Will it be ‘Dream Team II’ for UGA? We asked Mark Richt and …

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.’”

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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).

UGA coach Mark Richt (AJC)

UGA coach Mark Richt (AJC)

Now it’s YOUR turn: What do you think of the sequel to “Dream Team”? Please post your comments below.

  • Dutchtown High School defensive tackle Darian Small (6-2, 285) committed to Georgia Southern. “Georgia Southern has really recruited Darian hard the past month,” Dutchtown assistant Terry Herrod said. “His best football is ahead of him. He has the frame to add 15 pounds and not lose any speed or quickness. He will play NG and DE in their scheme.”
  • Ohio State has offered a football scholarship to one of the state’s hottest senior prospects, ML King safety Jordan Moore (6-2, 206). Moore is committed on a track scholarship to LSU, where he also planned to walk on the school’s football team. Meanwhile, Louisiana-Monroe has offered the ML King duo of WR Josh Sanford (6-2, 170) and LB Toronto Thomas (6-2, 220).
  • Did you get to see Friday’s matchup between Josh Clemons and Grayson DE Robert Nkemdiche (the nation’s No. 1-ranked junior for 2013)? It definitely lived up to the hype. Nkemdiche scored three TDs on offense, and registered three sacks on defense. We put together a video clip of highlights of both Nkemdiche and Clemons. Check out the video below. To read the post-game scouting report, go here.

– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog

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TeenagedBravesFan

November 20th, 2011
8:56 pm

First!

Stop this Dream Team Stuff. It only matters if you win. Ask the Philadelphia Eagles.

Griffin Dawg

November 20th, 2011
9:00 pm

@TeenageBravesFan, we DID win last year with our “Dream Team.” We beat the heck out of everybody in the Southeast for all the best recruits. Then with our “Dream Team” recruits, we WON the SEC East. UGA is not the Eagles. Quit being a hater. We are winners at UGA!!!!

TampaGator

November 20th, 2011
9:04 pm

Ronald Powell was the #1 recruit in the nation 2 years ago in California and was considered all world by all the recruitnics. Two years later and he is a below average defensive end/OLB for the Gators and hardly makes any plays in games. Recruiting rankings and the sensationalized recruiting process by reporters are for those who dream…..give me players, no matter the star ranking, that will make plays on Saturdays. How many plays did the great 5-star, Crowell, make this year? He can barely stay on the field.

BobDawg

November 20th, 2011
9:04 pm

The last 10 will all be studs

Army Dawg back from Iraq

November 20th, 2011
9:09 pm

I think we will have a good class this year. I feel like we will lose out on a couple of defensive players to Alabama, but who knows. If we get Jenkins and Marshal, I feel like this class is a winner. Does any one have any idea where we stand with the OT Avery Young?

DustDAWG

November 20th, 2011
9:12 pm

WELL THE DAWGS WINNING
@TEENAGEDBRAVESFAN

Army Dawg back from Iraq

November 20th, 2011
9:12 pm

Good post TampaGator; I do feel like sometimes recruiting is way overhyped, but in the end you still have to recruit the top players. Of course a lot of the success of these players depend on the coaching they get in college and the players surrounding them.

Red Dog 77

November 20th, 2011
9:17 pm

<<>>

Plenty. Since your team took the entire season off I’m surprised you didn’t have more time to notice.

Moron.

Mr.BeegDawg

November 20th, 2011
9:22 pm

I agree with BobDawg… UGA’s recruiting for 2012 is really just getting started. And Army Dawg, you’re right about recruiting being over-hyped sometimes — just look at Boise State’s recruiting rankings. But, this year (and last) UGA is recruiting players with high ceilings AND high character. Go Dawgs!!!!

BigGAdawg

November 20th, 2011
9:27 pm

@TampaGator

November 20th, 2011
9:04 pm
Crowell being injured does not in any way diminish the talent and skill he possesses. If you are not aware of how many great plays he as made this year you must not have been watching.

