Summary: This was an odd class. There were several in state players we missed out on. We still signed some good players, but overall I think it is fairly underwhelming, which following the worst season UGA has had under Richt to this point, was expected. It is a very top heavy class; the superstars are superstars. The drop off from the top is pretty steep.
Notable Names: Aron White, Caleb King, Jarius Wynn, Justin Houston, Logan Gray, Bruce Figgins, Rennie Curran, Vance Cuff, Drew Butler, Clint Boling, Vince Vance
Biggest Contributor: I struggled with this one. I thought Justin Houston. I also typed out a summary for Drew Butler before going back and deleting. But I am going to settle with Rennie Curran. Rennie wasn’t the biggest guy on the field, but he epitomized GATA. He was a 3 year starter and lead the team in tackles. He played hard and made some big plays. Sometimes it seemed that Rennie Curran was the only person the defensive side of the ball, because every time there was a play he was the one making a tackle. No wonder the defense was so bad; it was 11 vs. Rennie. He is a Damn Good Dawg.
Biggest Disappointment: This is a tough one. I really want to say Caleb King. Whether it has been injuries, academic issues, or fumbling, King has not lived up to his hype. Caleb King was one of the top players in the state, and was supposed to be the best running back from Georgia since Herschel Walker. I think I’ll be nice and say he hasn’t lived up to that hype. He only has 1,271 yards for his career. This past season, he only played in 8 games and the most carries he got in a game was 13. Very underwhelming. But I won’t say Caleb. No, the biggest disappointment to me is Israel Troupe. At least Caleb has had some nice games sprinkled throughout. Troupe has done NOTHING except catch a TD against Auburn. In fact, his lone touchdown was versus Auburn. If you are only going to have just one, I guess do it with style.
I thought Troupe had the right physical skills-good size, he ran a 4.4. Troupe was the 9th rated prospect in the state. He has a whooping 11 career catches in 8 games over three years. And to think, I made my wife watch Tift County play in the Dome just so we could see the next big star receiver at UGA.
Diamond in the rough: I remember driving the Ag Hill bus listening to The Ref on Signing Day 2007, and I thought that it was a bit odd that we offered a scholarship to Drew Butler. I wasn’t one of those who thought it was a waste, but I did think the only reason why we gave him one was because of his dad. Well, I was wrong. Drew Butler won the Ray Guy award in 2009 as a Rs Sophomore. He is an outstanding punter, and I think the best one in UGA history. As I said above, I had typed out reasons to list Butler as the top contributor in this class. It tells you where you are at as a team when the punter is one of the best. Sad.