Richt calls this recruiting class ‘best bunch’ in his 11 years at UGA (Updated)

Mark Richt and his assistant coaches just wrapped up a visit with the 200 or so fans celebrating Signing Day at Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall. Some highlights of what the coaches had to say:

  • Richt: “We all know our [2010] season wasn’t the best, and there have been a lot of things we have had to battle — maybe a little bit more than other years when it comes to recruiting. But I really believe that this class will end up being the largest and most talented and the best bunch in the 11 years now.”
  • As for what’s still to come on this Signing Day, Richt said: “We hope we finish as strong as we think we will. We’ll just have to wait and see.”
  • After a fan thanked Richt for his work at Georgia, Richt said:  “The best is yet to come, I can promise you.”
  • Secondary coach Scott Lakatos called Nick Marshall, from Wilcox County, “one of the most amazing athletes we have in this class. . . .  I usually don’t get a chance to coach those kind of guys because they’re usually over on offense. . . . He’s very athletic; he’s physical; he’s got good size to him. We’re looking forward to trying to start him off at corner, and I’m sure we’ll have some things to utilize him on the other side of the ball as well.”  To which Richt added:  “And if you’re going to run a little ‘wild dog’ formation, he’d be ideal for that with his tremendous experience as a quarterback.”
  • Richt on signee Malcolm Mitchell, from Valdosta: “He’s a true playmaker on either side of the ball, and he’s a tremendous return man, too.”
  • Defensive coordinator Todd Grantham on signee DE/OLB Ray Drew, the state’s No. 2 rated prospect: “Tremendous athlete. He’s got size; he’s got length; he’s got pass-rush skills in the sense he’s got initial quickness off the ball. He’s got flexibility to be able to bend around the edge. Shows strength as far as being able to jack those guys up when they come at him. I think he’s going to be able to rush on the edge. . . . We’ll play him at the ‘Will’ position, which is where Justin Houston played last year, and we’re expecting big things out of him as a Dog.”
  • Speaking of Drew, who enthusiastically tried to sway other recruits to Georgia, Richt added: “I’d say also his greatest strength might be his character — and his ability to recruit. He asked me, ‘Coach, once I’m on campus, can I keep recruiting for the next year’s class?’ I said,  ‘Yeah.’ He’s something special.”
  • Grantham: “I think if you look at this class, the vision that I had when I came here is coming true. I mean, if we get the players in the state of Georgia to stay at Georgia, we compete for SEC championships. “
  • Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo on quarterback signee Christian LeMay, who already is enrolled at UGA:  “Christian, we think, is an outstanding young man that is a phenomenal quarterback. Some guys want to label him as an ‘athlete,’ but we think he’s a quarterback that has got athletic skills in the pocket and will be able to move around and make some plays with his legs, very similar to … Aaron Murray.” Bobo said LeMay has gained 10 pounds since reporting to campus and “I’ve been very pleased with his work ethic in the weight room. He has impressed not only our coaches down there but our players. That’s what you’re looking for in a quarterback — someone who’ll not only lead on the field  but in the weight room and the locker room. . . . When players on the team talk about, ‘Hey, Coach, this Christian LeMay, he’s something,’ that gets you excited. I’m excited about working with him in the spring.”
  • Richt said coaches are already at work on the “2012 Georgia dream team.”


218 comments Add your comment

dawggirl

February 2nd, 2011
11:45 am

When does Crowell announce?

BirdDog

February 2nd, 2011
11:46 am

They have definitely recruited their tails off this year, way to go!

K Dawg

February 2nd, 2011
11:46 am

What is the word on John Jenkins?

Paul H

February 2nd, 2011
11:46 am

Crowell announces at 1:35

Murphy

February 2nd, 2011
11:47 am

dawggirl,

Crowell announces at 1pm today-It looks like he is headed to Bama though

Leedawg

February 2nd, 2011
11:47 am

Crowell announces 1:30ish. Jenkins doesn’t announce until Saturday.

Hankie Aron

February 2nd, 2011
11:50 am

5150- Thanks for setting aside this special time to humiliate yourself in public. Now go to your hole

Macclenny_dawg

February 2nd, 2011
11:50 am

Now only if they will spend time coaching these guys up!!!

Trojan

February 2nd, 2011
11:52 am

5150: Does your mother still live in Athens?

