UGA’s McGarity not ‘caught up’ in recruiting hoopla

Greg McGarity points out that National Signing Day is just part of the process of turning things around at UGA. (Associated Press)

Greg McGarity points out that National Signing Day is just part of the process of turning things around at UGA. (Associated Press)

I’m not generally a recruitnik, but I’ll admit I’ve gotten a lot more wrapped up in the countdown to National Signing Day this year than in most seasons past.

It’s funny, because only a handful of the incoming freshmen who’ll sign with UGA Wednesday are likely to have a chance to make an immediate impact on the field this coming season. But two of the positions where that’s most likely just happen to be in areas of the game where the Dogs drastically need an upgrade — on the defensive line and in the running game.

So while I’m not one of those fans who subscribe to recruiting services and spend all year fretting or celebrating the utterances of 17- and 18-year-old kids, I’ve been thinking a lot about Mark Richt’s recruiting efforts of late and names like Isaiah Crowell and John Jenkins.

Georgia needs those guys to play right away. And beyond that, after the sorry way the 2010 season ended, Richt’s program needs some positive momentum, and until his team lines up against Boise State at the Georgia Dome, signing day is the only way to get that.

Still, like I said, this year is an exception for me. Generally, I think all the hoopla surrounding National Signing Day is a bit overdone. I’m like UGA athletic director Greg McGarity, who talked with the media, including The Gainesville Times, Monday prior to speaking to the Gainesville Rotary Club.

Asked about “all the hype” surrounding National Signing Day, McGarity said, “I’ve never really gotten caught up in it. You see all these accolades that are awarded to these young men and young women in all sports, so you really have to wait and see how that group does after Year 3 and 4. There’s a lot of things that have to happen to know if they’ve been successful in the classroom and on the field. The true test will come this fall and years down the road in football. It’s really hard to tell because some of your greatest athletes have been those that are the nonpublicized and really, really want to be at an institution and end up developing after a while. It’s kind of hard to know, but it’s the culture here in the South, but I don’t see Stanford, TCU and Boise State at the top of the food chain as far as recruiting goes. So it’s an inexact science to say the least, but something that, obviously, attracts a lot of attention.”

With Richt’s “Dream Team” recruiting campaign seemingly on a roll, McGarity did say, “We like how things have been with our coaches out on the road and we’ll see how things go this Wednesday.” But, he noted, “again, Wednesday is just a part of the process. It’s an important part of the process, but we’ll see how things go in the summer and in the spring before that. We start out the football season with two really tough games with Boise State and South Carolina.”

You’ve heard the arguments on both sides of the recruiting issue. Some folks like to point to the unheralded signees like David Pollack who didn’t sign with a bunch of stars next to their name but went on to become all-Americans. They also like to remind us that some coaches, like Ray Goff, have trouble translating recruiting success into wins on the field. Others point out that most of the time teams that recruit well beat teams that don’t recruit well, and championships tend to be won by teams that do well in the recruiting rankings.

Still, as McGarity said, it’s not an exact science. In a recent ranking of the 29 teams who have made Rivals.com’s Top 50 recruiting classes every year since 2002, the school with the highest average recruiting class rank over the period (USC with 3.7) had the second-best winning percentage. The schools with the second- and third-highest recruiting rankings (Florida with 7.0 and Georgia with 7.3), tied for seventh in winning percentage. Virginia Tech, which tied for 21st place in recruiting classes, had the sixth-best winning percentage. Richt’s string of Top 10 recruiting classes produced a string of Top 10 finishes, but no BCS title and just two SEC championships.

So this year even those of us who generally view National Signing Day skeptically are caught up in Richt’s efforts to sign a dream team, but beyond that, is too much made of the recruiting business? Once you get past the obvious five-star players, do those rankings of high school talent really mean that much?

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92 comments Add your comment

Nick Saban

February 1st, 2011
10:44 am

Cuz

February 1st, 2011
10:45 am

The last till someone else posts Nick.

Cuz

February 1st, 2011
10:50 am

Jenkins and Crowell are definitely needed. Jenkins said he will not commit til Saturday.

KeepDreaming

February 1st, 2011
10:51 am

LETS SEE HOW IT TRANSLATES ON THE FIELD!! GOOOOO DAWGS!

