Gators rank No. 1 in recruiting, too, Georgia 4th

ESPN has updated their Class of 2010 rankings and Georgia is among six SEC teams ranked in the Top 15. The Bulldogs’ group is currently ranked No. 4 in the country behind No. 1 Florida (that’s right, in recruiting, too), No. 3 Alabama and ahead of No. 6 Tennessee, No. 7 LSU, No. 8 Auburn and No. 14 South Carolina.

Of course, these rankings could change dramatically between now and national signing day. Many of nation’s top 50 recruits are still uncommitted, most of whom are looking at all or some of these schools. So, anyway, here’s what ESPN’s Southeast recruiting expert JC Shurburtt had to say:

“There is little doubt that year after year, much of the top talent in the country heads for the SEC. That being said, five of the top 10 states in terms of producing NFL players (based on where they went to high school) are states with SEC programs located in them. Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, South Carolina and Alabama all rank high when it comes to producing NFL players. A sixth state, Mississippi, has one of the highest number of NFL players per capita.” . . .

Auburn was sanctioned recently by the SEC for NCAA violations surrounding its “Big Cat Weekend” recruiting extravaganza this past spring. The Tigers have been putting together an impressive class under first-year coach Gene Chizik, garnering commitments from the top prospects from the states of Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi, not to mention some good ones from Georgia. But it seems they’re playing kind of fast and loose with the rules, in my opinion. Not only did their recruits gain publicity attending the aforementioned recruiting event last spring, they also garnered headlines this summer for utilizing Auburn-adorned stretch limousines in recruiting. And the local media seemed to have unusually good access to prospects while they were on official visits this fall. I couldn’t believe all the pictures that were circulating all over the Internet of running back Marcus Lattimore while he was on The Plains for an official.  . . .

Speaking of Auburn, one of their best conquests, wide receiver Antonio Goodwin of Atlanta’s Washington High, apparently has reopened his recruitment and is getting a major push from Georgia. Goodwin has not said he is decommitted to Auburn but he told Rivals.com that he is now considering Georgia and North Carolina in addition to Auburn. . . .

I’ll let you know if some hard news comes out about this. Let me know what you all have heard on the recruiting front.

143 comments Add your comment

Larry

December 4th, 2009
4:15 pm

Chip Towers

December 4th, 2009
4:18 pm

You are indeed, Larry. Congratulations!

DAWG Trapped in BAMA!

December 4th, 2009
4:24 pm

have you heard what Antonio Goodwins feelings are towards GA?

Paul in RDU

December 4th, 2009
4:24 pm

Someone playing fast and loose with the recruiting rules??

To quote Casablanca – “I am shocked! shocked!”

Einsteindawg

December 4th, 2009
4:27 pm

Thanks for a good article Chip. I hope we sign twice as many offensive linemen as usual, because it seems that half of those we sign are cronically hurt or never pan out. While big OLs aren’t as glamerous as speedy athletes or the next Hershel Walkers; however, an outstanding line equals success.

Braves Fan

December 4th, 2009
4:27 pm

Hey Chip, AU got secondary violations for players going to Toomers Corner and rolling the tree. It was a “game like” atmosphere? Wow, that is really breaking some rules, give me a break. I guess with all the UGA players getting arrested you have to deflect some news..

Flo-Ri-Duh!

December 4th, 2009
4:27 pm

UGA is well stocked at WR. They just need for someone to coach them. What they need is o-line and d-line and another CB.

Robert

December 4th, 2009
4:27 pm

Heard that LSU is about to be in some heat for some major violations. A staff member apparently paid a JUCO player to transfer there. Anyone know anymore about this?

Frank

December 4th, 2009
4:28 pm

The rich get richer, how does the ACC stack up against the SEC top to bottom in recruiting?

Metal Steel Chair

December 4th, 2009
4:30 pm

Chip: have you heard any scuttlebutt about the chances of recruiting a juco DT or two just for the purposes of establishing some depth to help DeAngelo Tyson and Abry Jones next year (with Owens, Atkins and Weston all gone)? Any good juco DT prospects you can tell us about?

It reminds me of the situation the Dawgs were in a couple of years ago on OL, when we went after a couple of juco guys (with mixed results). Thanks.

