Georgia recruiting seeking assistance from…a recruit?


Georgia recruiting is having a heck of a year, but that doesn’t mean they it couldn’t use a boost.

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The Georgia Bulldogs recruiting class of 2015 is now ranked as No. 6 in the nation, and the No. 3 in the Southeastern Conference according to the 247 Sports composite rankings. With 26 total commits, two 5-star and 11 4-star players, it’s shaping up to be one of Mark Richt’s best recruiting classes ever.

But the one thing that the 2015 and 2016 classes are both lacking is offensive linemen, and with longtime center David Andrews leaving this year, and several more graduating in 2015, that is an area where Richt’s staff is showing a sense of urgency.

So the Bulldogs are turning to none other than one of their long-time 2015 commits, offensive tackle Sage Hardin, to help sway some targets Georgia’s way.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Michael Carvell, new offensive line coach Rob Sale has given Hardin a set of marching orders.

“One thing Coach Sale really wanted me to do was to reach out to Nick Buchanan and Patrick Allen,” Hardin told the AJC.  The two players he mentioned are two remaining offensive line targets for the 2015 class.

Buchanan, a local product out of Dunwoody High School, is committed to Cal. He was one of three in-state offensive linemen who received late offers from Georgia last week. Patrick Allen had already committed to the Bulldogs, but then de-committed after Mike Bobo and Will Friend left for Colorado State.

“I’ve talked to Nick once, and made my best recruiting pitch to him,” Hardin continued. “And with Patrick, I’ve talked to him since he de-committed once. But probably tomorrow, I’m going to try to catch up with both of those guys.

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“What I told Nick, and I wasn’t biased in favor in UGA because I visited Cal and I loved it there…but I told him, if you go to UGA, you’re going to play closer to home, your family will get to see you play, you’re going to play for one of the most historic programs in the country, you’re going to play for a national championship contender year in and year out, and most importantly you’re going to be around a community of people who love you.”

No better way to put it, and hopefully Buchanan will see the advantage to joining the Bulldogs program now that he’s been given an offer.

Allen is still probably going to end up being a National Signing Day decision, but with Hardin’s help, he could wind up revisiting his decision to de-commit.

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