Georgia Bulldogs’ 2010 class a lot better than advertised

As for Georgia’s 2010 recruiting class, I don’t think it was nearly the failure it’s being made out to be.

Granted, the Bulldogs lost a lot of prospects toward the end. In total four recruits that were committed before the season began backed out and signed with other teams by signing day, most notably five-star wide receiver Da’Rick Rogers of Calhoun.

And Georgia whiffed on a lot of high-profile talent it tried to land at the end. Five-star athlete Christian Green of Tampa signed with Florida State, as did Lowndes linebacker Telvin Smith (don’t kid yourself, this was close and Jimbo Fisher was sweating it). Defensive tackle Jeff Whitaker went to Auburn. And receivers Kadron Boone (LSU), Adrian Coxson (Florida) and Jordan Akins (UCF) all went elsewhere. The fact that the Bulldogs finished second on most of those players means nothing.

But recruiting is, after all, about the players you bring in. And Georgia brought in some really good ones.

It was routinely being reported Wednesday that the Bulldogs did not sign a five-star prospect (which, of course, may or may not mean anything). But that depends on whose rankings at which you are looking. Safety Alec Ogletree gets five stars from Scout.com and just four from Rivals.com, which nonetheless rates him the No. 3 safety in America. That’s pretty good.

The Bulldogs, who need safeties, also got JUCO transfer Jakar “Hitman” Hamilton from Georgia Military College. So there’s two players right there that could have an impact at a need position.

And speaking of needs, Georgia most assuredly was going after defense in this class. Twelve of their 19 signees play on that side of the ball, including six defensive linemen. And those DLs were among the best this state had to offer, guys like Michael Thornton, T.J. Stripling and Garrison Smith.

If there were shortcomings, I’d point to two areas: wide receivers and linebackers.

As evidenced by their scrambling at the end, the Bulldogs needed more wide receivers, especially after losing Rogers. Alpharetta’s Michael Bennett was the only addition for next season. But barring injury, that’s not something that’s going to derail next year’s squad. Georgia returns six, including All-American A.J. Green, Kris Durham, Israel Troupe, Tavarres King, Rontavious Wooten and, yes, Marlon Brown (coaches think he’ll have an impact this year).

Losing leading tackler Rennie Curran and switching to a 3-4 puts a premium on linebackers and Georgia ended up adding only two, Demetre Baker (6-0, 200, Orange Park, Fla.) and Zander Ogletree (5-9, 205, Newnan). The Dogs needed more. But there’s a lot of experience returning at the position and Richard Samuel is making his much-anticipated switch to the position from tailback.

A lock-down corner or two and/or another big offensive linemen would have been nice but that’s the case every year.

And lest we forget, 2011 is setting up to be a banner year for in-state prospects. The Dogs may actually go into it with a couple of extra grants, which can only be a good thing.

No, Georgia’s is not going to be one of those lauded Top 5 or 10 classes this year. But that distinction hasn’t meant much the last couple of seasons anyway.

Give it a solid B-plus.

284 comments Add your comment

juvenal

February 4th, 2010
4:04 pm

juvenal

February 4th, 2010
4:06 pm

hoping to see what that OL dude did at USC…i agree, a lot of those hyped guys are head cases…3 GT alum playing Sunday, how many daugs?

juvenal

February 4th, 2010
4:10 pm

great job, by the way, even if you didn’t talk about us today on c&c/790..

athensTNdawg

February 4th, 2010
4:12 pm

three dawgs sunday…Jon Stinchcomb, Tim Jennings and Charles Grant

Without-a-clue

February 4th, 2010
4:14 pm

Chip; Thanks for a “fair and balanced” assessment. We’ll be OK.

JRW7

February 4th, 2010
4:14 pm

Glad to see Richard Samuel back at linebacker. Thats the position he really wanted to play when he came to UGA. With his speed and hitting ability, he’s going to be a great linebacker for CTG. GO DOGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

harold

February 4th, 2010
4:17 pm

Yeah……Right! Look at the lack of numbers and mass defections!

SimpleDawg

February 4th, 2010
4:19 pm

Don’t worry about who’s not here; let’s focus on who is here. Looks like we landed some really players…..time will tell.

Jax Dawg

February 4th, 2010
4:20 pm

Lady Ga Ga-tor, who will coach all those recruits that George Edwards helped keep in Gainesville now that he’s heading to the Buffalo Bills? Guess Coach Meyer’s 1 month off won’t happen after all.

JB

February 4th, 2010
4:21 pm

Hey Harold, go sleep with Maude.

juvenal

February 4th, 2010
4:21 pm

i’m genuinely sorry Charles won’t play, the Saints owe alot to his hard work(at least he wasn’t playing runningback)-

Goldtimer

February 4th, 2010
4:24 pm

B+ my hairy butt. Way to sugar coat a dismal class by Georgia’s standards. Like CPJ said, if Tech’s rivals and scout websites had more subscribers, their class would be Top 10 every year also.

