Dream Team II? UGA adds four football recruits for 2012 (UPDATED)

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When it rains, it pours.

Some UGA fans were beginning to panic about football recruiting after the Bulldogs went six weeks without a football commitment.

Things changed a bit over the weekend.

Georgia coach Mark Richt added four commitments to his 2012 recruiting class, including perhaps the No. 1 overall prospect in Georgia with Jenkins County High School defensive tackle Jonathan Taylor. He was part of a “package deal” with teammate James DeLoach, who projects to play linebacker or defensive end for the Bulldogs (click on story link).

The day before, Richt both offered and secured a commitment from Cartersville punter Colin Barber within minutes — and before he went to camps at Clemson, Florida State, Auburn and Alabama (click on story link).

It was Peirce County fullback Quayvon Hicks who got the weekend rolling for UGA with his commitment (click on story link).

Richt hasn’t dubbed it “Dream Team II” yet but some of the recruits are calling it that — taking the moniker that Richt used for last year’s class.

Georgia nearly doubled its commitments over the span of three days, and has 10 for 2012. What’s most impressive is that 9 of 10 are homegrown products from the state of Georgia.

Mark Richt (left) and Todd Grantham discuss recruits at UGA camp (AJC photo by Brant Sanderlin)

The Men in Black discuss recruits at Mark Richt Camp (AJC photo by Brant Sanderlin)

UGA handed out at least a half-dozen offers to rising juniors and seniors at Mark Richt Camp. The biggest surprise to show up at camp was Monroe Area DE Kenderius Whitehead, who has offers from 2o other colleges. Most prospects with 20 offers do not audition at summer camps for additional offers. Kenderius did, got compared to NFL Pro Bowler DeMarcus Ware by UGA defensive coordinator Todd Grantham, and landed the UGA offer. Whitehead also likes Georgia Tech (click on story link).

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dawgfish

June 13th, 2011
10:11 am

No way! First?

Ray

June 13th, 2011
10:12 am

This is Great me and my father know James Deloach and getting to see him play in Athens will be great.

1990 = Fake National Title

June 13th, 2011
10:15 am

Lesson to learn dawgfish…..NO SHORTCUTS. NONE.

1990 = Fake National Title

June 13th, 2011
10:16 am

Good morning Michael, thanks for the great recruiting updates!

Ray

June 13th, 2011
10:17 am

Still it’s a long way to go people shouldn’t be worried about recruiting for crying out loud we haven’t really been able to see the current class play much.

RJ

June 13th, 2011
10:18 am

Nice pick up of Johnathan Taylor, only ESPN 150 guy out of 10. 9 out of 10 of these recruits I don’t get. Need some top def & off lineman.

RJ

June 13th, 2011
10:23 am

ESPN has 2012 UGA class at #23 ranking.

http://es.pn/lsWZJj

Ray

June 13th, 2011
10:31 am

@ RJ Always remember just because someone has the #1 class especially on ESPN 150 doesn’t mean a thing.

Look at Auburn just recent national champs in 2008 their class barely made the Top 20 at 19

Then Arkansas at 18 even though they lost to Ohio St.(cheaters)

At the top of the 2008 list No. 1, 2, 4, 5(UGA), 7, 9, and 10 did pretty poor some did okay like Miami, but others like Texas and us did piss poor job this past season.

That was a long drawn out way of saying Recruit rankings mean nothing except where someone thinks you’ll be within 3 to 4 years of that class.

JDawg1785

June 13th, 2011
10:34 am

Great coverage, Michael! Any news on 2012 OL targets and where the Dawgs stand with them?

Ray

June 13th, 2011
10:34 am

Okay hopefully no one reads that wrong, but it should say

*Look at Auburn just recent national champs this year, but in 2008 their class barely made the Top 20 at #19.

*Then Arkansas at 18 also a 2008 class.

Bob Loblaw

June 13th, 2011
10:36 am

Who said Whitehead “auditioned?” MAYBE THE KID WANTS AN OFFER FROM UGA????? Oh yeah, he got one after he “auditioned!”

Tiger$ Rock!

