Todd Gurley: Analysis of new UGA RB recruit and other notebook items

Follow-up on 4-star RB Todd Gurley committing to UGA and other random items:

  • In case you missed it on late Friday night, another UGA RB target committed to South Carolina. Click here to read the full story. Did Gurley committing to UGA affect how RB Mike Davis was considering the Bulldogs? He said “no.” Maybe, maybe not, but I say likely.  Did UGA still want Davis after landing Gurley? On the surface, it seems like UGA only wanted to take two RBs in this class, and Keith Marshall and Todd Gurley filled that void. However, this is a very unusual year for UGA from the standpoint of having so many scholarships open (between 8-10) this late, around two weeks before National Signing Day. At this point, many colleges start simply taking the best overall athlete left on the board, Had Davis really wanted to go to UGA, my guess is that they would’ve found a spot for him.
  • Does anybody remember another highly-touted RB that UGA signed out of North Carolina years ago? I think the guy’s name was … Tim Worley.
  • UGA RB recruit Todd Gurley (Photo courtesy of 247Sports.com)

    UGA RB recruit Todd Gurley (Photo courtesy of 247Sports.com)

  • Who is better? Keith Marshall or Todd Gurley? That was an easy answer a couple of months ago, but not so much after Gurley’s stock skyrocketed after leading his team to the state championship while playing with a high-ankle sprain. Here’s what Mike Farrell of Rivals said on Twitter on Friday: “I’ll say it right here and now, Todd Gurley is better than Keith Marshall and both are very, very good.” Rusty Mansell of 247Sports on which RB is better. “I’ve seen Keith Marshall play, and Keith Marshall is faster. Todd Gurley is fast, too, but more of a guy who pounds it between the tackles. If they wind up being in the backfield at the same time next year, Georgia will have a guy that can get the edge and a guy who can run effectively between the tackles. At the end of the day, Georgia got immediate running back depth, and that’s what they were looking for.”
  • How is Clemson feeling these days? They finished as a very close runner-up to UGA for both Keith Marshall and Todd Gurley. That’s not to say another RB who the Tigers sign won’t be better. You never know in recruiting. However, on the surface, those are some mighty big and highly-publicized recruiting battles won by the Bulldogs in the Carolinas. If you’re a Clemson fan, I guess you could spin it and say the Tigers fared better in the two sweepstakes than the home state schools – North Carolina, NC State, Duke and Wake Forest. That gang may need to hire Lane Kiffin for some fence-building skills. Back to Clemson: They also missed on Mike Davis, whose older brother played for the Tigers. Not to keep beating up on Clemson, but they are also pitching a shutout for the entire state of Georgia in recruiting this year. Remember when you could count on Clemson getting a couple of Georgia’s best each year?
    Vanderbilt DE commit Josh Dawson is visiting UGA this weekend

    Vanderbilt DE commit Josh Dawson is visiting UGA this weekend

  • What is UGA serving in the student cafeteria these days? Does anybody know what’s on the menu? Gurley cited on several occasions that the food at Georgia factored into this decision to go with Bulldogs. We think he was joking.
  • UGA must certainly be hoping that this weekend’s recruits on official visits enjoy the food. The guests include two already pledged to the Bulldogs, Thomson DT John John Atkins and Colquitt County TE Ty Smith. There’s also Lowndes S-LB Josh Harvey-Clemons, who is favoring the Bulldogs and Florida, and Tucker DE Josh Dawson, who is committed to Vanderbilt.
  • ESPN’s Kipp Adams on Gurley: “At 6-foot-1 and 215-pounds, Todd Gurley definitely has the size you look for in an SEC running back. People talk about how many running backs Georgia will have now, but when you look at what LSU did in the SEC Championship game with Alfred Blue, Kenny Hilliard and Michael Ford, you would like to have three 200+ pound tailbacks to be able to wear down these defenses in the second half … Gurley is not just some big plodder either. On film, he is surprisingly agile for his size, and if he gets a good angle has home-run threat potential because of his north-south speed. I was impressed with his durability this year, with him having over 200 carries and playing through an ankle injury in the state championship game. … Some people have looked at Musa Smith as a running back comparison, and while he was before my time as a prospect (actually only one year younger than I am), the size and speed combination appear very similar at the same stage.”
  • Here’s video of Todd Gurley announcing UGA on Friday. Click here to see it.