SE(SPN)C

December 4th, 2009
4:43 pm

Of course the SEC leads the ESPN rankings…DUH! SEC Network! Think they’re biased?

Bremen Dawg

December 4th, 2009
4:45 pm

Which is Georgia Tech at?

hahahahahahahahahahahahahahah

5 star recruits equal 7 wins

December 4th, 2009
4:46 pm

CONGRATS to UGA being ranked 4th in recruiting, maybe you will win 7 games again in 2010, best of luck!

Robert

December 4th, 2009
4:47 pm

GT recruits?

NewnanDawg

December 4th, 2009
4:48 pm

Robert – saw a blurb about that also, but no details

Metal Steel Chair – Wasn’t our last DL transfer Corvey Irvin? That worked out very well and he should be playing a lot of snaps next year with Carolina. I hear he is fully healthy now, they just can’t reopen a roster spot so he’ll remain on IR for this year.

I try not to get too worked up about any recruit until they’ve signed and started practice.

Go Dawgs!

dawg

December 4th, 2009
4:51 pm

tech don’t get the player uga get

dawgster

December 4th, 2009
4:53 pm

Lets not put too much stock in the recruiting service rankings 1-10 doesn’t make a whole lot of difference other than some bragging rights….Looks like Kiffin is at it again with not being able to keep trap shut…see article on what he said about the gators and bama…As i have said, its just a matter of time before the Vols program is on probation…

Metal Steel Chair

December 4th, 2009
5:13 pm

NewnanDawg: You’re right, Corvey worked out great. (Scott Haverkamp, on the other hand…). The coaches have generally been really good about their few juco choices, but I would think that DT is a real position of need this year.

flh

December 4th, 2009
5:15 pm

dawster do not worry about the vols you need to worry about the ga. bulldogs

Dawg1970

December 4th, 2009
5:15 pm

Dawgster, I think you’re right on about Kiffin. What a loose cannon.

Matt

December 4th, 2009
5:15 pm

First off, does it really matter what recruiting class UGA gets? Obviously not, because this years senior class is 7-5 and they were a top 5 recruiting class in the nation. I know that we beat Tech, but where does all of our talent go? Even when we have 10 win seasons, we still seem to underachieve, because some of the teams that we lose to don’t have near the recruiting that we do. And Robert, GT recruits! And so does every other team…Tech just has a disadvantage because of how difficult it is to make it through Tech academically. So they are somewhat more limited to who they can go after…and they are still on probation from the NCAA, so they do not have the full amount of scholarships. As a UGA fan, I must say that despite Tech’s collapse last week vs UGA, Paul Johnson has done a great job with the talent that he has, there are exceptions (Dwyer, Thomas, Burnett, and Morgan) but pretty much everybody else at Tech is a 2 or 3 star as opposed to UGA’s majority of 4 and 5 stars.

Dawg1970

December 4th, 2009
5:18 pm

Steel Chair, UGA has a commitment next year from the #1 DT in US according to Scout.com

2010 Looking Good for Georgia

December 4th, 2009
5:24 pm

What a year 2010 looks to be for the Georgia Bulldogs. A top new defensive coach. Murray or Zach at QB, A.J. Green at one WR means somebody else could get a LOT of touches in single coverage. Ealey and King at RB, Charles at TE. Florida will be decimated in 2010 with losses of Tebow and Spikes, 9 defensive starts gone, 23 players gone, and rumors of Urban Meyer to Notre Dame or the NFL. Add all that to the fact that Richt has NEVER had 2 bad seasons in a row, and followed previous 4 loss seasons with an 11 or 13 win season and 2010 looks real good.

Richt has 80 wins in 8 years, nobody does it better.

MILTON GRAD

December 4th, 2009
5:27 pm

I liked the Bball article earlier. Go Eagles 7th in the nation for the first time ever! Suck on that Roswell!

If 5 star recruits don't matter, why are you writing about it?

December 4th, 2009
5:31 pm

Some of the anti-Georgia, Pro Florida, Georgia Haters on here seem to think 5 star recruits don’t matter.

If it doesn’t mateer, why are you on OUR blog, saying it doesn’t matter, why write anything NEGATIVE about it, if it doesn’t matter?

