Summary: This Coach Richt’s best class since 2006-and best overall. I wanted to wait until the Jenkins signing to do a wrap up. This class now provides Coach Richt a shield for the proverbial arrows that were being slung his way. Big names like Ray Drew and Isaiah Crowell headline the class, but there is a lot of talent top to bottom. Another thing I like about this class is how it went after a lot of different areas. There is a nice mix of linemen and skill players. The most amazing thing is how this class came together at the end. Usually, UGA begins strong and gets commitments early, but more often than not seems disappointed on Signing Day. A player de-commits or we miss out on someone at the 11th hour. Not the case this year.
The following prognostications are a haphazard guess, and the good Lord willing and the creek don’t rise, we’ll see how I did in a few years.
Notable Names: Isiaiah Crowell, Ray Drew, Christian LeMay, Nick Marshall, Jay Rome, Malcolm Mitchell, Justin Scott-Wesley, Jonathan Jenkins
Biggest Contributor: Everyone was all excited about the Crowell signing, and rightfully so. I think he could be a special player that can take a 3 point loss and turn it to a 4 point win. Georgia lost two games this past season when scoring 30+ points, and almost lost a 3rd (GT). They lost two more when scoring 24 and 27 points, respectively. The biggest impediment keeping this team from being at least average is the defense. You can moan all you want to about Bobo, but the bottom line is the defense is what needs to get back on track for Georgia to be successful again. Jonathan Jenkins may be the player who gets the 3-4 going, but I am excited about seeing Ray Drew. The “Pastor of Disaster” is guaranteed to play three years to Jenkins’ two. Looking at Drew’s film, he is a phenomenal athlete. We should see big things from him-soon.
Biggest Disappointment: If you have read the Grit Tree, you know that we chronicled the recruitment of Nick Marshall heavily about this time last year. Ucheedawg did a very interesting series on rural South Georgia recruiting. Do yourself a favor and check it out if you haven’t/need a refresher. I think Nick Marshall is a phenomenal athlete. I have seen him play both football and basketball. BUT looking good against Class A competition and SEC competition are two different things. Also, our coaching staff doesn’t exactly have the best track record in utilizing “Athletes” very well. Marshall is listed as ATH and doesn’t have a permanent home. Nothing against Nick; he is a fine player. Not so much him as the coaching staff, I am afraid.
Diamond in the Rough: Watts Dantzler is a lifelong Bulldog. He is huge at 6’7”, 315 lbs. I think he will be a monster on the line.