Nick Saban

February 1st, 2011
10:52 am

Last in Georgia that is. Georgia players are educated better than Alabama schools. They realize oversigning is illegal or unethical. Darn it!

ncb34

February 1st, 2011
10:56 am

please.. put branden smith at reciever.
as a d. jackson for the eagles, percy harvin for UF.. etc.

Bremen Dawg

February 1st, 2011
11:00 am

The big nose tackle could be a immediate impact but the rest will have to learn the system first and could take a few years. Crowell will have to learn how to block which usually puts freshman backs on the bench.

Braddawg

February 1st, 2011
11:03 am

Good article Bill! I give us fans the feeling that there is still some fight left in CMR and those of us that really love the College Game of football need the recruiting hype to get us through to next season. Weather this class can take us to the promised land or not is irrelavant. We just need something to talk about around the water cooler. GO DAWGS!

RabidDawgFan

February 1st, 2011
11:03 am

David Pollack has proven that you don’t need a 5-star rating in order to be a great player. Jasper Sanks has proven that it’s possible to just be a flat out bust and it’s not guaranteed just because your a 5-star prospect. So has Caleb King. I don’t buy into that 5-star, 3-star, 4-star hoopla. Just get the players here that want to be here, coach them up, and work on them and let them develop into great players. That’s all there is to it.

Old Dawg

February 1st, 2011
11:03 am

There are far more cases of over-hyped players not meeting expectations than most fans recognize or accept. The way the recruiting world has turned up the volume is unfair to recruits and the big event atmosphere is a feeding frenzy, enhancing the entitlement culture.

I enjoy the games as much as anybody, but teenagers acting like royalty sickens my stomach. Sign the scholarship and see what happens in the future. In the long run, what’s more important, a great athlete or research scientist who cures diseases or develops a world-changing product?

If you’re honest with yourself, you know the answer.

Newman

February 1st, 2011
11:04 am

Living and dieing on where a 17 year old wants to play football is kind of creepy to me. Don’t call ‘em a cowboy till you seen ‘em ride!

RabidDawgFan

February 1st, 2011
11:06 am

High School isn’t college and college isn’t high school. Of course a DE can get past a LT or RT that’s what? 6′1 250? average? Put a 6′6, 6′7 320 lb tackle on him and let’s see what’s he’s made of. You see? Of course a RB can run through a hole that’s as big as the Ozone but those holes get smaller and smaller as you rise through the levels of football from high school, to college, to the NFL.

how2fish

February 1st, 2011
11:06 am

Bremen Dawg great point however there will be a lot of folks with that “play him NOW” mindset…even if he can’t block and gets our QB killed….at D-1 level its not enough to just tote the rock, you have to be able to catch and pickup blitzing LB and DB’s..we will see.

Paul H

February 1st, 2011
11:10 am

The first 2 games will tell the whole story – one way or the other.

RabidDawgFan

February 1st, 2011
11:10 am

Jenkins will be our NG from day one IMO. He’s 6′4, 340 and will instantly require 2 linemen. That will free up LBs and the rest of our defense to swarm to the ball. He’s our Cody, our Fairley, our Suh. We need him to come in and make an impact. But the difference between he and Cody is that Jenkins isn’t just fat. He can rush the passer and actually be an every down type of NG.

wreckmaniac

February 1st, 2011
11:17 am

This AD had better get into recruitin’ He has to understand that to UGA fans the one-two punch is
having a top 10 recruitin class and beating Tech. Everything else can go wrong and they will accept it.

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Jesup

February 1st, 2011
11:28 am

It Matters just think if the NFL had to rebuild every 3 to 4 years through drafting ONLY…..what draft position do YOU want to be in?

wreckmaniac

February 1st, 2011
11:29 am

Looks like FSU will have the best class. Now since FSU is the SEC-East champion after having beat South Carolina, if FSU beats FL next year they would repeat as SEC -East champions, correct ?
I mean isn’t this how fans think ?

Spike

February 1st, 2011
11:30 am

You are right, but it is fun to watch and read about in the off season. I may not be a recruitnik, but I am a UGA footballnik, so I am interested. Now I have to wait until June when the pre season football magazines come out.