I do hope that the durability issues he has had is further encouragement to Keith Marshall and Gurley to come on down to Athens. . .you can never have too many talented RBs, as we have seen this year. And let us not forget that Crowell is a true freshman.

Malcolm Mitchell was injured and missed a few games, perhaps YOU think he is not up to par for that reason. Was Ogletree sub-standard when he was injured and missed several games? I DON’T THINK SO!

I think you are being short-sighted at best and more likely just a dim-witted goober gator.

Consider yourself patted the head–like the man says, “You can’t fix stupid.”

June Bugged

November 20th, 2011
9:29 pm

UGA isn’t even in the top 15 in recruiting rankings.

Alabamadawg

November 20th, 2011
9:33 pm

I could care less about the name, just find some OL and a durable runningback…please !!

Jarvis Jones is my favorite player

November 20th, 2011
9:34 pm

Army dawg back from Iraq first of all thanks for your service. And Avery young’s top schools are auburn uga florida and i think alabama so we have a good shot. I think keith marshall is a lock. They say he was always a dawg fan and his favorite players are hershel walker and knowshon moreno!!!! He has like a 4.1 gpa so he will bring a good work ethic and character to our rb position. I love isaiah but if Isaiah is going to be injury prone keith marshall will be a huge lift. Isaiah and keith marshall will be a great duo!!! Im not sure if we will get jordan jenkins even after a great visit but i think we will get the start power down the stretch and get another top 8 class!!! GO DAWGS

ga gator

November 20th, 2011
9:38 pm

Crowell has All-World potential and talent but apparently the same heart as Gator DE Ronald Powell. I go to all UGA home games and it makes me sick when I see a running back with his ability continually take himself out of the game when he gets popped. Similar to last year’s semi final game against Calhoun. Brandon Harton has little talent but a heart the size of UGA, plus he apparently leaves the Bong alone.

Jarvis Jones is my favorite player

November 20th, 2011
9:38 pm

Good post BIGGADAWG!!! I think they will toughen isaiah up and get him in shape this offseason! And ankle injuries and rib injuries are tough to play through! with a rib injury you can barely breathe! So i believe isaiah will be fine! But it will be an encouragement for todd Gurley and Keith Marshall to come to Georgia because you can never have enough backs in the sec justlook at alabma with ingram- richardson now richardson and lacy duo

Jarvis Jones is my favorite player

November 20th, 2011
9:41 pm

ga gator isaiah defintley needs to work on his conditioning but that will improve in the offseason. fans have been to hard on him as of injuries. All of his injuries have been tough and you can’t tell a player when he is injured

Steve superior

November 20th, 2011
9:43 pm

Last years uga class was #6 in the country, are Crowell n drew really 5 stars, really. Only at Ugag. Oh, embarrassing fatty better get his raise before Tech puts up 40. Your schedule won the east Ugag didn’t.

bitter dontavouis cesar H. WALKER

November 20th, 2011
9:43 pm

the dream starts by learning how to get aaron murry to play consistant!!!!!!

2.–learn how to block on every play

3.—-take care of the f@#$ football—stop turnovers

4.—most important—–offence —-stop dumping on the defence—–

5.—come together as one team—-one team to beat tech then LSUUUUUU

————————KICK A$$ AND TAKE NAMES DAWGS

BiggdawgK

November 20th, 2011
9:44 pm

At this time last year Georgia was not in the top 10 in recruiting rankings either and I seem to remember a lot of sad little haters mocking the Bulldogs.

Everything worked out pretty damn good for the Dawgs last year and it will this year as well. Keith Marshall is a lock for the Bulldogs and over half the ajc super 11 are going to sign with the Bulldogs.

Jarvis Jones is my favorite player

November 20th, 2011
9:48 pm

hey south carolina fan we gave yall the game yall are soooo overrated and yall had a really easy schedule too. We had the same schedule except we played boise and yalll play arkanas. Yall got lucky in so many games including the uga game. Just watch georgia play we are 10 times better than we were at the beginning of the season

bitter dontavouis cesar H. WALKER

November 20th, 2011
9:48 pm

BRANDON HARTON———————-A TRUE DAWG

cantondawg

November 20th, 2011
9:49 pm

There are rumors that Larry Munson has died…Nothing confirmed just rumors at this point.

