UGA may have hit its ‘magic number’ of 10

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QB Brice Ramsey has his reasons for graduating from Camden County High School this month so he  could enroll at UGA for the start of the spring semester on Jan. 7. Ramsey will be joined at UGA by his high school teammate, DB JJ Green, who is also committed to the Bulldogs.

“It was for academic and football advantages,” Ramsey told the AJC. “You get to come in and play with the team, along with make the transition to college without having it all piled onto you in July and August.”

Ramsey is one of 17 high school, prep school, or junior college prospects committed to UGA that have said they plan to begin college classes in two weeks. The Bulldogs are only counting on 10, as that’s the maximum number that can be “back-counted” to last year’s scholarship numbers in order for UGA to creatively circumvent the SEC’s over-signing rules of a 25-man annual limit on recruiting classes. Using the early enrollees, Mark Richt told reporters he expects to finish this year with 30-35 signees — his largest class in more than a decade.

Richt, who had only two early enrollees in 2011 and three last year, really pressed the issue with this year’s class to make up for roster deficiencies.  ”If there was any year we pushed it, it was this year,” Richt said. “We’re trying to get to 10. So that was an important thing for this year’s class. But most of the time we might bring it up, ‘If you’re the kind of guy that would be excited about getting a head star, great. If not, it’s not that big a deal.’”

Safety Tray Matthews is one of UGA's few early enrollees that could start next year (AJC)

Safety Tray Matthews is one of UGA's few early enrollees that could start next year (AJC)

It was a big deal for UGA this year after whiffing on numerous targets on last year’s signing day. To make up for it, the Bulldogs targeted a lot of recruits that had strong enough academics to be able to enroll early. “They would’ve been behind if they didn’t,” Scout.com’s Chad Simmons said. “After (the small class) last year, they were really behind in numbers. It was really a good job by Georgia to go out and identify guys that had the option to graduate early … to help them catch up with (the 85-man roster limit).

Perhaps no position is important to be an early enrollee as QB because of the complicated playbook. UGA’s coaches mentioned the idea to Ramsey, who had already been thinking about it. Now he’ll have the chance to compete for a backup position this spring. And he could be much higher on the depth chart than many expect, depending on how things shake out with the NFL/transfer decisions of Aaron Murray, Hutson Mason and Christian LeMay.

“The big advantage for me is learning the playbook,” Ramsey said. “And I’ll be able to get in there in the spring and get some reps. That’s going to help me out a lot.”

What are the disadvantages of all the early enrollees at UGA? For the Bulldogs, there are none, as they get an instant boost of manpower to the roster. For the early enrollees, particularly the ones from high school, they miss out on many of the pleasures and joys of being a senior. UGA tries to be accommodating in some areas according to former Bulldogs recruiting coordinator Rodney Garner, who spoke the AJC before leaving for Auburn this past week.

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“I think the biggest negative is that the (early enrollees) are forfeiting a little bit of their senior year. But a lot of kids get ’senioritis’ anyways that second semester. However, they are forfeiting that opportunity, and the good thing about Coach Richt is, that with every midyear kid we’ve had in the past, he has always allowed them to go back to the prom, if they wanted to go to the prom, or walk with their class at graduation. We’ve always tried to accommodate those things so they did not miss those significant moments, as long as it doesn’t interfere with a test or anything like that. I think that’s a good thing that Coach Richt has done.”

It appears that UGA has already hit its magic number of 10 early enrolles, based on the college’s student directory. One 2013 recruit, LB Ryne Rankin, was already cleared to practice with the team, while 10 other names appear in the directory, meaning they likely have already been approved by admissions. The other half-dozen will find out if they can start UGA early sometime in the next 12 days.

