How would you grade UGA’s 2013 recruiting class so far?

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The Bulldogs are off to a fast start with 17 commitments, including the last two at their biggest position of need – offensive line.

UGA could sign around 30 in February.

How would you grade this class so far? Which prospects do you like the most? Which are the ones that UGA needs to keep an eye on due to attention from competing colleges?

What are the biggest remaining needs for this class? Which positions? Which players?

Please post below.

UGA commits for 2013

  1. RB Derrick Henry, 6-3, 241, Yulee, Fla.
  2. QB Brice Ramsey, 6-3, 190, Camden County HS
  3. S Tray Matthews, 6-2, 205, Newnan HS
  4. DB Shaq Wiggins, 5-10, 160, Sandy Creek HS
  5. DB Steven Nelson, 6-0, 185, College of Sequoias JC (Northside-WR HS)
  6. DT Chris Mayes, 6-4, 295, Mississippi Gulf Coast JC (Spalding HS)
  7. DT DeAndre “Moose” Johnson, 6-3, 311, Northgate HS
  8. WR Tramel Terry, 6-0, 185, Goose Creek (S.C.)
  9. LB Johnny O’Neal, 6-1, 230, West Laurens HS
  10. WR Kyrin Priester, 6-2, 185, Brookwood HS
  11. OL Aulden Bynum, 6-5, 250, Valwood HS
  12. LB Ryne Rankin, 6-1, 231, Orlando, Fla.
  13. LB, Reggie Carter, 6-1, 220, South Gwinnett HS
  14. ATH JJ Green, 5-9, 178, Camden County HS
  15. DB Reggie Wilkerson, 6-0, Citron, Fla.
  16. OL Josh Cardiello, 6-4, 280, Buford HS
  17. OL Brandon Kublanow, 6-3, 290, Walton HS




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Beast from the East

May 28th, 2012
6:14 am

I’d call the Dawgs’ class very good at this point. They still have some needs to fill, but are off to a great start on the recruiting trail. Of course, recruiting has never been Richt’s problem.

Great far

May 28th, 2012
6:21 am

We have got to keep Derrik Henry…He is an absolute studdddddd!!!! I’m just excited because we have a real D, Finally. Awesome Job, Grantham and glad to see some intensity.


May 28th, 2012
6:30 am

Having Kublanow to team with Theus , Debell, and other OL will be huge. He is a GREAT pickup. Now Tideroll may not think so . Dawgs are off to great start in recruiting.


May 28th, 2012
6:35 am

UGA has its usual top 10 class.


May 28th, 2012
6:37 am

an Incomplete…no John Hancock’s on the dotted line….verbally looks like we have some ball players…..need more OL…go dogs


May 28th, 2012
7:00 am

Will probably have most of the class in place by end of summer camps ! Then we can start flipping players ourselves. 6-7 enroll in Jan which will get us great momentum for Feb.

destin dawg

May 28th, 2012
7:03 am

great start, need to win the SEC east THIS year and the SEC Champs next couple years… going uphill in Athens.. Goooo Dawgs !!

Midtown Dawg

May 28th, 2012
7:06 am

I am not as wild about this class as others. I think we have gotten a lot of good talent, but it is great talent that can be difference makers in the SEC.

I don’t mind if we lose Henry, I don’t think he wants to play where he could be the biggest star and have the most nfl potential (fb or mlb).

I think getting tunsil, foster, Hargreaves, north or Robinson, and Adams would be important to having difference makers in red and black.

It’s not about ratings or stars but getting the top players on our board. For example priester is either 5th or 6th on our coaches’ board at wr, I’d prefer not taking a player that low unless we need to in January.

destin dawg

May 28th, 2012
7:06 am

Bo Bo and Richt need to be more unpredictable on Offense… YES Grantham has our back on defense.. renewed Junk yard dawgs !!!