Bob Sacamano

February 2nd, 2011
11:53 am

Sounds like Jim Donnan’s comment in ‘00…

K Dawg

February 2nd, 2011
11:54 am

Trolls are out today.

Jeff in Calhoun

February 2nd, 2011
11:55 am

I have tears of JOY! This class is AMAZING!

DawginLex

February 2nd, 2011
11:56 am

5150,

I normally would ignore you but I needed to let you know.

The rape victim was a friend of my sister’s son who lives and works at UGA.

I wish I could get my hands on you and beat the living sheet out of you for being such a heartless dumba$$.

cowetadawg

February 2nd, 2011
11:56 am

@Dawgster2 really to you rape is funny? these girls are someones daughters and you use them as a punch line. honestly find a really tall bridge and do us all a favor and jump.

Biggdawgk

February 2nd, 2011
11:57 am

Come on AJC. You are quick to boot posters for insulting the herd of bama boys, barners and gators, but you let these inbred scum make fun of rape victims?

I know your blogs don’t draw the best class of people, but can’t you do pretend you don’t welcome trash like 5150 and Dawgster2? Most likely the same guy.

Griff Smith

February 2nd, 2011
12:00 pm

Murphy, what makes you think Crowell is headed to Bama?

T.O

February 2nd, 2011
12:01 pm

UGA crossing fingers on top back Crowell
Posted by John Taylor on February 2, 2011, 7:58 AM EST
All signs are pointing to Columbus (Ga.) running back Isaiah Crowell inking a Letter of Intent with Georgia and becoming the crown jewel of what’s turned into a top-ten recruiting class for Mark Richt & Company.

Inside info

February 2nd, 2011
12:01 pm

Crowell is a lock for UGA. Murphy too bad about the news concerning saban and the NFL. Classy the way he waited until signing day to leak the news.

82Dawg

February 2nd, 2011
12:01 pm

Murphy where is your info coming from?

Andy in Blairsville

February 2nd, 2011
12:02 pm

What’s the over/under on the arrest of the first recruit?

dawg girl

February 2nd, 2011
12:02 pm

Murphy what have you heard that no one is reporting? Not bashing just wondering…

Bitter vince dooly in south beach

February 2nd, 2011
12:02 pm

great news from the ATL and ATHENS.

somebody recruit hershal again he has become a pest here in south fla.

he keeps hitting people, I’m leaving!!!

Saben

February 2nd, 2011
12:03 pm

Sorry puppies Crowell is mine. He wants to win a championship not lose to Central Florida.

Seems you recruiting was helped by Richt`s new policy not requiring recruits to both read and write.

Of course the new wing at Clarke County Correctional helps.

BillyDawg

February 2nd, 2011
12:03 pm

UGA where 5 star prospects become 1 star

Mike

February 2nd, 2011
12:03 pm

Just coach them up coach. That have not played a down and you are spitting out words such as greatest group ever,. instant playmaker yada yada. Whats the status on the OL coach? I hope the being on the cutting edge has not started yet. I saw a couple of players coming from the weight room looked like same ole same ole to me.

T.O

February 2nd, 2011
12:04 pm

Crowell is all Dawg folks. Just wait!

BillyDawg

February 2nd, 2011
12:05 pm

Enter your comments here

clay

February 2nd, 2011
12:05 pm

signs are actually pointing towards bama inking crowell

Dawg man

February 2nd, 2011
12:05 pm

Get the National Championship trophies ready!!!!!! Next 4 years—where will the BCS Championship be played? Going to go ahead and make my reservations. Bet all our opponents are trembling, even wager 3 will forfeit rather than be run off the field by the dawgs!!!

BiggdawgK

February 2nd, 2011
12:05 pm

Am I the only one who expected 5150 POS to be a pittsburgh fan? Too bad Hines Ward can not give even an iota of his class and upbringing to the rest of that sewer state known as scumsylvania.

NOTagain!

February 2nd, 2011
12:05 pm

Crowell ha$ $witched to the tide for $ome rea$on.

DawginLex

February 2nd, 2011
12:07 pm

Under a bridge probably.

Or outside of a bar in an alley.