Jarvis Jones is my favorite player

November 20th, 2011
9:50 pm

and there is no way tech puts more than 20 points on us. GT is the number 2 rushing offense in the country. How do we stop it??? idk maybe with the number 2 rush DEFENSE IN THE COUNTRY

Jarvis Jones is my favorite player

November 20th, 2011
9:54 pm

hope thats just rumors….. he truely loved the dawgs

Chris M

November 20th, 2011
9:54 pm

Good Points Jarvis Jones is my favorite player!

Chris M

November 20th, 2011
9:55 pm

I hope they’re only rumors. Jarvis Jones, what are our chances with nelson agholor

Jarvis Jones is my favorite player

November 20th, 2011
9:56 pm

oh I really want that guy. He is super fast and could play receiver or most likey safety. It is said he keeps his recruitment to himself so it could be wide open. But we have just as good shot as anyone

Jarvis Jones is my favorite player

November 20th, 2011
9:57 pm

haha i feel so special answering questions! I love recruiting so keep asking Im watching football right now so Im available!

Chris M

November 20th, 2011
9:59 pm

Sweet! ya i love recruiting and uga too! So i would like to hear someone elses thoughts! Do you think we can get Dillion Lee or that linebacker committed to fsu to flip?

Jarvis Jones is my favorite player

November 20th, 2011
10:01 pm

Well im speaking as a uga optimist but i think we have a goood chance to get atleast one to switch. dillion might want to come play with his brother so he would be our best chance. WE defintley could use inside backers. Anymore questions!!!

OkieDawg

November 20th, 2011
10:01 pm

Someone once said that college football isn’t about X’s and O’s but about Jimmy’s and Joe’s. I think it is a combination of both. Bear Bryant could beat you with his team this week and then trade teams with you and beat you with your team the next week. Let’s recruit like crazy and let CMR and CTG coach them up. Barbara Dooley’s niece’s husband was excluded for a reason……His name is
BOBO, nuff said.

Chris M

November 20th, 2011
10:04 pm

good point okie dawg! Bobo has been better this year but like running a draw on 3rd and 10 justs makes me frustrated some times. But i defintley think he has been better

Chris M

November 20th, 2011
10:05 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6u7ElD8oJ5I

here is some keith marshall highlights from his junior season any doubt he will be a great dawg!!!!!

RRTDawgs

November 20th, 2011
10:06 pm

247 sports is reporting that UGA has landed Todd Gurley great news after a winning the east .

Jarvis

November 20th, 2011
10:07 pm

Enter your comments here

Jarvis

November 20th, 2011
10:08 pm

when you have 9 minutes of highlights it must mean your pretty good!!!

It's OK

November 20th, 2011
10:08 pm

Steve Superior – UGA allowed USCe to beat us because we kept making mistakes. Take the mistakes away, and your a__ was a beat down. I suppose you won’t be able to “handle the truth” though.
USCe has some very good players so why didn’t they win them all?
A little realism never hurts. UGA had some luck with the FL and Aub year being down, but so did USCe with FL. and Aub.
Enjoy your win this year. It may just be a few before you win another.

tide roll

November 20th, 2011
10:13 pm

The OFFENSIVE LINE Richt brought in last year is no “Dream Team”. It was ranked 9th in the Conference. This year’s is even worse. Why does Richt insist on annointing a dream team? What’s it’s based on? Each unit (QB, RB, WR, TE, DL, LB, DB, and OFFENSIVE LINE needs to be evaluated separately and on its own merits before any recruiting class is anointed a DREAM TEAM. We’ll see about “dream team” when you start trying to replace Bean Anderson and Cordy Glenn next year. If I were Crowell, I’d leave now. The kid’s future is going to be at risk trying to run behind “THE PRIVATE SCHOOL POSSE” Nothing ever changes at Georgia does it. Your success this year was based on the athletes playing on your offensive line, and you refuse to acknowledge it. you don’t want it this way. You fools would rather lose with Greg Pyke than win with BRANDON GREENE! Your descension back into mediocrity will be based on the talent you replace Anderson and Glenn with. Richt and Bobo need to sign a legitimate SEC caliber JUCO Right Tackle NOW! Dream team. What a croc.

