Mike Thornton’s signing eases Georgia’s pain

There was a major sigh of relief let loose in the Georgia coaches’ offices at the Butts-Mehre Building when news came in that Mike Thornton had indeed signed with the Bulldogs.

Thornton’s addition takes at least some of the sting out of losing five-star wide receiver Da’Rick Rogers to Tennessee. Thornton is a consensus four-star prospect and the No. 3-rated player in the AJC Top 50.

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.

50 comments Add your comment

German Shepherd Dawg

February 3rd, 2010
10:11 am

Recruiting rankings are not indicative of what transpires on the field. Go Dawgs!

hunker down

February 3rd, 2010
10:12 am

Lot of talented hs players. Glad to hear that we landed a good one that never decommitted and followed his heart and wants to play for the red and black.

Andy Coleman

February 3rd, 2010
10:12 am

Ross

February 3rd, 2010
10:13 am

Bull the dawg

February 3rd, 2010
10:15 am

Coach em up that is the key..another good reason to dislike UT..too many entitled 5 stars may not be a good thing..

Really?

February 3rd, 2010
10:17 am

Chip are you serious? The rankings are not including Thornton! Please do your job correctly! If you did then you would realize that we are at 16th without them updating Thornton on our list who is a 4 star.

Atticus

February 3rd, 2010
10:17 am

German Shepherd, every school that has won the national championship the last ten years has had a #1 recruiting class so it DOES make a difference. But it’s not something we can’t overcome IF we get a HUGE class next year….which means play and coach the right way and we will. This program rises (or falls) due to the QB (Murray or Mett) being the real deal, the defensive coach and Richt getting serious about discipline strength and conditioning and special teams.

UGA Dawgs

February 3rd, 2010
10:18 am

Way too much is being made about recruiting rankings. Check the rivals top 25 and looks who’s behind us. Virginia Tech, S. Carolina, Miami, Ohio State, Nebraska, any of those names sound familiar? All of those teams (with the exception of South Carolina) should have great teams next year. I don’t hear anybody saying, “What’s wrong with Ohio State recruiting?!?!?!?!?” People like Bradley and rival schools just trying to stir the pot. No story here.

The Other St. Simons

February 3rd, 2010
10:18 am

Rockytop will always be Nu’keese in a Prius to me.

Really?

February 3rd, 2010
10:19 am

I will keep everyone on here updated as to what truly is going on since Chip is incapable!

devildawg

February 3rd, 2010
10:21 am

I’m sure Da’Prick will follow in the tradition of top WR prospects at Tenny-see and attempt armed robbery or something insanely stupid like that. C’mon Da’Prick be all the Nu’Keese you can be.

ESPN,AJC,SCOUT.....They ALL Suck

February 3rd, 2010
10:21 am

Jimmy Johnson never had a recruiting class higher than 5th, and look at the success he had. This is Media BullHockey that is affecting the integrity of college football.
The spin being put on is corrupt to say the least. Shame…Shame…Shame

SOUTHWEST GA. DAWG

February 3rd, 2010
10:21 am

IT SEEMS LIKE CHRISTIAN GREEN OF TAMPA FLA. WANTS TO COME TO UGA WHEN HE COMMITS RODGERS CAN KICK ROCKS AND BE PREPARED TO FEEL THE PAIN DA-RICK

Dawgs73

February 3rd, 2010
10:22 am

I love this time of the year. It’s the only moment that 17 & 18 year olds determine a silly ranking system without ever stepping on a college football field. It’s a time when some kid named Da’Rick can drop a school’s perceived ranking without blocking, catching a pass, or running a route correctly. The same can be said for a “phenom” named Thornton allows a coaching staff to “let loose a sigh of relief”…. comical.

EC_Baseball

February 3rd, 2010
10:22 am

It will all be played out on the field. Lets just hope better than last year!

lazydawg

February 3rd, 2010
10:24 am

I’m sure he would have been red shirted this year and would not see the field at UGA, so his best chance to play was UT and Dooley sure needed him to make a splash with theVol Nation.
Go Dawgs and keep on going DaRick.

YardDawg

February 3rd, 2010
10:24 am

Really? we are counting on you …. not

knoxdawg

February 3rd, 2010
10:26 am

While we all want a top 10 recruiting class we all know the key is making the most with what you have. Dawgs have talent, CMR and staff needs to coach them up. I believe new DC and staff will insure that the fundamentals of football are preached constantly and we will see a better defensive team. If we get a running game going like we had at end of 09 then QB position will benefit and offense should be stout. The SEC just gets better every year.

Ginger

February 3rd, 2010
10:27 am

Don’t understand something Chip….Seems every time you write something about UGA–there is a negative spin…..It is ok to be honest—but I don’t see you putting a negative spin on Ga. Tech, Tenn, or other programs..If you were consistent in your negativity–would say that it is just your personality and writing style….Every program has hits and misses with players…Every program signs some players that they want and every program does not get every player that they recruited.

Really?

February 3rd, 2010
10:29 am

YardDawg – Did you just not? Are you a 5th or 6th grader?

Really?

