Should UGA have a ‘Dream Team’ recruiting effort … every year?

Should UGA have Dream Team-like effort every year?

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Let’s throw this topic out there for debate:

Do you think UGA should have a “Dream Team” recruiting effort every year?

Or do you think since the Bulldogs appeared to meet expectations last year – that it may be too tough to follow it up with another strong recruiting class? The theory there is that it may be too challenging to sign star recruits at a particular position if you signed a couple at the same spot the previous February.

What about this year? Following the “Dream Team” class, UGA struggled mightily at the start with this year’s crop – termed “the University of Georgia’s Dream Team” by Mark Richt. The Bulldogs started off slowly with both landing top-tier recruits and the overall numbers of commitments, but the recent commitment of No. 1-rated RB Keith Marshall has given UGA a big boost.

RB Keith Marshall committed to UGA but will other big-name recruits follow? (Photo by Shawn Rocco of the Raleigh News & Observer)

RB Keith Marshall committed to UGA but will other big-name recruits follow? (Photo by Shawn Rocco of the Raleigh News & Observer)

How big was Marshall for UGA? For example, in the Rivals.com rankings, UGA recently moved from No. 15 to No. 22. The Bulldogs still have to gain a lot of ground to retain their streak of finishing in the top 10 for every year since 2002 (Note: UGA is the only school to accomplish the feat).

So back to the question: Do you think UGA should have a “Dream Team” recruiting effort every year? Or is it not realistic?

Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity seemed to provide his answer when recently talking  to the AJC’s Mark Bradley: “I hope to have a Dream Team every year,” McGarity said. “That’s what the best teams do. We’ve got to back that up with another great recruiting year.”

UGA has 17 commitments for 2012, and will likely secure 8-10 more before February’s national signing day.

What do I think? With 175-185 prospects from the state of Georgia every year signing with D1 schools, UGA — and Georgia Tech (we’ll talk more about the Yellow Jackers later) — should have top-rated recruiting classes every year. There’s too much talent on the home turf to have any other expectations.

Now it’s your turn. Please post below.

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Big Daddy

December 18th, 2011
5:15 pm

Mountain Dawg

December 18th, 2011
5:23 pm

Hell yes! Every year!

Dawg48

December 18th, 2011
5:25 pm

If McGarity wants it , UGA should strive for it!

TampaGator

December 18th, 2011
5:31 pm

Football games are won on the practice and football fields…..not on recruiting rankings fields. Recruiting rankings and Dream teams are for just that……dreamers.

AugustaDawg

December 18th, 2011
5:33 pm

If Richt had has his contract we would likely be there already. It is possible with all the talent we have in this state. We can’t get them all, but should be able to get enough to be top tier every year. Finally people are being coached on defense. We used to have all of those 4-5 star recruits who were not being coached. You can see the difference now. After this years class, recruits see that they can play early.

LoganvilleDAWG

December 18th, 2011
5:34 pm

It would be nice to have every year but you have to be realistic. We will have a class each year that should meet our needs, but do not know if it will be a top 5 each year. Just think if you sign 15-18 OL & DL each year, that will not be a top 5 class.

TampaGator

December 18th, 2011
5:41 pm

Florida just added its 17 commit…..Junior Salt….6′3 and 340 lbs nose guard……from JC in Utah….to play NG in the 3-4 next year. Won’t be easy to run up the middle next year.

Absolutely...Dream Team Every Year

December 18th, 2011
5:42 pm

With UGA’s football revenue, stadium (BTW – 93,000 and needs to go ahead and deck the endzone and then take down skyboxes and add a third tier on alumni side (with sky boxes in between 2nd and 3rd tier), fan base, location to ATL (airport and city that is), academic programs, Athens, and so on, there is no plausible reason why UGA can’t recruit a Dream Team annually.

It’s not about lowering your expectations; it’s about “raising the bar” to the next level. I loved Larry Munson, but I must confess he was always pessimistic about who we were playing, where we were playing, and how we might play against our foes. That kind of culture and attitude only leads to mediocrity.

As a former NY Yankee baseball player, the fans in NY and the organization expected only the best. Sure, you can’t win it each year but that doesn’t mean that you can’t focus on that ideal 24/7.

