Georgia’s dream recruiting class? Sites credit Mike Bobo

Mike Bobo helped develop Aaron Murray and is being credited for Georgia's recruiting class.

Mike Bobo helped Aaron Murray and is being credited for Georgia's recruiting class.

You know that recruiting class that Georgia has been lauded for nationally and stirred Bulldog fans into a collective frenzy (or at least as much as that’s possible in February)? The individual getting the most credit is also the Dogs’ most maligned assistant coach:  offensive coordinator Mike Bobo.

First, a few thoughts about Bobo: I’ve long believed some of the criticism directed at him has been unjustified. He deserves some credit for Aaron Murray’s rapid development last season. Georgia’s offense has been inconsistent at times. But that may stem less from design than it does having average running backs (no amplification needed), a weak line and the lack of a physical and emotional presence. Remember, too, that  Bobo is running the offense that coach Mark Richt wants.

OK, back to the recruiting honors. ESPN and Rivals both have named Bobo one of the top 25 recruiters for 2011. If you’re going to give credence to those gaudy national class rankings — and Georgia was ranked fifth to seventh by most — then the commendations from ESPN and Rivals are noteworthy.

Here’s what Rivals wrote about Bobo in its annual list of the top 25 recruiters:

Georgia pushed to the top five in recruiting this year largely behind the efforts of Bobo, who was credited with many of the top commitments. He landed five-star defensive end Ray Drew as well as four-stars Christian Lemay, Nick Marshall, Malcolm Mitchell, Jay Rome and Justin Scott-Wesley. Bobo had a hand in signing 10 of Georgia’s 26 commitments in what is easily the most important recruiting cycle of his and head coach Mark Richt’s career. Talk about clutch.

The rest of Rivals’ top 25: Recruiter of the year, Frank Wilson (LSU). Others: Tony Alford (Notre Dame), Joe Barry (USC), Tim Beck (Nebraska), Lawrence Dawsey (Florida State), Luke Fickell (Ohio State), Odell Haggins (Florida State), Clint Hurtt (Louisville), Adrian Klemm (SMU), Tosh Lupoi (California), G.A. Mangus (South Carolina), Tee Martin (Kentucky), Jim McElwain (Alabama), Ed Orgeron (USC), Don Pellum (Oregon), Sam Pittman (North Carolina), Anthony Poindexter (Virginia), Robert Prunty (Texas Tech), Joe Rudolph (Wisconsin), Brad Scott (Clemson), Sal Sunseri (Alabama), Trooper Taylor (Auburn), Tommy Thigpen (Auburn), Darrell Wilson (Iowa).

Here’s what ESPN’s Jamie Newberg and Corey Long wrote in their top 25 list:

It was a great year for the Bulldogs in the Peach State, especially in southern Georgia. This is an area very familiar to Bobo, as he played his high school ball in Thomasville, Ga. Rome, Mitchell, Drew, OT Xzavier Ward (Moultrie, Ga./Colquitt) and QB Nick Marshall (Rochelle, Ga./Wilcox County) were all southern Georgia standouts. Bobo was also a key figure for Georgia in landing LeMay from North Carolina.

The rest of ESPN’ top 25: Jarrett Anderson (TCU), Charlie Baggett (Tennessee), Tim Beck (Nebraska), Lawrence Dawsey (Florida State), Luke Fickell (Ohio State), Eddie Gran (Florida State), Tim Horton (Arkansas), Clint Hurtt (Louisville), David Kelly (Central Florida), Tosh Lupoi (California), G.A. Mangus (South Carolina), Chuck Martin (Notre Dame), Derek Mason (Stanford), Ed Orgeron (USC), Don Pellum (Oregon), Sam Pittman (North Carolina), Anthony Poindexter (Virginia), Robert Prunty (Texas Tech), Joe Rudolph (Wisconsin), Jeff Scott (Clemson), Sal Sunseri (Alabama), Trooper Taylor (Auburn), Tommy Thigpen (Auburn), Frank Wilson (LSU).

OK, just throwing it out there: Where do you stand on Bobo, both as a coach and a recruiter?

By Jeff Schultz

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455 comments Add your comment

Old Georgia Boy

February 10th, 2011
5:37 am

Bobo is a Damn Good Dawg!

norman

February 10th, 2011
5:46 am

It’s about time they recruit in south Georgia. Where have they been all these years?

BigdaddyJ

February 10th, 2011
6:03 am

Maybe we should consider moving him to recruiting coordinator and QB coach. Garner has been off his game and you don’t hear about him as a top recruiter.

south

February 10th, 2011
6:06 am

Bobo has done what has been asked of him as a coordinator and excelled as a recruiter.