Blackoutanyone?

November 20th, 2011
10:14 pm

Saban putting together his own Georgia “Dream Team”. Dakota Ball, Kenyan Drake, Brandon Greene, Adam Griffith, Dillion Lee, Justin Taylor and Geno Smith. All had UGA offers and 3 are considered by the AJC to be in the Super 11. Saban will finish off with Jordan Jenkins and has locked up the top two for 2013.

Something crazy to ponder. If UGA wins the SEC championship game and we have an SEC rematch for the National Title… UGA would not get a BCS bid. Only two bids per conference.

BiggdawgK

November 20th, 2011
10:15 pm

I hope the Larry Munson death is a rumor. If you are posting this as some kind of ill conceived techie troll attemp you are a bad person to say the least.

Jason

November 20th, 2011
10:17 pm

Red and Black on Twitter thinks there is truth to the rumor. They are trying to confirm…

BiggdawgK

November 20th, 2011
10:21 pm

tide roll nothing ever changes in bama does it? you lie cheat and steal, your coach is a piece of crap that lies to teenagers and their moms and the dirt stupid inbred bama boys worship him. the barn will beat y’all again this week and then you will cry and moan about how somehow you pathetic idiots are still the better team.

I guess if I was a bama boy and I had no life or job or prospects I would stay on message boards all day every day in my filthy underwear hopeing the dial up at my trailer didn;t drop just like you do.

Pulpwood Smith

November 20th, 2011
10:22 pm

Let’s give Crowell a break. If any of you have ever had a rib or ankle injury you know it debilitates you dramatically and you’re not facing SEC defenses in whatever it is you do. Bottom line is that he is tremendously talented but seems to be growing into what it takes to be an SEC running back. That’s not a bad thing for a kid who just a year ago was doing the same in high school. Let’s see what transpires. P.S. UGA definately needs the Marshall kid or someone else to come in as Option 1-B if/when Crowell gets injured. Sounds like a great opportunity for Marshall.

Jarvis Jones is my favorite player

November 20th, 2011
10:24 pm

very sad. Im only 14 so i dont know much about larry munson but i have listened to his calls and he announced with passion. Im praying that the rumors aren’t true

Bad Dawg

November 20th, 2011
10:24 pm

tideroll you have a point there, if the dawgs do not sign at least two or three more quality lineman we will be in trouble soon

Jarvis Jones is my favorite player

November 20th, 2011
10:25 pm

ya rib injuries suck for anyone it hurts just to brreathe and isaiah can’t break other people’s ankle without his own healthy ankle

funny

November 20th, 2011
10:27 pm

Scout has GA’s class currently ranked 32nd.

Sounds like a nightmare to me! LOL!!

Marshall will be a Clemson Tiger. sorry doggies

Jarvis Jones is my favorite player

November 20th, 2011
10:27 pm

we have john theus and hopefully can get avery young. Freshman david andrews will replace ben jones. I go to his school he was a stud and richt and friend speak highly of him. Watts Danztler will play tackle. I think he will be good. Austin Long is redshirt sophmore. WE defintley neeed some more olinemen. O line and runningback are the positions you can never have to much of

Jarvis Jones is my favorite player

November 20th, 2011
10:29 pm

im sorry no way keith marshall goes to clemson. His top 3 have always been uga and florida and notre dame with clemson at 4th. I think its a uga florida race but he goeswith his heart to uga

Jason

November 20th, 2011
10:31 pm

RIP Larry Munson.