Georgia’s recruiting strategy for the rest of the year looked so simple back in August. That’s when the Bulldogs had 15 early commitments, and when UGA coach Mark Richt admitted “We probably could have a few more than that  right now if we really wanted.” At the time, Georgia expected to sign no more than 20 players in February. The five remaining scholarships? The Bulldogs, riding a wave of momentum with the No. 1 ranking and more importantly already securing commitments at key positions, decided to go all-out for some of the nation’s top prospects, mostly from out of state.
It was a great decision then and a good decision now, as the Bulldogs are finalists for around a half-dozen of the nation’s elite players at their positions, including wide receiver Marlon Brown of Memphis, offensive tackle Bobby Massie of Hargrave, Va., and tight end Orson Charles of Tampa.
However, Georgia’s recruiting strategy has been altered by the NFL draft. The early exits of Matthew Stafford, tailback Knowshon Moreno, and cornerback Asher Allen have allowed more scholarships to become available. The Bulldogs are coming closer each day to having a full recruiting class of 25.
It will be interesting to see how things play out over the next three weeks for Georgia, which has 18 commitments. Which prospects that favored UGA all along will now get offers? McEachern tight end Terrell Mitchell? Northside cornerback K.J. Morton? And will it be too late for Georgia for the some of those players if they are committed to other colleges? Walton’s David Paulsen (Oklahoma State)? How long will the Bulldogs wait on certain elite prospects before going in a different direction? Which of the elite will appear to have no intentions of going to UGA and then have a “change of heart” on signing day? Carver-Columbus linebacker Jarvis Jones?
The action will be fast and furious. Nothing like anyone (including myself) expected back in August.