UPDATED: UGA’s 10-year Rivals streak was both documented and written about by Rivals in this article by Rivals.com from July. Click on story link
Even after a little help from Josh Harvey-Clemons’ grandpa, UGA’s record-breaking streak in recruiting appears to be over.
The Bulldogs are the nation’s only team to finish in the top 10 of the Rivals’ top 10 team rankings every year since 2002. Until this year.
What about this year? After Harvey-Clemons turned in his paperwork on Thursday, UGA rocketed from No. 19 overall to No. 11 – one spot away. Is that Harvey-Clemons really that good? Good enough to move an entire team up eight spots? Yes, he’s good but not that good. The jump also had to do with Rivals recalculating its rankings with the overnight addition of late signees from colleges across the nation.
“It can’t last forever,” Rivals’ Mike Farrell said. “This year’s class was a good but not great like last year. They fit their needs. Wide receiver was the one area that they felt like they needed to hit their needs a little better, along with DB. And they’ll address that better.”
“I also think this was a rare year where it wasn’t as strong and fertile [with talent] in certain other states surrounding Georgia and a lot of people came in. Alabama came in and took some very, very good players away. Auburn came and took some very good players away. It happens. I don’t think it’s anything to be worried about if you’re a Georgia fan. It’s a good class. I fully expect them, especially with the talent in the state next year, to be back in the top 10.”
The marquee name in next year’s crop of Georgia talent is Grayson DE Robert Nkemdiche, who is ranked as the nation’s No. 1 overall prospect by 247sports. He’s denied the rumors that he’s a “secret commit” to Alabama since last year, while saying he’s considering a handful of schools that includes UGA, USC and Oregon. Troup LB Reuben Foster is publicly committed to Alabama but still talks with UGA.
UGA has three commitments for 2013: RB Derrick Henry of Yulee, Fla., safety Tray Matthews of Newnan, and QB Brice Ramsey of Camden County. Ramsey was offered by Alabama last week.
Back to the Rivals record: UGA would have to sign another recruit – maybe the so-called “mystery recruit” – to have a chance to crack the top 10. Meanwhile, the Bulldogs are at No. 6 on 247Sports and No. 13 by Scout.
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