May 28th, 2012
7:23 am

It is hard to rate a class of recruits right now, and you will not be able to properly rate anybody’s class. as far as potential, until after the pen hits the paper. These kids verbal for one school, but in reality, a lot of them aren’t mature enough, to realize what a commitment means and some of them will back out, be easily swayed by this coach or another, and refuse to see reality. A good rated class is one where you get the guys you need to fill needs on your team and at the same time, increase depth for future needs. The star ratings are all well and fine, but until the kid performs on the field, they do not mean a lot. Stars give you guidance, but they are all about athletic ability, not how well a kid fits into a team, chemistry established with his team mates, and his ability to keep improving at his position. If the kid is willing to learn, and is lower rated, a great deal of the time, he is usually the better performer on the field. Ask this question next year after the season is over and the kids for 2013, at least some of them, will have a year under their belt. This is the year, where some of the 2012 recruits will shine.


May 28th, 2012
7:24 am

As with all things dogs…..

All hype.


May 28th, 2012
7:25 am

Nothing but good/great players recruited so far early in the recruiting time table with a shot at several great players at position of need.

Great job by the coaching staff at this years class and a good job getting next years class started as well!

bitter coach Grantham

May 28th, 2012
7:31 am

Dawg fans should fill good about all tthe tallent on campus—-best tallent in 30 years, this upcoming football season will be one to remember. the 2010 dream team and last years recruits are the best 1/2 punch since jim donan was recruiting his last two years, remember he turned over a world of tallent to coach richt.———————–THIS WILL BE THE YEAR THE DAWGS WIN THE –SEC–


May 28th, 2012
7:35 am

Top 10 as usual, but a flop when the rubber hits the road…..

Score Check

May 28th, 2012
7:36 am

In other news:

Coach Sick Satan = SCUM
Coach Sick Satan = SCUM
Coach Sick Satan = SCUM

Tweak your knee and he leaves you twisting in the wind

Hugh Jass

May 28th, 2012
7:39 am

Some schools beat Georgia without ever getting a top 10 class. College football is about systems and coaching. With a good O-line you can pound the ball like LSU and Bama


May 28th, 2012
7:52 am

typical thugs who will fit in well in athens. now what is the definition of insanity? keep signing non students of questionable character and background and expect different results. only in georgia…..

fortune cookie

May 28th, 2012
7:52 am

this will be the YEAR OF THE DAWG !!

See Rock City

May 28th, 2012
7:56 am

Why isn’t this thread topic about Alabama?

bitter---- tide roll-----bla hahah

May 28th, 2012
7:59 am

Well have-in coffee and a piece of burnt toast, athens dont serve burnt toast—you kown why??

no black “O” lineman and no burnt toast—un uh, yep, red-necks, yep, gottest to rep dim doggs

on my fav-orr-it news pepper, AJC—-yep my trailer needs to be moved from this swamp today, woke

up this here mourning and found a frogg and snake in bed wid me, and it upset my sistar. my girl.

well my life is so good—I love “O’ paul fine-bomb in the afternoon—me and harvey updyke gonna

own this here state of bamma land—-and gonna spend all day get-in diem red necks in jaw-jer

—-A football team needs all black folk to be racist free—dat mark richt dont like us folk–wink, wink

————————————–roll, darn tu_rd roll————–bla-hahahahahah

Grantham's The Man

May 28th, 2012
8:00 am

Georgia is off to a great start. Look for it to continue throughout the season. Grantham’s Defense is about to show what they can do and the recruits will be impressed.

Bobo will have more than a true freshman and a converted LB to run the ball and most of the Receivers won’t be freshman like last year.

What will the Alabama fans say about Richt finally signing more players than’s Poster Boy Nick Saban? Will they be able to do the Math, or ,will they think Richt has out cheated their Hero?


May 28th, 2012
8:09 am

Georgia has got to get back to controlling the football via a smash mouth running game that works. How many of you can recall the last three years when we would have a lead with about 3-4 minutes left and get the ball back and all we have have to do is pound out a first down or two………Nope, doesn’t happen. Richt will not throw the ball ( something the other teams DC knows by the way) thus they stuff the line and we punt on 4th and 7 as 3 runs are stuffed. I’ve seen it to much.


