With the SEC Championship game over, UGA can now focus its full attention on recruiting.
The Bulldogs have a lot of ground to make up if they wish to keep their 10-year streak intact of finishing in the top 10 of the national recruiting rankings by Rivals.com (Note: UGA has been the only school to place in the top 10 every year since 2002).
Where is UGA now in the rankings? They are No. 22 by Rivals and all the way back at No. 32 by Scout.com.
One year after the “Dream Team,” UGA has gotten off to a struggling start with this year’s recruiting class. The Bulldogs have 15 commitments – much less than they usually have at this point on the recruiting calendar – and the only big name is 5-star OL John Theus of Jacksonville. They will likely sign around 25.
Some of UGA’s recruiting woes this year can be attributed to the 0-2 start and rampant speculation over Mark Richt’s future. The lingering concerns about Richt will remain until his contract status is resolved.
What’s the good news? UGA can take a gigantic step in the right recruiting direction with Tuesday’s announcement by RB Keith Marshall of Raleigh, N.C. He’s ranked as the No. 1 RB prospect in the nation by Scout.com. The Bulldogs are considered the longtime favorites for Marshall, with Clemson, South Carolina, Florida and Notre Dame also in the running.
Also, UGA will have its biggest recruiting weekend of the year, beginning next Friday. For the Bulldogs to return to the Top 10, they will need a dominating finish among the state’s top uncommitted prospects, which include Harris County DE Jordan Jenkins and Lowndes S-WR Josh Harvey-Clemons, and be able to flip a few in-state players pledged to out-of-state schools, including Buford LB Dillon Lee (committed to Alabama), Sandy Creek WR Jaquay Williams (Auburn) and Stone Mountain LB Markuss Eligwe (FSU).
Now it’s YOUR turn. What do you think? Can UGA finish in the top 10 again? Or is just a dream? Please post below.
– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog
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