There’s some good news about UGA’s 2012 football recruiting class.
Mark Richt told the AJC that all 19 members are on track to qualify academically and be able to report for football practice this summer.
“Yes, everybody is in the race … everybody is still alive, so that’s a good thing,” Richt said.
Last February, UGA assembled a class of 19 signees, with three enrolling early in college – QB Faton Bauta, RB Keith Marshall and junior college OL Mark Beard.
The remaining 16 are scheduled to report later this summer. For each recruit to be admitted to UGA, they have to meet college entrance requirements, with a qualifying GPA and SAT/ACT score, among other things.
This year, it is more critical than normal that UGA has all of its signees qualify because the Bulldogs signed a small-than-normal class with 19, and they’ve had around 10 players affected by transfers, dismissals and partial suspensions since the end of last season.
Last summer, UGA had 24 of 26 signees from its 2011 class make it to campus. What happened to the other two? LB Kent Turene enrolled in a prep school and was scheduled to sign again with UGA in February. However, Turene was not able to make it through the NCAA Clearinghouse and decided to enroll elsewhere as a partial qualifier.
Meanwhile, DT Chris Mayes enrolled at Gulf Coast (Miss.) junior college and has committed to UGA for 2013.
After Mayes reported to junior college last summer, Richt admitted that he knew that was the likely scenario all along.
When was asked if there was 2012 signee in the same situation as Mayes, with UGA’s coaches knowing well in advance that a specific recruit won’t qualify, Richt said “No … We’re expecting everybody to report.”
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– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog
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