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How does UGA’s 0-2 start affect football recruiting?

The Bulldogs have 14 players committed to sign football scholarships with the team in February, along with four high school juniors pledged the sign with UGA the following year.

Many of Georgia’s commitments made unofficial visits to Georgia for Saturday’s 45-42 loss to South Carolina, including 5-star offensive lineman John Theus of Jacksonville and Thomson High School defensive tackle John John Atkins (UGA’s most recent commit). As far as junior prospects, Camden County QB Brice Ramsey, Newnan safety Tray Matthews, and Goose Creek (S.C) wide receiver Tramal Terry – both early commitments to UGA — were among those in attendance.

What do the recruits think of UGA’s 0-2 start? And will it affect their commitment to the Bulldogs? We asked some of them on Sunday night.

  • Chester Brown, offensive lineman from Bradwell Institute: “My opinion is that I believe Georgia should be 2-0. That’s how I feel. At the South Carolina game, mental mistakes are what killed UGA. If you take away the fumbles, the interception, and the fake punt that led to four touchdowns, then basically Georgia won. I feel like the 0-2 start is not good but I’m telling you that Georgia will come back. They are going to bounce back from those losses. If you take those 28 points away, the score would’ve been 42-17 in favor of Georgia. That was crazy, crazy, crazy.” What was the general feeling about Georgia among the recruits at the game? “Man, the recruits I was sitting around were just as hyped up as I was. It was like ‘Let’s go Georgia, let’s go Georgia.’ We were supporting Georgia big time, and we’re just ready to go play and help them win.” Will 0-2 affect your Georgia commitment? “I’m definitely signing with Georgia.”
  • Jonathan Taylor of Jenkins County HS (AJC Photo by Michael Carvell)

    Jonathan Taylor of Jenkins County HS was one of many UGA recruits that attended Saturday's loss to South Carolina (AJC Photo by Michael Carvell)

  • Tray Matthews, safety from Newnan: “I loved it down there on Saturday. The atmosphere was crazy. I had butterflies walking into the stadium. I hate the 0-2 start. The first game, Georgia played terrible, to be honest. I was like ‘man I don’t know about this.’ But the second game, they picked it up. I saw a lot of things I liked against South Carolina, and some things I didn’t like. They have to win this next game against Coastal Carolina to have my respect, though. But I have faith in them. I think they are going to bounce back and win the rest of the games this season.” Any impact on your commitment to UGA? “It doesn’t affect me right now. Duke, Florida, Tennessee and Alabama have invited me to some games. My parents want to check out some other places and see how it is.” What about UGA fans worried about you visiting other schools? “They shouldn’t worry. As long as Georgia keeps going after it hard like they did against South Carolina, they won’t have to worry.”
  • Jonathan Taylor, defensive tackle from Jenkins County: “I was there. I think we started out a little slow this season but we’re going to turn it around. We just got to get into the flow. We’ve got the freshmen from the Dream Team and Isaiah Crowell. Isaiah was doing his thing against South Carolina. He made some big plays and showed everybody what he could do.” Will 0-2 affect your recruiting? “I’m sticking with Georgia. We just have to get the chemistry right. We’re going to be all right.”
  • Leonard Floyd, defensive end from Dodge County: “I enjoyed being at the game. We should’ve won it. I feel good about the team and the program. We had two good teams to play at the beginning of the season. We played good enough to beat South Carolina, but turnovers kind of cost us the game.” Will 0-2 affect your commitment? “I’m 100-percent with the Dawgs. I’m not trying to go any other schools right now. I’m coming back to Georgia when they play Auburn.”
  • Kent Turene, linebacker from Atlanta Sports Academy, a prep school in Dawsonville: “I didn’t go but I watched it on TV. It has been a rough start. It’s not that Georgia isn’t a good football team, they are just making a lot of mistakes.” Any effect on your recruiting? “0-2 is not an issue because my services are needed there. Yes sir, I’m committed to Georgia.”
UGA RB target Todd Gurley (No. 4) tweeted this picture of him and Keith Marshall during their official visit to UGA on Sunday. Marshall is the No. 1-ranked RB prospect in the country

UGA RB target Todd Gurley (No. 1) tweeted this picture of him and Keith Marshall (No. 4) during their official visit to UGA on Sunday. Marshall is the No. 1-ranked RB prospect in the country. Both Gurley and Marshall are from North Carolina and have expressed interest in playing on the same college team.

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Mountain Dawg

September 12th, 2011
4:42 am

GT Bob

September 12th, 2011
4:42 am

Memo to UGA recruits – - Start studying other options because the handwriting is in on the wall for St. Richt. Come play for WINNERS at Georgia Tech!!!!! The Dawgs go 0-3 after losing to Coastal Carolina. Texas A&M to the SEC, and Georgia to the Southern Conference!

