UGA is looking for a few good men to play offensive line.
Or at least that’s the number of offensive linemen that UGA has told recruits and coaches it hopes to sign in February.
The Bulldogs had three OL commitments, and added a fourth one on Wednesday when Mark Beard of Coffeyville junior college pledged to UGA over Mississippi State and Arkansas, according to 247sports.
There was a longtime connection between the 6-foot-5, 297-pound Beard and UGA OL coach Will Friend. Beard is from the Birmingham, Ala., area and was recruited by Friend while he was an assistant at UAB.
Beard will have three years of eligibility at UGA.
Rusty Mansell, National Recruiting Analyst for 247Sports, on Beard:
I think Beard gives Georgia immediate depth. Looking at film, he can bend well and has good feet at 295 pounds. Coming in to Georgia in January is a big plus for him because he can learn the system in the spring and fight for starting spot, all at the same time.
UGA’s other three OL commits are 5-star John Theus of Jacksonville, Chester Brown of Hinesville, and Greg Pyke of Baltimore, Md.. The Bulldogs now have 17 commits for 2012, but the future of two prep school players — DE Jalen Fields and LB Kent Turene — is undetermined at the moment. UGA could sign as many as 25 in February.
RELATED: Florida State is making a run at Georgia Tech’s newest recruit, QB Justin Thomas, who switched his commitment from Alabama to the Yellow Jackets on Tuesday. On Wednesday, FSU recruiting coordinator Demayune Craig traveled to Prattville, Ala., to make a sales pitch to Thomas. The Seminoles are “strictly” recruiting Thomas to play QB. Oregon and LSU are also in the mix. However, Thomas’ father told the AJC that his son only plans to visit Georgia Tech in January.
– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog
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