Breaking down Georgia State’s signing day class:
Potential Impact players
Alonzo McGee, inside linebacker. The former UAB player could help shore up a middle of a defense that leaked rushing yards last season. The question is, whose position will he take? Joseph Peterson, a team captain and leading tackler the past three years, or Trey Payne, a redshirt sophomore who played well once he got consistent playing time. Either way, competition isn’t a bad thing.
Kelepi Folau, center. Folau will likely take over at center in place of the graduated Tim Wynn. Folau is a large, large man. If he can get a push up the middle, it will help a ground game that struggled for the second consecutive season to run the ball. Folau will likely be flanked by guards Alex Stoehr and Taylor Evans, each of whom saw significant playing time last year. Tackles will likely be Michael Ivory, who seems to have rehabbed from his season-ending foot injury, and the right spot will be up for competition.
Bobby Baker and Cloves Campbell, S. The defense needs to improve up the middle and landing two play-making safeties should help. Baker was a starter and leading tackler at UAB before suffering a season-ending knee injury in the third game. Campbell had seven interceptions, returning three for touchdowns, at his junior college. Like with McGee, the competition should be tight with Tarris Batiste and Chandon Sullivan returning. But it’s also hard to pencil in any starters on a defense that give up almost 500 yards per game last year.
Kendrick Dorn, RB. Dorn was one of the top-rated junior-college running backs, for what that’s worth. The Panthers need someone at running back. Kyler “Battleship” Neal is coming back from a season-ending knee injury. Jonathan Jean-Bart’s career is over after sustaining a third knee injury last year. Gerald Howse used up his eligibility and Marcus Caffey has moved to back to cornerback. So, Dorn and ex-UAB player Demarcus Kirk should challenge Neal for playing time. Dorn said he can not only run inside, but he can move outside and play wide receiver. He said he can also block on pass plays, which is a necessity.
Julien Laurent, DL. Laurent isn’t as big an offensive lineman as Dom Roldan, who tips the scales at 350, but at 320 Laurent should be hard to move inside. Simply holding up at the point of attack, and thereby helping the linebackers get up field, should improve the run defense.
Kameron Myers, WR. He is supposed to be super fast, but fans might not get a chance to see him because he is expected to miss spring football after sustaining a knee injury last year. The Panthers will need a slot receiver now that LynQuez Blair has used up his eligibility and Avery Sweeting has been dismissed.
Dom Roldan., T. Roldan is the 350-pounder mentioned above. But he says he wants to get down to 330. Plus, he said he has good feet and can move. When you weigh 330 pounds, moving a little bit forward will usually result in whatever is in front of you moving backward.