Recruiting in the Richt Era: 2011 Class

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 RoughWatts Dantzler is a lifelong Bulldog.  He is huge at 6’7”, 315 lbs.  I think he will be a monster on the line. 



6 Responses to “Recruiting in the Richt Era: 2011 Class”

  1. 1 BuyPropertyUcheeDawg! February 7, 2011 at 10:13 am

    How can you pick Ray Drew and not John Jenkins?? Didn’t we just have a phenomenal athlete at DE/OLB for the last 3 years in Justin Houston? John Jenkins is the absolute key for clogging up the middle and getting pressure on that QB.

    Not to discredit the ‘Minister of Defense’ but just look at what a big body in the middle of a 3-4 can do…

  2. 2 Corbindawg February 7, 2011 at 10:19 am

    It’s potato-potaaato. I agree that John Jenkins is the key in 3-4, but Jenkins will be around for 2 years. Drew will be around for 3. It comes down to contributing that one extra year.

    I do think that Jenkins is probably the most important player on the roster today, behind Aaron Murray.

  3. 3 Reptillicide February 7, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    I don’t know about calling Watts Dantzler a “diamond in the rough.” More of a project player.

    I’d say the diamond in the rough will be Kent Turene, the most sought after 3* player in the nation. Don’t know what the recruiting services saw, but kid had over 40 offers from all over the country. I think he’ll be a beast at ILB.

  4. 5 ericdawg February 7, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    John Jenkins is “THE BIG CORK” who will plug all those holes and leaks in the lines.

  5. 6 tdawgjenkins February 7, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    make all the ‘athletes’ dbs and returners wesley,mitchell,and marshall. tall physical dbs is what lakatos wants and they can maximize their best chance for the nfl

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