Hated to see where Georgia’s Bryce Ros had to give up football recently. The big tight end from Kennesaw, who’s the son of former Bulldog great Frank Ros, suffers from a chronic, degenerative condition in his right big toe. It developed from an injury he suffered in high school and simply got worse with each passing year.
Anyway, Ros is expected to receive a medical disqualification from the NCAA once all the proper paperwork is filed. A lot of people have asked so I figured I’d just make it clear right here: Yes, this opens up another scholarship for the Bulldogs next season.
As a medical DQ, Ros will be allowed to remain on scholarship but will not count against the NCAA-mandated limit of 85. So that gives Georgia one more scholly for the 2010 class and that’s good news since the Dogs are almost tapped out for 2010 here in August of 2009. They have 18 commitments so far and, even with this new development, they currently have room to sign no more than 22. Of course, these numbers are always fluid and dependent upon the actual number of players on scholarship next fall.
Similarly, Georgia Tech’s number for 2010 has risen slightly since this summer. Jake Skole’s commitment on Monday gave the Yellow Jackets 11 so far and they’re in line to get a 12th on Friday (Powder Springs’ athlete Synjyn Days). They had only 12 scholarships to give originally but that went up to 13 when Kamaron Riley quit the team right before camp.
Don’t be surprised if Tech — which normally has very little attrition — ends up with as many as 15 commitments before national signing day next February. There’s no way of knowing now what might happen but, based on early NFL draft projections, running back Jonathan Dwyer and/or defensive back Morgan Burnett may have decisions to make regarding the NFL draft.
Georgia also must be prepared for early departures. Linebacker Rennie Curran and safety Reshad Jones certainly would appear to be candidates. And redshirt sophomore offensive tackle Trinton Sturdivant will be eligible to be drafted if he comes back from his knee injury and has a big season.
So just for the fun of it, how many players do you think Tech and Georgia will sign come national signing day next February?
Now for your afternoon reading pleasure, a few links: