Recruiting: Dogs have work to do but have addressed needs for 2012

ATHENS – We’re inside a week until national signing day and the Georgia Bulldogs’ “recruitniks” are about ready to panic.

At this point, the Bulldogs have only 16 commitments with room to sign as many as 12 more in the 2012 class. And while Georgia traditionally ranks among the national top 10 in recruiting every year, the Bulldogs currently hold a relatively pedestrian average ranking of 14.75 between the four main services. ESPN has UGA at No. 5 but Rivals and Scout have the Dogs at 21 and 22, respectively.

Rusty Mansell, who covers recruiting for 247Sports.com, says Georgia fans need to relax. While the Bulldogs still have some work to do, he said they’ve already done quite well and have a chance to close strong.

“Georgia has helped itself for 2012,” said Mansell, whose service currently has the Bulldogs at 11. “But what everybody is trying to do is prepare for down the road and it’s hard to tell how they’re doing with that right now because they have so many spots open. They shored up some key spots for next season. But they need to close up these last few spots to make sure that 2013, 2014 and 2015 are what you desire.”

Mansell said it’s not of dire importance that Georgia reaches 25 signees, the maximum number the NCAA allows each year. With the SEC’s new 25/28 rule, more emphasis is being placed on early enrollees. The Bulldogs already have three 2012 prospects enrolled in school now and have two more pledged to come in early in January of 2013.

“You want to save some room for that next period some you can get some early enrollees in,” Mansell said.

And whatever the general view of Georgia’s class is at this particular moment, it’s likely to change in the next week. This time last year the Bulldogs were awaiting the decisions of Isaiah Crowell, Ray Drew, John Jenkins Malcolm Mitchell, Jay Rome, Stephone Anthony and Antonio Richardson. They inked five of the seven and the class was dubbed “The Dream Team.”

Here’s where the situation stands now:

NEEDS: There figures to be a lot of action in the coming days. Among the uncommitted targets Georgia hopes to close with are offensive lineman Avery Young of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.; linebacker Josh Harvey-Clemons of Valdosta; and wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson of Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College. They’re also trying to “flip” some players that are currently committed elsewhere, including Tucker defensive end Josh Dawson (Vanderbilt), Memphis defensive back Sheldon Dawson (Memphis), Sandy Creek wide receiver Ja’Quay Williams (Auburn) and Cedar Grove offensive lineman Brandon Greene (Alabama).

“If you had to rank one player left on the board it would probably be Avery Young because of they’re really wanting offensive linemen,” Mansell said. “Right now he’d be on the top of the line of the priority list. But you also have to look at Cordarrelle Patterson. He’s the No. 1 junior college prospect and a guy that a lot of people think is going to be a one-and-done. He’s that type of player.”

WINS: Georgia has already addressed some major needs for next season. The Bulldogs have a firm commitment from 5-star tackle John Theus of Jacksonville and offensive lineman Mark Beard and Raleigh’s Keith Marshall — who is rated the No. 1 running back prospect in the nation — are already enrolled in school. The Bulldogs pulled off a major coup in landing outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins of Harris County, who some rate as the state’s top recruit, and long ago addressed defensive line needs by securing Jonathan Taylor and Leonard Floyd. They’ve also secured a placekicker in Marshall Morgan and a punter in Collin Barber.

“They are going to provide immediate depth and could be providing meaningful minutes next fall,” Mansell said.

LOSSES: Most recently UGA was in the news when it was learned it would not be able to admit offensive lineman Chester Brown because of a controversial Regents policy that bans the enrollment of undocumented students. Brown was raised in the U.S. by Samoan parents who allegedly are illegal immigrants. The Bulldogs suffered some traditional defeats on some other primary targets, including Stone Mountain linebacker Markuss Eligwe (FSU); Buford linebacker Dillon Lee (Alabama) and Creekside defensive back Josh Holsey (Auburn). Even Georgia’s first commitment of the 2012 class, wide receiver C.J. Curry of Flowery Branch, had a change of heart and committed to Oklahoma State.

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Dedoh

January 26th, 2012
4:30 pm

The Dawgs will be okay. We need o-linemen and d-linemen.

13-1

January 26th, 2012
4:31 pm

Yes, we have work to do.