For too long, UGA has underachieved with the meritous recruiting classes that it has enrolled (the only Division I team to have had 10 top 10 recruiting classes over the past decade). I guess Steve Spurrier is right when he says “what does UGA do with all that talent once they get on campus.” He’s got a point. Wouldn’t you agree even if you’re a homer?

So, here we are again. The ball is rolling on another great class at UGA. They’ll enroll much ballyhooed and will gloat until the first smack in the mouth by a better coached and higher aspiring foe.

As a UGA fan (and Atlanta sports), I’m continually amazed and the level of not only underachievement by our sports teams (National Titles / NBA,NFL, MLB) but the fans acceptance of this type of performance.

So, it’s time to shift the thought curve at UGA in terms of how it views itself (it’s a great tier 2 program right now historically) but it could easily be tier 1. Instead of Dreaming it; do it!

Muffin

December 18th, 2011
5:43 pm

FACT: uGag thinks every class is a “Dream Team”.

Fiction: These recruits think they can be ‘coached up’.

FACT: Georgia Tech will show the nation a triple option offense that will impose 20% more run and gun than seen previous teams.

FICTION: t. grantham thinks no big deal.

HIDE AND WATCH.
BE WARNED OF THE SWARM.

Max Sizemore

December 18th, 2011
5:43 pm

If you have a “dream team” every year, it simply trivializes the name. You could call it something else, but that would be somewhat transparent, I would think. OK, how about “The Best in Class?” You know, like a dog show.

WhoCaresTampaGator

December 18th, 2011
5:45 pm

Is there not a FL paper that you can make your comments on? We do NOT care about your Gators here…Get a clue and shoo fly…

Bail Bondsman

December 18th, 2011
5:46 pm

Jr. Salt= Jr. Samples
gaytrods not on radar blip for MANY years to come.

Muffin

December 18th, 2011
5:48 pm

cmr is busy combing his hair. CPJ is salivatating about stable of throwing/running QB’s coming in.

Muffin

December 18th, 2011
5:49 pm

Enter your comments here

Max Sizemore

December 18th, 2011
5:49 pm

Hey, “Absolutely” and “former Yankee.” Your first name Ronnie, played for Druid Hills, first-ever DH?

Tampa Gator

December 18th, 2011
5:51 pm

Dream On!!!

LSU 42, Georgia 10.

cadawg

December 18th, 2011
5:53 pm

love that tampa gator says recruiting doesn’t matter in his first post, and then mentions that UF pulled in a big recruit in his second.

Michael Carvell

December 18th, 2011
5:53 pm

@Max Sizemore, forget the “Dream Team” moniker …. the question is should UGA have a top 10 class every year?

poopdawg

December 18th, 2011
5:54 pm

I want players who DREAM of being a DAWG!

Bail Bondsman

December 18th, 2011
5:54 pm

flowrida… the place to go to be man handled by the likes of Furman.

Dawg48

December 18th, 2011
5:54 pm

Tampa gator

We don’t care about Florida!

Find a Florida blog!

Tampa Gator

December 18th, 2011
5:55 pm

cadawg…

Didn’t say recruiting does not matter….never said that…..said championships are won on the practice and football fields…..not recruiting fields.

Tampa Gator

December 18th, 2011
5:56 pm

Dawg48…..

Really? I beg to differ.

Dawg48

December 18th, 2011
5:56 pm

Cadawg

Now that was funny!

Tampa Gator

December 18th, 2011
5:57 pm

When is the last time Boise had a top 10 recruiting class….or TCU……or Michigan State…..?

Dawg48

December 18th, 2011
5:58 pm

Tampa

Did the topic say……

Should Florida have a dream team every year?

Or UGA?

Truth hurts

December 18th, 2011
5:58 pm

If you built a fence around each state and kids had to stay in-state, half of the SEC would have to drop football. Not enough talent to fill 85 spots in Tennessee, Kentucky, or South Carolina. Barely enough in Alabama, Arkansas, and Mississippi.

Muffin

December 18th, 2011
5:58 pm

And look for the ”Swarming Killer Bee” defense step up and sting some puppies next year, can’t wait.

Tampa Gator

December 18th, 2011
5:59 pm

Cadawg….

Salt fills a BIG need for the Gators at NG in the 3-4…..and that has nothing to do with dreams or recruiting rankings.

slydog

December 18th, 2011
6:01 pm

What UGA needs every year is to get the absolute most out of 20 of the 25 recruits they sign every year. That’s all. In the SEC, whomever has the most players, as in quality, usually finds success regardless of who is coaching.

