Will Da’Rick Rogers see his shadow?

Will the recruitniks give Mark Richt a thumbs-up after signing day? (Associated Press)

Will the recruitniks give Mark Richt a thumbs-up after signing day? (Associated Press)

Today it was the groundhog’s day to provide grist for prognosticators, and tomorrow it’ll be the results of signing day.

From what I’m hearing and reading, a lot of UGA fans are feeling pretty depressed about the prospect of at least a couple of defections by high-profile recruits who’d given the Dogs a verbal commitment (which, considering these are 18-year-old kids, means about as much as an Urban Meyer resignation). Mark Richt has lost his touch as a recruiter, they’re saying. Why do Florida and Alabama get the five-star recruits? And what’s with the apparent recruiting surge of Auburn under Gene Chizik?

Of course, at the other extreme there are folks in the Bulldog Nation who think way too much is made of the annual rankings of recruiting classes. As Rex Robinson wrote recently, “The day I let a 17- or 18-year-old kid dictate the ebb and flow of my day, is when hell freezes over. Obviously, I want to have the best players possible. Some folks think that means 5 stars by a kid’s name. I think it’s about a kid with talent and a real desire to wear red and black.”

Put me down somewhere in the middle. Yes, a class stocked with a bunch of folks that everybody else would have loved to sign is a pretty good indication of a team’s future talent level. But highly touted recruits don’t always pan out (remember next-great-tight-end NaDerris Ward, who last I heard was listed as an offensive lineman for Oregon?).

And even if you do sign a highly ranked recruiting class (as Richt has done most of his seasons at UGA), fans of the Dogs have too much first-hand knowledge of the fact that talent doesn’t guarantee wins.

So try not to get your intestines tied in a knot if Da’Rick Rogers does wind up jilting the Dogs for the Vols. Or if Richt doesn’t pull off some last-minute coup raiding someone else’s verbal commitments for an unexpected Georgia signee.

Georgia’s class currently is ranked in the Top 10 by some recruiting gurus and even if it ends up dropping a few notches due to defections, it’s still going to be a pretty solid bunch of football players. It’s what the coaches do with them that’s going to count in the end.

For those who have the time to follow the progress of Georgia’s recruiting class during the day on Wednesday, over at Georgiadogs.com, the premium service GXtra will be providing free live video coverage availble to all fans (not just subscribers) from inside Butts-Mehre with hosts Chuck Dowdle and former Bulldog Kelin Johnson, starting at 7:45 a.m.

They promise you’ll see signee highlight videos, get in-depth analysis about this year’s class from several assistant football coaches, and see Richt speak to the fans inside Butts-Mehre live.

Somehow, no matter how the day goes, I don’t expect Richt to present the results as anything other than overwhelmingly positive. And, personally, I’m willing to give him the benefit of the doubt on that and wait to see how this class pans out on the field.

209 comments Add your comment

BuLLdawg

February 3rd, 2010
6:05 am

How are they going to work on the Cow Palace, the Stegosaurus, and play the sports that are in there when what is needed in the first place is a properly designed facility somewhere else from the ground up so that we can compete in the sports that are to be held in it.

This is going to be a very poor recruiting class for UGA. At this point, we are ranked the Number 15 Scout.com and the Number 16 Rivals.com recruiting class in football in the nation, by far the worse recruiting class for UGA. We have added some recent commitments and the recent commitments are just warm bodies with none of the recent commitments impact players and none of the recent commitments the holes we all see so glaringly. We started this recruiting class off right. We need to have some big good surprises today, such as a top running back, a tall fast secondary, a tall fast wide receiver, a great linebacker, and another defensive tackle.

What is going on in our Bulldogs’ Football Program 4 of the 5 now current years ? 3 of the last 4 years have been huge disappointments, and now we start this season like this. The recruits we did not get on offense are an indictment on the coaching staff for Coach Richt’s Offense. It is going to be a long year, and this then makes it 4 of the last 5 years that we will have a long year.

Sad.

We have 7 of our recruit commitments who are not considered very highly at their position, nor even as football athletes in the state they are from. This is a bad recruiting class, and it will be written that it is a bad recruiting class.

It is the worst recruiting class of the Coach Richt Era by a long long long long way.

We are officially in decline, and it is too bad because we will field a very good defense this season and we have the 2 best kickers in the nation on one team. So, where is the problem that 7 scholarships are given to warm bodies and 20 other schools are adding a lot more than we are today with us coming off an 8-5 year in which we lost to Florida again, lost to Tennessee (7-6) again, lost to LSU again, lost to Oklahoma State who even Houston beat, but not us; and for good measure lost to Kentucky (7-6.)

We end the season just over not ranked in the AP Poll and not ranked in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll. We start this 4 year of the last 5 now disappointing years likely as not, unranked, and the first thing everyone is going to say is that you had a unranked year 8-5 played in a sorry bowl game in Shreveport, and piled on the dead last worst recruiting class in the Coach Richt Era.

Damn it is all I can say.

Gatorguy

February 3rd, 2010
7:42 am

Has it started with you mutties yet? “greatest recruiting class ever!…. National Championship! …..alll these recruits!..blah, blah…same ol’ GA”
BTW
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7 out of 9
17 out of 20

Goofy fan #123432

February 3rd, 2010
8:54 am

We should just make these players commit before they begin their sophomore year in high school! That’ll prevent all these players changing their minds. We can’t have these kids going to whatever school they want! Make them go to the school WE want them to!

TommyJack

February 3rd, 2010
9:12 am

One thing comes out of this for sure. Dawg fans have brought whiney, titty-baby cryin to a new level.

98utvols

February 3rd, 2010
9:26 am

Go vols baby, payback for marlon brown. sorry guys and best of luck next year.

War Eagle

February 3rd, 2010
1:46 pm

Rogers made a mockery out of UGA, he will not help Tenn. program, you need character behind all those stars
Auburn had its best recruiting year ever, finishing fifth behind Florida, Texas,Oklahoma and bama.
CTT is 32nd at Texas Tech. I wish him the best, he will win in the Big 12

CRDog

February 3rd, 2010
4:45 pm

When you look at the North Ave. trade school and the success they have had with kids that were not highly touted it is clear that the kids with true character and the programs that consistently provide guidance to these great kids win in the long run. Thanks go out to all the coaches and the people of the UGA family for many years of entertainment and developement not just of atheletes but of great men and women for our society.

vman

February 4th, 2010
8:03 pm

Dirty Dog arrogance is not a word that you should in any way put as a character of any Vols fan. We are and have been down for a while but we still have pride in our school. You bulldog fans have had a team that in the past few years have been pre-season pick to not only win the SEC but be in the hunt supposedly for a National Championship just to under acheive and fail just to go back to the glory days of Hersal Walker. When we had our chance we did close the deal. The Vols have owned the Dawgs for a while with subpar talent. Arrogance no loyalty yes. As for rodgers the decision to have a chance to have a impact early was the right choice. Bulldogs nor Vols have a change at any real national sucess and marginal chance of SEC domination. Florida Bama LSU have a long time coming, they will own the SEC for the next few years get over it Hershal aint coming back to save the dogs and Peyton will get 2nd Super bowl trophy. GO VOLSSSSS Good luck Nance and Rodgers Bring Home another SEC Title to UT!!!!!!!!

mike nance

February 5th, 2010
9:10 pm

hell yeh because i bought him a new car so my son can get into tennessee. im rich