Dawg Fan

September 12th, 2011
5:08 am

Keith Marshall is wearing number 4, and Todd Gurley is wearing number 1. Just a heads up.

7576DAWG

September 12th, 2011
5:12 am

If we are not 5-2 after the Vanderbilt game it would not surprise me at all for McGarity to replace CMR by then. If he waits until the season is over it will because most of the coaches will be leaving. Bobo, McClendon, Friend and Garner for sure. The other reason McGarity would wait is because I think his top choice is Peterson of Boise State and with them probably going undefeated in regular season nothing would happen until after the bowl games are over. So a lot of recruits really want know until January who the next coach will be if CMR is replaced. If we keep CMR I think that McGarity will insist on replacing the obvious under performing coaches.

BOBO HEAD

September 12th, 2011
5:40 am

Cam Newton set a NFL rookie record for 422 yards passing in his first game. This is the same Cam Newton that Richt and Bobo famously recruited as a TIGHT END. Great talent evaluation there boys.

Seriously, you can’t make this stuff up! BAAHAHAHAHA. Where’s Logan Gray and Joe Cox?

ATL Dawg

September 12th, 2011
5:45 am

Come on man. Boise State had more five star recruits than us. OK maybe not.

john

September 12th, 2011
5:52 am

The bag man will continue to make sure UGAg has top ten signing classes. Move along folks…nothing to see here, move along….

Fan

September 12th, 2011
6:02 am

Mark hasn’t promised the number 1 to Gurley also has he?

gamecock

September 12th, 2011
6:15 am

All that smack u fans talked about how you going to beat SC LOL

Dawg86

September 12th, 2011
6:28 am

COME ON MY DAWGS, JUST KEEPING IT 100 WE NEED YALL BOYS MAN COMITTED AND UN COMITTED. ITS A NEW ATTITUDE HERE BUT WE NEED YALL BOYS TO COME RESTOCK THE CUPBOARD. IT STARTED WITH THE DREAM TEAM, BUT WE ARE GOING TO NEED MORE TO MAKE THE DREAM A REALITY. YOU HAVE A COACH THAT LOVES HIS PLAYERS AND WOULD DIE FOR THEM. THATS MORE THAN YOU CAN SAY ABOUT MOST OF THESE RAGGEDY COACHES OUT HERE. COME ON HOMIES

dmr

September 12th, 2011
6:29 am

GTBoob is right. Kids should go play at Tech, so they can open their seasons with a bunch of patsies and then talk about how great they are. If memory serves, Tech’s season didn’t go any better than Georgia’s last year, and Tech got smacked down by the Dawgs in Athens.

Once GT plays a real team this year, then come out and tell me how great they are. The season is far from over and there is no one left on Georgia’s schedule that they cannot beat.

Tech is 2-0!!!!

September 12th, 2011
6:30 am

What is Mr. Brown talking about? IF IF IF IF IF IF IF IF IF IF IF

1. IF Georgia was coached on fundamentals (such as not fumbling or throwing interceptions, and being cautious of fake punts), they may be 1-1

2. IF Georgia could’ve focused its game plan on stopping defensive tackle Melvin Ingram from scoring two touchdowns (and not Marcus Lattimore), they might have won.

3. IF Mark Richt wasn’t laughing and telling jokes in press conferences after losses, his players might take him seriously.

4. IF Richt didn’t have the worst offensive coordinator ever in Bobo, Georgia might have a chance to win. Bobo couldn’t do jack with NFL stars Stafford and Moreno, and I guess forgot Orson Charles was on the field against South Carolina. Do I need to say more?

5. IF Richt wasn’t in Honduras, then maybe he could’ve spent the necessary time with preparing his strategy for Boise State and South Carolina?

Go ahead Georgia IFers, make fun of our “gimmick offense.” But the Dawgs have yet to stop it and we’re 2-0 with it in 2011! IF IF IF IF …

kb

September 12th, 2011
6:36 am

GT Bob , LOl 1-9 ring any bells, will be 1-10 soon enough, talk some trash when you actually win something, or perhaps on the Duke board where tech football is relevant.

Dawg86

September 12th, 2011
6:37 am

AND I CANT BLAME YOU FOR GOING SOMEWHERE ELSE IF WE LOOK LIKE DOO DOO ON THE FIELD BUT DEFINATELY DONT LET IT BE JUST WINS AND LOSSES THAT MAKES YOU DECIDE. COACH RICHT IS TOO GOOD OF A MAN TO JUST LET HIM RIDE INTO THE SUNSET WITH NO HORSES. GIVE HIM SOME REAL STARS TO WORK WITH AND HELL SHOW YOU WHAT HE CAN STILL DO. GO DAWGS. $H1T ON EVERYONE ELSE!

name

September 12th, 2011
6:43 am

Wow. Those boys in the picture do NOT look happy to be there.

