Summary: This was the third recruiting class under Coach Richt, coming the season following the 2003 season in which Georgia made it to the SEC Championship game. Notice only 3 offensive linemen were signed in this class, one of which ever contributed anything. This class was riddled with great in-state talent…so much for all this “Dream Team” talk.
Notable Players: Chester Adams, Thomas Brown, Dannell Ellerbe, Kenneth Harris, Brannan Southerland, Brandon Miller, Kelin Johnson, Charles Johnson
Biggest Contributor: This one is tough. I want to say Brannan Southerland. The fullback is an important part of UGA’s offense, and Southerland was a top fullback prospect in the nation and the 13th top prospect in the state. He started 3 years before injuries slowed him down his senior season. But I have to go with Thomas Brown. He was the nation’s 4th best RB prospect and the state’s #2 overall prospect that year. Brown was a key part in the running game in 2004 and 2005 before a torn ACL put him on the shelf for the 2006 season. But Brown was monster in the weight room, and rehabbed quickly. Brown and Knowshon formed a strong one-two punch in 2007. Now that he is coming back to help with strength and conditioning, perhaps his contributions will be even greater. A Damn Good Dawg.
Biggest Disappointment: Though there are several players in this class that did not live up to their hype/potential, this one is pretty easy-Brandon Miller. The class’ lone 5 star player and the nation’s top defensive end prospect and Georgia’s top overall prospect never materialized into a linebacker. This article by NFL FanHouse sums up Miller’s career through this junior season. 2007 wasn’t much better. A complete bust/waste of talent. No impact in the NFL.
Diamond in the Rough: This was a pretty star studded class. Several of the state’s top players were in this class. However, Kelin Johnson was the lowest rated player. Although I wouldn’t say he had a great career at Georgia, he was a two year starter and a good leader on the field. He made some big plays when we needed them.