No Dawgs, Milady

February 1st, 2011
11:32 am

The biggest change that CMR needs to make is to stop recruiting the low-class illiterates and thugs who he seems to think will win for him and keep his oversized paychecks coming in. People like Marcus Dowtin, A.J. Green, Washaun Ealey, Caleb King, and others too numerous to mention are not team players, they’re thug wannabes who are much closer to a gang than a team.

It’s sickening to see felons and goons like these representing the state’s flagship university.

wreckmaniac

February 1st, 2011
11:33 am

If you guys are so hot on Jenkins, why didn’t you grab Phil Taylor of Baylor who is a 6ft 4inch, 340 lb, defensive tackle or Cliff Averill of Mississippi ?

lastgrad

February 1st, 2011
11:38 am

Oops I got excited when I read the headlines about Greg McGarity. I know recruiting is a part of the college football process and is important to successful programs but I still get excited every time I see the name Greg McGarity. All the recruits in the country cannot have a more good positive impact on the UGA football program when compared to Greg McGarity being the AD at UGA. Go Dawgs! Lead on Greg!

ScoutDawg

February 1st, 2011
11:41 am

You nerds insinuate all we UGA fans care about are recruiting and beating Tech which is patently untrue. We don’t worry about those two things because we are world class at both. But for a nerd on a blog about UGA and recruiting I wonder are you the pot or the kettle?

This has always been true

February 1st, 2011
11:44 am

Back in the mid 1960s, Oklahoma had a running back named Joe Don Looney. His last name said it all.

This guy had it all ……………. he was a hulk, he had world class speed, he was fairly intelligent, ………………he had it all. His HS stats were at that time, unbelieveable and he was incomparable to even Jim Brown or OJ who was at USC or anyone else. He had all the tools to be THE GREATEST running back …………….the sports writers said so.

The guy was a flake and even though he left NCAA football at OU, he eventually resurfaced, I think with the Dallas Cowboys or maybe the KC Chiefs for 45 minutes or so.
5 star players make me think of Joe Don Looney.

7576DAWG

February 1st, 2011
11:55 am

I don’t even like to see TCU or Boise State mentioned with other teams when you talk about rankings. When these two programs recruits only average 2 stars and then end up ranked in the top ten it shows how broken the BCS really is. If TCU and Boise State played an average SEC schedule they not only would lose 3 to 5 games every year, they would never play for the SEC championship. Stanford is a little different because they play in a very competitive conference and they just got more credible by expanding so they could have a play off and a real conference champion.
Teams like TCU and Boise State will never have my respect until college football gets at least an 8 team playoff or until they schedule at least 4 to 5 credible games every year. Ohio State, South Cal, Texas, LSU ,Alabama, Georgia , Florida , Virgina Tech, Florida State, Oregon etc. I think you get my drift. Beating one hard top 15 team in a year means nothing. But beat 4 or 5 and now your TEAM deserve it because your TEAM held up over the entire year against many tough teams. But if you only beat one top 15 program and your next best team of the remaining 11 games is ranked number 90 you haven’t proven anything , I don’t care if you end up undefeated and certainly don’t deserve a BCS game.

UGA Insider

February 1st, 2011
11:57 am

Good luck tomorrow CMR and CMB. I wish you the best. I have been critical of you over the past several months but I will give credit where credit is due….. I am impressed by the class you have put together and you have won my confidence that you can turn 2012 into a MNC season. After the UCF debacle you could have packed it in but you didn’t…. and for that you have won my respect. 2010 is over and it’s time to look ahead.

McGarity's Son

February 1st, 2011
12:17 pm

7576Dawg- You can’t include UGA in that group of teams.
I do believe they would be a little more beaten up if they had tougher games week in and week out. However, TCU is a heck of a football team and their schedule will get a little tougher here soon. Big East is still weak.
Boise St. on the other hand attempted to upgrade conferences then everyone left. Not Boise’s fault,and now they have to live with it. Boise does try to schedule tougher non conference opponents though.

McGarity's Son

February 1st, 2011
12:20 pm

My point,both schools are trying. It’s alot more than just football remind you,switching conferences and all.Football has a lot to do with it though.

