Recruiting in the Richt Era: 2009 Class

Summary:  Like I said in my recap of the 2008 class, it is starting to be difficult to judge this class after only two seasons.  Most of the guys who signed were red shirted in 2009.  It is too early to judge this class as a whole.  The verdict is still out on the 2008, 2009 and 2010 classes.  The recaps for 2009 and 2010 will be more or predictions, since a body of work is not established for most of these players. 

Notable Names:  Rantavious Wooten, Aaron Murray, Zach Mettenberger, Washaun Ealey, Orson Charles, Kwame Geathers

Biggest Contributor: Aaron Murray, barring injury, will be a 4 year starter at QB.  I think he is going to have himself a very nice final 3 years in Athens. 

Biggest Disappointment: You could say Zach Mettenberger since he never got a chance to play in Athens.  It is still early, and it is not fair to call a sophomore a disappointment, but so far I will go with Marlon Brown.  The simple fact is Marlon Brown should have been red shirted in 2009.  That is on the coaches. Brown played sparingly, and he was simply not prepared for life in the SEC.   But, as I have said numerous times, it is hard for Marlon Brown to get catches when you have Kris Durham, A.J. Green and Tavarres King in front of you.  Marlon Brown (and Wooten) will get their shot now that the depth chart has opened up.  I am not writing off hope for him; he still has time. 

Diamond in the Rough:  I may be foolish, but I am holding out hope on Kwame Geathers.  Geathers has a strong Bulldog pedigree.  He has the size for a 3-4 lineman.  He hasn’t done anything noteworthy yet, but watch out for this young man in the coming years.  I think he could be a big contributor.

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3 Responses to “Recruiting in the Richt Era: 2009 Class”


  1. 1 royal dawg January 31, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    I would have gone with Washaun as the biggest disappointment so far. after showing us that he could maybe something special in 09 and he was very disappointing this past season in many areas. Marlon, like you said, hasn’t really gotten the chance to show what he can really do on a consistent basis like Washaun has.

  2. 3 Granite February 1, 2011 at 8:13 am

    I’m going to have to vote for Brandon Bogotay. Nothing against him or his huge leg but when you give a kicker a scholarship I’d hope he’d be able to kick off more than eleven times in two years. I think the signing of Bogotay was more trying to heal a symptom and not the Fabris, I mean disease.


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