Recruiting in the Richt Era: 2004 Class

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. 


7 Responses to “Recruiting in the Richt Era: 2004 Class”

  1. 1 ucheedawg January 27, 2011 at 9:13 am

    You think Brown was a bigger contributor than Charles Johnson? Please, son.

  2. 3 BuyPropertyUcheeDawg! January 27, 2011 at 9:27 am


  3. 4 Spence January 27, 2011 at 10:07 am

    I’m curious to know…

    of the 5 star players we’ve recruited and the 2 stars, which category has made a bigger impact percentage wise. I bet some of the 2 stars (wansley, johnson) really have done some nice things.

  4. 5 Granite January 27, 2011 at 10:10 am

    I’m going to disagree with you on the diamond in the rough. If we never recruited Johnson, he would not have been able to prove how well spoken and intelligent he sounds on the radio. And the world would be a better place.

  5. 6 ucheedawg January 27, 2011 at 10:15 am

    Kenneth Harris was the best on play station. I scored a touchdown with him every possession. He even won the Heisman one year with me.

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