DAWG UP YOURS

December 18th, 2011
6:01 pm

Can somebody tell me the relevece of florida football?

Tampa Gator

December 18th, 2011
6:01 pm

Dawg48…..

Question for you and others…..when a blog is about a Tech player or recruit…..does that stop you from going on that site and posting….NO……but you get upset when a Tech or Gator comes on “your” site……funny.

poopdawg

December 18th, 2011
6:02 pm

Tampagator , y’all might need some pepper too. Sorry couldn’t resist.

slydog

December 18th, 2011
6:02 pm

And no, UGA does not need a top 10 class every year. However, they should never be any worse than #20.

Tampa Gator

December 18th, 2011
6:03 pm

Dawg Up…

No….but I can tell you the “relevance” of Florida football.

Dawg48

December 18th, 2011
6:03 pm

Tampa

I do not get on and talk UGA recruiting when the topic is about a tech player.

DAWG UP YOURS

December 18th, 2011
6:05 pm

tampa gator- go to ‘Palm Beach Post’

They have gaytur blog named ‘Gaytur bytes’.

They hate UGA posters .

GT Man

December 18th, 2011
6:06 pm

It would be so nice if GT would go and have a ” Dream Team ” recruiting effort instead of settling for players that only Division 2 wants. I see Ga gets players that chose Ga over Fla, SC, Fsu, where all we get is someone that chose us over Troy, Elon or UAB. Of course one did choose us over Bama, which is rare. As long as PJ recruits these 165 lb players, we will never be like the O’Leary years, when we beat Ga. 3 straight

5150 UOAD

December 18th, 2011
6:06 pm

Isn’t that always the attempt to get your dream players at the positions you need filled?

Tampa Gator

December 18th, 2011
6:06 pm

poopdawg…..

The Gators added some salt to the steak today……the steak would be everyone returning on the 9th rated defense in the country….and the salt….would be a 6′3 340 NG….something the Gators badly needed.

Tampa Gator

December 18th, 2011
6:08 pm

Dawg48…..

Copied that post for your rememberance at a later date.

GT Man

December 18th, 2011
6:09 pm

Muffin, i dont know why you are fooling yourself— Al Groh cannot coach defense. PJ is intimadated by Ga just like Gailey. Ga knows they are going to beat Tech every year. Until we get another O’Leary thats not afraid of Ga., we will never beat them again.

Joe

December 18th, 2011
6:09 pm

Hey Nuffin, yellow maggots beat the Dawgs once a decade. Place your bets now.

WhoCaresTampaGator

December 18th, 2011
6:10 pm

Tampa Gator – I think you need to be worried about your own team. You had a nightmare and no dreams…

Alabama Sat, Oct 1st L 38 – 10
@LSU Sat, Oct 8th L 41 – 11
@Auburn Sat, Oct 15th L 17 – 6
@Georgia Sun, Oct 29th L 24 – 20
@South Carolina Sat, Nov 12th L 17 – 12
Florida State Sat, Nov 26th L 21 – 17

Tampa Gator

December 18th, 2011
6:13 pm

Who cares…..

What was the score of the Georgia-Boise State game?
What was the score of the Georgia-South Carolina game?
What was the score of the Georgia-LSU game?

Played three teams that ended up in the top 25…..and you had a nightmare in each one…..and all in your backyard.

5150 UOAD

December 18th, 2011
6:14 pm

What is a DREAM is if 75% of the players don’t have to be Special Admits in ever recruiting class. I know. I know it will not ever happen but can’t that be a Dream too?

Tampa Gator

December 18th, 2011
6:15 pm

Who cares….

LSU 42, Georgia 10 (in Atlanta in the title game)
LSU 41, Florida 11 (in Baton Rouge with Florida playing a freshman at QB)

Who had the bigger nightmare vs. LSU?

WhoCaresTampaGator

December 18th, 2011
6:15 pm

go away…go somewhere you are wanted…try a florida paper..

WhoCaresTampaGator

December 18th, 2011
6:16 pm

we had 10 wins, while you guys suck…

poopdawg

December 18th, 2011
6:16 pm

Tampagator, UF’s defense is very good but the offense needs a huge makeover. Last 2 yrs was painful to watch. They got rid of the cane now maybe y’all can run again.