Everything’s a horserace these days, whether it needs to be or not. Despite Mark Richt’s string of highly ranked recruiting classes, there was grumbling on the recruitnik circuit before last week that Georgia had been slow out of the gate this year, with only four verbal commitments for the 2010 class.
Then Da’Rick Rogers, a highly rated wide receiver announced he plans to be a Bulldog and that seems to have opened the floodgates. The Athens Banner-Herald takes a look at how the Dogs’ verbal commitments have doubled in a week, with the latest being linebacker Demetre Baker from Orange Park, Fla. Baker, who also played running back in high school, made his decision Tuesday during a tour of the campus in Athens.
I generally leave recruiting discussions to the recruiting blog, but if you’ve got any strong feelings on the job Richt is doing in that regard lately, feel free to share them.
Elsewhere, Bleacher Report asks whether some of the Dogs’ recent defensive problems are a result of deficiencies in the strength and conditioning program run by Dave Van Halanger, citing reports that there is no accountability for players working out in the weight room and other coaches have to send assistants to make sure players are working out.
The general effectiveness of the Dogs’ conditioning was a question I heard raised a couple of times last season during the extended run of injuries. What do you think, is this maybe a problem area or should we chalk up last year to a streak of bad luck?