We need

OL

SECONDARY

BG

January 26th, 2012
4:31 pm

Dawgs will finish very strong and they have several silent commits.

MDAWG24

January 26th, 2012
4:33 pm

Let’s hope they finish strong. We will see very soon!

Rellab

January 26th, 2012
4:34 pm

Who are the silent commits?

dawg dawg dawg

January 26th, 2012
4:34 pm

No matter who we get or don’t get, the question remains: What happens to all of that talent when it gets here and why doesn’t it translate into a National Championship or even an SEC Championship?

Taco Meat

January 26th, 2012
4:36 pm

Why is there still even a discussion about Brandon Greene? Didn’t the kid say he “wasn’t even listening” to the UGA coaches when he went on his visit. Why don’t these kids just shut down the recruiting process after they are set on a school? It would save other coaches a lot of time. Are they just that thirsty for attention??

dawgcrzy

January 26th, 2012
4:37 pm

i just don’t understand why we can’t sign 25 players every year. hell, i’d just as soon have some talented 2&3 star players with heart that wanted to be bulldogs,rather than have empty roster spots.

Tim Dawg

January 26th, 2012
4:45 pm

The coaching staff needs to man up and sign these guys and stop offering late !!!!!!!! Earn your money !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

DawginLex

January 26th, 2012
4:50 pm

I’m dissappointed in the results so far even with the running backs recruited.

If the closing push is not filled with 8 or 9 more kids, I’m really thinking we didn’t do well.

The heat and rumors about Richt killed us in getting the usual early number of signees.

A person SMART enough to know......

January 26th, 2012
4:50 pm

But did we get the BAIL BONDSMEN? We need the church going Bail Bondsmen bad!

icedawg

January 26th, 2012
4:51 pm

Recruiting is important but one year does not make or break you. In fact with many of the top players only playing 2-3 years at most it changes the dynamics somewhat. Perhaps what is really important is how talented the college athlete only, not star, recruit is. They are the ones that do the heavy lifting. The DAWGS have had their share of stars but the college only athlete talent has been sub-par for a few years. And that has been reflected in the team’s record (performance).

A person SMART enough to know......

January 26th, 2012
4:52 pm

DiLex do you think that really hurt? i would think after the RUN of wins started the kids that were interested in UGa were looking and listening again.

Josh

January 26th, 2012
4:53 pm

We’re going to get Harvey-Clemons, both Dawson kids, Avery Young, Patterson, and JaQuay Williams. We’re going to be just fine. At least our RB situation is set for the forseeable future.

Proud-Dawg

January 26th, 2012
4:54 pm

UGA is in great shape for their top 3. No need to offer lower tier talent, because the 2013 class is the deepest the State of Georgia has ever had.

5 star recruits, 2 star results?

January 26th, 2012
4:55 pm

As long as you get the kid with the bail bondsman license, your greatest need will be addressed. Outstanding job of the staff recognizing a need and finding a solution. Can’t make this sh*t up!

coachx

January 26th, 2012
4:58 pm

I thought all an SEC team can sign in 1 year is 25.

If we have 16 committments then how can we sign 12 more when 16 + 12 = 28 ?

DawginLex

January 26th, 2012
5:00 pm

The coaches of our rivals put doubts into the minds of several top players who have delayed their decision to NSD.

Old Boy

January 26th, 2012
5:07 pm

Not too worried if they have a few scholarships open after signing day; that gives them room next year and the opportunity to award some deserving walk ons. And to answer your questions coachx, we had 3 early enrollees, which wouldn’t count against our 25.

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roughrider

January 26th, 2012
5:14 pm

Since UGA had about 20 running plays that lost yardage against MSU, we need some hosses on the Oline. Most of the 20 running plays that lost yardage,was because of MSU being in the backfield.

WDE

January 26th, 2012
5:14 pm

Chip nice article and your point of “This time last year the Bulldogs were awaiting the decisions of Isaiah Crowell, Ray Drew, John Jenkins Malcolm Mitchell, Jay Rome, Stephone Anthony and Antonio Richardson.” Was spot on…folks to my mind we are way ahead of last year going into the last week…deep breaths folks we are nearing the finish. Go Dogs !

txdawg

January 26th, 2012
5:15 pm

5 STAR RECRUIT -I don’t tink he is the most important at all! Avery the OL would be priority #1, with JuQuay being #2, Clemens #3. what do y’all think?

