Could Georgia Bulldogs Land State’s No. 1 Player Two Years In A Row? (Video)


The Georgia Bulldogs landed the state’s top prospect in 2015 with Trenton Thompson but can they make it two years in a row with defensive talent Derrick Brown?

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Trenton Thompson: already a common name in the world of college football and among the ranks of the coaches, players, and the UGA faithful in Athens. The Westover High School (Albany, Georgia) product is the most highly touted prospect that Georgia head coach Mark Richt has ever brought in during his 14 years as the leader on the sidelines in “The Classic City”.

With a humble spirit, an uncanny athletic ability and swiftness for his size, and a fire and desire to bring a national championship to Athens while playing for the Dawgs, it is no wonder that 2015 is anxiously anticipated by the masses that bleed red and black.

Thompson (6’2, 313, Defensive Tackle), who officially committed to play for the University of Georgia this past February on national signing day, can be classified as a prospect for the ages.

  • All-State Honors (Georgia)
  • USA Today All-American
  • USA Today Defensive Player Of The Year
  • U.S. Army All-American Bowl
  • American Family Insurance Defensive Player Of The Year
  • Maxwell Football Club National Player Of The Year
  • 247Sports Composite National Player of the Year
  • Parade All-American (First-Team)

And if the aforementioned marks of distinction are not enough to convince onlookers that Thompson is a once in a lifetime catch, a perusal of his highlight video will add further reassurance to those who may still have doubts.

While Trenton Thompson is a hard act to follow in terms of the recruitment process for the Georgia Bulldogs, the Dawgs have been eyeing another DT from the Peach State for the 2016 class.

Derrick Brown (6’4, 305) out of Buford, Georgia, is a 5-Star DT who has already been heavily recruited by UGA coaches Tracy Rocker, Bryan McClendon, and Jeremy Pruitt. Like Thompson, Brown offers a large stature that would in no doubt bolster an already loaded Georgia defense given that he decides to “Commit To The G”.

Brown is speedy off the ball and has a knack for obtaining steady infiltration through opposing offensive lines. Brown has shown a marked improvement in halting the run and is excellent at penetrating gaps, pursuing the ball, and pressuring the quarterback. His litheness, sense of direction, and quickness off the ball are all attributes that have led him to be a high value defensive target among many of the elite programs in all of college football.

The numbers for Brown were impressive this past season, as the defensive tackle had 101 tackles and 17.5 sacks in his junior campaign leaving NCAA defensive coordinators salivating. He is listed as the 5th overall player, the 2nd overall DT, and the number 1 overall prospect in the state of Georgia per Composite Rankings.

He has received offers from the likes of Alabama, Auburn, Tennessee, Florida State, South Carolina, and a plethora of others. However, and it should be noted, Georgia seems to be the frontrunner for the DT as Brown has stated on more than one occasion that UGA is his leading school and his favorite thus far.

Brown and his parents recently took an unofficial visit to Athens earlier this month and it was noted that he was impressed with what UGA has to offer as it relates to academics. In light of that visit and those thoughts, it would appear that the Dawgs are still in the lead with the blue chip prospect.

Given everything from here on out goes as planned and provided that Brown makes it official to play for UGA, the Dawgs will have nabbed the Peach State’s top prospect two years in a row in Thompson and Brown.

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