Georgia Coach Reviews His Young Group Of Linebackers

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Georgia Coach Reviews His Young Group Of Linebackers

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Georgia Coach Reviews His Young Group Of Linebackers

Georgia Coach Reviews His Young Group Of Linebackers


Georgia had the nation’s third-ranked recruiting class in 2017 and contributing greatly to that lofty level were four freshmen linebackers.


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During his most likely only press conference of the season, Georgia defensive coordinator Mel Tucker had the opportunity to discuss the trio of Jaden Hunter, Monty Rice, Nate McBride and Walter Grant. In addition, Tucker updated the status of redshirt freshman linebacker Chauncy Manac and sophomore Jaleel Laguins.

  • Jaden Hunter was a four-star recruit from Atlanta’s Westlake High. The four-star, 6’2”, 220-pound linebacker was a tireless recruiter for the Dawgs.
  • Monty Rice decommitted from LSU before signing with the Dawgs. A four-star, 6’1”, 227-pound linebacker from Madison, Alabama, he was a coup for Georgia.
  • Nate McBride is simply a freak of nature. A multiple state sprint champion, the four-star, 6’2”, 230-pound Vidalia native is explosive.
  • Walter Grant, from Cairo, is a 6’4”, 236-pound, four-star athlete.

Said Tucker, “Those guys, they all have good up-size. They have good size, they all run well and they all want to be good players. You can tell, just by the way they go about their business, that they pay attention in the walk-thrus, they’re very serious about it. You can see those guys getting better and better as we go. They have some pretty good players in front of them to learn from. I think we have a pretty good chance to have a good unit right there, we’ll see.”

Sophomore Jaleel Laguins, who saw action in six games as a true freshman, has moved from inside to outside linebacker. “He has the skill set to be an outside linebacker. He has a really good straight-line speed and he’s very, very strong. He’s showing the ability to pass-rush and you can never have enough rushers on the edge,” said Tucker.

Redshirt freshman Chauncey Manac from Clinch County High, has that innate ability to shed blocks. He has the ability to play defensive end, outside linebacker or a hybrid position. 
“We like Manac,” said Tucker. “He can relate to us athletically. He has a really good body, he’s strong, athletic, and showing some pass-rush ability. He can rush outside. He can rush on guards and centers inside and he’s very, very tough. We don’t have an issue with him playing and holding up on the run game, but giving us some pass-rush and being able to affect the quarterback. He’s a guy we have to continue to develop. He’s a young guy. We have a lot of young guys, but we see marked improvement in him.”
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