A most unusual sight: UGA absent from Rivals.com’s Top 10

It’s a strange feeling for Georgia fans, and it has to feel a bit odd to Mark Richt. According to Rivals.com, Georgia’s recruiting class of 2010 ranks 15th nationally and sixth in the SEC. (The ratings — updated as of 10:48 a.m. Wednesday — are subject to change.) That would be the Bulldogs’ lowest national rating since 2001, when Mark Richt had been on the job barely two months.

Over Rich’s first nine years, Georgia finished outside Rivals’ Top 10 only once. A year-by-year look:

2001: Sixteenth nationally, third in the SEC.
2002: Third in the nation, second in the SEC.
2003: Sixth in the nation, third in the SEC.
2004: Sixth in the nation, second in the SEC.
2005: Tenth in the nation, second in the SEC.
2006: Fourth in the nation, second in the SEC.
2007: Ninth in the nation, sixth in the SEC.
2008: Seventh in the nation, third in the SEC.
2009: Sixth in the nation, third in the SEC.

About here, you might be saying, “So what if Georgia’s not in the Top 10 this time? All those highly rated classes really only resulted in one SEC title.” (That being in 2005; the 2002 conference championship was achieved largely with Jim Donnan’s recruits.) Not to be a Gloomy Gus, but here’s what:

When you get used to a school lighting up the recruiting board, it’s significant when it doesn’t. It’s significant when Georgia doesn’t land a single 5-star recruit. (That last happened in 2007.) It’s significant when an Auburn program in Year 2 under Gene Chizik lands 13 spots ahead of Georgia in Year 10 under Richt. And from this we can draw only one conclusion:

Mark Richt needs to rent some white limos.

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Herschel Talker

February 3rd, 2010
9:59 am

MB – you the man! I’m telling you that Da’Rick going to UT will be a good thing in the long run.

Mark Bradley

February 3rd, 2010
10:02 am

You’re the man, Herschel T. You’re first! Kudos.

WTF?!?!

February 3rd, 2010
10:03 am

Saint Augustine

February 3rd, 2010
9:58 am
Rivals 9:55 am

1. Florida
3. Auburn
4. Alabama
7. LSU
8. Tennessee
16. South Carolina
17. Georgia (7th in SEC-Shreveport City again)!

Benjamin

February 3rd, 2010
10:04 am

Third.

Georgia will be back high in the rankings next season.

Joshhh...

February 3rd, 2010
10:04 am

I’m sure you’re extremely happy about this Bradley…

IAM4UF

February 3rd, 2010
10:04 am

Its always “next year” with you UGAg fans isn’t it??

The Riffleman

February 3rd, 2010
10:05 am

This is just another sign that UGA football is taking on water and is begining the decline to mediocrity. We’ve already seen the best of the Richt era.

Osama Washington

February 3rd, 2010
10:05 am

Wait til next year! Wait til next year! If, if, if….

Georgia Fan

February 3rd, 2010
10:06 am

Wait till next year!

Herschel Talker

February 3rd, 2010
10:06 am

MB – don’t listen to the haters. Keep up the great writing.

Dayman

February 3rd, 2010
10:07 am

Thats what happens when guys they have been counting on all year jumped ship on the last week.

Dawgs97

February 3rd, 2010
10:07 am

Rot in hell, Bradley.

coach smith

February 3rd, 2010
10:07 am

word is TELVIN is flipping TO UGA!

Kyle

February 3rd, 2010
10:07 am

The day is not over yet and the rankings always change

Dawg Fud

February 3rd, 2010
10:08 am

Mark, jeez man…takr it easy!

WE JUST GOT MIKE THORNTON!

King Jericho

February 3rd, 2010
10:09 am

Dear Mr. Bradley,

It ain’t over.

Love,
KJ

lvilldawg

February 3rd, 2010
10:09 am

The national ranking may not be there this year, but just look at the class as it stands. It may not have stand out offensive 5 star recruits, it’s a class built around the defense, something we need right now.

Watkinsville Dawg

February 3rd, 2010
10:09 am

I’m sick of this sh#t!!!!!!!!!!!

allan in texas

February 3rd, 2010
10:10 am

It really does not mean a thing until the players do it on the field. Calm down guys!

Bryan G.

February 3rd, 2010
10:11 am

I think when we fired 3 coaches, we had to expect some growing pains. As teams have shown, though, coaching is more important than recruiting. If that were not the case, there is no way that Tech, Iowa, Boise, and TCU play in BCS games this new years.

I want UGA to recruit well as much as anyone. But more importantly, I want us to coach well. If we coach well this fall, we won’t need to worry about recruiting rankings. 2010 is a VERY important year in Athens.

Shontavious Cleveland

February 3rd, 2010
10:11 am

Da’Rick Da’Vol. What’Da? Ma’Richt?

[...] But Georgia’s losses are already being reflected in national rankings. Just the prospect of losing him dropped the Bulldogs from No. 9 to No. 16 in the Rivals.com national poll last night. Columnist Mark Bradley took a comprehensive look at Georgia’s annual recruiting rankings. [...]

Dawg Fud

February 3rd, 2010
10:11 am

Dawg in Evans,

what good are great recruits if you cannot coach???

Dawg in Evans

February 3rd, 2010
10:11 am

Should have never fired those 3 coaches. At least THEY could recruit.

DawginLex

February 3rd, 2010
10:12 am

Now up to 15. Defense was the emphasis and mission accomplished.

Mark,

The most important recruits are those 10 returning starters on offense and Murray and Mettenberger.

