Some final thoughts on signing day.
First, you don’t shake up a program by getting rid of nearly half the coaches without expecting some fallout like this. Yes, it would have been great to add some depth at wide receiver and cornerback, but it’s not like the cupboard was exactly bare after those Top 10 recruiting classes Mark Richt has had in recent years. If the Dogs are going to suffer any from this subpar recruiting season, it’ll probably be a year or so down the road. And, who knows, if Richt bounces back in terms of recruiting next year, this hiccup might not matter much at all.
Secondly, this class might not be as impressive on first appearance as Richt’s others, but it’s not too shabby. Had Da’Rick Rogers not bolted, this likely would have been graded a Top 10 class by at least some of the recruiting analysts.
And as has been pointed out by MrSEC and others, if you average those much-hyped star ratings for the players, Georgia’s class actually ranks very nicely. Using Rivals.com’s numbers, with a point assigned for every star, Georgia finishes second in the SEC with an average of 3.68 points per player, behind only Florida’s 3.89.
Does that actually mean anything? Well, probably as much as the star ratings themselves. But those fans looking for a silver lining at least have something to latch onto.
One more point about Da’Rick. You hear a lot of whispers about what really went into his defection and off-field concerns about him, but in the wake of his putting on the orange cap, all that sounds like the same sort of sour grapes that emanated from the other side last year when Marlon Brown pulled a similar 180 and signed with the Dogs. Let’s not stoop to that level. The kid had a change of heart. Leave it at that.
Oh, and the Georgia players promising to make him pay on the playing field ought to have kept such thoughts among themselves. If he burns one of them on a long scoring play, those taunts are going to look pretty silly.
What else can we take from Wednesday? Well, he’s not a signee since he was already on the team, but a lot of fans think the Dogs’ defense got a big addition with the announcement that running back Richard Samuel is switching to linebacker, as had been rumored for months. Samuel, who played LB in high school, will bring a lot of speed to that position, something Georgia needed.
As for Logan Gray deciding to stick at quarterback for spring drills, that’s not really surprising, although I’m in the camp that feels he’s basically delaying the inevitable and probably would be better off if he went ahead and switched positions and got in more work there. Still, there’s something to be said for having at least one quarterback who actually has taken snaps in some games. And there’s always the chance that Gray will rise to the occasion and prove us naysayers wrong.
I wouldn’t lay any money on that, but the competition surely won’t hurt Aaron Murray and Zach Mettenberger and might prove a plus.