NC Dawg

February 1st, 2011
12:25 pm

I wonder if the first player to sign his letter of intent will put “FIRST!!!!” at the top of his letter?

Dawg_Mike

February 1st, 2011
12:32 pm

NO RED SHIRTS this year please CMR !

Athens= God's Country

February 1st, 2011
12:49 pm

Get Jenkins!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

DawginOH

February 1st, 2011
1:14 pm

I agree. But this recruiting class is a great way to get momentum, which this Georgia team desperately needs. Can’t wait to see some of these guys in the red and black next year. Go Dawgs!

Class of '98

February 1st, 2011
1:18 pm

Several years ago, Richt decided to offer his last available scholarship to some kid named Tim Jennings in South Carolina. The only other offer Jennings had was from South Carolina State, I think.

Four years later, Jennings was the first Bulldog named in the NFL Draft. He starts for the Chicago Bears now.

Recuiting is important, but not the be-all, end-all that some make it out to be.

Hoops Dawg

February 1st, 2011
1:23 pm

7576Dawg–You overlook the fact that teams like Boise try hard to schedule BCS opponents who shy away because they want no part of a nonconference game against a so-called ” lesser” team that is likely to spank their a$$es. Kudos to UGA for scheduling this game. The problem first became apparent about 10 years ago when Fresno state was able to schedule and beat 3 teams from BCS conferences in succession (all on the road) and rose to something like #7 in the polls. It may be true that Boise would lose 3 games or more if they played in the SEC, but mostly because of depth issues. I’ll tell you that the Boise team is as well coached as any in America, and I suspect that you’ll hear Richt and TV commentators saying the same thing as the game approaches this fall.

Dawg 39

February 1st, 2011
1:23 pm

I certainly agree that the Dawgs need Crowell & Jenkins. I also think that they will get them.
However, I do not believe that Anderson & Geathers at Nose & Ealey, King, & Malcome at RB will not be in the competition for not only playing time but for being the starter. Another spring practice & working with the weights will be beneficial for all of them.

Dawg Fud

February 1st, 2011
1:44 pm

Sic Vos Non Vobis, Mr. McGarity

Pacific Dawg

February 1st, 2011
1:44 pm

If the Dawgs whiff on NG Jenkins, then signing Vasi “Tombstone” Papului becomes a matter of survival for the Dawgs.

Da'rick

February 1st, 2011
1:51 pm

Pacific Dawg I assure you after last night the Vols and I have a “lock” on Tombstone” if you get my drift….oh Rocky Top you’ll always be….

Georgia and Florida can Agree!

February 1st, 2011
2:16 pm

I would recommend that all Georgia fans with a moral compass read the editorial on SI.com by Florida President J. Bernard Machen condemning the practice of greyshirting. It’s time to stand up to the unethical practices of other SEC institutions.

Pacific Dawg

February 1st, 2011
2:25 pm

Da’rick

The things that go in and come out of your mouth are surprising.

Eric

February 1st, 2011
2:30 pm

McGarity doesn’t impress me.

He seems detached, aloof, out of touch, especially with the football program.

He seems hypocritical to tell Richt he needs to show more passion and emotion, then he turns around and reacts to the greatest recrutiing class in the history of Georgia football like a mechanized robot.

McGarity will get ZERO credit if Richt turns the team around, and Richt will demand a MONSTER contract in 2012, wherever he’ll be coaching, thanks to his abilities as a recruiter. What Richt has done this year in recruiting, with ZERO support from McGarity, is amazing. It’ll impress AD’s around the country.

And Richt’s win record is beyond compare.

Freddie G

February 1st, 2011
2:31 pm

The AD has the proper perspective on recruiting and National signing Day. Georgia has had good recruiting classes evry year almost but they do not transfer to wins in the fall. I hope we will get Crowell and the others but, I am still not convinced of a turnaround.

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February 1st, 2011
2:34 pm

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Joey

February 1st, 2011
2:36 pm

Glad I didn’t get caught up last season in the McGarity hoopla. I told all ya’ll, “Let’s wait and see what he does with the football program in 2010″. Well, McGarity’s 1st season as AD results? Worst in Richt’s career, a abysmal disaster at 6-7. McGarity’s wise in taking a wait and see approach when it comes to leadership, glad I did with McGarity. McGarity won’t ever live up to the hoopla of his hire, obviously. He’ll likely go down as the worst in UGA history. Anybody been able to find just ONE, 1, thing McGarity actually DID in 2010 to help Richt win in 2010? Anything?

