Looking back on Signing Day 2010, forward to Class 2011

I’m back. I know you’re thrilled.

I took the first couple of days of the week off to catch my breath after the first week of the national signing period. And a crazy, intense week it was, especially national signing day. I had more than 120 Tweets and 40 blog posts that one day alone. And I want to thank you for the nearly 700,000 page views that day. It was a blur of a day.

Of course, the signings continued after that notable first Wednesday in February passed. I hope you have been checking back as we’ve continued to update the list of the state of Georgia’s signees, which grows with each passing day. We’ll keep adding them as they keep coming in so let us know if anybody’s missing.

When I last left you I had just assessed Georgia’s 2010 recruiting class and provided some details on how Calhoun’s Nash Nance and Da’Rick Rogers both ended up at Tennessee. That subject clearly remains a hot-button issue as it elicited nearly 1,000 comments (and that’s not counting the dozens that I had to delete. Please remember to remain civilized with your opinions).

So now I will pick up where I left off. First, that will be to assess Georgia Tech’s 2010 recruiting class. I’ll have that posted a little later this afternoon.

Now that I’m back in the saddle, I’m open to your suggestions for future blog posts. Please let me know some of the things you’d most like to read about. Of course, we’ll be getting into detail on the state’s Class of 2011, which is shaping up to be one of Georgia’s best in a while. And we’ll continue to review the Class of 2010, which will go down as one of the most memorable in some time with all its flips and twists.

As always, thanks for dropping in.

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G dawg "57

February 10th, 2010
2:10 pm

I could say first ….but I have a life. THE DAWGS will be better in 2010 and fine in the very near future. CMR and staff are good people and great coaches. GO DAWGS!

G dawg "57

February 10th, 2010
2:10 pm

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H-Town Dawg

February 10th, 2010
2:12 pm

H-Town Dawg

February 10th, 2010
2:13 pm


February 10th, 2010
2:26 pm

welcome back Chip


February 10th, 2010
2:28 pm

How bout compare all the local guys going pro to there rankings coming out of high school. Any idea on who the top 10-15 guys are in the state for 2011.

Thirty Points to your Twenty-Four Points

February 10th, 2010
2:46 pm


Could you go ahead and break the story about how Nash Nance’s father bought Da’Rick Rogers a car to bribe him to go to UT, and how that is going to affect future recruiting at UT, and maybe mention the probation it will induce.

Also, did you mean that 2011 is looking to be one of UGA’s best classes in a while, or the state of Georgia High Schools as a whole.


sky high

February 10th, 2010
2:47 pm


Great job this year. 700,000 page views, congrats.

-Best 3-4 type defensive recruits
-top players by position
-Interviews with players and their coaches (transcripts or audio or video)
-video highlights from players
-Under-the-radar guys
-Top 20 geographical talent beds (could be a series)
-update us from rivals and scouts and espn (we’re too busy)
-update us from insider subscriber editions of rivals, scouts, and espn
-looks back at top recruits in Georgia who went on to greatness and what they were like in high school (a series)
-coaches on the top talent on their teams
-interviews with popular SEC bloggers


February 10th, 2010
2:49 pm

Maybe make a top ten dream list for the local schools on early prospects they are after? Thanks for the great work Chip.

Hey Thirty Points to your Twenty-Four Points

February 10th, 2010
3:12 pm

You are probably on the right track. But I don’t think anyone will be buying him a new car. But I’m sure there is nothing wrong with his teammate-buddy buying him meals, clothes, “lending” him spending money, including him on vacations and lending him his car. etc.


February 10th, 2010
3:13 pm

I love it! Coach Manboobs Johnson broke out the brownpants at Historic Mark Richt Field this year – then he laid logs in his drawers again against the Big Slow Ten in the bees’ first meaningful bowl game since 1967. What a putz!


February 10th, 2010
3:15 pm

I have a prediction for next year. Another Georgia win against the bees from midtown atlanta.

30-24, you losers.

Glad it still stings.

tech sorority girl

February 10th, 2010
3:17 pm

i wish every dude here wasn’t such a douche.

