2017 Signees (check back 02/17)

2017 Signees (check back 02/17)

#61 Chris Barnes

OL • 6-3/294 • Lee County (Leesburg, GA) • DOB: 8/11/97

DAWGTIME’S TAKE: Listed anywhere between 6-foot-3, 270 pounds and 6-foot-5, 294 pounds, the one knock on Barnes is his size. However, his father, a former football player at Albany State, stands at 6-foot-9 and weighs 345 pounds. Therefore, the idea exists that Barnes could very well have room to grow. Although perhaps small in stature for an offensive lineman, he is strong, athletic, and moves comfortably for a lineman, particularly on screen-passing plays. Barnes will probably play this season, likely seeing time as a backup center, maybe reserve guard.

#74 Ben Cleveland

OL • 6-6/345 • Stephens County (Toccoa, GA) • DOB: 8/25/98

DAWGTIME’S TAKE: Cleveland is a mountain of a man who is Georgia’s top prospect of the three offensive line signees. Although carrying a large frame, Cleveland has demonstrated remarkable quickness and acceleration on the field. However, his dominant play was against much smaller, second-tier defenders in high school. Cleveland can play either left or right tackle, and will be a quality reserve as a true freshman.

#35 Brian Herrien

RB • 6-0/205 • New Manchester (Manchester, GA) • DOB: 2/7/98

DAWGTIME’S TAKE: Waiting to make sure he had achieved the necessary grades and ACT score, Herrien did not commit to Georgia until May 17. The 19th-best running back prospect in the nation adds another able body to a talented, but fragile running back corps. Although he doesn’t have a great burst, Herrien does run with power and has the ability to break away from defenders once he reaches top gear.

#76 Michail Carter

DL • 6-3/317 • Jackson (Jackson, GA) • DOB: 5/19/98

DAWGTIME’S TAKE: An upper-tier defensive line prospect who had beEen on Georgia’s radar since he was in eighth grade, Carter is a big-time run stopper, who has a nose for shedding blocks to locate ball carriers. Although he needs to work on his defense against the pass, Carter makes up for any deficiencies with his explosiveness, athleticism, and versatility. Since the Bulldogs are lacking depth along their defensive line in 2016, Carter will play as a true freshman, perhaps backing up sophomore Trenton Thompson at tackle.

#10 Jacob Eason

QB • 6-5/211 • Lake Stevens (Lake Stevens, WA) • DOB: 11/17/97

DAWGTIME’S TAKE: Georgia’s farthest quarterback signee of the modern era in terms of hometown distance from Athens, Eason will also eventually become the program’s tallest starting quarterback. The pocket passer can make all the throws, has a phenomenal release, and may have the strongest arm of any quarterback in Georgia football history. Eason does need to improve on his foot work and did not face the most formidable competition in Northwest Washington State.

#10 Jacob Eason

QB • 6-5/211 • Lake Stevens, WA • DOB: 11/17/97

DAWGTIME’S TAKE: Georgia’s farthest quarterback signee of the modern era in terms of hometown distance from Athens, Eason will also eventually become the program’s tallest starting quarterback. The pocket passer can make all the throws, has a phenomenal release, and may have the strongest arm of any quarterback in Georgia football history. Eason does need to improve on his foot work and did not face the most formidable competition in Northwest Washington State.

#52 Tyler Clark

DL • 6-4/309 • Americus-Sumter County High South (Americus, GA) • DOB: 7/25/98

DAWGTIME’S TAKE: Although a consensus four-star prospect, Clark was not unanimously ranked in the nation’s top 20 at his position; however, the defensive lineman could be the “sleeper” of this class. Besides an uncanny quickness, Clark has good size and strength, along with a tremendous ability to fire off the line. He will likely see spot duty in 2016 as a reserve defensive tackle.

#4 Mecole Hardman

ATH • 5-11/180 • Elbert County (Bowman, GA) • DOB: 3/12/98

DAWGTIME’S TAKE: Georgia’s third five-star prospect—the most signed by the program since 2000—Hardman is undoubtedly the most versatile of the Bulldogs’ signees, and the fastest, running a sub-4.5 40. At Georgia, he will
immediately contend for a starting cornerback position in the summer, while perhaps also seeing time as a reserve receiver. The speedster’s shiftiness and ability to run away from defenders reminds Bulldog enthusiasts of 2015 freshman standout Terry Godwin.

#61 Chris Barnes

OL • 6-3/294 • Lee County (Leesburg, GA) • DOB: 8/11/97

DAWGTIME’S TAKE: Listed anywhere between 6-foot-3, 270 pounds and 6-foot-5, 294 pounds, the one knock on Barnes is his size. However, his father, a former football player at Albany State, stands at 6-foot-9 and weighs 345 pounds. Therefore, the idea exists that Barnes could very well have room to grow. Although perhaps small in stature for an offensive lineman, he is strong, athletic, and moves comfortably for a lineman, particularly on screen-passing plays. Barnes will probably play this season, likely seeing time as a backup center, maybe reserve guard.

#74 Ben Cleveland

OL • 6-6/345 • Toccoa, GA • DOB: 8/25/98

DAWGTIME’S TAKE: Cleveland is a mountain of a man who is Georgia’s top prospect of the three offensive line signees. Although carrying a large frame, Cleveland has demonstrated remarkable quickness and acceleration on the field. However, his dominant play was against much smaller, second-tier defenders in high school. Cleveland can play either left or right tackle, and will be a quality reserve as a true freshman.

#76 Michail Carter

DL • 6-3/317 • Jackson (Jackson, GA) • DOB: 5/19/98

DAWGTIME’S TAKE: An upper-tier defensive line prospect who had beEen on Georgia’s radar since he was in eighth grade, Carter is a big-time run stopper, who has a nose for shedding blocks to locate ball carriers. Although he needs to work on his defense against the pass, Carter makes up for any deficiencies with his explosiveness, athleticism, and versatility. Since the Bulldogs are lacking depth along their defensive line in 2016, Carter will play as a true freshman, perhaps backing up sophomore Trenton Thompson at tackle.

#10 Jacob Eason

QB • 6-5/211 • Lake Stevens, WA • DOB: 11/17/97

DAWGTIME’S TAKE: Georgia’s farthest quarterback signee of the modern era in terms of hometown distance from Athens, Eason will also eventually become the program’s tallest starting quarterback. The pocket passer can make all the throws, has a phenomenal release, and may have the strongest arm of any quarterback in Georgia football history. Eason does need to improve on his foot work and did not face the most formidable competition in Northwest Washington State.

#10 Jacob Eason

QB • 6-5/211 • Lake Stevens, WA • DOB: 11/17/97

DAWGTIME’S TAKE: Georgia’s farthest quarterback signee of the modern era in terms of hometown distance from Athens, Eason will also eventually become the program’s tallest starting quarterback. The pocket passer can make all the throws, has a phenomenal release, and may have the strongest arm of any quarterback in Georgia football history. Eason does need to improve on his foot work and did not face the most formidable competition in Northwest Washington State.

Tyler Clark

DL • 6-4/309 • Americus-Sumter County High South (Americus, GA) • DOB: 7/25/98

DAWGTIME’S TAKE: Although a consensus four-star prospect, Clark was not unanimously ranked in the nation’s top 20 at his position; however, the defensive lineman could be the “sleeper” of this class. Besides an uncanny quickness, Clark has good size and strength, along with a tremendous ability to fire off the line. He will likely see spot duty in 2016 as a reserve defensive tackle.