Breaking down the underclassmen

We’ve come to the end of the season and the time when your humble correspondent steps aside for the insanity that is college recruiting in the South. The AJC’s expert, Chip Towers, will get you through the process.

But before we go, here is a little exercise I put together this morning, breaking down the underclassmen who have declared for the draft by conference. It will not surprise you that the SEC (15) and the ACC (10) lead the way. Look at this list and tell me the guys you are really going to miss.

I want to thank you all for another wonderful season. We’ve had our ups and downs but that is what makes it fun and interesting. You are the smartest and most passionate college football fans in the world and I appreciate you. Have fun with this….TB

UNDERCLASSMEN WHO HAVE DECLARED FOR THE NFL DRAFT

SEC (15)

Alabama: Marcell Dareus, DE; Julio Jones, WR; Mark Ingram, RB

Arkansas: Ryan Mallett, QB

Auburn: Nick Fairley DT; Cameron Newton, QB; Darvin Adams, WR

Florida: Will Hill, S

Georgia: Justin Houston, DE; A.J. Green, WR

Kentucky: Randall Cobb, WR/KR/QB

LSU: Patrick Peterson, CB; Stevan Ridley, RB

Ole Miss: Jerrell Powe, DT

South Carolina: Tori Gurley, WR

ACC (9)

Clemson: Da’Quan Bowers, DE; Jamie Harper, RB

Georgia Tech: Nick Claytor, OT; Jarrad Tarrant, DB

Maryland: Torrey Smith, WR/KR:

Miami: Brandon Harris, CB

Virginia: Zane Parr, DE

Virginia Tech: Darren Evans, RB; Ryan Williams, RB

BIG TEN (7)

ILLINOIS: Mikel Leshoure, RB; Corey Liuget, DT; Martez Wilson, LB

INDIANA: Tandon Doss, WR

IOWA: Tyler Sash, S

WISCONSIN: John Clay, RB; J.J. Watt, DE

BIG 12 (3)

MISSOURI: Blane Gabbert, QB; Aldon Smith, DE

TEXAS: Aaron Williams, CB

BIG EAST (5)

CONNECTICUT: Jordan Todman, RB

PITTSBURGH: Jon Baldwin, WR; Henry Hynoski, FB; Dion Lewis, RB

WEST VIRGINIA: Robert Sands, S

PAC-10 (7)

ARIZONA STATE: Lawrence Guy, DT

CALIFORNIA: Shane Vereen, RB

OREGON STATE: Jacquizz Rogers, RB

UCLA: Akeem Ayers, LB; Rahim Moore

USC: Jurrell Casey, DT; Tryon Smith, OT

CONFERENCE USA (1)

SOUTHERN MISS: DeAndre Brown, WR.

MID-AMERICAN(1)

TEMPLE: Muhammad Wilkerson, DT

MOUNTAIN WEST (2)

UTAH: Brandon Burton, CB;  Sealver Siliga, DT

INDEPENDENT (1)

NOTRE DAME: Kyle Rudolph, TE

273 comments Add your comment

Steve

January 17th, 2011
7:58 am

ARdawg

January 17th, 2011
8:19 am

Tony Barnhart is a Gomer

AugustaDawg

January 17th, 2011
8:23 am

Will miss Houston and Green but wish them the best! Really rooting for commitments from Rome and Mitchell on the 20th!

Go Dawgs!

Tideman

January 17th, 2011
8:30 am

Thanks TB…. Enjoy your vacation.

poopdawg

January 17th, 2011
8:33 am

I thought Tech had another departure?

JB

January 17th, 2011
8:34 am

Worst time of year in sports……. Dawgs will have an uphill battle next year. It’s really unfair to the 18-20 year old’s to be playing for Richt’s job every week…But that’s what it’ll be. They could play loose with nothing to lose and surprise us, but I don’t think that’s in Richt’s DNA. If it’s more of Scripted, button down football, gonna be a tough thing to watch. Go Dawgs

DC

January 17th, 2011
8:35 am

Cam and Fairley will be missed for AU..but people need to check themselves if you think we will fall off the face of the earth…is a 5-7 record realistic..i dont think so…but I think an 8-4 record would be more suitable. There are a lot of question marks for the SEC next year. Quality players across the board are leaving or graduating..

I predict LSU will win the West and then win the SEC.

War Eagle!

JB

January 17th, 2011
8:37 am

8-4, maybe 9-3 sounds about right for AU. NEW QB is always a crap shoot though. I need to look close at your schedule today.14-0 was impressive.

DC

January 17th, 2011
8:39 am

JB our schedule is nuts! We have all the big schools on the road except for BAMA. We have LSU, Ark, UGA, USC, and clemson on the road…tough tough schedule..but i’ve heard people talk like we cant win any of those games which is kinda a stretch..

DC

January 17th, 2011
8:41 am

oh and we have florida at home this year

poopdawg

January 17th, 2011
8:43 am

Auburn QB commit Frazier looks very good. Tech loss Tarrent a safty also.