The Sham

February 10th, 2010
3:21 pm


How about a comparison of quality vs quantity of recruits. 1st comparing UGA vs GT, then comparing each to their respective conferences. I’m not talking about star values necessarily, but also overall recruit ranks and how or if they fill the team’s needs. I think much could be said to validate both UGA and GT’s classes along those lines… Is it obvious I’m still smarting over the stumble finish that was UGA?


February 10th, 2010
3:22 pm

Anybody know how many D1 signings the State of GA had versus FLA? Work with a bunch of Gator Homers.

cawgs or gie

February 10th, 2010
3:23 pm

I’d like to see a blog about how you decide when to use premium info from ugasports in your free ajc blog.


February 10th, 2010
3:25 pm

Chip, great job as always. loved the 10 @ 10. I’m a recruiting nut, i just enjoy following these kids as they plan out there futures. selfishly i wish all their futures were in athens, but you can’t sign everybody. i think you’re coverage is fair and will continue to read. as for next years kids, keep us up to date on Isaiah Crowell, & Gabe Wright. those 2 kids are important pieces to the dawgs ‘11 class. Thanks.


February 10th, 2010
3:29 pm

30-24. Still the crowning achievement of UGA Football in 2009. Just look at the vitriol spewed at Tech without a single Tech commenter on this blog.

My how times have changed…

UGA 2010

February 10th, 2010
3:42 pm

sounds like tech sorority girl is the one in need of a d0uche….


February 10th, 2010
3:51 pm

How proud UGA fans must be to read the nonsense and hatred from the UGA faithful in the previous blogs!

I think the 2010 GT class has a significant amount of talent…………..forget about the number of recruits and look at the quality of these players. All of these players appear to be high character kids with the potential of being very solid college football players. Factor in the abilities of our current coaching staff and I really like this class. We also have some VERY talented redshirt freshmen from the 2009 class which will also become solid contributors sarting this season! The future at GT is VERY bright indeed!!

Dawg 3/20

February 10th, 2010
3:53 pm

Timmy Jernigan, the #2 player right now on Scouts 2011 rankings most likely will be signing with his favorite team growing up, the Florida Gators.


February 10th, 2010
3:58 pm

Times have not changed much. UGA still dominants the nats almost every year. How have your bowl games work out for you over the last decade? Puff out your chest all you want but the nats would still be 5th in the S.E.C. East at best?


February 10th, 2010
4:08 pm

How is “Pretty Boy” Rodgers cruising in the Calhoun area in a brand new SUV? Pretty funny that he wasnt driving this until after he got pimped into providing the Nash boy with a big time scholarship offer. My what some parents will do to spoil their kids. Too bad his son will never see the field except to attempt to tackle someone on punt returns. At least pretty boy got a free ride out of all this. What a loser!


February 10th, 2010
6:26 pm

For 2011 instead of a top 11, how a top 24, the best 22 starters at each position and the best punter & place kicker.


February 10th, 2010
6:56 pm

I personally would like to know what chances Georgia has to sign the following players:
-James Vaughters
-Isaiah Crowell
-Charone Peake
-Jay Rome
-Clowney from South Carolina

It would be nice if you could tell me whether UGA has a shot at those guys.


February 10th, 2010
7:07 pm

Anybody know how many D1 signings the State of GA had versus FLA? I work with a bunch of Curdawg Homers that think there’s big reason to celebrate because, this year more SEC recruits came from Georgia rather than Florida and evidently, to the weakminded, it is some kind of important meaningful trend.


February 10th, 2010
8:23 pm

As a Tech fan…I hate to lose to the red neck trash more than anyone…but I do get a bit of pleasure when they start measuring their “success” by beating GT…you were 7-5 ya inbreds!! But, you did beat Tech”!! Yipee…Yee haw…One more at 7-5, even beating GT, Richts ass is right beside Willy’s…still wouldnt want to trade W2’s with many UGA alums…

Gator Nation

February 10th, 2010
9:25 pm

Gators set for another recruiting bonanza with a smaller class this year. Many of the early top players want to play in the Swamp. LSU looks to have a strong year as well.