If you are averaging 30+ points in the SEC, the problems can not be blamed on the offensive coordinator.

Dawgwannabe

February 10th, 2011
6:13 am

Being in a position as highly visible as UGA’s offensive cooordinator requires a very thick skin because there are many out there who consider themselves experts on everything and take out their frustrations on such figures. Bobo is an asset to the Dawgs.

Larry

February 10th, 2011
6:14 am

Great! Put him in charge of recruiting and hire a proven OC!

A win-win!

dobearsbare

February 10th, 2011
6:14 am

I agree that Bobo got more criticism than he deserved. That said, this stuff about ranking the recruiters — and the recruits — is a beauty pageant. It’s the substance of the Bloviation Nation.

One and Done

February 10th, 2011
6:17 am

Ok mad props. But he needs to throw out that run up the gut on 3rd and 23 yds.

armenchuck

February 10th, 2011
6:19 am

I think the one thing the Bulldawg nation does not get the privilege of seeing is what Bobo has to work with at. Any particular moment. For example, Joe Cox’s senior year, I would have seen Murray play more then instead of redshirt. I did not know, nor should I have known that Murray was injured. I have been very critical of Bobo’s play calling, especially in the OT in Jacksonville but I have to remember that his play calling helped UGA be in the position to make it to OT. Richt and Bobo are former QBs and I personally feel they get a little pass happy. It might help the UGA O if there was something to balance this out in the running game. Other than that I am thrilled Bobo did not jump ship after the 2010 season, if he had UGA would be in a bad spot right now. Go DAWGS!

michael

February 10th, 2011
6:20 am

Sending Carlton Thomas up the middle on 2nd and 10 about 8 times a game speaks for itself!

Palm City Dawg

February 10th, 2011
6:21 am

OK, give him the benefit of doubt and credit him for the great job recruiting, but let’s see how the offense and play calling work out in the fall and the coming 4 years coming. I do have faith in this program turning around, just have to wait and see…

VCL

February 10th, 2011
6:24 am

He should be in the top 5 every year – at least!!! Afterall he works for what was one of the most prestigious programs in the country in the talent rich state of Georgia. I could make the top 25 if pressed into duty. Top 25 should be a given. Jeez!!!

Old Dawg

February 10th, 2011
6:29 am

I’ve always thought folks are out of line in their rebuff of Bobo. Averaging 30 plus points a game in the SEC is remarkable. His work to develop young quarterbacks, coordinating blocking schemes when the and O-line was inexperienced/injured is the sign of a very talented coach.

I doesn’t matter what the play selection is, the person making the calls is going to receive more than their fair share of Monday morning quarterbacks questioning plays, regardless of down and distance. I remember an NFL playoff game between the Giants and 49ers. The Giants drilled Joe Montana’s bunch and after the game everybody thought Bill Walsh and his QB were washed up.

And we all know how that story turned out.

Game plans are developed by the offensive coordinator and approved by the head coach. It’s a group effort that takes into account schemes, match-uos and many other issues.

Thanks Jeff, you nailed this one.

Jacket Man

February 10th, 2011
6:37 am

Now Bulldog fans are singing Bobo’s praises? Sounds familiar…

Have you heard the story of the tan UGA head football coach who lost his bowl game to UCF and fans were calling for HIS head on a silver platter? Well one good recruiting class latter…

TCM

February 10th, 2011
6:37 am

Recruiting means absolutely nothing if the players never see the field on a consistent enough basis to develop. Why go after all these big-name HS players if they’re gonna sit on the bench and wave towels until their junior/senior years: Israel Troupe, Rantavious Wooten, Marlon Brown, and Michael Bennett(who by the way AJ Green said has a “legit” game). It is fantastic the state’s best still want to come and play for the “dawgs” after that disaster 2010 was, but if they’re not going to see the field……….WHO CARES?????

Mike Bobo has proven he doesn’t know how to get the right personnel on the field at the right time. Somebody please tell me why Orson Charles was non-existent until the FLA game? Why does UGA REFUSE to run 3 and 4 WR sets on offense. With AJ and Chris Durham, we could have also lined up Wooten, King, Troupe, and or Brown along with them in certain sets for mis-matches and it NEVER HAPPENED!!!! I have actually seen UGA have a 3rd and 18, bring Troupe or Wooten in, run a quick slant or a skinny post for about 20 – 25 yards to either of them, get the first down, then it’s back to the bench to wave their towels the rest of the game. ARE YOU KIDDING ME????