May 28th, 2012
8:18 am

Great start but verdict still out on Will Friend; did a very poor job on recruiting OL last year; only 3 LOI’s and no OL from the state of GA; John Theus was a given since his brother was already @ UGA!! Did a poor job on handling the Chester Brown situation and a poor job on not gettin transfer Max Garcia!! Let’s see how the Dawgs close out: keeping D Henry, getting Larry Tunsil and more OL, closing out on DB’s and WR’s and maybe, by the grace of GOD, securing R Nkemdiche or R Foster!! C’mon guys, do your job!!

jacket fan in wisconsin

May 28th, 2012
8:21 am

It seems to me like UGA is playing the “numbers game”, after what’s been happening over the last year or so. They realize after a year or two in their system that a certain players is not what they thought when they recruited him. He gets run off because they won’t play him and then they go recruit somebody to take his place. You could just call it a two year tryout. If a player can’t cut it, just flush him out and try another one. Whatever it takes, I guess.

See Rock City

May 28th, 2012
8:29 am

au contraire Monsieur Jacques; l’audace, toujours de l’audace!

Alabama will be just fine and King Cotton here in this land we call the South once again when all the dancing is done.

Will the UGA plantation find away to beat South Carolina finally a whole generation of residents from the Clarke County penal colony have never witnessed such an event as of yet?

Keep copying Alabama, and wooing our coaching staff with carts laden with gold. Tennessee has built a new foundation on it.

I love CMR’s new stance on the Oversigning Myth. Oversigning what oversigning?


May 28th, 2012
8:32 am

Interesting reading my father in law’s BAMA magazine this weekend. Saban is locked down till 2019 at 5.8 mil total comp + incentives. Richt at 2.8 mil per + incentives. Kirby at 950,000. Their new unproven OC is at 650,000. Their S&C coach at 350K…………Saban is quoted in the article ” It’s a total commitment by the University and the Athletic board to attract the best and win Championships”…………………Then I looked at the Georgia magazine of the hiring of Coach Will Friend to find a similar quote for his hire at 185,000 per year…….Couldn’t find one.

Dawg '94

May 28th, 2012
8:33 am

More linemen PLEASE

Chuly Bai

May 28th, 2012
8:35 am

It’s going to be a long, hot summer for all dawgtards, knowing that


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Chuly Bai

May 28th, 2012
8:37 am

It’s going to be a long, hot summer for all dawgturds, knowing that



May 28th, 2012
8:38 am

I will say that Richt’s new contract was EYE Opening. The HOT seat is still glowing in reserve. McGarity has written that contract as to replace Richt at any time without a financial burden to the University. Eye opening. Anything but a vote of confidence. It’ll let recruits know he’s locked down for a while, the back door is tremendous for McGarity.

Dear Mark Richt

May 28th, 2012
8:45 am

Stop kissing Derrick Henry’s booty. Pull his scholarship and move on to the people that want to be here.

Wet Willie...keep on smiling

May 28th, 2012
8:48 am

Football is no game at Alabama! UGA will always recruit well due to the talent in the state but this year Richt is taking some players just because he has the spots to fill and not based on real talent. The S&C coach at Alabama is a major major position and he’s paid well. The guy has been with Nick for years (LSU and Bama). You folks need to raise your standards regarding defense. You talk about what a great defense you have yet you have never beaten a decent football team! Great defense doesn’t give up TD’s instead they give up FG’s and you’re not close to great. Then again it’s been so long since 1980 you have no clue what is great. Keep talking for you have that part down no doubt.


May 28th, 2012
8:53 am

It depends entirely on how many we keep.

Rooty Tooty

May 28th, 2012
8:58 am

Who gives a rats arss


May 28th, 2012
8:59 am

Its to funny see Tech fans talking trash when UGA kicks there butt every year i like what we are doing on the O-line i think we get Seymour and maybe get Tunsil if loose Henry so be it we have lost some ground with Langley and M. Adams i think we have shot at Mustaffa with visiting all in all its a good class we have i give it B right now .

nh gamecock

May 28th, 2012
9:00 am



Hit a Single

May 28th, 2012
9:01 am

Sick of all this recruiting talk. Let’s talk about graudation rates and criminal records in 5 years and I will let you know what I think about the 2013 recruiting class. Too many good kids out there that don’t get all the hype that alot of these kids get. You don’t have to have a top recruiting class to win. You recruit heart and class then look at skill. Too many skilled athletes out there that have heart and class.


