How’d Georgia’s 10 graduating seniors rate as recruits?

Scout.com rated Georgia quarterback Joe Cox a 4-star recruit coming out of Charlotte-Independence High. He and nine other recruited seniors accepted college degrees on Friday. (AJC photo by Brant Sanderlin)

Scout.com rated Georgia quarterback Joe Cox a 4-star recruit coming out of Charlotte-Independence High. He and nine other recruited seniors accepted college degrees on Friday. (AJC photo by Brant Sanderlin)

Fifteen seniors on Georgia’s football team walked in graduation ceremonies Friday, including 10 that were of the recruited-scholarship variety. They all deserve congratulations for earning their college degrees.

But how did they turn out as football players?

Different people evaluate such things different ways. A 3-star prospect that eventually becomes a starter is generally considered a success from a recruiting standpoint. Conversely, a 5-star that does not earn at least all-conference honors is deemed a disappointment. Four stars are basically expected to be major contributors throughout their careers.

So how do you think the Georgia guys did? Let’s hear who you would say was the most successful, biggest surprise, biggest disappointment, etc., of these graduates. And did the recruiting analysts get it right?

Following is a list the 10 players along with their recruiting ratings out of high school:

  • QB Joe Cox, Charlotte, N.C.: Rivals — 3 stars; Scout — 4 stars. Played in 25 games with 13 starts. Career stats: 56.2 percent passer with 2,858 yards, 27 TDs and 15 interceptions.
  • DT Ricardo Crawford, Fair Bluff, N.C.: Rivals — 3 stars; Scout — 3 stars. Played in 12 games, 0 starts, 7 tackles, 0.5 sacks, 2 QB pressures.
  • DB Bryan Evans, Jacksonville, Fla.: Rivals — 4 stars; Scout — 4 stars. Played in 47 games with 23 starts, 113 tackles, 1 sack, 1 interception.
  • CB Prince Miller, Duncan, S.C.: Rivals — 4 stars; Scout — 4 stars. Played in 51 games with 30 starts. 121 tackles, 1 sack, 1 interception, 28 punt returns for 417 yards (14.9 ypr), 1 TD.
  • WR Mike Moore, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.: Rivals — 4 stars; Scout — 3 stars. Played in 47 games with 11 starts. 57 receptions for 730 yards and 7 TDs.
  • DT Jeff Owens, Sunrise, Fla.: Rivals — 4 stars; Scout — 4 stars. Played in 41 games with 36 starts. 101 tackles, 5 sacks, 13 TFL, 69 QB pressures
  • OL Vince Vance, Hinesville: Rivals — 3 stars; Scout — 3 stars. Played in 29 games in three seasons with eight starts.
  • LB/DE Marcus Washington, Keysville: Rivals — 4 stars; Scout — 4 stars. Played in 44 games with 7 starts. 63 tackles, 2 sacks, 10 QB pressures.
  • DT Kade Weston, Red Bank, N.J.: Rivals — 4 stars; Scout — 5 stars. Played in 48 games with 20 starts. 78 tackles, 4.5 sacks, 16.5 TFL, 56 QB pressures.
  • WR Tony Wilson, Daytona Beach, Fla: Rivals — 4 stars; Scout — 4 stars. Played in 17 games with 3 starts. Had 15 receptions for 126 yards, 0 TDs. Dismissed from team after redshirt sophomore season.

258 comments Add your comment

Dawgs forever!

December 18th, 2009
11:28 am

Dawgs forever!

December 18th, 2009
11:30 am

Finally, I’m first at something!! Now my world is complete!! Now if we could start winning games in basketball! Find a DC and Win a NC and win the World Series in baseball! Then all of Dawg Nation’s world would be complete!! That would be a GREAT Christmas present!!

MoDAWG

December 18th, 2009
11:34 am

most of these guys were average….Weston played the best of the bunch, the Miller, Vance, Evans, Washington, Moore, Cox, Wilson-Crawford tied……..Weston, Miller, Vance…good success..

Marty Funkhauser

December 18th, 2009
11:35 am

Dawgs forever! — You must be proud….what an accomplishment….very impressive.

Seriously folks, if you think posting first on these stupid blogs is an achievement then you are a complete and utter moron.

Dawgs forever!

December 18th, 2009
11:37 am

I like being a moron!! That way it causes you pain!!

McDawg

December 18th, 2009
11:39 am

According to the criteria Wilson is the only bust maybe Washington but they both had injury problems-i thought Wilson was really going to come on but neve happened

Mike S

December 18th, 2009
11:46 am

Out of that list — Vince Vance was the one major success. Weston, Miller performed to thier rating. Cox actually played to about the level of his rating, which was mediocre. All the others performed a little below what was expected with Evans being the biggest “regular” dissappointment, and Tony Wilson being the biggest MISS.

