Requirements for Continued Recruiting Success In 2015
We are nearing the end of the recruiting cycle and Georgia has secured 26 public commitments to date. Here is a brief break down of how we are doing so far and some goals for the last few weeks of the cycle:
This was Hutson Mason’s lone year as the Georgia QB. There are three scholarship quarterbacks after this season and there is a phenomenal 2016 prospect committed in Jacob Eason. At this time there is still no need to bring in a scholarship quarterback in 2015.
Success: Not applicable.
Failure: If there is an change in the quarterback situation and we fail to adapt.
Junior college back Chris Carson is the sole committed running back in this cycle. The former Parkview running back is one of the top JUCO backs in the country and should contribute to the rotation next season.
Success: Keeping Carson committed and getting him into UGA.
Failure: Not adding a running back in the cycle.
Extra credit: Adding a good all-purpose back to the class.
Georgia’s wide receiver class consists of Michael Chigbu and Jayson Stanley, as well as several athletes who will play receiver next season. Stanley is a burner with great size and looks to rebound from an early season ACL injury. Chigbu is a big receiver and should be physically ready to play early on.
Success: Maintain the current wide receiver class.
Failure: None. We currently have several quality athletes committed who might play receiver, so we are able to compensate for any players that do not enroll at Georgia.
Extra credit: Land another very good receiver.
Georgia has one of the best tight ends in the country in Jackson Harris. Harris has the tools to be a very solid all-around tight end for us in the near future. It does not appear that we are looking for a second tight end at this time due to the addition of Joseph Ledbetter.
*Success: Keeping Harris committed.
*Achieved- Harris has enrolled at UGA after playing in the Semper Fidelis Bowl.
There are three publicly committed offensive linemen in Sam Madden, Sage Hardin, and DeVondre Seymour (from JUCO). Hardin will most likely need a redshirt year to develop, but Seymour could step right in and compete. Newest commit Sam Madden definitely has the size to play early but will likely need some time to adjust to the SEC.
Success: Adding another quality offensive line prospect and keeping our current commits.
Failure: Losing a commitment from the current group and failing to land a quality replacement.
Incomplete: Bringing in only three linemen in this cycle.
Extra credit: None.
There are four interior defensive line prospects committed to Georgia, including two who have enrolled early. Jonathan Ledbetter has all of the tools to excel at the next level and has been joined in Athens by South Carolina’s Michael Barnett. Justin Young is one of the lesser heralded recruits in the class and is still going to be an issue for opposing lines. The big star in the class is some cat named Trenton Thompson. I think he is supposed to be good.
*Success: Bringing in a class of at least 3 good to very good players, including Big Jolly.
Failure: Losing Trent Thompson.
Incomplete: Only adding 2 players in this recruiting cycle.
Extra credit: None.
*Achieved – This position group is very strong as a whole. If this is any indicator of Coach Tracy Rocker’s recruiting prowess, I would start getting excited about ’16 as well.
DL- Pass Rushers
Georgia has 3 players committed that I consider mainly pass rushers in Chauncey Rivers, D’Andre Walker, and Natrez Patrick. This group of Georgia boys can flat out get after the QB. Patrick is the lone EE for this position group.
Success: Maintaining the current commit group.
Failure: Adding less than three pass rushers in this class.
Incomplete: Not applicable.
Extra credit: None
Gary McRae and Juwan Taylor were the first two linebacker commits this cycle. They were joined by Chuks Amaechi from an Arizona JUCO. Natrez Patrick and D’Andre Walker are certain to get some snaps at outside linebacker as well. The group is still lacking a stud interior linebacker and his name is Roquan.
Success: Adding at least one more quality linebacker to this class.
Failure: Not landing Roquan Smith.
Incomplete: Failing to add another linebacker in this class.
Extra credit: Adding Smith and another very good linebacker.
There is a large group of defensive backs committed to the Bulldogs at the moment. Pruitt’s two early enrollees are both from the state of Mississippi, Jarvis Wilson and Johnathan Abram. The rest of the strong DB class (so far) is made up of Rashad Roundtree, Deandre Baker, Juwuan Briscoe, and Deontai Williams. These defensive backs will bring a much needed influx of talent to the Georgia secondary in the coming season(s).
*Success: Bringing in a class of at least 4 dedicated DBs.
Failure: Anything less than success. No Rashad Roundtree is not acceptable.
Incomplete: Not possible because…. Jeremy Pruitt.
Extra credit: Flipping back Rico McGraw.
*Achieved – This is a great group so far, with the potential to be even better come NSD. Pruitt has done a really solid job.
There are three athletes who could play on either side of the ball currently pledged to the Dawgs. Terry Godwin is the headliner and he is joined by Darius Slayton and Shaquery Wilson. Godwin has All-SEC potential on both sides of the ball. Wilson was offered by Pruitt first as a defensive back but he could play wide receiver as well. Darius Slayon has the makings of a dynamic wideout but could play defense in a pinch.
Success: Maintain the current class of athletes.
Failure: Having an athlete class with less than two prospects.
*Extra credit: Securing a commitment from Darius Slayton or another very good athlete.
*Achieved – Barring a de-committment, Georgia will earn extra credit for landing a special group of athletes.
Recruiting Cycle Benchmarks
-One failure or less.
-Two incompletes or less.
-Earn extra credit for at least two position groups.
What qualifies as a “good commit” – A good commit is typically a consensus 3* recruit with a single digit offer list. They are generally a top 75 player in the state of Georgia (or Florida).
‘14 Examples: Jake Edwards, Gilbert Johnson
What qualifies as a “very good commit” – A very good commit is among the best at his position in the region and typically one of the better prospects in the state. Most 4* players would fall under this category. If the player is as not highly ranked then they can possess certain attributes than make them especially desirable.
‘14 Examples: Malkom Parrish, Dyshon Sims
What qualifies as an “elite commit”? – A 5* or very high 4* player who is the best of the best. Usually a Top 100 type of a player with a massive list of quality offers.
‘14 Examples: Lorenzo Carter, Sony Michel