Archive for February, 2012

UPDATE: Another strong class pushes UGA closer to the top

Mark Richt addresses the again-faithful Bulldog Nation on Wednesday. (Photo by M. Bradley)

Mark Richt addresses the again-faithful Bulldog Nation on Wednesday. (Photo by M. Bradley)

UPDATE:According to esteemed colleague Michael Carvell, Georgia received Josh Harvey-Clemons’ signed letter of intent Thursday morning.

Athens – Forget, if only for a moment, national signing day. As an indicator of which way Georgia is headed, Todd Grantham pointed to incumbent players who remain, not incidentally, incumbent.

“We had nine guys on defense who could have left for the NFL,” said Grantham, Georgia’s defensive coordinator, “and all nine would have gotten drafted somewhere. But all nine guys chose to stay. We’ve been talking about having a dream, having a vision, but to see these guys buy into that and help recruit new guys, that has really ignited our program.”

After the 6-7 record of 2010, after the 0-2 start of 2011, it was possible to wonder if the Bulldogs under Mark Richt had become a ghost ship. On signing day 2012, Georgia again bears the look of a shining ocean …

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Live from Athens: UGA hooks Harvey-Clemons – or does it?

Bulldog Nation -- at least a portion of it -- gathers in anticipation. (Photo by M. Bradley)

Bulldog Nation — at least a portion of it — gathers in anticipation. (Photo by M. Bradley)

Athens — Here we are at Butts-Mehre, sometimes known as Dawg Mahal, and you can cut the tension with a … well, you know. It’s Signing Day, and the biggest undecided name in Georgia’s sights is about to pledge his troth. (Or, to use a more contemporary image, don some school’s baseball cap.)

And Josh Harvey-Clemons, the linebacker from Lowndes, picked …

Georgia.

For the record, Harvey-Clemons did not do the now-tiresome hat trick. Instead he allowed his younger sister to take off one sweatshirt to reveal a red Georgia shirt underneath. Style points!

And that, you’d have to think, would ease the doubt some Bulldog fans had over this class not being ranked as highly — at least not by Rivals and Scout — as last season’s. Harvey-Clemons gives Georgia the No. 1 player (at least in somebody’s ratings) in four different states.

UPDATE: As of 3:07 p.m., Georgia hasn’t received Harvey-Clemons’ …

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