JB

February 1st, 2011
2:39 pm

Sounds like a coy AD who is real nervous about what 2011 might bring. I know he’s hoping for the best, but I assume he witnessed our/his Bowl game. Not a lot of effort from the team or coaches.
As someone on here who has been very critical of Richt ( who gonna blame, the water boy?) I’ve studied who’s coming back, who we lost, and it’s hard to get excited. A lot of newcomers will have to contribute. Our Schedule is our best friend next year, but games one and two are scary, and both possible losses. 8-4 would be great IMO

JB

February 1st, 2011
2:43 pm

Joey…..Our best hope is that McGarity sat in the Florida Gator box for 17 years as their assit. AD and heard all the snide remarks and Jokes about our efforts down there the last 17 years. He is an Alum. My hope is he wants some payback.

Rip

February 1st, 2011
2:45 pm

I’ve been really disappointed with this new AD. Many lauded his hire last year, and said he was some kind of administration superstar. Hindsight is 20/20. Bad hire. And his decisions get worse and worse, Boise for opening day instead of Lousiville, seriously? Underpaying coaches like Searels by $130,000–that out of touch? Undersigning Richt for 3 years versus 5, 6 or 7 like most other SEC coaches–that clueless? Obviously, when he invests much less than Aalabam, Auburn, Florida back into the program, you have a guy who just seems clueless with what’s going on in the SEC. Greg McGarity is the most out-of-sync AD in the SEC, by a mile.

Smith

February 1st, 2011
2:50 pm

Greg McGarity was so cheap he didn’t even have the right equipment for the football team, they were working out out of TRAILERS!!!!

UGA Fan

February 1st, 2011
2:50 pm

OK I am going to bite, All of you McGarity haters, name one thing that McGarity was suppose to do in his first year that he didn’t do to help Richt? Richt is was popular with a strong winning record. It has been a difficult position for McGarity all year and I think he has treaded lightly and made the most of the current situtation. Can you please use examples, besides not extending his contract (which shouldn’t be extended right now), that McGarity could do better? I think the best thing McGarity can do is make Richt stop being a CEO and be a football coach.

edumacated

February 1st, 2011
3:21 pm

UGA Fan,

I agree. McGarity can’t make chicken salad out of chicken feathers. He couldn’t fire Richt after only months on the job. Next year will be his benchmark year.

jackson

February 1st, 2011
3:25 pm

Wow… The guy hasn’t even been in the position a full year and you are ripping on him… And we thought the leash on Head Coaches was short. Find someone to blame, find someone to blame… that is all we hear. I hate to say it but every team runs through cycles. Sometimes the stars align to allow you to become a national champion and sometimes they do not. I knocked the program for the lack of a consistent running program. The lack of a desire to move to a read option look. There can be blame put on S&C, O line, O line Coach, OC, HC…. there is plenty of blame to go around but there are some great things going on as well. Here is my take on the stars behind a players name. The more you have, the better off you are. Why, there will be busts just like the busts in the NFL draft. I mean, how can you not see a bust coming from a mile away when you have 2,3,and 4 years of college football to look at? My only point is if you have several 1st rounders, you might have some busts but you might have some dynamic players as well…. AJ was a 5 star stud after all. As for scheduling Boise State… I love it. The SEC is not the ACC and I believe this is once again an opportunity for us to show Boise State we are better than them. We are only a few years removed from dismantling that team. Its a great week for Dawg nation. We have great recruits so far and we can maybe get a few more. I’ll take it. Go Dawgs!

WIN WITH RICHT

February 1st, 2011
3:27 pm

McGarity needs to support Richt all the way. The signing of the Dream Team is the first step on the way back to SEC supremacy.

Mobile Dawg

February 1st, 2011
4:01 pm

I will say it again, wow. The lack of intelligence of many on these blogs is truly amazing. Eric, Joey, Rip, Smith.

“Richt’s program needs some positive momentum, and until his team lines up against Boise State at the Georgia Dome, signing day is the only way to get that.”