Uh, 80 wins in 8 years for Richt, genius. 80 wins don’t matter? 6 out 8 seasons under Richt at 10 wins don’t matter?

Man, are you dumb or what? Like we don’t know you’re using all your “fake names” and all.

If it doesn’t matter, why do you make over 200 posts a day here idiot bashing Georgia?

CBB1

December 4th, 2009
5:41 pm

UGA fans, please stop being so negative about this year. I am a 1991 graduate of UGA and a season ticket holder. I was just as upset as every other fan this year. Look at the positive, Richt fired THREE coaches, one of which he has known since college. He is at least trying to turn things around and WILL. He loves UGA too much and has always wanted this job and he will be here for a long time. I am looking forward to the next few years, so Richt can prove all the critics wrong, which he will.

GA Tech football players have the same standards as UGA football players. Heard of Prop 48? Athletes have to score a 700 on their SAT. I know a GA Tech football player that started on the 1990 National Championship team and it took him FOUR times to get a 710 on his SAT. I am tired of hearing all this BS about it being tougher for a Tech player to get in than a UGA player. I am sure Reggie Ball was a Rhodes Scholar!! Please. GA Tech is an Engineering School and UGA is a Liberal Arts College. Very few of the Tech players major in Engineering, just like very few of the UGA players major in Pre-Med.

Paul Johnson has done a great job at GA Tech, but when he wins 2 Conference Championships and 80 games in his first 8 years, then you MAYBE can compare him to Richt. Who did GA Tech beat this year? They got pounded by LSU last year, with the same players they have now. UGA plays in the toughest and best conference in all of college football-4 BCS Titles since 2003 for the SEC and NONE for the ACC. Florida will not always dominate UGA like the past 20 years. We dominated Florida before 1990 and we will start winning our share. Florida has already lost their OC and will soon lose their DC, Charlie Strong. Florida will always be good as long as Urban is there, but they won’t dominate college football like the past 4 years once Tebow graduates. What happened to UGA when Herschel left for the USFL? Exactly, downhill.

This season is over. We are getting some great recruits in there and the team is young. If Richt doesn’t turn it around in the next couple of years, then the UGA fans should start calling for his job. Next year may not be any better with a new QB and a new defensive coaching staff, so we have to be patient. Who cares what all the Tennessee and GA Tech fans say. I would rather be a UGA graduate and lose every game than be a UT or GA Tech graduate and win every game. Lane Kiffin, are you kidding me? I would not want him representing my alma mater.

Be proud to be a DAWG!!

Dawg1970

December 4th, 2009
5:45 pm

4 & 5 star recruits = 7 out of 8 from GT and 10 wins a year almost
every year. Certainly, it doesn’t mean that every Sat. you’re going
to beat a team with lower rated talent, but I’ll take our chances.
Anyone who has ever played sports knows that you can get surprised
sometimes. And yes, sometimes you go through a rebuilding year until
your young guys are ready

Metal Steel Chair

December 4th, 2009
5:45 pm

Thanks, Dawg1970. I know about Garrison Smith and Kolton Houston — but I would imagine the coaches want some experience in the two-deeps at the position, not more youth. To me, signing a well-chosen juco player is the college equivalent of signing a veteran free agent.

A Couple of Other Rankings

December 4th, 2009
6:07 pm

Just for comparison, here are the Top 10 team rankings for college football recruiting for 2010 from Scout.com and Rivals.com:

Scout.com:
1 Oklahoma
2 Texas
3 Penn State
4 Alabama
5 LSU
6 Florida
7 Tennessee
8 Georgia
9 Oklahoma State
10 Stanford

Rivals.com:
1 Texas
2 Alabama
3 Penn State
4 LSU
5 Florida
6 Oklahoma
7 Tennessee
8 Auburn
9 Georgia
10 USC

I find it interesting that Georgia is 5th among SEC schools in Scout.com team rankings and 6th among SEC schools in Rivals.com rankings. If you believe that any of the recruiting rankings really mean anything, then according to Scout.com and Rivals.com, Georgia is not doing anything to close the gap on the elite teams in the SEC.