Starring Kam Fong as Chin Ho

December 18th, 2009
11:47 am

Wow Marty, a little bitter over 4th aren’t ya. Since these guy’s are graduating, they are successful. Most contributed well on the field as well. DGD’s one and all

Vince

December 18th, 2009
11:49 am

Dawgs forever, first get some qualified football players ( watch how many of this seasons recruits wind up at GMC–check out the last 6 years ), then beat UF and UT and throw in a Kentucky every so often. Its good to see these players get a degree, even though its probably in sports education. Maybe, they’ll get a job in they’re old high school locker rooms.

Cameron

December 18th, 2009
11:50 am

Cox was a contributor, but a disappointment in my book.
Prince Miller certainly contributed a lot, probably overrated coming out of high school.
Weston certainly didn’t live up to a 5-star billing, but definitely was a major contributor.
Crawford did nothing.
Evans was a disappointment. Just goes to show that speed and size isn’t everything for a DB.
Vance did as expected, he was a 3-star JUCO for a reason. However, his size and athleticism would say he is capable of more, guess not.
Washington was a contributor and great run stuffer when healthy, but overall a slight disappointment.
Mike Moore performed as expected, solid but nothing great.
Tony Wilson was a solid contributor and great blocker until he got hurt.

I would say Wilson and Weston, maybe Prince were the only “hits” here, while the others were all “misses” or disappointments.

TK

December 18th, 2009
11:53 am

Your stats on Joe Cox are wrong – pending the bowl game he finished with 27 TDs and 15 Ints.

DawgMans68

December 18th, 2009
11:55 am

I is so proud of these guy. I played but did never get mines. We just needs another kirk russell but where is ones to coach our boys up. We will win another championship soon.

aggie

December 18th, 2009
11:58 am

that group was a bust not 1 all sec

Pup Fan

December 18th, 2009
11:59 am

ELEVENTH!!!!!!

pAuL JoHNsoN

December 18th, 2009
12:00 pm

good info on this article. Like to see more of this type of stuff rather than all the nonsense.

Dawg grad

December 18th, 2009
12:01 pm

I got my diploma before Jan Kemp caught the teachers and coaches changing our grades. She sure messed up things. When I was at UGA, I got to go to the library and see they’re book. Even got to escort the homecoming queen off the field after she was caught grazing in Sanford Stadium. Really hate that Jan Kemp caught us, we’d been National Champs at least 8 times by now.

Dawgs forever!

December 18th, 2009
12:02 pm

This is why you can not put much stock into the recruiting stars! So, you all who get caught up in that need to relax and see what happens after they get on campus!

Munson's Call

December 18th, 2009
12:08 pm

Why is Jeff Owens’ name not on this list? I am pretty sure he graduated today as well.

aarh

December 18th, 2009
12:08 pm

TK- Yeah, now that you mention it…I think the Joe Cox TD ro Int. #s are wrong. I know he’s thrown his share of ints., but he’s thrown a lot more TDs than Ints. this yr. He hardly played before this yr…so there’s no way he would have had more ints. than tds counting the stats for the other yr. I’m not going to put all thte blam for our season & Cox’s struggles on him. This was his first yr. playing w/ very little experience. Even Stafford struggled in his first yr.
Weston did turn out pretty good, but he really didn’t do much until this yr. I don’t know if I’d say Tony Wilson was the biggest bust, bc it’s hard to perform when you don’t play. I’m sure he would have performed well if he did. Mike Moore has done pretty well when given the chance, but they really haven’t played him that much.

aarh

December 18th, 2009
12:11 pm

I proof read my post, but once I posted it I saw typos that I don’t remember seeing before posting. Sorry, if that’s my fault.

Wil Walton

December 18th, 2009
12:11 pm

Munson, Owens iether already graduated or will be graduating in the spring. I think he already graduated.

Sithdawg

December 18th, 2009
12:11 pm

Prince Miller = Master of Pass Interference

Sithdawg

December 18th, 2009
12:12 pm

Seriously, that guy saw more flags than a Thanksgiving day parade.

Andy

December 18th, 2009
12:21 pm

Worst recruiting class ever. These guys are why our defense sucked. Good riddance.

Sithdawg

December 18th, 2009
12:22 pm

Not to mention, 1 INT in 51 games (assuming that stat is correct) is a little weak for a CB of his supposed caliber.

reality check

December 18th, 2009
12:22 pm

How Bout Jeff Owens? and How Bout Them Dawgs! Congrats young men for finishing the drill with your education.

I think Mr. Kade Weston, or Prince Miller of the ones mentioned, had the most solid but not spectacular careers. Then maybe Vance. The others injuries and inconsistency marked careers.

