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.
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.
– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog
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