Matt

December 4th, 2009
6:12 pm

CBB1, I know that the requirements are very similiar to get into both Tech and Georgia. But, Tech is much harder to stay in than Georgia is. Therefore, why would Tech recruit players that can barely meet the admission requirements? If they are barely meeting those requirements, then why would they expect them to pass all of their classes which are way harder than the admission requirements? And I do have hope that we will be an SEC challenger next year.

Dawg1970

December 4th, 2009
6:14 pm

Chair, I don’t disagree with you on the juco players. Irvin & Vance are 2 good examples of how they help out. The only negative is that you only have them for 2 yrs, so they better be quick learners. On another note, I just read that UGA’s 3 dismissed coaches have declined
coach in our bowl game. CMR will have some extra duties I guess.

Gator Man

December 4th, 2009
6:15 pm

That’s right – we OWN the evil elf’s in recruiting, too!

HAHAHAHA

AHS

December 4th, 2009
6:18 pm

These ranking are meaningless! Ray Goff had the best classes ever at Georgia. Do you get my point?

TigerTown

December 4th, 2009
6:27 pm

Hey Chip,

Auburn is planning another Big Cat Weekend soon. Small secondary violations that resulted in a slew of committs from the weekend, why not do it again.

It looks like the fastest moving team in the rankings are the Tigers! And Antonio is coming to Auburn. You are two weeks behind. He has an article in the Auburn News that is solid with the Tigers but enjoys looking around. He loves playing the media.

TigerTown

December 4th, 2009
6:31 pm

Also Chip learn the rules.

Lattimore’s pictures on the internet, where? The only ones I saw were posted by fans and none and that is none showed Lattimore with any of the Auburn coaching staff. That is not strtching the rules at all. And the limos what is wrong with that, not a rules violation.

UGA has scondary violations every year also. Just Auburn made a big splash with the Big Cat and that is your pronlem.

william cranman

December 4th, 2009
6:35 pm

Chip,

Any info from your photo editors as to why they failed to publish or at least take one picture of Russ the bulldog? This is astounding to me. Like the dog never existed.

Dawg1970

December 4th, 2009
6:37 pm

Dawg fans, you expect too much. We’ve won 2 SEC championships in the last 8 yrs after a loooong drought. We’ll contend again soon. Before you Gator fans start crowing, look at your record since 2003. In ‘04
Fl was 7-5, in 05 they were 9-3, and in 07 they were 9-4 (even with
Superman). The primary reason they have dominated college football in
2006, 2008,& 2009 is that they have a difference-maker who is maybe the best college football player ever (Tim Tebow) along with a lot of other super talented players. In 2007, Tebow had an injury which slowed the train down and put them on the same level of other SEC teams. Take heart Dawgs, Superman graduates this year and the mighty gators will rejoin the pack

Dawg since 1965

December 4th, 2009
6:37 pm

hey techmites, your ACCCG= buy 1 tic get 3 free, includes 4 hot dogs and 4 cokes
30k tickets still available, Tampa Bay Chamber begging GT and Clemson fans to buy 2 each. Your ACCCG now = playing for 5 place in the SEC East behind UGA and SC and just in front of Vandy. Hey tech remember Vandy? who also put up 30 on that swiss cheese defense?

GAGRAD05

December 4th, 2009
6:57 pm

Matt- CBB1 is right. The standards are the same at both UGA and Tech and one is not considerably harder than the other. All of this academic comparison is outdated material and is no longer true. You sound like a guy who has never set foot on either campus.

Also Richt is doing fine with his 4 and 5 star players. The people posting on here are either the most ignorant football fans or a bunch of high schoolers pretending they know something about college and football.

Florida Gougers Take The Field!

December 4th, 2009
7:23 pm

I am a little surpirsed the Florida Gougers and ranked in the top 100 in recruiting, especially after ESPN reports like this one about how dirty their program and players are:
http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=4615866

1276jacket

December 4th, 2009
7:50 pm

Recruiting rankings are kind of like JD Powers Initial Quality for cars; not worth much. A lot depends on if a player even shows ups for school to start with, stays in the program 4 to 5 years(particularly lineman)and actually fits the program.
The problem at Tech is the narrow range of degrees. If you are an athlete in any sport it is tough if you are trying to get a degree. Sports are time consuming.