  • REPORTED EARLY
  • ILB *Ryne Rankin, 6-1, 231, Orlando, Fla.
  • CONFIRMED IN UGA STUDENT DIRECTORY
  • S *Tray Matthews, 6-2, 215, Newnan HS
  • S *Quincy Mauger, 6-0, 197, Kell HS
  • CB *Reggie Wilkerson, 6-0, Citra, Fla.
  • NT *Chris Mayes, 6-4, 295, Mississippi Gulf Coast JC (Spalding HS)
  • LB *Reggie Carter, 6-1, 220, South Gwinnett HS
  • OL *Aulden Bynum, 6-5, 250, Valwood HS
  • OG *Josh Cardiello, 6-4, 280, Buford HS
  • WR *Jonathon Rumph, 6-5, 215, Holmes JC
  • ATH *JJ Green, 5-9, 178, Camden County HS
  • QB *Brice Ramsey, 6-2, 180, Camden County HS
  • WAITING CONFIRMATION IN UGA STUDENT DIRECTORY
  • S *Kennar Johnson, 6-2, 180, Mississippi Gulf Coast JC
  • CB *Brendan Langley, 6-1, 190, Kell HS
  • DE *Naim Mustafaa, 6-4, 235, Alpharetta HS
  • RB-WR *Tramel Terry, 5-10, 180, Goose Creek, S.C.
  • DT *John Atkins, 6-3, 320, Hargrave Military prep (Thomson HS)
  • DE *Leonard Floyd, 6-5, 215, Hargrave Military prep (Dodge Co. HS)
  • COMMITMENTS TO ENROLL THIS SUMMER
  • S Paris Bostick, 6-2, 220, Tampa, Fla.
  • S Shaquille Fluker, 6-1, 205, East Mississippi JC
  • CB Shaq Wiggins, 5-9, 160, Sandy Creek HS
  • DT DeAndre “Moose” Johnson, 6-3, 311, Northgate HS
  • LB Johnny O’Neal, 6-1, 230, West Laurens HS
  • LB Tim Kimbrough, 6-1, 225, Indianapolis, Ind.
  • LB Shaun McGee, 6-2, 230, Brookwood HS
  • OL Brandon Kublanow, 6-3, 290, Walton HS
  • WR Rico Johnson, 5-11, 171, Swainsboro HS
  • WR Uriah LeMay, 6-1, 200, Matthews, N.C.
  • WR Reggie Davis, 6-1, 155, Tallahassee, Fla.
  • RB AJ Turman, 5-11, 200, Orlando, Fla.
  • TE Jordan Davis, 6-4, 220, Thomson HS

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112 comments Add your comment

Mountain Dawg

December 26th, 2012
4:08 am

Early or late, it doesn’t matter. Just get ‘em signed, especially OL’s.

Joe

December 26th, 2012
5:51 am

Until they get more OL men it may not make much difference.

Just an Old Dawg

December 26th, 2012
6:26 am

Ramsey needs to get in the weight room and put on about 25 lbs of muscle before taking on the qb spot. We all know he’s got the talent but he’s got to have the as$ to go with it.

bitter spoiled recruit

December 26th, 2012
6:28 am

dawgs rule——-3rd

RedandBlackDAWG

December 26th, 2012
6:51 am

I think it is good if the kids and the school can pull it off. The first year is tough anyway, and if they can get a jump on their studies and football, I don’t see any downside.

Destin Dawg

December 26th, 2012
7:00 am

it makes freshman year easier… even when not playing sports… Go Dawgs.. beat Nebraska !!

Poopdawg

December 26th, 2012
7:11 am

Good job DAWGS!

Poopdawg

December 26th, 2012
7:50 am

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Tarryuga

December 26th, 2012
8:31 am

Speaking of OL’s, UGA tighten up!! There’s only 3 on the list!

GO DAWGS! NOW, GO SHUCK SOME CORN!!!!!!!!!!!

Just saying

December 26th, 2012
8:37 am

Has anyone heard details on T. Terry’s knee injury?

RHall55

December 26th, 2012
8:42 am

C’mon Coach Friend….you are holding us back…cannot resolve the Kolton Houston issue…missed out on the transfer of Max Garcia (who I heard is already killing it in the FL practices)…and missed out on so many top notch OL recruits….it looks like you are the odd ball out on recruiting…C’MON MAN!!!

Just saying

December 26th, 2012
8:46 am

Seems like Fluker could also enroll early because he is in JC. Wish those other 2 JC prospects would become DAWGS and enroll early so they would be able to attend Spring practice and contribute more next Fall.

Granthams The Man!

December 26th, 2012
8:56 am

The SEC finally did something right.

The new rules now allow a team to bring in the players they really need to get back to 85. It’s a win win for everybody.

It’s bad for the ”Oversigners”. For those ingorant Alabama fans, ”Oversigning” means signing more than you have Scholarships for ( you know, what Saban’s been doing) only to evaluate them for a few months and then cull the ”Oversigned” players right before the deadline.

Saban’s ill gotten advantage is now Gone With The Wind.

just me

December 26th, 2012
9:07 am

Based on uga track record I’m guessing less than 1/2 of these 35 will be around for 4 years. Sounds like everyone is really proud of Saint Richt for the way he is ‘gaming” the system.