A-Back Man

September 12th, 2011
6:44 am

Hey Mutts, if Athens is sooo great, why does Keith Marshall and the other kid look soooo miserable in the photo? Man, that photo is depressing to look at.

Maybe Mark Richt needs to share the jokes he tells to the media and his players after LOSING?

cs

September 12th, 2011
6:44 am

i so good ga needs me. gag

Ron

September 12th, 2011
6:50 am

Recruits, a couple of things to keep in mind. First, the fans will walk out on you the first chance they get. Second, the fans do not believe in you as many think that praying is the way to win. Third, the current player mentality is to play the game with the mouth in the press and not on ability on the field. My suggestion is to go to a school that will teach you how to spell SEC.

Kennesaw gator

September 12th, 2011
6:53 am

So, did they also give these recruits a tour of the Clark County Jail? Seems like they should, as most likely at least some of these guys will become more familiar with the jail cells than the library.

Special K

September 12th, 2011
6:58 am

JUst laughing.

Jefferson

September 12th, 2011
7:06 am

UGA is a soft program with not real pressure to perform, some players will take the easy way out.

V.P. Joe Biden

September 12th, 2011
7:12 am

The stimulus is working!

sportzfan

September 12th, 2011
7:13 am

Just wondering if recruit Chester Brown thinks defensive touchdowns don’t count as team points. Do they count in your HS? Those mental mistakes happen for a reason….some teams are better prepaired. Should go back to 02,05, and 09 and look at turnovers that resulted in UGA wins over USC…..maybe those don’t count because the shoe was on another foot !

Paddy

September 12th, 2011
7:15 am

It will not effect recruiting. Football playera pick a school for academics!

Saban

September 12th, 2011
7:27 am

Georgia? Play for the bar keep?

Athens Dawg

September 12th, 2011
7:30 am

Haters, haters, haters. Yes we’re 0-2 but would have been 2-0 if we scheduled FAU, North Texas, Charleston Southern, Kent State, like some of you!

VN

September 12th, 2011
7:32 am

1-10 kb?…………………Is that what UGA’s record will be this year?

Athens Dawg

September 12th, 2011
7:32 am

Mark my words, Chester Brown will become a household name and start a lot of games for UGA. He’s not highly rated but neither was Clint Boling. Boling was a 4-year starter at UGA. He was a 3-star recruit.

nash

September 12th, 2011
8:08 am

Ha the Falcons lost yesterday should Mike Smith start looking for another job? How is Arthur Blank talking to Andy Read? You think the hold staff will be replaced? Is Matt Ryan a bum and, Julio a bust? What was with that soft zone? Don’t the falcons have more first round picks and, high priced free agents than the Bears?

nash

September 12th, 2011
8:10 am

All f%&k look at all those type ohs

TennesseeDawg

September 12th, 2011
8:10 am

GTBob, winners and Georgia Tech. LMFAO! More like whiners and Georgia Tech.

dawgster

September 12th, 2011
8:12 am

I’m never amazed or surprised at the numbe of idiots on here who want to bash the dawgs…Most of the commentors have very little knowledge of football nor UGA…Again, the AJC tries to spin a negative on the dawgs and future recruits….Its funny i don’t see articles on Tech and that powerful schedule they started the season with…Yea they are 2-0, but 1-9 against the dawgs under Coach Richt….Not to pick on Tech, but it seems alot of Tech fans want to bash us for our 0-2 start…What amazes me even more is the fact the AJC can not help themselves in continuing the assault on Coach Richt and our program…I can assure everything will be addressed with this program at the proper time not fron some stupid article from a journalists trying to rile up support for a floundering paper….But hey it got me on here so I guess some tactics work….Its still a long season and don’t be surprised if some will be eating their words regarding the dawgs….If i am wrong then I’m sure our AD and administrators will do what is best for the program…

And to fellow dawg fans…whether you think a change should or should not be made, lets stay behind the team and show the support we got on Sat against SC…We have alot of recruits looking at our program and if we fall down to the level of some we are playing into their hands because they want nothing but to see the dawgs fail…Ther number 1 RB in the nation will be a dawg to go along with some other great recruits that are seriously looking at this program…Don’t let AJC articvles get you so riled up that you get down on this team…I realize the last two seasons have not been what we expect, nor should we, but we have some talented players and there will be continued improvement as the season goes on in my opinion…go dawgs

??

September 12th, 2011
8:13 am

Does UGA recruit any white boys?