February 10th, 2010
10:39 pm

Who can blame Rodgers for going to UT to get the SUV. Daddy Nance wasn’t going to get him one for going to UGA. Daddy Nance was mad at the UGA coaches for not offering his other Division II kid.

Just Wondering

February 10th, 2010
11:18 pm

How did Auburn sign 32 players, only 2 were JUCO. I thought the max was 25

Go Jackets!

February 10th, 2010
11:22 pm

Lets read about georgia tech’s recruiting class from the year coming up in 2011….tell us what to expect out of the jackets. who cares about uga, the rednecks always seem to waste talent anyways. hell the gators own them anyways…next!!

Go Jackets!

February 10th, 2010
11:24 pm

James Vaughters will be a yellow jacket, just the inside word going around. sorry dawgs

Go Jackets!

February 10th, 2010
11:26 pm

Georgia fans are sad, your gonna lose to lsu, your gonna lose to fla, your gonna lose to aub, your gonna lose to ole miss, your gonna lose to south carolina & your gonna lose to georgia tech again….can someone count these loses.


February 10th, 2010
11:30 pm

BigJim you are the redneck – you just lack the intelligence to realize that you are the inbred redneck. Again UGA palyed one of the top 10 toughest schdules this past season as evaluated by the BCS (not me) and Tech played the 43rd most difficult schedule (BCS rank). If Tech had played UGA’s schedule they wouldn’t have even qualified for a bowl bid. You aren’t capable of understanding what I just said but you are irrelevant any way so who cares.


February 11th, 2010
4:05 am

Wonder if Bama can beat the gators for the best recruiting class for 2011?


February 11th, 2010
7:04 am

Why don’t we ask the recruits why we could not recruit any of the great offensive players in this state ?


February 11th, 2010
7:47 am

@Walrus Probably not Jay Rome. Kid is from Valdosta which might as well be in Florida. He’s a Clemson legacy, expect them to win that battle….


February 11th, 2010
8:04 am

BAMA FAN #2, Looks like as long as Saban and Meyer are still coaching, it will always come down between us. Although with as many as we signed this year I would think that UGA could pass us because of signing limits. The truth is the ranking should be based strictly on the average per player which would mean UGA’s class was much better than some of the Guru’s stated.


February 11th, 2010
8:38 am

Chip -

Samuel moving to LB and Gray staying at QB are both big stories, however there’s nothing that can really be reported on until they suit up for Spring practice. I would be interested to know how Stourdivant’s rehab is going, as well as the condition of Austin Long’s back. Will Austin participate in Spring practice? I would also be interested to find out who is going to coach Special Teams and how Grantham and Belin plan to separate duties as LB coaches.

Termigator – There’s no way Bama and Florida are locks to rule the SEC from now until eternity. Anything can happen in the SEC. Bama or Flordia could experience a rash of injuries, some players don’t live up to billing or team chemistry becomes a problem with all the 5 star players griping about PT. I do agree with you that a class should be ranked based on average star per player. UGA didn’t get quantity in 2010, but they did nail down quality.


February 11th, 2010
9:22 am

I was refering to recruiting not necessarily winning. One thing that I think you would agree to though is until UGA gets the losing to Florida out of their heads, the East will run through Gainesville.

Exley DAWG

February 11th, 2010
9:33 am

The SEC is to competitive to have the same teams win year after year. Look for UGA, Auburn, or LSU to take the title in 2010.


February 11th, 2010
9:47 am

Exley DAWG, they have to win the east first, which means not losing a stupid game at home and beating Florida and Tennessee. Richt hasn’t been too good at that lately.

Vol Fan

February 11th, 2010
10:17 am

I disagree that Richt will be gone if he ends up 7 and 5. UGA is use to subpar seasons and will accept it. Unlike UT, UGA has never been on top (except for one National Championship). Just read some of the previous comments. One would think that Richt has dominated the SEC the last few years if one did not know better. I for one (and most UT fans included) would not be satisfied if DD would have the same record as Richt during his career at UGA. VOL fans would in no way call UT successful with only one SEC Championship in ten years. And I might add Richt backed in to that Championship. It took another SEC team to upset Florida before that happen.