CBB1

December 4th, 2009
8:11 pm

The main point I was trying to make is that both schools specialize in certain degrees/majors, which everyone probably knows. I know that the math and chemistry classes at GA Tech are harder than at UGA. I took some Pre-Vet classes at UGA for my major, AG Economics, and I know those aren’t offered at Tech since they don’t have a Vet School. Those were 3 of the hardest classes I have taken in my life and I went to Grad School for 1 year and those Pre-Vet classes were harder. The Business School at UGA is one of the best in the nation and I am sure the classes for Industrial Management at Tech are about the same. Tech basically offers Engineering, Industrial Management and Architecture. While UGA offers anything from Art to Pre-Med to Vet School. Plus, they have one of the best Journalism Schools in the whole country. Look at all of the local and national journalists who graduated from UGA. On top of that, a great Law School at UGA, which GA Tech doesn’t offer. It is just as hard for a student-athlete to maintain their grades and schedule at UGA as it is at GA Tech and vice versa. In my opinion, both schools are great academic institutions.

I would like to see all these GA Tech Engineers on this blog go to UGA for a year and take Pre-Law or Pre-Vet classes since you think UGA consists of a bunch of dumb@#$es. You guys wouldn’t last a semester.

CBB1

December 4th, 2009
8:16 pm

One more thing to all the GA Tech Engineers,
If you attended UGA for one semester, you wouldn’t be able to concentrate because you would be too busy looking at all the hot babes in class since you don’t ever see that at GA Tech. You only see that when you go to the Cheetah to park cars.

Auburn Guy

December 4th, 2009
8:28 pm

Mr. Towers, please get your facts straight. First of all the NCAA had nothing to do with this. Auburn self reported minor violations to the SEC. They also imposed sanctions on themselves. The SEC office(Mike Slive) added to those self imposed sanctions.
As for the limos used in the spring, no recruits were ever in them or using them. The coaches used them in their travels during the evaluation period only.
As for the pictures of Marcus Lattimore, there are far more pictures on the internet of players at various schools all over the nation. In this internet age we live in those things happen.

GA Faithful

December 4th, 2009
8:51 pm

ESPN comes out with its rankings half way thru the season, after a lot of recruits have already commited. And for some reason alot of Florida commits were ranked higher on ESPN than Scout and Rivals…??? And alot of Georgia commits were ranked lower (i.e. Garrison Smith, how does he go from #1 or #2 to #12 on ESPN). Something is just wierd about that to me.

runrunrun

December 5th, 2009
12:28 am

To the person talking about our top 5 recruitng class as this yrs seniors and being 7-5. Yes i agree we don’t bloom out all the talent we should and we should have a better record. We also have to take into consideration how good the juniors we lost last year were.

SuperB

December 5th, 2009
12:50 am

Antonio. Come to Georgia. With Aaron Murray @ QB, A. J. and Washaun– the Dawgs will win a national championsip in the next 2 years.

Ghost of LG

December 5th, 2009
12:54 am

Mr. Matt, that comment is so outdated. Maybe Circa 1950 or something, but now it doesn’t cut it. I’m not doubting that Ga Tech was hard for you to stay in and complete, but right now, the statements about getting in and staying in are just inaccurate. With all do respect, your thoughts, and beliefs on that subject are almost as accurate as your statements about how badly Tech was going to stomp UGA, and how everything had changed. Well that was wrong, and these statements are also. Maybe that stuff works good on your buddies, but for those of us that know the truth, save your breath

Also good points CBB 1

Red Dog 77

December 5th, 2009
1:33 am

I wont dispute the fact that we need more O and especially D line prospects to develop,but damn, we got a guy about to take that red shirt off named Kwamee Gathers, dude is tough, and makes Mt. Cody look like a little bee, a little honey natural bee, good posts though.

SourGrapes

December 5th, 2009
6:38 am

Wrong? GT has higher tested incoming freshman according to study by AJC just last year. Not that it matters in the long run, but if you’re going to go around correcting people, you should have “the truth”. And CBB: Nice dreaming. I doubt there are many biomedical engineers parking cars.

http://www.usnews.com/blogs/paper-trail/2008/12/30/athletes-show-huge-gaps-in-sat-scores.html

See, a couple of facts. Helps your whole “I know the truth” gig, doesn’t it?