May 28th, 2012
9:18 am

Michael Carvell
Before I start bloging today, I want to thank you for working onthis Memorial Day Weekend. As I sit here with a cup of coffee, I can’t help but think of my military brothers that made it, that survived. I also have a heavy heart for the friends, family and all the people touched by the loss of a loved one, lost in the military. I hear that some people don’t like the military and don’t believe in what it stands for. They don’t believe in Hero’s, well I’m here to tell them that they are only here because of those heros. The freedoms they use to bash and disrespect my hero’s were given to to these unworthy people by the same people they dispise. My Hero’s were selfless givers who presented everyone with the ultimate gift, their lives…Say a prayer for the families, the friends and the brothers in arms today FOR THE FALLEN…

Jax Dawg

May 28th, 2012
9:21 am

The more written about Alabama and Nick Saban on the AJC blogs, the more he is read by the state of Georgia and beyond for his recruits. Alabama does not need our help.

Our recruiting class looks very good at this point. We need to continue working hard on keeping what we have knowing a few will sign elsewhere, it is the nature of dealing with young men with big egos. We need to continue to pursue the very best recruit verbal commitments elsewhere and steal a couple, it is the nature of the business. We need to continue to work hard on those that have not committed anywhere. But most of all, we need to win the SEC to make recruiting a whole lot easier!


May 28th, 2012
9:38 am

As I sit and drink coffee today, I want to thank my brothers in arms. I want to thank the wives, mothers, fathers, sons and daughters and all the loved ones who lost a member of their lives to a foreign war. The selfless sacrifice of ones life is the ultimate gift. These gifts were given freely, so that you and I could sit here today and give our opinion freely and without repurcussions. AS I LIFT MY CUP OF COFFEE TO THE FALLEN, I WANT TO WISH EVERYONE A SAFE MEMORIAL DAY!!!


May 28th, 2012
9:42 am

This class will be solid but not recruiting Shamire Devine was just foolish. He is the best OT prospect in Georgia.


May 28th, 2012
9:43 am

Very strong class so far.

Destin Dawg

May 28th, 2012
9:46 am

Just win THIS year, and recruiting will take care of itself.. lots of great kids in Ga.. that want to stay in State.. GOOOOO Dawgs !!!


May 28th, 2012
9:47 am

Its almost June and time to award Jawja their summertime national championship….Hopes, dreams and reality will crash in their annual fall disappearance.

Roll Tide to all the great veterans…. Thank you and God Bless

Dawg Bounty Hunter

May 28th, 2012
9:48 am

thats right.. kids that stay in State.. do better in school and life after sports.. GGGoooooo Dawgs !

The Bear

May 28th, 2012
9:48 am

From the outside looking UGA has done well on paper so far. UGA could use more depth on the “O” and “D” lines. Curious to see if Crowell has changed his attitude. Bottom line no one has signed on the dotted line at UGA or any other school for that matter, verbal’s can be sketchy.

Roll Tide

Wilson Pickett

May 28th, 2012
9:49 am

Henry will go to Bama with a deal that he gets 1st shot at RB but if after a year if he can’t get playing time then he will switch to other positions that will allow him the best chance to play. The good news is that just might swing Kamara(sp) to UGA and he is a better college RB prospect than Henry regardless of the ratings.

Everyone have a great day and don’t burn the Ribs.


May 28th, 2012
9:53 am

The thing that I like about this class is that some of them are self motivated. That’s an erea that Mr Richt doesn’t do that well in order to keep his team pumped up against rank teams. I’m talking about these players:

1) Johnny O’Neal – self motivated

2) J.J. Green – self motivated

3) Derrick Henry – self motivated

4) Brandon Kublanow – self motivated

5) Tramel Terry – self motivated

6) Tray Matthews – self motivated

Robert Nkemdiche and Montravius Adams are the 2 players that will make this class complete. Both are impact players and they are self motivated. Laremy Tunsil will be a tough get for the dawgs but adding him to this class alone with Robert and Adams will put this team in position to win many championships.


May 28th, 2012
9:58 am

Scout has UGA at #14, Rivals has UGA at #12. I’d say top 15 so far, nothing special yet, and Derrick Henry and Ramsey could defect to Bama.


May 28th, 2012
10:00 am

mark Richt’s AD is killing recruiting. Didin’t giver Richt a raise, obvious he has low confidence in Mark Richt, other teams will be feasting on McGarity’s blunder.