Football Fan

January 17th, 2011
8:44 am

What about Jerrard Tarrant at GT ???

DC

January 17th, 2011
8:45 am

yeah he is a big boy with strong arm. Don’t know if he will start though. Who at UGA is going to replace AJ as the #1 receiver?

JB

January 17th, 2011
8:45 am

Whooooa……just looked at AU’s 2011 schedule……7, and I said 7 tough games that could go either way. Clemson at Clemson, Miss St,LSU,FL,UGA,Bama,and one more……

ATL is TigerTown

January 17th, 2011
8:47 am

I don’t expect another undefeated season, but I didn’t expect that this season either. I’m probably as surprised as anyone to be 14-0 and National Champs. I don’t think anyone saw this coming. My point, you don’t know what will happen until it happens. I’m hopeful for another good season with at least 9 or 10 wins. War Eagle!

Redneck 61

January 17th, 2011
8:50 am

FIRE MARK RICHT WE ARE WASTING TIME !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

SOGADOG

January 17th, 2011
8:51 am

I am really going to miss AJ Green and Justin Houston, As for the others, good riddance! Have a great break.

Redneck 61

January 17th, 2011
8:52 am

LSU AND SC IN THE SEC CHAMP GAME NEXT YEAR !!!

JB

January 17th, 2011
8:52 am

Dawgs could go 8-4 or 3-9…. Nobody knows……Gotta have a lot of unprovens and new faces show up and make a difference. I think we can all rest assured coaching won’t help. Early blowouts to Boise and SC, and things could get ugly.

JB

January 17th, 2011
8:56 am

Kirby Smart may be keeping and eye , from a distance, on UGA’s signing class. My bets are him after 2-3 other calls are made. Unlike Bama, Dr. Adams will NEVER let them spend 4 to 5 mil per year to get a “name” in Athens. Just my two cents.

Dumbest coach in the nation

January 17th, 2011
8:57 am

Cam Newton’s talent was wasted!!! He would have been a great tight end!!! It’s fourth and inches on Central Florida’s one yard line in the first quarter and we’ve been driving down the field at will????Send on the field goal unit!!!!

Alphare

January 17th, 2011
8:58 am

I can count 6 SEC players as 1st rounders.

JB

January 17th, 2011
9:00 am

@8:57 post…………………I think that call by Richt WAS THE NAIL in the coffin.Playing not to lose was proven that night.

Michael Scharff

January 17th, 2011
9:03 am

Tony, thanks for all your great work this season, and enjoy your time away!

JB

January 17th, 2011
9:04 am

Although Patterson at TCU may be a long shot…..Guys like him have the desire to jump in the big pants and see what they can do and prove. Georgia IS SO RIPE for someone. Top five in the country in Div1 talent every year, and plenty of money. He might want to try it on.

Brian

January 17th, 2011
9:05 am

Looking at this list makes me think how much less I enjoy and follow cfb these days. I recognize most of the SEC names, and the guy from GT, but I’ve never heard of a single player otherwise. Between the scandals and all the other junk, it just doesn’t interest me as much anymore. On the plus side, I now follow and appreciate the superiority of the NFL game.

1eyedJack

January 17th, 2011
9:09 am

Everybody has to shuffle the deck after the season.

Nobody will know for sure what they have for next year until they strap it up in August.

Farmer Dell

January 17th, 2011
9:11 am

Tony,

Mainly downs for Georgia, nOt many UPS with #11, if anyone thought 8-5 Joe Cox was bad, now you have a 6-7 perspective.

Who would have thought Murray would tank against SC, Ark, Miss St, & UCF and only throw for 2 td’s in those 4 games? Who thought AMurray would throw 3 interceptions and commit a costly fumble against rival Florida? Man, glad the #11 experiment is finally over. Can’t wait to get a real QB like Lemay or Mason or Gray.

1eyedJack

January 17th, 2011
9:19 am

Boy Farmer Dell, are you going to be disappointed.

Gator Mike

January 17th, 2011
9:23 am

UF will not miss Will Hill. He was underwhelming during his entire stay with the Gators. The team is much better off without him.

Dr. Phil

January 17th, 2011
9:24 am

It will be interesting to see if Mettenburger is another Cam Newton.

sec rules

January 17th, 2011
9:26 am

Paul N Destin

January 17th, 2011
9:29 am

Auburn will not have a winning record in 2011 Trotter will start for a couple before he is broken into pieces. LSU will be strong in the West but no good enough to beat Bama for the SEC Champs. UGA will be better but not good enough to get to Atlanta..unless they buy a ticket.

Hike !!