Bill, only thing I would truly disagree with you on is your above statement. I honestly think that if we can land a “Ralph Friedgen” or equivalent as an OC, and shift the responsibility of the others as previously mentioned on previous blogs, optimism in Athens could reach the “landslide” proportion.

Bama Mike

February 1st, 2011
4:02 pm

Is it just me or does he resemble Stan Laurel of the old comedy team laurel & Hardy.

Mobile Dawg

February 1st, 2011
4:06 pm

Nah Mike, he’s got the face of a Lawyer from Newnan Georgia some of you might know. I will however keep his name anonymous.

Dawg Fud

February 1st, 2011
4:13 pm

Lots of idiots on this blog.

McGarity plainly stated sevreal months ago that he wanted to observe and digest one complete cycle of football. Pre-season, season, recruiting and Spring practice/game.

He is still putting otgether all of the pieces.

If you guys are so smart why aren’t you an AD somewhere??

Mobile Dawg

February 1st, 2011
4:15 pm

Dawg Fud, these people have no clue what they’re talking about. They just like wasting good oxygen. Anyone with “relevant and knowledgeable” input knows this.

Twitt

February 1st, 2011
4:59 pm

Sure wish McGarity would DO something besides blow hot air. Like getting AJ’s suspension reduced from 4 games, like Sabana’s AD got Darius’ reduced from 4 games to 2.

Hot air McGarity just likes to yap his jaws, don’t never DO nothing, just likes to TALK.

All talk, no do.

Quick Nick

February 1st, 2011
5:03 pm

Really, McGarity should have had a first class facility for these young men to strengthen and condition themselves for football. Working out of mobiles, from what I understand, is not what the other top SEC football programs are doing. My goodness, it’s actually embarrassing how poorly the players were, wish McGarity would have solved this problem last season. Cost Richt a bunch of games.

Quick Nick

February 1st, 2011
5:07 pm

AD McGarity hurt the teams’ sense of confidence and security by trying to act all “tough guy”, and hold back from saying anything good about Mark Richt until the end of the season.

Looks like AD McGarity didn’t learn anything from the 6-7 season, that approach flopped like a big bellied pig in a kiddie pool, but AD McGarity’s still doing it, from the looks of this article.

Some people NEVER learn.

Better Dawgs

February 1st, 2011
5:16 pm

Funny how fans from other schools troll the GREAT UGA. I would never consider spending 1 second reading an article and blogging about another schools program.

cmac

February 1st, 2011
6:05 pm

How many true freshmen come in & make a difference in the SEC (or any conference). All you UGH fans pinning your hopes on 18 year olds “saving” the program better start getting ready for a reality check come September. Just remember that all these great recruits still have to be coached by the same coaches who have taken the program to where it is today!

Sonny

February 1st, 2011
6:32 pm

gREG mCgARITY SAYING YOU HAVE TO WAIT 3 OR 4 YEARS SHOWS ME HE DOESN’T KNOW HOW FOOTBALL HAS CHANGED.

AUBURN GOT CAM AND FAIRLEY FROM JR. COLLEGE, AND IN 1 YEAR, BAM, NATL CHAMPSHIP.

SC GOT LATTIMORE AND WON THE SEC EAST.

GREG MCGARITY SEEMS TO BE LOST IN A BY-GONE ERA.

1eyedJack

February 1st, 2011
6:35 pm

At this time of year recruitin’ is all we got, Bill.

Sonny

February 1st, 2011
6:36 pm

UH, GREG MCGARITY, 1979 UGA WENT 6-7, IN 1980, GOT HESRCHEL WALKER AND WENT 13-0. WAIT 3 OR 4 YEARS? COME ON MAN, LEARN SOME UGA HISTORY IF YOU’RE GONNA BE THE UGA AD.

1 GUY, CAN TAKE YOU FROM 6-7 TO NATIONAL CHAMPION IN 1 SEASON.

Sonny

February 1st, 2011
6:37 pm

LAST TIME I CHECKED, MT CODY HELPED ALABAMA GO FROM 7-6 IN 2007 TO 13-1 IN 2008.