    Mark Richt: Ask for it and you shall receive it ... UGA RB recruits Todd Gurley (No. 1) and Keith Marshall

    Mark Richt: Ask for it and you shall receive it ... UGA RB recruits Todd Gurley (No. 1) and Keith Marshall

  • After landing Marshall and Gurley, I guess you can say that Mark Richt’s bold recruiting strategy worked. He was so desperate for running backs that he went public with his plea to reporters a couple of months ago (he avoided NCAA violations by not mentioning specific recruits): “There’s a tremendous opportunity at the University of Georgia for running backs in this class to come to Georgia and make a big impact,” Richt said. “I hope that’s not breaking a rule, but there’s tremendous opportunity, I can say that. If I was a running back, if I was a great running back, I would want to come to Georgia. I would be so excited about my opportunity at Georgia.” A risky tactic by the conservative Richt but it seemed to work to perfection.
  • If you a Georgia fan, do you feel much better about this recruiting class than you did only a week ago? Most do. Gurley was more or less expected, while many are still shocked about 5-star DE Jordan Jenkins swinging to the Bulldogs over longtime leader Alabama last Monday. The 6-foot-3, 250-pounder is considered to be the state’s No. 1 overall prospect.
  • Over at archrival Georgia Tech, the Yellow Jackets have their biggest recruiting weekend of the year, including 8 of 14 commits (click on story link).

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT OVER THE WEEKEND

– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog

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272 comments Add your comment

MIami Dawg

January 14th, 2012
3:58 pm

This year we are making it happen

MIami Dawg

January 14th, 2012
3:59 pm

oh 1st…. I think the most important aspect will be a 2nd year in the S&C program. Major improvements were made last year and it’s only going to get better this off season.

AugustaDawg

January 14th, 2012
4:02 pm

RRTDawgs

January 14th, 2012
4:05 pm

UGA is going to make some noise our defense is going to be more dangerous add Jenkins the only question mark is the O-line it should be an exciting year Marshall and Gurley will be huge Go Dawgs .

MIami Dawg

January 14th, 2012
4:10 pm

3rd year in with CTD and his 3-4 defense, its seems to be getting better each year and the players are really buying into it and their confidence is skyrocking. I agree with RRTDawgs, the O-line and added depth on defense will be a big plus this year. Big things are coming our way in 2012

AugustaDawg

January 14th, 2012
4:10 pm

Dawson, Clemons, whitehead, young all jump on board before it’s too late. Something special is happening. Whether u say dream team 2 or ring team…all the juniors coming back for unfinished business

Taco Meat

January 14th, 2012
4:12 pm

Great week to be a Bulldog!! Now, if we can only land JHC and Avery Young this class will be complete!

AugustaDawg

January 14th, 2012
4:14 pm

Develop the o line, shore up special teams and GATA

SGMJOHNDavis

January 14th, 2012
4:14 pm

This is an excellent class. Go DAWGS!

Nooga Dawg

January 14th, 2012
4:15 pm

Gurley looks like a helluva athlete. After watching some of his videos, may need to move him to safety, the kid wraps up when he hits someone.

5150 UOAD

January 14th, 2012
4:27 pm

Something Special is the weak SEC Least schedule. The Georgia Dome aka the DEATH TOMB of DWAG DREAMS.

Tampa Gator

January 14th, 2012
4:29 pm

I think Curley will end up being the much better back at Georgia over both Crowell and Marshall. He certainly is more of the type running back you need to win in the SEC. Georgia is again coming on strong in recruiting. I think Georgia will get a commitment from Harvey-Clemons this weekend as well.

P.S. Crowell might be thinking about a South Alabama transfer right about now…..or just got back from the gym after sprinting at the track after studying for 10 hours….and saying yes sir/mam and no sir/mam to every adult in Athens who walks by…..with a big ole smile on his face and wearing his cap like a baseball player……and planning to go to church with Richt on Sunday.

……also…..Richt’s fundamental religion is connecting with a lot of the families of these recruits. It is obvious. Maybe all SEC coaches should get dunked in the river and start singing “praise the Lord” on recruiting visits.

ATLANTA GEORGIA, USA

January 14th, 2012
4:29 pm

Haaaaa, haaaaa, they need to serve more good food to these recruits it worked out for Gurley

T D

January 14th, 2012
4:33 pm

Can’t believe Mike Davis goes to sc/e to run against our revived Stuff Your Run Junkyard Defense. He could have been part of The Stallions of Sanford Stadium Ring Team. Com’On Man

Jason in Gainesville

January 14th, 2012
4:34 pm

2012 will be an exciting time for the Bulldawg Nation. Let’s hope for a safe and healthy off-season too.

5150 UOAD

January 14th, 2012
4:36 pm

TD it is not 1980 remember.

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T D

January 14th, 2012
4:39 pm

Com’on Men, great football players to put some polish on The Ring Team. 2012-13 Georgia Bulldogs Team to be one of our best ever. Great foundation for our football program for years to come. Bright Future. Enlist and be proud. Coach Richt needs a few great men. Just do it Baby!

Dawg48

January 14th, 2012
4:41 pm

We need to sign another RB this year. We are a injury or two away from being back in the same boat as this past season.

BurytheBone

January 14th, 2012
4:43 pm

And to think we were getting shelled by the critics, for having such a slow recruiting class, Now they all post with envy. Bring in the KOOL-AID. Hey 5150—–So hows that class coming for CPJ? Found any future trolls

Randall "Pink" Floyd

January 14th, 2012
4:44 pm

Don’t forget Ronald Darby. Marshall and Gurley are both very close with him. Would be another phenomenal get.

uh huh

January 14th, 2012
4:45 pm

The food must have changed since I was there…..Great news. Go Dawgs!