1wildgator

February 2nd, 2011
12:07 pm

Great comment Bob!!
Bob Sacamano

February 2nd, 2011
11:53 am
Sounds like Jim Donnan’s comment in ‘00…

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BiggdawgK

February 2nd, 2011
12:09 pm

AJC moderator

I know you are busy today, but when you eventually I hope ban 5150 maake sure you ban him from your entire site and not just this blog.

Bama Mike

February 2nd, 2011
12:11 pm

Rumblings on BOL have Crowell to Bama. Father sold on Bama. Dont shot the messenger here but it could make since Bama wants to redshirt in order to give Crowell time to properly rehab leg due to chronice leg and knee problem. He would then go into 2012 competing for Number 1 RB slot. Love to have him but have to believe he is all Dawg. I also know nothing about the knee and leg injury. Either way both good schools good luck young man where-ever you decide to take your talents.

dog eat dog

February 2nd, 2011
12:11 pm

please no…not the wild dog formation

Hector

February 2nd, 2011
12:11 pm

Pretty sure Crowell headed for Bama!!!!!!!!!!

DawginLex

February 2nd, 2011
12:12 pm

I’m leaving this blog to go do something productive.

5150, you have a great day bud.

RAID

February 2nd, 2011
12:12 pm

By his comments, I believe Richt believes Crowell and Jenkins will sign with UGA…..

Inside info

February 2nd, 2011
12:14 pm

Saban leaving for the NFL was not a factor in Crowell picking UGA but I have a feeling a lot of the kids that signed in Al today would have liked to known before today.

cs

February 2nd, 2011
12:17 pm

Translation of all the bs…please dont fire me, we can win 7 games!! I’ll be pulling for the winners as long as Richt is coach, that will be whoever the mutts opponents are. Go Boise!!!!

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

February 2nd, 2011
12:18 pm

turene committed to UGA over SoCal

Danny

February 2nd, 2011
12:19 pm

It’s going to be Lemay at QB in 2011, you can already sort of see that, he has what Murray lacked, poise & leadership. Can’t wait.

The Grinch

February 2nd, 2011
12:19 pm

5150 lives within a couple of miles of me? He doesn’t represent the area, I promise.

Danny

February 2nd, 2011
12:20 pm

Nick Marshall running the Wild Dawg, man, not too bad of an idea there.

tony

February 2nd, 2011
12:22 pm

Scott L is right about Nick Marshall. My brother went to 1 of his games. He said that the other team would not throw in Nick’s direction. That young man is a shutdown cb.

Danny

February 2nd, 2011
12:24 pm

Richt’s right on, lot of things he had to battle:
-a QB who couldn’t play beat a winning team
-working out, out of mobiles without proper equipment
-1st year installing the 3-4, without the body types ot run it
-trying to recruit without the support of McGarity and without more than a 3 year contract (unheard of for a coach of Richt’s stature)
-losing your OL Coach due to underpaying him by $133,000
-not being able to get AJ’s 4 game suspension reduced
-losing 4 games by 7 or less

BigPapaDawg

February 2nd, 2011
12:24 pm

We’re over at Fox Sports Grill… Big John Jenkins is here! This guy is a behemoth. He’s sitting with Vasi “tombstone” Papulu. These guys just put back 6 lbs. of wings. This is a call out to the DawgBloggers, cone support Jenkins and Vasi!

CHARLOTTE DAWG

February 2nd, 2011
12:26 pm

If Bama gets Crowell, everyone just needs to calm down. It is not a Da’Prick Rogers situation. He’s have never once led us on and was never committed to us.

If Georgia whiffs on him, it will be our fault for not having a backup plan to sign at least 1 good RB.

But if Georgia doesn’t get him, we still have 4 scholarship RB’s that are better than people give them credit for considering the terrible run blocking from the danty offensive line.

Boo Malcolm could end up being the man, C.King and Ealey just have to stop being dumb a$$es and hold on to the ball, and Carlton Thomas in reserve. And with Murray having 2 qualified back ups, if Bobo had half a brain he would do designed QB draws 2 or 3 times a game.

We’ll be in great shape if we get Crowell, but we will also be fine without him.

And since his mom seemed to dislike our stategic offer to his bff, I would guess Bama if I had $ on it.

Go Dawgs! At least Crowell didn’t go to Auburn!

Kirby

February 2nd, 2011
12:26 pm

Thank you cmr. I am really looking forward to coaching these players starting in 2012.