1 GUY CAN TURN THE TIDE IN 1 SEASON.

Sonny

February 1st, 2011
6:38 pm

URBAN MEYER WON 2 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS WITH PERCY HARVIN.

Hedges

February 1st, 2011
6:46 pm

If you look back at recent SEC success, recruiting that 1 special player has made all the difference. It’s usually either a defensive lineman to shut the running game down, or a running quarterback or running back or slot guy to get those running yards. And when you address those three positions, and get it right, it’s instant success the next year. But it’s all about the run, on offense, and defense. That’s the DNA of SEC football. Georgia wasn’t good in either in 2010 but if you plug those holes, 2011 can be really special.

Hedges

February 1st, 2011
6:49 pm

2010- Auburn had #1 rush offense, and #1 rush defense
2009- Alabama had #1 rush defense, and #2 rush offense
2008- Florida had #1 rush offense, and #4 rush defense

BiggdawgK

February 1st, 2011
6:50 pm

It never ceases to amaze me the number of UGA fans on AJC msg boards that seemingly hate the Bulldogs.

I would think these are really fans of other programs if it were not for the fact that someone would have to be a really sad desperate pathetic loser with a life filled with failure to do something like that.

Hedges

February 1st, 2011
6:55 pm

Auburn had the #5 rush offense in the country against WINNING TEAMS.
#6 rush defense against WINNING TEAMS.

UGA?
97th rush offense against WINNING TEAMS
60th rush defense against WINNING TEAMS

AltamahaDawg

February 1st, 2011
6:55 pm

Crowell may not be able to pick up the blitz, but he can sure puts some pressure on the guys ahead of him that can.

Dooley Guy

February 1st, 2011
7:21 pm

Dooley never taught Herschel how to passblock, Dooley was too busy handing the ball off ot Herschel.

ALL CAPS ALL THE TIME

February 1st, 2011
8:02 pm

BE RIGHT BACK WITH SOME RIVETING STATS, ALL IN CAPS.

HS Coach

February 1st, 2011
8:05 pm

My school played against a Lee County wide reciever Named Seay who made and average Lee County QB look like an all american. Can’t cover the kid and he catches everything thrown his way. He will turn heads at Ga. Watch for him in the fall, I think he can’t miss. A great find for Coach Richt.

ALL CAPS ALL THE TIME

February 1st, 2011
8:06 pm

Hedges: Wow, profound. Auburn was 13-0, UGA was 6-7. UGA stunk last year. We knew that. AND THANKS FOR NOT USING ALL CAPS.

bardawg

February 1st, 2011
8:21 pm

All things considered , it is kinda amazing how we hang our hopes on these juveniles to act like grown men ,which we know they won’t. Yet they still keep us glued to our chairs in anticipation . They’re the ones having fun with the process & laughing their A$$es off at the whole thing.

Dawg89

February 1st, 2011
8:34 pm

Recruiting hype is mostly BS. All you got to do is go to rivals and pull down the list for the last few years and see how many top rated guys actually turned into productive football players.

Columbus

February 1st, 2011
8:48 pm

Virginia Tech and schools in weaker conferences can have lower ranked recruiting classes and finish higher due to weaker competition. The same with USC, weak competition. So when you play in the SEC, it is easy to have great recruting classes and finish lower. If USC played in the SEC, it would finish lower than it’s recruiting class most years. Same with Boise State, Stanford Etc. A very important but not addressed point by McGarrity. The level of competition is the primary factor. Great point on Goff having great recruitinbg classes but minimal results. Good job Richt, the next 10 years will be GREAT YEARS! Go Dawgs!

AltamahaDawg

February 1st, 2011
9:13 pm

I liked that Seay kid too. Some folks in here were actually criticising coach for signing him because of the list of schools recruiting him. Talk about grown men buying into hype..they didn’t even bother to read up the guys GHSA accomplishments. Just didn’t see Nick Saban calling him and that was all they needed to know.

gadawgfan0711

February 1st, 2011
9:15 pm

Ask any coach in america and he would rather have the number 1 ranked class instead of the number 20th ranked class. It is very true that a lot of 5* players end up on the bench and 2* players become number 1 picks. But all coaches want the amazing atheletes. No matter what number is put in front of that star, they have to be willing to come in and work hard in the weight room, pratice field, film room, and class room to become great. I like the class richt is putting together this year and can’t wait for the season to start. GO DAWGS!!!

