Recruiting in the Richt Era: 2005 Class

Summary:  This class came after the 10-2 2004 campaign.  I think that 2004 was one of the more disappointing seasons in Richt’s tenure, probably more so than 2008.  This began a new chapter in the Richt era:  the years beyond Greene and Pollack.

There were only 17 players signed, and when you sign that few, the margin for error becomes slim.  Looking through the list, only a hand few of players had great careers.  Sure, there were some good players.  But whether it was due to injury (Rod Battle, Jeff Owens) or being a ginger (Joe Cox),  this group for the most part never lived up to its potential.   

Also, note that there was only 1 offensive lineman signed-Ian Smith.  For those of you keeping track at home, that is 4 OL signed in two years, with only one making a measurable impact.  Wonder why the OL was a bunch of underclassmen  in 2007 and 2008? 

So far, this has to be the worst recruiting class.  Go see for yourself here. 

Notable Players:  Jeff Owens, Joe Cox, Mohamed Massaquoi, Mike Moore, Bryan Evans,  Kade Weston, Tripp Chandler

Biggest ContributorIf you know me, and see the list above, do you even have to ask?  Mohomed Massaquoi was, in my opinion, one of the best receivers we have had here at UGA.  Massaquoi had a great career.  In his true freshman year in 2005 he was the leading receiver at the wide receiver position.  2006 he hit a bit of a slump, but I blame that on JT III and Matthew Stafford in his freshman year; the whole passing game took a step back.  Mo Mass was an integral part of the passing game in 2007 and 2008.  A Damn Good Dawg, indeed.

 I actually remember signing day in 2005, sitting in Blind Pig with the mysterious Granite and saying how if there was one player in this class to remember who it was, keep an eye out for Massaquoi.  I spent some time before the season started trying to figure out how say his name. 

Biggest Disappointment:  Let’s not rehash it.  Just pull of quick and easy like a Band Aid:  Bryan Evans.

Diamond in the Rough:  No Diamonds, just a lot of rough. 


4 Responses to “Recruiting in the Richt Era: 2005 Class”

  1. 1 Granite January 27, 2011 at 11:45 am

    The diamond in the rough has to be Ian Smith. What other player can claim being arrested passed out in an Amici’s stall.

  2. 2 paul January 27, 2011 at 11:54 am

    I am one who felt that Cox got blamed for some things that weren’t his fault. Never the less, “or being a ginger” made me laugh. Sorry Joe.

  3. 3 Dawg 39 January 27, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    Am I Wrong?? If I remember correctly only 12 members of that class actually enrolled at UGA that Fall. That class was a bust except for 4 or 5 players. The Dawgs have been playing catch up ever since.

  4. 4 BoWeevil January 28, 2011 at 3:10 am

    I don’t know about catch-up since; we have not recovered since.

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