Go DAWGS!

Cox vs. Tebow

December 18th, 2009
12:29 pm

I doubt anyone in the NCAA thought in 2008, that Joe Cox would throw for more TD’s and Yards than Tim Tebow or outplay Brady, Montana, or Marino in his first year as a starter. Marino threw for a lot more INT’s than Cox, less yards, less td’s. Cox WAY exceed expectations.

Herschel Talker

December 18th, 2009
12:30 pm

Bryan Evans was a complete and unmitigated disaster. What a joke.

MikeJones

December 18th, 2009
12:33 pm

Where’s Jeff Owens? He had to be a least a 4 star recruit.

Wil Walton

December 18th, 2009
12:37 pm

This is a list of December grads only. Owens may have already graduated or will be in the Spring.

GW

December 18th, 2009
12:40 pm

It is amazing to me that people spend real money on recruiting websites, etc. It is clearly a guessing game. All of the chasing of recruits and announcements of a “soft committment” and this star business is a bunch of crap. Either some of the above 4 stars were overrated, undercoached or both.

Dave

December 18th, 2009
12:46 pm

Wow, not a very good Senior class football wise. Bad recruiting year. Could explain alot of our problems this year, not much Senior leadership.

Chip Towers

December 18th, 2009
12:46 pm

MikeJones, others: Don’t know how I managed to leave out Jeff Owens because I had him on my original list. Anyway, I’ve added him now. Sorry for the omission. Now there’s actually 10 there. :-) . . .

P.S. There are other seniors that will graduate after spring semester.

Bob

December 18th, 2009
12:47 pm

For those keeping score at home, this senior class was 3-1 vs. Georgia Tech.

I just didn’t want the big mouthed Techies to forget who their daddy is. They run their mouths so much about what disappointments our recruits turn out to be. Too bad their pile of crap team can’t do anything about it. Carry on….

red faced dawg fan

December 18th, 2009
12:48 pm

what a bunch of morons, sitting in your mother’s basement being critical of a group of young men who just graduated from college. I am sure they are much better football players than any of you jerks ever were. The only person you are impressing with your comments are you own stupid selves. Get a life you losers.

Tech Bedwetter

December 18th, 2009
12:50 pm

Dave

December 18th, 2009
12:50 pm

Bob, I agree. It’s exciting to think about what our much more talented underclassmen will do. Their best team in years couldn’t beat our mediocre at best seniors.

Dave

December 18th, 2009
12:52 pm

red faced dawg fan – yet you take the time to read the comments….

Clay

December 18th, 2009
12:53 pm

Jeff Owens graduated today, as well. He posted about it on his Twitter account today, @jeffowens95.

Dave

December 18th, 2009
12:53 pm

Of course, if you add Knowshon and Stafford to this year’s class it would look much better. I retract my poor recruiting comment.

Btown Dawg

December 18th, 2009
12:53 pm

Overall class: C-

Most successful: Clearly Owens

Biggest surprise: Probably have to go with Vance

Biggest disappointment : No doubt Tony Wilson

Recruiting analysts : F+

duh!!!

December 18th, 2009
12:54 pm

Hmmm….Chip, you apparently have many typos. According to Tech fans UGA only lands 5 star guys so……

Dave

December 18th, 2009
12:55 pm

You’d also have to add Asher Allen to this year’s class. Better corner than P. Miller, that’s for sure.

CoachingKills

December 18th, 2009
12:56 pm

The defensive backs in this group had low stats not because they were overrated, but because Martinez never put them in a position to make plays. In his defense only the safeties would get the occasional interceptions. Hope the new DC can use Ogletree like UT used Eric Berry

Reality Check

December 18th, 2009
12:57 pm

How in the world did you leave off Gino Atkins as well?

gator4life

December 18th, 2009
1:13 pm

Bob, what was their records against the GGGGAAATTTOOORRRRSSSS?!

timthebrave

December 18th, 2009
1:14 pm

Congratulations seniors on graduating at UGA. They all made contributions and are damn good dawgs

YouCanRunButYouCannotHide

December 18th, 2009
1:14 pm

The poor recruiting is that we have to go outside of the state to land players now. What happened to the good old days when UGA recruited heavily from Georgia? We need solid recruiters on this staff who can keep more of the GA talent at home.

collegeballfan

December 18th, 2009
1:15 pm

It appears most of them contributed. I would say solid class so far.

Cox vs. Marino

December 18th, 2009
1:16 pm

Dan Marino, Pittsburg, 1982
58% completion, 2432 yards, 17 td’s, 23 int’s, 67 pass rating

Joe Cox, Georgia, 2009
56% Completion, 2426 yards, 22 td’s, 14 int’s, 138 pass rating