georgia wide receiver commit Tramel Terry (Goose Creek, S.C./Goose Creek). He is the fourth-highest rated athlete in the nation and a candidate for the South Carolina Mr. Football Award.

The Bulldogs only signed one cornerback in 2012 so much is expected of Shaq Wiggins (Tyrone, Ga./Sandy Creek) who comes in at No.86 on the list. This year the 2013 class is deep with cornerbacks and Wiggins has shown he is one of the tops in the nation.

At No. 110 is quarterback Brice Ramsey (Kingsland, Ga./Camden Co.). Ramsey will be at the Elite 11 competition on Friday in Buford, Ga., to try to secure an invitation to that prestigious camp.

Following Ramsey is safety commit Tray Matthews (Newnan, Ga./Newnan) and No. 116. Matthews is a top-ten safety who has become one of the Bulldogs’ biggest recruiters. He and Wiggins are constantly mentioned by other Georgia targets as tireless ambassadors for the program.

The sixth Georgia commit in the ESPN 150 is linebacker Johnny O'Neal (Dublin, Ga./West Laurens). The 6-foot-1, 225-pound linebacker will give the Bulldogs a quality player at a position that will be thin in 2013.

With 15 to 18 spots still available in this class, Georgia looks to easily improve its haul of ESPN 150 list members.

The Bulldogs are still among the top five favorite schools for defensive end Robert Nkemdiche (Loganville, Ga./Grayson). He sits atop the list as the No. 1 player in the nation and has visited Georgia many times.

The Bulldogs still fighting for Alabama commit Reuben Foster (Auburn, Ala./Auburn). Foster, the nation’s best inside linebacker prospect, is ranked at No.2 and is best friends with Matthews. Matthews is working to bring Foster with him to Athens but may have a harder time convincing Foster to decommit now that the punishing linebacker is no longer living in Georgia. Last week Foster transferred from Troup High School in LaGrange, Ga. to Auburn High School in Alabama.

Five-star offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil (Lake City, Fla./Columbia) also says he likes the Bulldogs. He is ranked at No. 3 on the list and recently told DawgNation he wants to visit Athens. Henry has been promoting Georgia to the nation’s top lineman for quite some time.

The Bulldogs have yet to extend an offer to five-star defensive end Carl Lawson who comes in at No.5 on the list.

If Georgia were to miss on all three of the top prospects in the ESPN150, the Bulldogs will still likely surpass last year’s total. Other Georgia targets who have mentioned the Bulldogs among their top schools are cornerback Brendan Langley (Marietta, Ga./Kell) at No. 84, tight end Hunter Henry (Little Rock, Ark./Pulaski Academy) at No.100, running back Tyshon Dye (Elberton, Ga./Elbert Co.) at No. 114, defensive tackle Kelsey Griffin (Hoschton, Ga./Mill Creek) at No. 129, wide receiver Marquez North (Charlotte, N.C./Mallard Creek) at No. 130 and defensive end Isaac Rochelle (McDonough, Ga./Eagles Landing Christian Academy) at No. 135.

Also, Georgia has moved up the list for defensive tackle Montravius Adams (Vienna, Ga./Dooly Co.), who is ranked at No. 14.