Will UGA have the “Dream Team II” recruiting class this February?
We asked Mark Richt, the Georgia coach who oversaw the original “Dream Team” concept to recruit and sign some of the state’s top prospects from last year.
What about this year? Is it “Dream Team II”?
Richt paused for a couple of seconds and then said, “I think we’ll call this year’s group ‘the University of Georgia’s Dream Team.’ I thought we did well recruiting the state of Georgia last year. We want to do well with recruiting in our home state every year. We feel we’ll end up with another good group in February … they will be ‘they University of Georgia’s Dream Team.’”
UGA’s recruiting class for this year has nowhere near the star power from last year’s group, which was headlined by homegrown 5-star talents such as RB Isaiah Crowell of Columbus and DE Ray Drew of Thomasville, along with a dozen 4-stars (according to Rivals).
This year’s group? Nowhere near the star power, but there’s still time – with national signing day around two months away. UGA has 15 early commitments and will likely sign as many as 25 overall.
Who is the Hollywood leading man for this year’s class? The guy was the most star power is from Florida – 5-star offensive lineman John Theus of Jacksonville. UGA isn’t doing as well within the state for elite recruits and has only two 4-star commitments, AJC Super 11 DT Jonathan Taylor from Jenkins County and DE-LB Leonard Floyd from Dodge County.
The Bulldogs are hoping to add some big names down the stretch, including Keith Marshall of Raleigh, N.C., who is ranked as the nation’s No. 1 RB. UGA is believed to be the frontrunner for Marshall, who also included Clemson, Florida, Notre Dame, North Carolina and South Carolina in his finalists. Another North Carolina RB, Todd Gurley, made an unofficial visit to Georgia for Saturday’s win over Kentucky.
Some of UGA’s other top targets are OL Avery Young of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., along with many homegrown talents: AJC Super 11 DE Jordan Jenkins of Harris County (undecided), AJC Super 11 S-LB Josh Clemons of Lowndes, DE-LB Kenderius Whitehead of ML King (undecided), AJC Super 11 LB Dillon Lee of Buford (committed to Alabama) and AJC Super 11 LB Markuss Eligwe of Stone Mountain (committed to FSU).
Now it’s YOUR turn: What do you think of the sequel to “Dream Team”? Please post your comments below.
– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog
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