February 3rd, 2010
10:34 am

Ginger – Agreed! The headline of this story is “Thornton’s signing eases UGA’s pain but Dogs drop in rankings” The fact is we dropped in the rankings prior to Thornton signing. Chip makes it sound like we dropped in the rankings after Thornton signed. The number 16 ranking that Chip is referring to is what Scout had us at prior to signing a 4 star in Thornton. So once again a negative spin from Chip!!!

the rela Kirby Smart

February 3rd, 2010
10:36 am

Yeah, from the looks of it we’re better in recruiting than coaching them up. So if we’re now 14th(with Thornton added) then now we’re in big trouble. Face it UGA fans, we are taking on water fast. Some of you are only saying it doen’t matter b/c Fla, Bama, Aub, LSU, and Tenn kicked our a** this year.

Bremen Dawg

February 3rd, 2010
10:37 am

We needed this kid worse than any of the others that we lost. We have enough power on O now, just need to build that D up.

Bremen Dawg

February 3rd, 2010
10:39 am

Don’t read to much into the rankings, its how the players are coached up. Can you say David Greene and David Pollack?

NCAA Statistician

February 3rd, 2010
10:40 am

German Shepherd Dawg…you are most certainly RIGHT! UGA annually gets a top 5 recruiting class but actually gets ranked that high about once or twice every few decades. They won a national title back during pre-history (1980) and somehow managed with years of loaded recruiting classes to lose to Kentucky last year and even to a first year coach.

If they start losing talent how far will they drop in a year or two??? Vegas odds are currently even on whether or not they keep up with Vandy and Kentucky. So…it ought to be fun watching those close games in the next couple of years to see who is in the basement of the SEC East.

Jim

February 3rd, 2010
10:42 am

this is the only way he can get someone to read his blog.

Bremen Dawg

February 3rd, 2010
10:42 am

News flash: Da’Rick Rogers get arrested with a Tennessee call girl robbing a bank. Sources say that the girl was a hostess with the school.

BamBam49

February 3rd, 2010
10:43 am

Are they putting hookers IN the escalades @ AUburn….I’m just sayin!

Dawg'94

February 3rd, 2010
10:45 am

David Pollack was a two star prospect out of Shiloh High. Most of the nerds rating the high school players sat on the third row in the band at their high school games. The Dawgs are loaded. Look for an SEC title in 2010!! And when did Bradley write anything worth reading? 30-24.

YardDawg

February 3rd, 2010
10:48 am

Really? Did Chip steal your lunch money, or do you have some sort of inferiority complex.

Chip, many of we educated folk (well above primary) thank you for your hard work and information.

Ignore Really?, as he apparently didn’t learn anything from the 18 year old Mr Rodgers …. ‘picking’ and ’signing’ are two totally different things.

Will

February 3rd, 2010
10:52 am

The real measure of an effective coaching staff is one that can take good players and teach them to be great players.

That is why I think a coaching staff Mike Riley’s at Oregon State is among the best in the country, most likely better than most of the ESPN “glamour schools”.

Oregon State will never be a school that can effectively compete for the 4-5 star hot shots, even within Oregon and much less in CA and other areas. The OSU coaching staff takes the good player and teaches him to become a better player rather than having the luxury of bringing in great players and rolling out the balls.

Winning 8-9 games a year at Oregon State is much more difficult than winning 11-12 games a year at Alabama, UGA or other schools that, year after year, get the “best of the best” high school players.

Also, make no mistake about it. It the the parts of a coaching staff, rather than the whole of the head coach that lead to success. If you don’t believe me, just look at Florida and US this year after losing their offensive coordinators. Coach Meyer and Coach Carroll did not forget how to coach this year and they certainly weren’t hurting for players. Same thing with FSU when Coach Richt left – the program has never been the same.

JRW7

February 3rd, 2010
10:55 am

DaRick is a prima donna, prettyboy, fool, go to hillbilly u, we wany players that bleed red and black

Sheesh

February 3rd, 2010
10:59 am

How bout a AJC headline that reads: UGA’s recruting class still ahead of Ga. Techs – “We run this state” Come on Chip, I dare you!

Dawgs Rule

February 3rd, 2010
11:02 am

Dawg fans,

Don’t worry about losing Rogers. I don’t think it is a reflection of our program on the decline or anything of importance. It’s simply we are deep in the WR’s depth chart and Rogers didn’t think he could compete with some of the other WR’s on the team.

That’s OK. We will move on. Remember it was last year that we recruited the top WR’s in Tennessee in Marlon Brown. So, let’s not worry and be excited towards the future.

choice

February 3rd, 2010
11:08 am

Thornton or Da’Sick I’ll take a DT everyday of the week.

kerryb

February 3rd, 2010
11:08 am

I could care less about rankings. We were thin at defensive line and safety and now we are stacked with quality defensive linemen and safeties. Linemen and safeties are not usually 5 star guys. WE also added depth on the OL. We got our skill players the last couple of years and this year we got what we needed. Very happy with this class.

Really?

February 3rd, 2010
11:12 am

YardDawg – It is spelled Rogers! If you are going to post on here at least have some idea as to what you are talking about.