January 17th, 2011
9:32 am

Richt is gone after one more sub 500 season. Dawgs lost the best player on offense and the best on defense…that’s not a recipe for having a better season….it will be another l-o-n-g season….fewer instate top recruits will…. believe…. in Mark Richt and will go out of state…by the time Richt gets fired…the damage to the program will take 3 or more years to overcome…and that’s o-n-l-y if they hire the right coach….wrong coach….3 to 5 years to fail…here we go again…chasing our tail…future is not very bright…go ahead and fire Richt and save us a year and a bunch of recruits….Richt’s made plenty of money…he then can go where his heart is…on missionary trips…saving souls.He topped out as an offensive coordinator….which he was good at….but exceeded this ability when hired as a head coach.

WDE

January 17th, 2011
9:33 am

To the guy who expressed superiority of NFL:

I feel sorry for you.

Fink

January 17th, 2011
9:39 am

Oregon has no underclassmen leaving? Interesting.

Alabama is going to have a lot of spots to fill come this spring. The most impressive thing about Saban’s tide is his O-Line.

Dawg_Mike

January 17th, 2011
9:39 am

UGA has had 57 NFL draft picks in the past 10 years. Far and away better than any other school…..Should have had a NC at some point with all that talent.

JB

January 17th, 2011
9:41 am

Hike @9:32….Richt is gone, but it will not take 3 years to get back. The New coach will have Aaron Murray as a Junior, and with different coaching, these Dawgs this past year could of won 2 more game IMO, so Georgia is to rich in talent in Athens and inbound not to be OK from the get go with a new staff. Nothing like the Tennessee situation.

JB

January 17th, 2011
9:44 am

Go to Rivals this AM. All the college writers (5) were ask to name the hot seat coach’s for 2011.
Mark Richt first on list by all five.Neuheisel and Dabo the other two mentioned.

northern sympathizer

January 17th, 2011
9:44 am

I will not miss Cam Newton and Nick Fairley. Great talents both, but Fairley should be in the circus.

DC

January 17th, 2011
9:44 am

Fink,

Makes you think that they will easily dominate the pac 10 again eh? They have to play LSU this year though..that game will be huge for them.
Paul N Destin, Bama has some major..major holes to fill on offense…no doubt they have a top notch defense..but the big time players on O that left is going to hurt them in at least 2 games…1 of those being the LSU game…

Is anyone scratching their heads on how many recruits bama is getting? how many kids are they going to drop scholarships this year?

kybodawg

January 17th, 2011
9:50 am

when did mike bobo and tod g. move to the falcons. the only thing different from ga. was the uniforms.

JB

January 17th, 2011
9:50 am

Somebody ought look into Bama numbers. I know there are 2-3 diehards on here from BAMA who get fired up when this is mentioned, but the last three years don’t lie. You can have 85, and they have filled the max, so 84 and a big class this year. I’m open minded, someone explain…..

schmeckdawg

January 17th, 2011
9:53 am

TB, didn’t that Tarrant kid from GT declare?

al

January 17th, 2011
9:59 am

Thanks for another great season TB! Enjoy your well deserved time off.

3rdN8

January 17th, 2011
10:14 am

JB

Not sure that I can answer your question. But here are the number that I have for Bama. They are graduating 17 seniors, and 3 juniors are leaving early….. so that equals twenty slots. I have no idea what other attrition will occur. There are 4 or 5 players that did not play a snap this year due to injuries from prior seasons, and Bama typically has another 2 or 3 transfer out due to lack of playing time.

Saban had a seven scholarship deficit (due to probation) when he started four years ago.

All-in-all, I’d think these numbers are pretty much in line with the rest of the SEC. However there is a lot of grumbling from other conferences about SEC recruiting…such as oversigning, etc.. I expect the NCAA to tighten the rules, and eliminate the oversigning, grayshirting, etc.

FLA DAWG

January 17th, 2011
10:26 am

JB,

You are correct in my opinion. Adams is ALL about academics and ZERO about athletics.
To my mind a great University Like Georgia can have both.

In the end it will be the dried up alumni donations that influence a changing of the guard at UGA and I hope that includes Adams himself.

RTR22

January 17th, 2011
10:26 am

Lets have the NCAA make new rules on grayshirting, oversigning, etc. Those Bozos cannot inforce the rules on their books with consistentcy. Aubie your one yr magic carpet ride is over and the true
Barn shows its face in 2011.

jumbeauxtiger

January 17th, 2011
10:28 am

Thanks for another fun season Tony and enjoy your time off.

Wow that is quite a road schedule for the War Eagles next season. Each of those 5 games will be a challenge.

Don4654

January 17th, 2011
10:29 am

i think bama has 8 senior scholarship players.Add 3 juniors going pro.2 other guys have said they are going to transfer.That’s 13 so far.They have 22 comittments I think.6 of those guys enrolled early i think.2 comittments are headed to junior college.So that nets out to 20,Some of those comittments have already been told they will greyshirt(2 had season ending injuries) unless a spot opens up for them,i’m guessing 3 or 4.That leaves 16 guys for 13 slots right now.Others will leave in the off season(due to grades ,discipline, injury).Attrition happens everywhere,not saying it doesn’t happen more with Saban though. In sabans defense ,last year he kicked a future starter in the secondary off the team for team violations.