Bryan Evans

February 4th, 2010
4:24 pm

No one will every be able to play at the level that I played while at UGA. I was the top safety in the nation. There will forever be a void at the safety position at UGA.

TrackDawg

February 4th, 2010
4:24 pm

harold
what are you talking about.

norman

February 4th, 2010
4:26 pm

Why did you leave out Israel Troupe? Granted, he didn’t play much, but he is an UGA football player that needs to be recognized!!!!

bamaguy

February 4th, 2010
4:26 pm

While “ranking recruits” is somewhat interesting, I would like to point out that Mark Ingram was a four, not a five or six star recruit, yet he won the Heisman Trophy his sophomore year. If UGA got the majority of who the coach and staff wanted, then it was successful.

Jax Dawg

February 4th, 2010
4:27 pm

Six star, huh?

TrackDawg

February 4th, 2010
4:27 pm

Goldtimer
how bout you go cry a river. Why don’t you get with a real team and leave the pudding coast conference. Stop crying

UGA 09

February 4th, 2010
4:27 pm

Quote about Da’Rick switching to UT from Baccari Rambo’s facebook status yesterday, “Bacarri Rambo thinks is messed up how all of UGA high school commitments back out on us but I’m telling you now when I catch you on the field I’m going to knock fire from you.” That is what kind of attitude I want my Bulldogs to have!

Alabamadawg, who's never gonna visit the Outback Resturant again !!

February 4th, 2010
4:29 pm

I completely agree Chip. Thanks…

Tee

February 4th, 2010
4:33 pm

What about the running back that the Dawgs signed? I’ve heard nothing about him.

MrGoodpliers

February 4th, 2010
4:33 pm

The signing day fireworks definately stole some thunder from a solid class that addressed areas of need for the Dawgs. It is a class that 19 of the teams that finished in the top 25 last year would LOVE to have.

Coach Smith

February 4th, 2010
4:34 pm

ESPN is reporting that the GATORS’ defensive coordinator who has only been there a couple months IS LEAVING TO GO TO THE BILLS

How convieniant to announce that the DAY AFTER SIGNING DAY

VolNation

February 4th, 2010
4:34 pm

Bacarri Rambo got schooled by Johnathan Crompton. You would think he’d know when to shut his mouth.

JRW7

February 4th, 2010
4:35 pm

Not all things are so great at UF, Just read on UF site, new DC announced he was leaving, HAHA!!!! GO DOGS!!!!!!!

r2d2

February 4th, 2010
4:35 pm

Chip-

You did an excellent job covering this, you got us great info straight from the source. You have to be dog tired. Thanks for all the hard work.

Yes, I agree, it’s actually a top 7 class if you go by the average stars on rivals. Top 5 ranked class if you go by 3 of top 100 recruits.

Top 12 by ESPN.

mrsec.com did a study and found us ranked #2 in SEC in quality of recruit, slightly behind Florida.

Our DC and DB coach got into the game too late to be a gamechanger.

We did a good job just keeping what we had turning over 3 coaches.

Jax Dawg

February 4th, 2010
4:36 pm

Sounds like a coach you have on your staff Coach Smith, I think his name is VanGorder.

r2d2

February 4th, 2010
4:39 pm

From mrsec.com

SEC Rank School Avg. Pts Per Player

1 Florida 3.89

2 Georgia 3.68

3 LSU 3.62

4 Alabama 3.61

5 Auburn 3.50

6 Tennessee 3.44

7 Ole Miss 3.25

8 S. Carolina 3.04

9 Arkansas 2.96

10 Miss. State 2.92

11 Vanderbilt 2.79

12 Kentucky 2.76

Coach Smith

February 4th, 2010
4:40 pm

VolNation

I think RAMBO had a Pick-Six against Crompton in limited playing time my friend! Maybe you should shut YOUR mouth

Bryan Evans

February 4th, 2010
4:41 pm

Oh snap VolNation. PWND by Coach Smith

Far Away From Home Dawg

February 4th, 2010
4:46 pm

Hey Chip … What about Israel Troupe??? This guy made big strides this year that should not go unrecognized.

UGA 09

February 4th, 2010
4:46 pm

Jonathan Crompton isn’t playing next year either! Neither are of few of you other players with a tendency for armed robbery! Keep smoking your meth hillbilly. Doesn’t knoxville have a newspaper?

jack bull

February 4th, 2010
4:49 pm

Tee, he’s a big RB. 6-1 210. not that fast, but a bruiser. the kind that people who know the game better than all of us say, he runs down hill. could possibly even move to FB if he continues to grow into his frame..

BAMA FAN #2

February 4th, 2010
4:52 pm

Georgia had a good class, but the problem is the gators,crimson tide,cow college,UcheaT,LsoWho had better classes and better coaches!! RTR

singndablues

February 4th, 2010
4:52 pm

OK, OK, I keep hearing from several AJC writers about 2011’s “banner” in-state class. Says who, (other than the aforementioned)? Where’s the backup for this statement. Or is this just more wishful thinking and more of the same old, “but just wait till next year” garbage.