What?

February 1st, 2011
9:41 pm

Eric…McGarity knows what’s going on. If you believe all the recruiting hype, you are the one without a clue.

Dawg Fud…a lot of sense. Altruism to you, too, sir.

woebegong

February 2nd, 2011
6:06 am

I sure hope I am wrong but I am thinking although, Crowell, is a great athelete, from what I have read and seen on videos and TV, and after the game with Calhoun, I am not sure he is going to be a fit for the dream team. The main reason I think is simply, there is no “I” in team, but there is one in attitude and immaturity. For sure, I do not see him coming in and making a difference immediately for any team without maturing and growing up pretty fast.
I sure hope he proves me wrong, but having spent a good portion of my life, training and managing youngsters in the service and civilian jobs, I am afraid this young man, would bring out my caution sign, if he were under my supervision.
Let the negative comments begin!!!!!!
GO DAWGS

Sloan

February 2nd, 2011
7:07 am

Those of you criticizing McGarity’s first year as AD are about as uninformed and ignorant as someone could be. He hasn’t even been on the job for a full year. McGarity didn’t have anything to do with the poor performance of UGA’s football program the past three seasons. That is all on Mark Richt and his staff and his players. Now, I have been a vocal proponent of replacing Richt after this past season and I do think had McGarity been here for the past two or three years that Richt would be gone now. But the dye is cast for next year so we shall see where McGarity leads us after the 2011 season.

UGASlobberknocker

February 2nd, 2011
8:30 am

Bill, While I am just as hot on CMR’s rear as anyone, I dont think it is fair to say he has won “just “2 SEC titles. I wish it had been more. But “just” 2 titles is not to be sneezed at when you consider the prior three coaches had not produced one in 20yrs.

Thugs R Us

February 2nd, 2011
10:03 am

I’ve never understood how anyone – even an alumnus – could support and take pride in UGA’s football team. When you look at their history for the past forty years, how can anyone ignore Jan Kemp and the “remedial studies” scam, the Jim Harrick fiasco, the DUIs in the athletic office, the DUIs and other arrests of players, the #1 party school tag (i.e., the most drunk students), the suspensions and outright dismissals, the Fulmer Cup, and on and on?

As disgraceful and humiliating as it is, I don’t see many alums and fans demanding an end to this sordid activity. It sets UGA apart as the kind of school most people abhor, and it’s become an embarrassment to the whole state of Georgia.

Will it never end? Apparently not while Mark Richt is at UGA. Richt is perhaps the biggest hypocrite in the United States. But even with all the cheating and lawlessness that he ignores, he still can’t win the SEC.

So you’re paying him to be BCS champions, but he can’t even win his SEC division. So why do you pay him millions of dollars a year?

Just asking.

UGA, THE CESSPOOL OF THE SOUTH

LakeHardingDawg

February 2nd, 2011
10:24 am

Our season tickets are behind the Georgia bench. Looking in the bench area, all you see is players in Georgia jerseys who were the best player at their respective high schools. Recuiting is important, but the game is different at the college level. Take a 275 lb. high school lineman, put 30lb’s of bulk on him, and he’s not the same player he was in high school. Some can take the extra weight and muscle, some can’t. Every year the coaches find the players who can take the extra and training and put them on the field, regardless of how many stars they had coming out of high school.

UGADawg83

February 2nd, 2011
11:17 am

Here is how I look at recruiting classes. The stars given a player and the rankings mean nothing. I look at what other schools want that player. If we land a recruit that Auburn, ‘Bama, LSU or Florida wanted that’s impressive. If we land a recruit and our competition was Duke, Wake Forest and Vanderbilt then that is less impressive.

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February 2nd, 2011
12:28 pm

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GaDawg

February 2nd, 2011
2:28 pm

Please allow me to reiterate:

RUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUN THE DAMN BALL!!!!!

Big D Dawg

February 3rd, 2011
12:15 am

the only way to tell how good a recruiting class is = how many wins that class has in the junior and senior years. can someone do that analysis and tell the world where UGA ranks? Or is it already being done?