TXDawg

February 3rd, 2010
11:14 am

Hey Southwest Dawg, Christian Green was confirmed as going to Florida St, or so I read.
How may people really think, a lower ranking this year means anything? We could get the #1 ranking in recruiting every year, but unless the players come together and gel on the field, it doesn’t matter.

ITP Jacket

February 3rd, 2010
11:17 am

Dawg 73 is correct – it is comical how these 17 & 18 year olds play the adults every year. Some pan out and some don’t (just look at last years signing class – UT lost what 3 to crime, Duke lost the stud DL from Columbus to crime, some flunk out, etc). The interesting beneficiary will be GA. State. This state produces a lot of talent particularly metro Atlanta. I won’t be surprised if they start receiving a lot of DIV I transfers from the area who didn’t pan out, got homesick etc their current chosen schools.

suwaneedawg

February 3rd, 2010
11:22 am

Call me stupid, but I like this class at UGA. We got a lot of help on the defense side of the ball who will fit in nicely in the 3-4. Offense was not a concern of mine this year. Next year we need a solid class on the offense side of the ball. I will bet you that Grantham is stoked about this class.

Georgia

February 3rd, 2010
11:26 am

Georgia loaded at receiver.. Darick can beat it. We’ll take care of him in Athens next October.

papadawg

February 3rd, 2010
11:36 am

Am I the only one excited about all these defensive players.

double G

February 3rd, 2010
11:39 am

Where’s Garrison Smith?????

Flo-Ri-Duh!

February 3rd, 2010
11:54 am

Cow Chip Towers is a DAWG hater and we all know that….. get the facts straight. UGA is ranked lower because of NUMBERS not because of a lack of quality. They may have just recruited the BEST defensive class in the nation but they have 19 commits – everyone rated higher than them has at least 25 recruits. Again. they filled most of their needs and have most of their offense back from last season. Maybe they shouldn’t have bowed to the public will and fired Martinez who must not be to bad since Oklahoma just hired him.

Normal Dawg

February 3rd, 2010
12:12 pm

Good call ITP Jacket. I think GA State is going to have a pretty good program in the coming years. As for getting worked up over a bunch of 17 and 18 year kids….no thanks. Time and again, 5-stars fade and 3-stars shine. It is all what you do with them when they arrive and we haven’t been doing enough with them the last 3 or 4 years. I hope that changes this year.

I would have liked to have signed Da’ Rick, but it is not initially as HUGE a blow to our class as people make it out to be. Most likely, he wouldn’t have played much this fall. Could it hurt down the line? Sure. He might end up being the super star everyone is predicting. He may just be a bust though.

Welcome to all the new Dawgs. Aside from football, and what all the Tech fans say, Athens is an unbelievable place to go to college. Gonna have the time of your life. I promise. Oh yeah, do us all a favor, get your driver’s license/ scooter license crap together over the next few months! ;-)

gadawg1980

February 3rd, 2010
12:16 pm

like buck said, what happens after your playing day’s are over. cant wear that orange cap around calhoun and get special favor’s~!! tenn man now da trick, how do you dream of being a dawg and at the last sec your headed to tenn, cash that check yet looser

BC79

February 3rd, 2010
12:49 pm

Girls and guys– Chill out, please! 1) Some (not most) 18-year-old star recruits do “play the system,” but they didn’t invent the system–we, the recruiting prognosticators, and the coaches mostly created it. 2) They are 18! 3) UGA has plenty of (maybe too many) receivers, I’d like to see more offensive and defense linemen–that’s what wins at any level. 4) The only thing that “matters” happens on the field in the Fall–and that doesn’t matter as much as a lot of other things in life. So please!! get some perspective.

Andrew

February 3rd, 2010
1:55 pm

It wasn’t the prospect of losing him that made UGA drop it was losing him. Chip, you muct be so happy to report on the UGA bad news.

CThompsonPBurg

February 3rd, 2010
6:43 pm

Do not fret Bulldogs… Ky beat you with 3 star recruits and will beat you again.

BuLLdawg

February 4th, 2010
1:02 am

21 that is what this recruiting class is ranked in the Scout.com Rankings for 2010.

Number 21 in the nation recruiting class.

The state of Georgia sends more high school players to the NFL than every other state except for California, Florida and Texas. Georgia is the 4th best state for recruiting high school players who end up in the NFL.

Number 21 recruiting class.

Breaking the recruiting class down, there are 5 top-notch defensive players.

None on offense.

Last year, 6 percent of our scholarships we invested on offense.

This year, 8 percent of our scholarships were invested on offense.

Keep this up, and we will be worse than 3-8 vs Top 10 Final AP Poll SEC Teams and worse than 17-19 vs Top 25 Final AP Poll Teams and will just add to the 8 Losses in 9 Years of the Coach Richt Era now to teams NOT EVEN RANKED in the Final AP Poll Top 25.

How can you have 85 Scholarships in this state of Georgia, and find only 6 percent invested on Offense last year and now only 8 percent invested on Offense this year ? The recruits are telling you that we need to spend $750,000 for an 11-year NFL veteran as Offensive Coordinator. Figure it out.