June 13th, 2011
10:43 am

Re Da Barns recruiting:

The team was supplemented with JUCO players, so throw the rankings out of the window.

bigroot

June 13th, 2011
10:44 am

uga is losing it’s best offenses talent to Ala and Aub rbs wrs & te

Still@theBAR

June 13th, 2011
10:50 am

The DREAM TEAM was a group of the GREATEST PROVEN NBA Players assembled to win a Gold Metal.
UGA’s Dream team is a collection of unproven high schools that have done NOTHING.
Wait until they Actually do Something on the field in the SEC before you give them the name of the dream team.
The TECH class of Dwyer, Jones, Thomas, and Nesbitt were just called a tight nit group of players. They won an ACC title. UGA’s class has a LOT to Prove. It could be the Nightmare in the Sanford Septic Tank for all anybody knows.
These kids could be great or they could be like most UGA teams and be just an average mid-tier SEC team with nothing to show after 4-5 years.

Ralph

June 13th, 2011
10:51 am

Uh, bigroot, write a lot?

ITS THE TO-LINE STUPID!

June 13th, 2011
10:52 am

2 kickers??? We need 6 -8 O-LINE, someone wake up!!!!

bruce mac

June 13th, 2011
10:53 am

Congratulations to these young men. I know it is tough but try to act classy bees.

Troll Power Ratings

June 13th, 2011
10:53 am

Still Bar: You’re up late and way behind the torrid pace set yesterday. Post 5-6 more times here, then troll over to the other Georgia blogs and get crackin’.

GTBob

June 13th, 2011
10:55 am

Is Dream Team II a phrase that Richt is actually using in recruiting? That’s even more corny then using Dream Team in the first place.

Still@theBAR

June 13th, 2011
10:56 am

TPR
I am not up late. I was Up late last night and didn’t get home until this morning. Back at work now what is your day like? It should be a slow lunch crowd today.

schmeckdawg

June 13th, 2011
10:56 am

In a recruiting year like this for the DAWGS, we may not get a sexy ranking because what we need doesn’t really fire up any of these recruiting services; but, if we meet our needs by landing a stud RB, OL, and a couple of other pieces IMHO we’ll be all good!

I am old and I recall ............

June 13th, 2011
10:59 am

As an old UGA man for 50+ years, I recall the names of Ben Zambiasi and Terry Hogue, Kevin Butler, Al Pollard, Joel Parrish, and Nate Taylor and David Pollack and even David Green and too many others to name that WERE NOT on anyone’s big time, 4/5 star recruiter’s listing. These men left their mark and are revered for their efforts …………..and will be forever.

NCAA ball is about the no name kids that come in, study hard, work hard in practice and come game day, maybe they make one great play …………like Steve Kelly made vs Notre Dame on a kick off, causing a fumble that UGA scored on.

College is about the no names ……………. THAT is why it is fun. You get to follow the career of a kid that you like and admire and that is what it is all about. I will much prfer a boat load of kids like the above names, than a 4 star back named Washed Up Ealey.

Gooooooooooooooooooo Dogs.

Still@theBAR

June 13th, 2011
11:00 am

Where is the TOP QB?
If Hutson Mason doesn’t play much early and often I bet he Transfers.
Murray then LeMay who is Bozo going to get?
Nick Marshell probably ends up playing QB then.

schmeckdawg

June 13th, 2011
11:01 am

ITS THE TO-LINE STUPID!

June 13th, 2011
10:52 am
2 kickers??? We need 6 -8 O-LINE, someone wake up!!!!

We’ll get them. But this is a great move by the staff. Two stud kickers to come in an replace Walsh and Butler. Had to get them, After all, the game is 1/3 special teams.

Go DAWGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cobb Dawg

June 13th, 2011
11:07 am

@RJ and others: Don’t forget that two of those commits are kickers — one of the top punters in the state and one of the top PKs in the nation. Very appropo given that our incumbents at both positions are about to exhaust their eligibility, and the kicking game has proven to be an important position of strength in recent years. Two others for 2012 are strong JUCO players UGA originally got commitments from a couple of years ago. Don’t expect this to be Dream Team II — but it doesn’t have to be. If we can add John Theuss, Keith Marshall and maybe a couple of strong OLs, then I think this will be a terrific class, regardless of where it’s ranked by the national sports media.

QRTY

June 13th, 2011
11:07 am

Not 1 single offensive lineman? Huh? Hello, the rushing game stinks. Need some o-lineman.

This coaching staff is clueless.

Cobb Dawg

June 13th, 2011
11:09 am

@Still@theBAR: Next top QB could come in 2013. Greyson Lambert or some other top name — that class is loaded with talent.