5 yards short

December 26th, 2012
9:13 am

Good Riddance to Garner and need to rid the Friend clown.! Need more hog mollie studs up front instead of fat puds like Dallas Lee.

Granthams The Man!

December 26th, 2012
9:24 am

@ Just me, You better believe it!

While Richt was doing it the right way, Saban was the one who’s been ”gaming the system” with everything from Oversigning players, to talking several underperforming players into Bogus Medical hardship Scholarships.

Now the SEC has changed the rules and finally put everything on a level playing field. Maybe?

Saban is now claiming that he’ll honor four year Scholarships? Uh-oh!

This is a win win for everybody except those Coaches who have made their living on Oversigning and Culling players.

Besides Richt is not gaming the system. He actually has the Scholarships available.

Go Dawgs!!!

Just saying

December 26th, 2012
9:26 am

@just me
Saint Richt is avoiding the trash that has caused him headaches in the past. Players like IC who Bama, Auburn, GT, TN, FL etc, also recruited. He has left those players for your team!!!
Also, if you have a minute, please share with us how SMR (Saint MR) is “gaming the system”. I’m curious to hear your response you moron!!!!

Just saying

December 26th, 2012
9:29 am

By the way……I sure hope you don’t think it is an insult to be called a “Saint”…..most readers would consider that a compliment.

Brown Dog

December 26th, 2012
9:33 am

Evil Saban. Everything he touches turns to … Crystal.

Again, you have no idea how many players he has on scholarship. Del Rio’s son is an Elite 11 QB and he’s walking on. All college football teams have attrition. It just took your coach a little longer than most to notice.

Just saying

December 26th, 2012
9:34 am

Brown Dog

December 26th, 2012
9:39 am

Grantham,

Sure, Alabama must be cheating. Couldn’t be that our coaches are better than yours. Couldn’t be that they teach better, work harder and expect more on and off the field.

Leeman Bennett

December 26th, 2012
9:39 am

Dawgs were one play away…… always the bridesmaid…..

TIDE ROLL

December 26th, 2012
9:46 am

Not suprised to hear GARCIA is killing it down at Florida. Wait till they get a load of Albany Ga.’s OT TRENTON BROWN, 6′8″360 lbs.! BAMA’S extremely excited about the future of Cedar Grove OT BRANDON GREEN. Projects as another JAMES CARPENTER for us! Keep those OL(s) coming Richt!

Tide Troll

December 26th, 2012
9:51 am

What a sad life you lead TIDE ROLL! Sad, spending all day on Georgia websites.

Granthams The Man!

December 26th, 2012
10:07 am

@Browndog, Try Oversigning an average of Six extra players every year.

Talking an avarage of two underperforming players into Bogus Medical Hardship’s every year.

Hiring Six extra ”S&C” coaches to take the players behind the building to teach them Football Fundamentals.

Funny how Saban NEVER suspends any starter for any game? Funny how Alabama got away with Suite gate, and buying all that great stuff for all those players.

It’s not better Coaching and better players. It’s more depth due to ”Oversigning”, which is an advantage that Saban won’t enjoy any longer.

Ghost

December 26th, 2012
10:11 am

Rhall55, Do you know so little about recruiting that you think coaches only recruit the positions they coach? Friend is a very good coach.

Gay Dawg

December 26th, 2012
10:13 am

We need players that can explode at any minute!

Da Truth

December 26th, 2012
10:16 am

@ Granthams the man – your are as incorrect as your username. Please do your homework before telling lies about another HC.

OkieDawg

December 26th, 2012
10:19 am

This the first place I’ve seen that LeMay is considering a transfer. If he is unhappy that may impact Uriah’s decision.

Whiskey Breath

December 26th, 2012
10:22 am

Boo Hoo mutts! You are the most crying bitches on the planet. Get over it, you should be used
to coming up short. Damn I wish Dial had hit a little harder.
You do realize you probably won’t be alive when Ga get’s it’s next NC don’t you?
Go back to kissing Buck Bulue’s back side.

Your family tree has no branches

December 26th, 2012
10:23 am

Tide Roll, we’re getting Tunsil. He is not going to Bama. Florida can have Trenton Brown and Max Garcia. Again, we’re getting Tunsil as our LT and Bama will have to settle for the second guy on it’s board. We passed on Brown and Garcia… Why? Because, again, we’re getting Tunsil. Eat it.

KJ

December 26th, 2012
10:33 am

” I wish Dial had hit a little harder.”