UGA 09

February 4th, 2010
4:53 pm

Vols fans are hillarious! UT has had the worst year in school history. After firing the best coach your school has ever had, and hiring a spoiled brat who comes in and commits several recruiting violations which may lead NCAA probation, he dumbs you after getting stomped in a bowl game and you guys had two players charged with armed robbery. Then you have riots on campus so you go out and hire a coach with a losing record in the WAC. Now you get one wide reciever from UGA and all of a sudden your back on top! UT has lost all respect, in my opinion, and its sad to see a SEC school become such a joke.

UGA 09

February 4th, 2010
4:55 pm

replace dumb with dump

jack bull

February 4th, 2010
4:55 pm

today’ headline..’Florida’s DC leaving to coach Buffalo Bills’….tomorrow’s headlines ‘Urban Meyer taking a leave of absence, plans on coaching the spring game 2014′

well, he says in his gut he feels like he will coach again in 2014.

The Sham

February 4th, 2010
4:58 pm

Here Here Chip: I have to admit I felt jaded the way the last week played out, but it is a class that is pretty consistent throughout. I’d have rather saved that last scholarship they gave to Nick Marshall’s receiving mate (nice lesson learned by CMR there) and used it next year. But with the few scholarships we had to offer and the postion move that are in store, holes will be filled – I think we got pretty good value.

One programing note: How about comparing UGA and GT’s number of Rival/Scout/Whoever’s top 100 list and see how many each of us had and where they ranked on it? Seems like that would give us adversaries an apples to apples comparison of who’s class had a better “quality” rating…

Go DAWGS!

dawgcrzy

February 4th, 2010
5:03 pm

UGA 09 well put

shane#1

February 4th, 2010
5:03 pm

The Dawgs hit some bumps due to coaching changes but I like this class. I guess I have a soft spot for the “big uglies”. I agree that Hamilton and Ogletree could have an immediate impact, and I don’t discount Thornton. CTG seems to think that Thornton is custom made for his D, so if Thornton can put on another 10lbs of muscle in the off-season he has a real shot at making the rotation. I would think the O linemen will red shirt, three O linemen will lose the red shirts this season and Sturdivant may be back as well as Strickland so I don’t see any true freshmen in the lineup. Stripling is a little light for the D line so unless he is used at an OLB spot as a pass rusher he will likely red shirt. I believe that Smith is coming off an injury so he may red shirt also. I think Brown is due for a breakthrough year along with Harmon,{remember him?}, and Geathers. Also, don’t be suprised if a walk on DL gets a scholly this year. From what I have heard this no name player gives the starting O fits on the scout team!

GaGator

February 4th, 2010
5:04 pm

Just keep telling yourself, it’s not so bad, then when you come to Jacksonville and lose big again, you’ll say damn, it’s worse than we thought, but we will come next year. Richt is the best a putting lipstick on a pig.

The only problem is next year will never come with Richt at UGA.

Wreckmaniac

February 4th, 2010
5:10 pm

R2D2: I now see how UGA becomes national champion every year. You just rearrange the #’s.

UA Alum92

February 4th, 2010
5:10 pm

Chris Low, the SEC blogger at ESPN, gave the UGA recruiting class a B+ as well. So, what do you think Dawg fans, did CMR need a strong recruiting class to quiet the masses? Is he on the lukewarm seat? I honestly don’t think outside of a losing season that university officials would ever show him the curb, but would another disappointing showing prompt him to strongly consider moving on?

Ponte Vedra Dawg

February 4th, 2010
5:13 pm

Chip, did you really write this? Excellent balanced article. GaGator, enjoy the good times. UF is dominating the SEC east. We’ll see what happens without Mr. Tebow around.

Whopper Dawg

February 4th, 2010
5:13 pm

VolNation – Count your past blessings – the era of 1/4 Willie is over.

UGA 09

February 4th, 2010
5:13 pm

GaGator, this year will not come for the Gators under Meyer! It’s funny how the make shift coaching staff, brought in to keep your recruiting class together is leaving the day after Nat. Signing day. Urban is going to be the next to go! UF loses 4 games this year, BAMA, USC, UGA, FSU! Write it down!

Wreckmaniac

February 4th, 2010
5:13 pm

R2D2: The problem with your #’s is that #12 KY beat #2 UGA last year.
Help me “interpret” that #. Actually no one really cares do they ? This business is all about who recruits best and not who wins on the field.

borodawg

February 4th, 2010
5:16 pm

Some of us take the recruiting ‘rankings’ too seriously. It was a blow to lose Rogers. Otherwise, a decent class. CMR says he’s please with em; says we got ‘quality’ if not ‘quantity’.

Goooo Dawgs!

UGA 09

February 4th, 2010
5:17 pm

Outside of paying a boat load of money for a highly proven Head Coach, firing CMR would be the dumbest move UGA could make! Just ask UT how their little experiment with letting Phillip Fulmer has gone!