It is painfully clear Mike Bobo doesn’t know how to manage the talent afforded to him in the program, nor can he coach them up. UGA has never had a problem with not being able to field a competitive team. So please tell me why kids are “all world” coming out of HS, disappear at UGA, then resurface in the NFL and become solid pros on somebody’s roster? Now don’t get me wrong, there have been some duds in the program, but at UGA talent does exist and in abundance. Is Mike Bobo going to give ALL these kids an equal shot at earning playing time and let them compete, or will Jay Rome, Nick Marshall, Malcolm Mitchell, Chris Conley, and Sanford Seay wave towels in 2011? UGA has alot of WRs in the program and can really dominate if they are all used and rotated properly. It was a damn shame watching that ARK game last year and MURRAY drops back on that 4th down play with only two options available to him on that play, and all that other talent on the bench watching. I don’t want to hear anymore of that nonsense about the kid doesn’t “know” the offense. In my opinion that’s just a “cover-up” excuse so Bobo and Richt can keep operating that same “loser” formula they currently use to determine who plays and who doesn’t. Cam Newton being recruited as a TE prospect is a perfect example of that “loser” formula I’m talking about. Cam Newton at tight end, ARE YOU KIDDING ME????????

Mike Bobo gets an (F) from me as a coach because he’s proven he can’t call a game, and as a recruiter he gets a (D-) simply because the kids never see the field for 3 years……if ever!! Why go through the trouble of recruiting these kids if they have no shot at real playing time? I have NEVER heard of an “all-american” or “first-team, all-conference” player getting to that elite status by riding the pine……………go figure?!!!!!

Jacket Man

February 10th, 2011
6:40 am

Should have been “later”.

Finkle is Einhorn

February 10th, 2011
6:42 am

Rodney Garner has been highly rated before too. I think it just depends on who a kid relates to.

moron hater

February 10th, 2011
6:47 am

Enter your comments here

moron hater

February 10th, 2011
6:51 am

why don’t all you morons apply for coaching jobs, seems to me ya’ll know everything. i bet if you were a coach uga would win the national championship every year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! MORONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

tc

February 10th, 2011
6:52 am

Jeff: Have you totally forgoten the fact that Bobo is absolutly horrible as a play caller. How about running on 3 and 25. If Bobo is a good recruiter same with CMR then that needs to be their new jobs. They both are horrible in their jobs as offensive coordinator and head coach. And No, Bobo deserves all the criticism he gets as OC. If he is good at bringing and developing the QB., that is another job he may be competant at, but OC he is not. And the frustration and criticism will continue until uga gets someone to do it that is decent.

Murphy

February 10th, 2011
6:55 am

Bobo-Great Recruiter! Q.B Coach-Good Offensive Coordinator-not so good.

Truly study the game of football, the trends, and what's going on

February 10th, 2011
6:56 am

The 6 points against Central Florida was awesome.

10 to 6

February 10th, 2011
6:59 am

yeah…. Bobo teams can score 30 points quickly in the big games.

Ray Goof

February 10th, 2011
7:00 am

Im a great recruiter too !

the 3rd and long draw works sometimes

February 10th, 2011
7:02 am

Bobo is a superb strategist in tight games.

tc

February 10th, 2011
7:03 am

To all of you that keep harping on “30 points a game” Please consider that a lot of our points come from turn overs and special teams. Also the offensive plays have too much passing. We at tail back u can not control a ground hame to chew up clock when we need too. Our running game is not consistant and we can not lean on it when it is needed. This is a coaching and offensive play calling problem not a player problem. We could not even do it with Knowshon. Good SEC teams RUN the football and can do it consistantly when they need to. UGA can not and until that changes we will have the same results! which are the inability to beat AL and Fla.

Old White Haired Man

February 10th, 2011
7:04 am

Lowcountry Bulldawg

February 10th, 2011
7:04 am

The OC can call a brilliant game, but if the PLAYERS do not execute the plays properly then it doesn’t matter.

When he had all his weapons the offense excelled. People wanna point to the 6 points against UCF? Well should Alabama fire Kirby Smart as DC since his defense blew a 24-0 lead to Auburn?

Its football, strange things happen. Give a opponent 30-40 days to prepare rather than 7 days and that opponent is a little tougher to play.

People are so used to riding Bobo it is now impossible to give credit where credit is due. That is fine, but just remember he was Georgia, he is Georgia and will always be Georgia. So think about that the next time you wanna blast him.

10 to 6

February 10th, 2011
7:06 am

His 30 points have worked well against the Gators.