Cobb Dawg

June 13th, 2011
11:12 am

Hey Michael: Could you shed some light on exactly how much signing room is left in the 2012 class?

Still@theBAR

June 13th, 2011
11:16 am

Where is Lambert from?

DawginLex

June 13th, 2011
11:24 am

Hutson Mason is not going anywhere. Either he or Lemay will redshirt this year. The other will have lots of time left.

schmeckdawg

June 13th, 2011
11:25 am

Still@theBAR

June 13th, 2011
11:16 am
Where is Lambert from?

Cartersville!

The Next UGA Coaching Staff

June 13th, 2011
11:26 am

Hey, we need some offensive linemen!

schmeckdawg

June 13th, 2011
11:26 am

Still@theBar

My bad…wrong guy!

Gplanet

June 13th, 2011
11:26 am

There’s 25 spots for scholly’s, 10 are taken, leaves 15 minus early enrolees.

Bigboy

June 13th, 2011
11:28 am

Where are the Bama fans?I want to know if Dickson and Shannon Brown are heading to prep school or not.

Beast from the East

June 13th, 2011
11:29 am

Love the picture of Richt and Grantham placing their lunch orders.

Grantham: I want a hamburger. No, I want a cheeseburger. I want a hot dog……

Richt: You’ll get nothing and like it!

DawginLex,
Please proceed with your buffet jokes about Cheeseburger Charlie.

Greg Marmalard

June 13th, 2011
11:30 am

Recruiting has never been a problem.

does this mean that

June 13th, 2011
11:31 am

dream team 1 will show dream team 2 how to eat ‘tossed salad’ properly?

LagDawg

June 13th, 2011
11:34 am

Good article and congrats to the recruits we have, but I do agree we need some top quality OL, another to RB, WR and CBs. I don’t like silent commitments, that could always work against you.

RRTDawgs

June 13th, 2011
11:35 am

These are guys we will close with Theus and add two more linemen Vadal Alexander and John Atkins i have good feeling about Geno Smith i hope we offer Croom and Blake Tibbs soon don’t count out Jordan Jenkins and Kieth Marshall we finish with those guys that will be a top ten class .

DawginLex

June 13th, 2011
11:42 am

Weis don’t eat cheeseburgers unless they have chili on them…………………

DawginLex

June 13th, 2011
11:44 am

Or they could be like the 2001 class that won 2 SEC titles when they graduated after the 2005 season…………….

RambleOn84

June 13th, 2011
11:46 am

Congrats to the Bulldogs on Taylor and DeLoach…I was really hoping Tech would reel ‘em in. I think both of these guys will be studs at the next level, particularly Taylor.

Still, I’d rather they go to Athens than out of state.

Good luck to both guys and to the other guys headed to UGA…except for that last weekend in November!

Bitter "dawg reporter------aka---Ch.Tow..haha

June 13th, 2011
11:51 am

bottom line we need on-site reporting just like chip tower’s offered

————politics in reporting stinks—-AJ—see——————-do the right thing

——————–re-in-state——————–chipper T—-the guy that got david pollack in deep sh—

—————–in valdosta—————-remember yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaw—hahahahahah—go dawgs

Randall "Pink" Floyd

June 13th, 2011
11:51 am

Michael Carvell, please credit your source on the “Dream Team II” moniker.

schmeckdawg

June 13th, 2011
11:52 am

Still@theBAR

June 13th, 2011
11:16 am
Where is Lambert from?

Are you talking about the QB we are looking at from Wayne County down in Jesup, GA.?

DawginLex

June 13th, 2011
11:52 am

Wendy’s is selling Arby’s.
Weis approves
Arby’s has lean roast beef.
He wants no part of that.
Encouraging Wendy’s management to install all you can eat french fry buffet.
Wants Golden Corral to buy Wendy’s

Stay tuned.

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Bitter allburn pay master

June 13th, 2011
11:53 am

spending to much time and yes—money in joe-ga———ncaa no problem yaaw

—————–gonna get another cam

Time for a change!

June 13th, 2011
11:57 am

Who gives a crap where ESPN or any of the other recruiting polls has the UGA class? I seem to remember a SEC championship won by a bunch of 2 and 3 star football players! Let Awbarn and UF have all the ATL boys they want. We’ve seen how that works out over the last 3 years! Its time for a change and it starts in the quality of players being recruited! Go DAWGS!!