To gear up for 2013 national signing day, DawgNation's Radi Nabulsi is breaking down every commitment in the Bulldogs' 2013 recruiting class.
Vitals: Linebacker Reginald Carter, Snellville, Ga./South Gwinnett | 6-foot-1, 225 pounds
Committed: April 9, 2012
ESPN.com grade: 78. Three-star prospect.
ESPN.com rankings: No. 32 inside linebacker, No. 273 in Southeast region, No. 57 in Georgia
Picked Georgia over: Alabama, Florida State, Michigan, South Carolina and others.
State of the position: The Bulldogs lost three players that started at inside linebacker this past season. Christian Robinson and Michael Gilliard graduated while Alec Ogletree opted to declare for the NFL draft. That leaves sophomore Amarlo Herrera as the only returning player with a significant amount of experience. Herrera, who was fourth on the team in tackles, will be one of the inside starters next season. The other spot is up for grabs. Redshirt sophomore Brandon Burrows has only played in three games since arriving at Georgia due to multiple injuries. Sophomore Ramik Wilson saw action in 10 games this season but has yet to start a game.
Pros: “Quick and aggressive first step and he can effectively change direction in short-area for size. Hard tackler, makes square hits and brings his feet with him. Delivers a pop and can be punishing. Has strong hands to make drag down type tackles when pursuing from the backside. Versatile front-seven defender as he can get upfield and rush the passer as well. Constricts the pocket with strength and burst off the edge.” -- ESPN scouting report
Cons: “Not a dominant speed rusher but is relentless and will continue to chase; nose for QB. Has interior experience as well overpowering OG's as a 3 tech rusher. With continued physical development he may be able to play DE at the college level but right now we project he will start off at inside linebacker where he will be able to mask his lack of coverage technique, hips and ideal speed.” -- ESPN scouting report
Similar to/potential role: Amarlo Herrera. Yes, I know Carter is not as big as Herrera but he has that same downhill run-stopping ability and the same propensity to deliver a hit through the ball carrier. He has a chip on his shoulder like Herrera did coming in and it is safe to expect to see the same intensity.
Expected impact: 2013. Carter played an entire season on his surgically repaired knee and tells me it feels fine. Right now he is not where the coaches want him physically that will all change as he in enrolled at Georgia and will be going through mat drills and spring camp.