The fact is UGA does not have the football tradition that UT has. In addition, with UT’s program down they have beaten UGA the last 3 of four years.

It blows my mind why UGA fans think they have been on top. They are kidding themselves.

I would bet money that when DD gets his players in place that he will dominate the Dawgs. However, I don’t believe that DD will beat either Alabama or Florida on a consistent basis until his recriting picks up. I do know that neither UT nor UGA will compete with either Florida or Alabama until they can recruit with them. GO VOLS!

Vol Fan

February 11th, 2010
10:24 am

Another question I have for Dawg fans. If Cox’s was so bad why did Richt not insert one of his red shirt QB’s. I believe that Richt was showing his appreciation to Cox for staying in the Program for five years. In other words assuming the upcoming QBs are as great as UGA fans say then Richt did not play the best player at QB last year. What does this say about Richt.



February 11th, 2010
10:39 am

Vol Fan, give it up. Tennessee hasn’t done **** EXCEPT beat Georgia since 1998. You can’t have it both ways. You brag about beating Georgia (four wins against five losses) and then say that Georgia is a “2nd tier,” “sinking ship,” blah, blah, blah. Three coaches in three years. Two losing seasons and an abysmal (look it up) bowl record. You all “bet money” on what Lame Kiffin was gonna do as well, didn’t you? When’s the last time Tennessee beat Florida, Alabama, or LSU? When’s the last time Tennessee won the SEC? When is the last time Tennessee finished the season in the top ten? I could go on, but what’s the point? Quit comparing your pathetic program to UGA. Pick on Auburn or Ole Miss for a while. Of course, you lost to both last year, so that might be a little uncomfortable. By the way, the year before Phil Fulmer was fired, he was given a big raise and an incentive bonus for winning at least eight games. Eight games? Yep, sounds like your “big program” has started accepting just a little less than usual. Ironically, if he were still the coach at Losersville, he wouldn’t have gotten his bonus last year since you finished 7-6 — still behind Georgia’s 8-5. Face it, Tennessee has a long, long, long way to go before they are competitive for what really counts — SEC Championships. However, as long as UGA is your only measuring stick, you all might be satisfied to win a bowl game. Good luck with that. Go Dawgs !!!!!

Vol Fan

February 11th, 2010
10:40 am

I remember several years (Under Coach Dickey) that UT because of injures used a fourth string QB to win the SEC. Therefore, its not hard to understand why UT offered Nance. They needed depth at QB and Nance will serve that purpose. And I might add its alot easier to offer a Nance when you get a five star WR in the package.

Dawg fans are luckey that Kiffen left because he would have made UGA fans sick just about every year by beating them on the field and recruiting. Its evident that Kiffen is the one that went after Rogers and took him away from UGA. DD came in and closed the deal. Get over it Dawg fans. Your Program will never compete with UT on a consistent basis.


February 11th, 2010
10:49 am

Vol Fan – Do you have a clue? I think not! During Richt’s tenure UGA has won 2 SEC titles, which is more than UT. We’ve ended the season in the Top 10 6 out of his 9 seasons. Richt is one of the Top 5 winningest active coaches in Div. 1 football. To suggest UGA is a bottom tier SEC program after one 8-5 season is ignorant at best, but then again that’s precisely what we’ve come to expect from Hillbilly Vol fans. BTW, how does it feel to hire a head coach who is use to coaching a perrenial SEC doormat (LA Tech)?

Termigator – Florida is the clear leader in the East. Georgia’s seems to have head is up its arse when they play Florida, but anything can happen from year-to-year. Florida has to replace a lot of starting talent and coaches. In my mind there are a lot of question marks surrounding the Gators this season.


February 11th, 2010
12:29 pm

“breajing news” da” trick was seen in calhoun ga driving a new orange camaro sell out punk


February 11th, 2010
1:04 pm


Tim Hall

February 11th, 2010
1:40 pm

I finally have a Dooley I can like. Of course, my two favorite teams are GT and whoever is playing Ga