I’ll bet you do, given your team’s thuggery is all you have to look forward to in your pathetic life.

Now get off the internet; if you burn my fries again, no tip for you.

Gunderson

December 26th, 2012
10:39 am

Latest is Tunsil to either Florida or Bama.

Gorilla Biscuit

December 26th, 2012
10:39 am

It’s amazing that Tide Roll and RHall55 always show up at the same time on every blog, and they always agree with each other. One and the same, or gay lovers? You decide. To me, it’s as clear as the red shine on a baboon’s behind.

ryan

December 26th, 2012
10:44 am

I hear we are in Very good shape with Tunsil we still looking at Crowder , Seymour , and Outlaw just ignore turd roll the guy is jerk Bama all ready got the O-linemen a JUCO prospect which means Saban knows that Tunsil is going to UGA .

Your family tree has no branches

December 26th, 2012
10:45 am

Gunderson, you’re high as a kite. Tunsil already eliminated Florida. Aren’t you late for work at Walmart? When Tunsil announces for the Dawgs, you’ll just be one more loudmouth afterthought.

Redneck bulldog

December 26th, 2012
10:45 am

Wiggins ain’t going Ga, his daddy just told me this weekend!

ryan

December 26th, 2012
10:48 am

Forget about Rhhall55 and turd roll Tunsil and Crowder much higher on our board we were never getting Max Garcia and Brown from what i have is a drama queen Tunsil is a good kid and he going to UGA .

Your family tree has no branches

December 26th, 2012
10:51 am

We wanted the option of playing Brown at Guard as we wanted to promise Tunsil his spot at Tackle. Brown wanted none of that. So we moved on. Tunsil is this year’s Theus. He’ll be in the starting lineup by the end of the year unless Beard progresses rapidly. Beard is holding his own, but Tunsil has the potential to be DOMINATING.

ryan

December 26th, 2012
10:52 am

I have not heard much about Wiggins flipping i think that has cooled off he just taking his visits which any recruit does .

Georgia's # 1 GAMECOCK

December 26th, 2012
10:52 am

Loved watching the 2010 replay of the app whooping the cocks put on the rednecks from Tuscaloosa.

Hey GA fans, don’t screw up the Capital One bowl for the SEC this year like you did to the Outback last year! No worries, we will recover creditability for the SEC in the Outback this year!

ATLien

December 26th, 2012
10:52 am

Flo - Ri - Duh

December 26th, 2012
10:56 am

Tumble Bug is a cowardly closet NERD. Has several “sock puppet aliases. Still lives with mama at the age of 37 and is ashamed to admit that Tumble Bug wets the bed every time Tech loses. Pathetic Loser!

Flo - Ri - Duh

December 26th, 2012
10:58 am

Brown is big and slow. Big isn’t everything – the OL has got to be able to move.

Flo - Ri - Duh

December 26th, 2012
11:00 am

Tunsil does not want to be promised a spot at tackle – he knows he will earn it. As for Brown – not quick enough to play tackle.

ryan

December 26th, 2012
11:01 am

From the 247sports crystal ball prediction and Rusty Mansell UGA will close with Monster Adams, Toby Johnson , L. Tunsil, Kamara and maybe Ruben Foster can’t enough big ugglies i would be happy with that finish .

Your family tree has no branches

December 26th, 2012
11:05 am

Flo-Ri-Duh, Tunsil didn’t make any demands. We just know that when a recruit has talent and character like Tunsil, you make him the cornerstone of your class, at least at their position. We have a few inside guys like Kublanow and Cardiello that are beasts and Bynum is a project with high potential at Right Tackle. So, our class on the offensive line, at least to me, banks on Tunsil. If we settle for a second option, we feel good about this class. If and when we get Tunsil, this class is phenomenal.

ryan

December 26th, 2012
11:05 am

Agree @ Flo-Ri-Duh Tunsil is a game changer and he is going to be in the Red and Black .

30605 Dawg

December 26th, 2012
11:22 am

John Atkins and Leonard Floyd are now listed in the UGA Online Student Directory. Both have benefitted greatly from their time at Hargrave,especially Floyd. Each will have a great shot at playing time early in ‘13.

DawgByte

December 26th, 2012
11:22 am

“OL *Aulden Bynum, 6-5, 250, Valwood HS
OG *Josh Cardiello, 6-4, 280, Buford HS”

I thought we were passing on OL that didn’t have bigger frames. Bynum is going to have to put on 50 lbs. to play in the SEC. Letting Trenton Brown go, still pisses me off.