Dawg48

January 14th, 2012
4:45 pm

Any chance dawson will flip to UGA?

Dawg48

January 14th, 2012
4:46 pm

Randle ” pink”

Who is Darby? What position?

Dawg Whisperer

January 14th, 2012
4:50 pm

TampaGator… its not religion that attracts the recruits and their parents. You can’t fake Christian behavior. Eventually, true character and faith in Christ emerges and Richt’s players know the difference.

AugustaDawg

January 14th, 2012
4:53 pm

@5150 TOAD. We don’t control the schedule. Mizzou is up and coming, UF has to be better as does a young auburn team. We do control non conference schedule which usually has one tough game. Creampuffs like tech and buffalo are needed. SEC chamPionship game as well. Quit whining and let the season pan out

5150 UOAD

January 14th, 2012
4:54 pm

I guess that is the END of the Murray Heisman talk. With all the RBs I guess 3/4 Murray will not get the Passing yards or the INT/ Pick 6’s either.

Dawg48

January 14th, 2012
4:56 pm

Georgia is giving vandy all they want today in B Ball!

Bigdsel

January 14th, 2012
4:58 pm

Goooo dawgs. Get some more big OL

5150 UOAD

January 14th, 2012
4:58 pm

48 Dwag BBall of the Saints 49ers and you are watching BBall? You are losing some man card points

twest

January 14th, 2012
4:59 pm

Hey Carvell the real challenge will be OL recruits for the rest of this class. People are moaning about losing Glenn and Bean. I luv them too but, i will not miss Bean’s 2-3 flase starts a game or his 4-5 missed blocks a game OR his 4-5 who the hell was i supposed to be blocking plays either. Ol Bean you gotta luv him a DGD!!! Hell Gates has that who the hell am I blocking disease too LOL!

Dawg48

January 14th, 2012
5:04 pm

5150

Lol….. I’m going to watch tebow and BAY BAY later.

Destin Dawg

January 14th, 2012
5:07 pm

Great year coming up… can’t wait… a couple more great recruits in the works.. 2012 will be special.. Go Dawgs !!

Niceville Dawg

January 14th, 2012
5:08 pm

Just watched some video of Bauta and also Marshall Morgan.WOW on both accounts.They both seem to be less talked about than the two big backs but we need to find a way to get the ball in Bauta’s hands…at least a little.And the Morgan kid kicks it out of the stadium on kick-offs.Two nice pick-ups.

Blake

January 14th, 2012
5:08 pm

Any news on the #1 recruit in ga jhc? Would really be icing on the cake if he committed this weekend. Has anyone heard how his ov is going so far? hope he loves the food.

5150 UOAD

January 14th, 2012
5:10 pm

Destin Dwag didn’t all the Dwag fans say the same thing for the last 10 or so years?

Destin Dawg

January 14th, 2012
5:10 pm

hey we have a new nutritionist now.. good chow.. big buffet at Butts Mehr every day… comes with the renewed S & C program !!

5150 UOAD

January 14th, 2012
5:13 pm

49ers making it look easy right now up by 14.

Dawg48

January 14th, 2012
5:15 pm

5150

Why no night game in San Fran?

Dawgs tie it up!

Dawg48

January 14th, 2012
5:16 pm

New leader in Nashville! Go dawgs!

dawggirl

January 14th, 2012
5:18 pm

I like that take on it, Dawg Whisperer. I never feel like Richt is shoving his religion down my throat – unlike certain others *cough*Tebow*cough*.

I’m certainly not ready to proclaim us champions next year, but I do like the way this past week has gone. Excited about these new recruits.

Paul in NH

January 14th, 2012
5:19 pm

Enter your comments here

Paul in NH

January 14th, 2012
5:21 pm

I like the comments about the food. My son complained about the food after his first semester in college. When I told him that I thought the food was great when we visited on the Open House weekend he said “Dad, you don’t think that it’s that good all the time do you?”

Really?

January 14th, 2012
5:21 pm

5150 why are you dodgeing me on a refund for that birdhouse? If you didn’t ship it today I want my money back.No wonder Bradley banned you from his blog. You probably ripped him off too.

1eyedJack

January 14th, 2012
5:24 pm

“Who is Darby? What position?”

A very highly rated cornerback out of Maryland who just decommitted from Notre Dame.

AugustaDawg

January 14th, 2012
5:25 pm

No nightgame bc tebow bs Brady = rating = $

BG

January 14th, 2012
5:26 pm

The DAWGS are on a roll!!

Dawg48

January 14th, 2012
5:26 pm

1eyedJack

So what’s up on him? Spill the beans! Lol

AugustaDawg

January 14th, 2012
5:27 pm

Tebow vs Brady I meant

5150 UOAD

January 14th, 2012
5:27 pm

49ers are ABUSING the Aints so far.