10 to 6

February 10th, 2011
7:08 am

too bad his offense let up againt Auburn this year as Auburn then outscored UGA 42 -10 posting another beatdown on the dawgs.

Tech Sucks

February 10th, 2011
7:10 am

Bobo is awesome.

tc

February 10th, 2011
7:10 am

My guess is that UGA leaked info about Bobo being instumental in this class to spread some of this unfounded otimism towards Bobo so many of you fans would forget about the horrible job he does calling plays. Apparently it worked. I have never SAID THE uga Coaches were stupid, they are just not good at their coaching jobs. Please will some one tell me what has changed that will make next years uga team a better prepared team, a better coached team, and ready to play every game of the season. I haven’t heard anything different yet.

Frank Lane

February 10th, 2011
7:11 am

Praise in public. Criticize in private.

Steve Superior

February 10th, 2011
7:12 am

I have kept Boo Boo from scoring a single TD in my two wins against the puppies.

tc

February 10th, 2011
7:12 am

Lowcountry bulldog, what are the players supposed to do with a call of run up the middle on 3 25. I guess you think it is the players fault they did not get the first down

Ted Striker

February 10th, 2011
7:12 am

I remember Vince Dooley receiving boos over play calls during certain games in Sanford Stadium from ‘80-’83. It’s really nothing new for many UGA fans to think they know more about coaching than the coaches.

JB

February 10th, 2011
7:13 am

We avg like 35+ points per game over the last 7 reg season games. How folks point a finger at him when the D was HORRIBLE, on 3rd and long, much less many other downs, is well beyond me. We lost to uf, for the FIRST time ever, when scoring 30+ pts. au scored a TD on like 7 straight possessions. The maggots ran 92 plays. Think about that.

There is not an OC in the country who doesn’t make bad calls, every now and then. It happens. Somethines the D guesses right and executes. A pass play has several options and just because Murray doesn’t exercise the option of throwing the ball to AJG, every play, is not CMB’s fault.

The man is not perfect but he is far from the major problem.

HBTD!!!

Yellow Fuzz

February 10th, 2011
7:14 am

Bobo is legit! The dognation fans that I know, are not! The dozen or so AH dog nation fans on here are an absolute joke!

JB

February 10th, 2011
7:15 am

tc, so the D puts 6 DB’s out there and the pass just aint an option. Sometimes you go with the run and hope you cathc the D oof guard. To that end, if you just want to fuss about one play, then spare us. I’ll take 35+ pts and one draw play that doesn’t work.

I’ll also take a guy that seems to do good stuff with QB’s and who can recruit.

HBTD!!!

Steve Superior

February 10th, 2011
7:16 am

UGA needs Boo Boo. his offense is fun to prepare for….

Joe Tech

February 10th, 2011
7:17 am

Georgia fans want UGA to be a major football school, but know deep down, it’s nothing more than an over priced, gymnastics academy.

Mrs Bobo

February 10th, 2011
7:19 am

mike can adjust on the fly….I know he can!

Lowcountry Bulldawg

February 10th, 2011
7:19 am

tc,

How long have you watched football? Do you realize how many teams run draws on 3rd and25? Plenty, the situation has plenty of variables, but most of the time it is to minimize damage. Why force a play downfield is you have worked your way backwards. It is is conservative, but Bobo would hardly be the first OC to run a sprint draw on 3rd and 25.

Murphy

February 10th, 2011
7:20 am

Joe Tech,

Yeah,our gymnastics academy beats your football team regularly 9-1 in last 10

Lowcountry Bulldawg

February 10th, 2011
7:21 am

Excuse typos, the beauty of kids, I am blogging a football point while my daughter is showing me her new Suncatchers and how to make them.

Murphy

February 10th, 2011
7:22 am

Lowcountry,

The issue is not running the ball on a draw with 3rd and 25. The issue is constantly getting into 3rd and 25.

Mrs Bobo

February 10th, 2011
7:23 am

Conservative or not Mike has balls period.

German Shepherd Dawg

February 10th, 2011
7:23 am

Most comments aren’t worth reading.

But then you see someone called himself “Finkle is Einhorn” and you get a good laugh to start the day.

Allrighty, then!

82Dawg

February 10th, 2011
7:23 am

To all of the haters…if you could do a better job than Bobo is doing, you would be a O.C. somewhere rather than the pissy job you work at now….I don’t always agree with his calls but I believe the man does what he can with what he has. It is not his fault a player fumbles or makes a dumb throw. If you ever had played you would know sometimes you get caught up in the action, and don’t think. Good job Mike keep it up. Damn good Dawg!!

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