Junkyard dawg forever

February 3rd, 2010
10:12 am

1. Florida
3. Auburn
4. Alabama
7. LSU
8. Tennessee
16. South Carolina
17. Georgia

How many SEC teams are there? Where does the “second tier” begin?

German Shepherd Dawg

February 3rd, 2010
10:12 am

Rob,

You speak for the school?

smyrna-dawg

February 3rd, 2010
10:12 am

Much ado about nothing. I would rather have solid talent than a bunch of spoiled brats who think the world owes them something. UGA needs to get back to the “TEAM-me” attitude. That is how you win championships.

rob

February 3rd, 2010
10:12 am

You are a punk Bradley. Do not come back to UGA jock sniffing when they win again. You will never be welcome again, jagoff

DawgPound

February 3rd, 2010
10:13 am

doesnt matter if we get highly rated recruits, who cares… some of the lowest rated recruits end up being better then highly rated ones, in some cases but not all…..just saying

DirtyDawg

February 3rd, 2010
10:13 am

Not Unusual…Bradley gettin’ a dig in on the Dogs. You are so predictable MB. My bet is you work this one for at least a week. By the way, don’t do anything illegal, cause there are people close to you that are ready to ‘rat you out’.

MattDawg

February 3rd, 2010
10:13 am

Mark Bradley is loving being able to rip on the dogs. I don’t care what he says, he hates us and Mark Richt for some strange reason.

David

February 3rd, 2010
10:13 am

Thank you for this article MB! War Eagle to you too sir!

Joe

February 3rd, 2010
10:13 am

Maybe instead of so called top classes that dont produce…ala stafford…few others….maybe just maybe we have guys that WANT to be at UGA and there heart is at UGA…..sometimes average to good guys win titles more that so called great players that are all about themselves.

Damon Evans

February 3rd, 2010
10:13 am

What are we Georgia or the Titanic?

Tifton Tom

February 3rd, 2010
10:13 am

These ratings are virtually meaningless. How many times have we seen Southern Cal and Ohio State land top recruiting classes only to be mediocre teams? UGA’s coaching changes will have a much bigger impact on the field than one guy that signs with UT.

Kyle

February 3rd, 2010
10:14 am

And if you look at the quality of Georgia’s recruits who have 18. It is alot better than that of Auburn who has like 30

PMC

February 3rd, 2010
10:14 am

This was an inevitable result of moves that needed to be made. Yes it’s sort of odd they get no 5 star guy this year but the program itself is healthier today because of what they did last year. Richt held the program toegther last year, made necessary coaching moves and they finished strong on an uptick after a very difficult year.

Not being in the top 10 doesn’t mean they aren’t getting some fantastic players that fit the holes they have. There isn’t any reason not to be excited about the coming year for UGA.

Branden Smith

February 3rd, 2010
10:14 am

I was a FIVE-STAR last year (2009)idiot!

Kyle

February 3rd, 2010
10:14 am

And rankings are all different. Im watching ESPNU and according to them UGA still has a top ten class

nate

February 3rd, 2010
10:14 am

Mark, why did you say it’s “significant when Georgia doesn’t land a single 5-star recruit”? Isn’t Alec Ogletree 5 star?

Mark the ripper

February 3rd, 2010
10:16 am

MattDawg

February 3rd, 2010
10:13 am

Mark Bradley is loving being able to rip on the dogs. I don’t care what he says, he hates us and Mark Richt for some strange reason.

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Cause Richt is not quite about his faith.

David

February 3rd, 2010
10:16 am

Kyle…that makes no sense…have you seen the players..

Junkyard dawg forever

February 3rd, 2010
10:16 am

Heard Tech just moved up 2 spots to 88th

Catfish

February 3rd, 2010
10:16 am

The rankings don’t mean much at all. You’ve got to coach the players up and they’ve got to be smart enough to play.

Damon Evans

February 3rd, 2010
10:17 am

Somebody tell Da’Rick about our test. You know how many halves are there in a football game, how many points is a 3 pointer worth…….
Da’Rick you can dance and hot dog all you want, we don’t care about personal fouls or unsportsman like conduct, you can vandalize hospitals drink underage, you don’t have to go to class, you don’t have to have any class. PLEASE, we went to the weedeater bowl with 5 stars what’s gonna happen with 3 star players?
I’ll get fired if we don’t beat Florida in the next 10 years, please!

Dawglasville

February 3rd, 2010
10:17 am

I think that everything is going to play out fine next year and then the love fest can begin again.

David

February 3rd, 2010
10:17 am

War Eagle to you Kyle..whatever makes you all comfortable about the way things are turning

UGA Ranked #5 in Top 100 Recruits by Scout

February 3rd, 2010
10:18 am

UGA ranked #5 in Top 100 recruits by Scout

UGA ranked #7 in average score by Scout, it’s a small class of 17, compared to 29 for Auburn.

DawgGirl32

February 3rd, 2010
10:18 am

Oh God here goes Mark Bradley again. I can just see him laughing as he writes these articles.

Georgia is not signing 25+ players like some of these other schools. We do not have that many spots to fill…which is a good thing. If you actually look at the rating of our recruits, we’re right up at the top. Quality over quantity people.

ESPN says this morning, “Georgia, despite not having any commitment from a top-10 player, has the nation’s No. 4 class, according to ESPNU. Alec Ogletree, a safety from Newnam, Ga., is their top-ranked player.”

But let’s just overlook logic and keep stirring the pot. It’s more fun that way, right?