Mr. SEC

January 26th, 2012
5:15 pm

Will not believe anything until signing day; CP to Ole Miss. what is he thinking?

Mr. SEC

January 26th, 2012
5:17 pm

To: coachx

If Ala. LSU, and Aub. can do it, maybe we have figured out!

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Rick James

January 26th, 2012
5:22 pm

@Josh

I hope you’re right guy…

A person SMART enough to know......

January 26th, 2012
5:22 pm

DiLex I can see that. I would still think once the FIRE was cooled by winning that kids that really wanted to be DAWGS would come right back to the table. Hell I will be the first to say i don’t understand the MINDS of these 17-19 year old minds in this process at all anyway. LOL

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Dap01

January 26th, 2012
5:36 pm

Avery will be a dog if Nick does not “keeps his word”.

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AQndy

January 26th, 2012
5:53 pm

Why are we signing runnibg backs We already have several including SUPERMAN who we signed last year.

dmr

January 26th, 2012
6:01 pm

Regardless of the 2012 class, unless Georgia hits on a few O-linemen, Georgia needs to be sending out feelers to at least a dozen of the top offensive linemen they can find in the Southeast or wherever. Georgia has done a relatively poor job of dealing with the offensive line. A few of the signees from classes past and the 2012 class will provide some depth, but not the likes of an Alabama or LSU.

THE GUYS IN THE TRENCHES MAKE OR BREAK A BALL CLUB!

Panic

January 26th, 2012
6:01 pm

is the Dawg Nation always “about ready to panic”?

Panic

January 26th, 2012
6:02 pm

that should read, “isn’t”

JB

January 26th, 2012
6:03 pm

We seem to have gone from picking to selling lately. Worried about losing 10 starters on defense after this coming year. We will be young and green on D in 2013. Fact.

Midtown Dawg

January 26th, 2012
6:04 pm

I am satisfied with our class so far and not nervous like last year. I hope we close strong, but we will be fine if we just get 1-2 of the players on our board.

JB

January 26th, 2012
6:08 pm

Bama’s secret. Strong defense and able to run the ball on anybody. Their passing game is dinky, and that’s all they need. They are in 3rd and 2 at worst most of the time and have a OL and backs that 4 or 5 yards is a gimmie. Their drives don’t “stall out” like ours do….and not always putting a gassed D back on the field. It;s pretty simple……Dawgs haven’t been able to run on anyone in 2-3 years……And sadly, we have the defense.

ATL Fan

January 26th, 2012
6:08 pm

Noticed that 9th ranked Andrus Peat (OL) not offered by Georgia. Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, LSU and Tennessee have. Don’t we need offensive linemen?

LeftCoastDawg

January 26th, 2012
6:10 pm

@ coachx – 3 of them are already enrolled, meaning that 16 becomes 13 and when you add 12 it becomes 25. It’s part of the 25/28 rule coach. Does that help?

BiggDawgK

January 26th, 2012
6:14 pm

Georgia will be fine. Most of our remaining targets are signing with Georgia. This time next week you will see that I am right.

Beast from the East

January 26th, 2012
6:18 pm

You folks predicting where 17-18 year old kids will go are a riot. How in the heck can anyone predict what someone that age will decide with all of these “rock star” coaches coming at them one after another. We’ll know how well our schools did 6 days from now. This is just killing time between now and then.

JB

January 26th, 2012
6:20 pm

Beast, Gators appear to be loading up….

Dap01

January 26th, 2012
6:23 pm

If UGA had signed 119 recruits like Alabama over the past 4 years instead of the 88 that was legally signed, perhaps we could have had more offensive lineman to have that strong running game.

Destin Dawg

January 26th, 2012
6:24 pm

I think we’ll close strong.. Avery Young.. a pair of Joshes and JaQuay !! Patterson and Greene would be hopeing for too Much ??

RTR22

January 26th, 2012
6:27 pm

38 Alabama 2011 team members made the SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll. TOPS in the SEC. Champions on/off the field. Its Sabans fault…….

Where is the article AJC??????? Put the Jawja numbers out there…… come on DawginLex, whatcha got?????