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Glenn Schumann helped turn Roquan Smith into one of the top linebackers in college football.

Georgia football ‘LBU’ hype video the latest public push to appeal to linebacker recruits

Georgia has had no problem developing linebackers in recent years. A video put out by a number of coaches and former players highlights just the amount of success Georgia has had at churning out linebackers who go on to make it to the NFL.

The video features the likes of Roquan Smith and Natrez Patrick speaking about how Georgia prepared them for the NFL. More specifically, it highlighted how Georgia inside linebackers coach and co-defensive coordinator Glenn Schumann helped get them ready for the rigors of the next level.

“Being coached by the best linebacker coach in the country, coach Schuhmann, everything we did at Georgia I do now in the league,” Smith said.

The video is more or less an advertisement for what Schumann and the University of Georgia can do for you, specifically if you are an elite linebacker prospect that Georgia is recruiting.

Also highlighted in the video are a number of Georgia’s current inside linebackers, such as Nakobe Dean, Monty Rice and Quay Walker. Those three all figure to play big roles on the Georgia defense this coming season. Dean in particular has generated a lot of hype, while Rice is seen as one of the leaders of the Georgia defense.

That’s how Schumann, who Rice called the smartest coach on the staff, wants it to be.

“The linebackers should be the tone-setters for the defense,” Schumann said in the video. “I want my energy to be contagious to other people on the field and I want my players’ energy to be contagious.”

But this video isn’t really to hype up fans, or marvel at the past success of Georgia’s linebackers. It’s to try and get the attention of the next wave of linebackers. The Smael Mondon’s and the Xavian Sorey’s of the world.

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Those are two of the top linebacker targets for Georgia in the 2021 recruiting cycle. They’re also two of the top overall players in the class, with Mondon being ranked as the No. 26 player in the 247Sports Composite rankings and Sorey coming in at No. 64. This video is just the latest in a public push to recruit linebackers for this cycle.

When Georgia head coach Kirby Smart back in February, he highlighted how linebacker, both inside and outside, was going to be a critical position for Georgia in the 2021 cycle. The only linebacker signed in the 2020 cycle was Mekhail Sherman, and he’ll line up at outside linebacker to start his Georgia career.

With Rice and fellow senior Nate McBride set to graduate after the 2020 season, there’s an immediate need at the position. Factor in possible transfers as well as the fact that Walker is draft-eligible after this season and what seems like a strength could quickly become an area of concern for Georgia in 2021.

That’s why it’s pivotal for Georgia to bring in an impressive haul in the 2021 recruiting cycle. The Bulldogs already have one inside linebacker committed in Maryland prospect Jamon Dumas-Johnson, as the 4-star prospect committed to Georgia earlier in July. Landing Mondon and Sorey would go a long way in keeping the linebacker pipeline following into the NFL for Georgia.

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Having NFL success is one of the biggest tools schools can use in recruiting. It’s proof that you can help prepare them for the next phase of their career. Doing that makes your school a lot more attractive to young recruits, like Mondon and Sorey.

And when you can tout a player of Smith’s caliber or use Tae Crowder’s success story of going from a 2-star wide receiver to an NFL draft pick, it makes recruiting a lot easier. It gives your school the material it needs to accurately be able to call yourself “LBU.”

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