Recruiting in the Richt Era: 2008 Class

Summary:  This was the class following the 2007 season and number 2 finish.  It was basically a foregone conclusion at the end of the 2007 season UGA would begin the 2008 campaign #1.  The players signed in this class are really starting to get some playing time now, so it is now beginning to get difficult to gauge this class and the classes going forward.  Yes, the team has been struggling the last couple of years, but I think the verdict is still out.  There are some talented guys who are have only had one season worth of significant PT, so we’ll see if the Christian Robinsons and Cornelius Washingtons of the class continue to develop.

Notable Names:  A.J. Green, Blair Walsh, Ben Jones, Carlton Thomas, Richard Samuel, Nick Williams, Bacarri Rambo, Christian Robinson, Tavarres King, Brandon Boykin, Cordy Glenn.

Biggest Contributor Not Named Adriel Jeremiah Green: I will go with Brandon Boykin.  Boykin made the wise decision to return to UGA in 2011.  I think he could have a nice NFL career.  Boykin doesn’t make a lot of plays in the secondary, but the ball doesn’t get thrown his way a lot, either.  That says something. Oh yeah, he’s pretty good on Special Teams.

Biggest Disappointment: For a combination of reasons, Richard Samuel’s career at UGA has been very disappointing.  He came in as a VHT 5 star, two way player from Cartersville. Samuel started his career at running back, with little success as a backup while a true freshman in 2008 and even less success as a starter in 2009.   Many of the “insiders” thought he should have started his career playing linebacker. The coaches wised up and moved him to linebacker last off season.  An injury, which could be considered a blessing in disguise, sidelined Samuel in 2010.  This has given him an opportunity to learn the system.  He will start the season as an inside linebacker in the 3-4 defense.  He has the physical tools to be a great player and has two years of eligibility to turn it around.  We’ll see.

Diamond in the Rough:  Part of me wants to say Bacarri Rambo.  But I am going to go with Ben Jones.  Jones was a 3 star player, and ended up starting 10 games at center his freshman year.  He started 13 games in 2009 and 12/13 in 2010 (suspension).  And the dude seems like he certifiably insane.  We need some more of that. 



1 Response to “Recruiting in the Richt Era: 2008 Class”

  1. 1 Bernie January 31, 2011 at 10:17 am

    Good stuff CorbinDawg. I enjoy following recruiting and speculating on it, but it’s nice to get reminders like this that the true evaluation comes a few years later when they’ve seen the field…and when the coaches have had time to make an impact on their careers, for better or worse.

    I agree with Ben Jones. He strikes me as someone willing to do just about anything to fire his teammates up. I don’t think his level of play has yet to match that intensity. I’m anxious to see what another off season under a different S&C program can do for him.

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