Game Time

September 12th, 2011
8:20 am

Nice picture of Gurley and Marshall. I can see why UGA wants them so bad. They look like they would fit right in!!

Bigdsel

September 12th, 2011
8:22 am

UGA will bounce back. We got a lot of young talent playing. And a lot on new faces on the field. Idk, the only think I can complain about is I wish we would play a whole game in the power I. I just seems like Murray in the shotgun makes us vulnerable.

Rick

September 12th, 2011
8:23 am

Answer: No, it will not hurt recruiting.
However, they may not be a good thing considering how poorly the great recruiting classes we have had recently are playing. Are we recruiting the right players?

roughrider

September 12th, 2011
8:25 am

A loss is still a loss, no matter how you spin it. Also, well coached teams do not turn the ball over 4 times.

RGB

September 12th, 2011
8:30 am

Athens Dawg,

With the Kent State remark, you took a cheap shot at Bama there–who played, and beat, Penn State on Saturday. Maybe you didn’t know that Saban got his coaching start at Kent State and that playing Alabama boosted the prospects for their program which Saban regards as instrumental in the start of his coaching career.

Throwing mud at other folks won’t get the Dawgs out of the ditch. Neither will wearing Power Ranger uniforms, black uniforms, or holding another swimming event with the team.

Those actions, along with your comments, are distractions and excuses and don’t produce “W”s–if that indeed is what you desire.

On the other hand you may be comfortable with losses and excuses.

Delbert D.

September 12th, 2011
8:31 am

The recruits may have noticed the exodus fans when the score was 45-35.

Just Shut Up Already!

September 12th, 2011
8:32 am

@dawgster

I agree. If there is nothing positive to report, then the AJC writers should support the team by refusing to write anything at all about Georgia.

Hush Puppies!!!

Troll Power Ratings

September 12th, 2011
8:33 am

@Tech is 2-0: Uh, if the point of your offense is to win football games, then you are 1-2 against Georgia with that offense, soon to be 1-3.

@GT Bob: Don’t you hate it that no matter what happens, no matter the amount of turmoil, the majority percentage of the best talent in the state is always going to want to come to Georgia.

Most of these kids are not interested in erector sets.

RxDawg

September 12th, 2011
8:35 am

“As long as Georgia keeps going after it hard like they did against South Carolina, they won’t have to worry.”

Amen Trey. That goes for more than just your commitment. They play every game like that than everything else will fall into place.

mdcain

September 12th, 2011
8:36 am

You GT fans on here just kill me. Georgia has it’s problems but they can always count on beating Tech. Georgia owns you and you still talk trash. Amazing!

Delbert D.

September 12th, 2011
8:37 am

The sports news on ajc.com is so depressing this morning, I clicked on the link to the NASCAR item.

Delbert D.

September 12th, 2011
8:40 am

Some guy named Harvick is apparently tied with Bush, and Amelia Earhart has been found.

RxDawg

September 12th, 2011
8:41 am

Good grief… comment section is full of vile. Cya later

LOL

September 12th, 2011
8:43 am

Tech fans running thier mouth after beating two chump teams is funny. You guys still suck, and until you can beat Georgia, you may want to quit running your mouths, cause you’re embarrasing your school.

WnE's Big Brother

September 12th, 2011
8:47 am

Mark Richt does less with top recruits than any coach in America, so I’m not sure why these guys are still so firmly committed to a program run by the man who is so obviously just going through the motions of being an SEC head football coach. Sure, Mark Richt is a great recruiter; he’s been doing it for years. But when he can’t beat ranked teams with these prized recruits, or even win a majority of his games any more for that matter, then the questions must be is whether UGA a poor evaluator of talent or do they waste them once they get on campus, and is Georgia recruiting the right players/mix of players to sustain a winning program (prepare for an attrition of players so you have the proper depth)? Also, it’s one thing to have quality players, but if they aren’t conditioned, disciplined, taught, and then coached on the field well, then whose fault is that? Certainly not the players…

Paddy

September 12th, 2011
8:48 am

@ ??
Does UGA recruit any white boys? They do if they can play! What a redneck!!!!!!!!!

Realist

September 12th, 2011
8:49 am

@Troll Power Ratings – “Most of these kids are not interested in erector sets.”

If they’re winners, then they won’t be interested in staying in Georgia at all.

Choice 1: Beat up on cream-puffs all season long and hope for a Championship in an irrelevant football conference.

Choice 2: Get beat up by mediocre teams and brag about not ending the season in last place in the SEC.

These are not good choices for winners. These are good choices for kids who play well enough to score a free scholarship and care more about attending college than winning football championships.

Not that there’s anything wrong with that…