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This is widely regarded as one of the better classes from the state of Georgia in recent years. According to the 247 Sports rankings, there were 4 5* players, 23 4* players and 20 in the top 247 (similar to what we may ultimately see out of Louisiana in 2014 IMO).
Yet UGA signed only 2 in the top 15 and 4 in the top 20. Of the 27 4* or better players, UGA signed 7, with zero 5*.
Anybody know what gives?
Garner leaving couldn't have helped. But, the flip side of that is I heard Garner turned off about as many recruits as he got. I think he may have become grumpier with age.
Now get this, the first, second and third ranked prospects by 24/7 have all been signed by Ole Miss, Miss State, Ole Miss, respectively?? WTF?!
I think it's clear that GA and Mark Richt run a very clean program.
"They're on our left, they're on our right, they're in front of us, they're behind us....They can't get away this time." Chesty Puller
My UGA buddy is pissed especially after a good season. Tunsil about sent him through the roof! If anyone ever locked that state up it would be unfair
Most of these kids are from other areas of the country. Nkemdiche, e.g. is from Baltimore; therefore, UGA doesn't have the state loyalty that's expected like in LA. That said, UGA fans still are pissed that they can't keep these guys in the home state.
I live in Norcross, GA and I can tell you that in Gwinnett County the competition is high, stiff, and tough. Remarkably, UGA doesn't recruit Gwinnett County that well which is part of the problem. I've said it before, if CLM could assign someone to recruit just this county to supplement what Louisiana doesn't produce and it could be a pipeline of players to LSU. Taylor Heinicke, quarterback who attended Collins Hill High School in Gwinnett County, is one such player. People said he was too small, he's 6' 1" and 190 lbs. and not highly recruited. He's only gone on, as a sophomore, to win the Walter Payton Award, given to the top offensive player in the Football Championship Subdivision. It's the equivalent of the Heisman Award. This kid is the "Johnny Football" of the FCS. Check out the links:
This post was edited by BayouProfit 14 months ago
"Without a struggle, there can be no progress." — Frederick Douglass
That's what I don't get. They had a very good year, they have starting spots up for grabs (especially on defense), and they have been putting dudes in the league as well as anyone lately. I understand that everyone who is anyone recruits against them there and there are quite a few transplant families, but this is pathetic.
I would be absolutely livid if our in-state recruiting were even half this bad next year.
The thing is no one will ever lock it up. Georgia especially metro atlanta is very transient so there's no real culture or state pride. Alabama, Auburn, Tennessee, USCe, and Clemson are within 3 hours at the most from Atlanta. Also, the south georgia talent is closer to UF and FSU than UGA.
This post was edited by EastBoyder17055 14 months ago
I live in GA and i spoke to a couple uga buddys and they shared a real interesting tidbit. They follow bulldog recruiting just like we all here follow LSU and they said that one of the main reasons these GA kids are not going to uga is because it's not "cool" to go there and they said that's a perception that is growing in Athens. And in order for them to keep the majority of the big name in-state kids home something was going to have to change regarding the "coolness factor." I thought that was very interesting. I know many don't like what happened with the Honey Badger, but listening to this about uga can't help but make me think how guys like him, Big Sam, PP7, etc. have made it "cool" to play at LSU. Just thought I would pass this along for anyone looking for reasons why uga swug and missed this year in-state.
People bitch and moan about Louisiana having some sick talent and how easy it is to recruit at LSU. which it does have great talnet, but not at every position and def not at every position of need for LSU this cycle.. But Atlanta alone has more people than the entire state of Louisiana. That is one of the most talent rich sates in the country and only 2 D1 programs. No excuses for Mark Richt and his constant underachieving at UGA.
Reading this thread I couldn't help but think of Poland in WWII.
The term sleeping giant gets tossed around a lot, but I think Georgia is a program that should do much better. They haven't been bad in a long time, but really haven't been elite except a couple of seasons here and there and there way too much talent in the state plus they are close to Florida and the Carolina's. Richt has done a pretty good job, but I think its getting to the point where he has almost been there too long. They could use some new blood. If they do get a better coach, look out.
I've lived in GA almost all my life, and I have to tell you it's TRULY perplexing how UGA not only lets a lot of this in-state talent go, but talent RIGHT by them in the ATL area. ATL is literally 1 hour away from Athens. This state is INCREDIBLY pro-UGA so it's weird every recruiting year to see all these kids go out of state - because they arent even going to GT. When I say pro-UGA, just come to GA and stay for a while, UGA crap everywhere. Their alumni base is also extremely loyal and funds it very well.
All comes down to Mark Richt, he just doesnt quite get it done in the recruiting department. Would it behoove anyone to know UGA came into this year with 68 scholarship players? Yeah, that's right, SIXTY-EIGHT. 17 below the limit. Some other SEC schools were operating with almost an entire extra class over him. The fact he has essentially self-imposed scholarship sanctions by his lack of recruiting deeply enough shows he's just not "Getting it".
If Saban or a great coach ever went to UGA the SEC would be absolutely fvcked.
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Is that the biggest complaint that the Georgia fanbase has with letting so many in-state kids get away?
Sonny, here's a list of some of their complaints:
Mark Richt as the offensive coordinator...
UGA fans response: He needs to hire an offensive coordinator and concentrate on running the team.
Mike BoBo as the offensive coordinator...
UGA fans response: BoBo should be fired and maybe Mark Richt should assume the responsibility of calling plays again.
Recruiting the state...
UGA fans response: Why can't Richt keep all this 5* talent in GA? He's just not getting the job done. Nick Saban comes in to GA and taking all of our top talent.
On winning a national championship...
UGA fans response: Nick Saban and Les Miles have won national championships - why not us?
Sonny, I listen to sportstalk radio out here everyday and Mark Richt has his detractors and his supporters, but the detractors far outnumber the supporters when the UGA fans feel they are being out-hustled on the recruiting end. Moreover, it's especially problematic when Bama can cherry-pick the top talent in the state. In fact, it's been the topic the past 3 days on sportstalk radio.
Georgia has two successive appearances to the SEC Championship, and like LSU, were oh, so close to a win this year. I can speculate without stretching things too much, that if LSU or Georgia had won vs. Bama they would have hoisted that crystal.
Richt has a good 2013 class but it argueably should have been better, much better. Miles has had to do some soul searching on the Offense side of the house; is Richt doing anything about his "glass half-full" recruiting?
Like fans at LSU, those folks in Athens will tire of getting an invite to the dance and not dancing.
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