Homegrown’s all right with me.

Pat Forde looks at how the top ten teams gathered their talent and says this about Georgia’s:

Georgia (5)
How the Bulldogs were built: Nobody in the Top Ten is more homegrown.
Star average: 3.64. Two five-stars, 13 four-stars, six three-stars, one unrated.
Percent of starters from in-state: 77.3
Percent of starters from in-state or adjoining states: 90.9
Of note: The Bulldogs’ spectacular offense starts six three-star prospects, while its leaky defense starts just one player who was not a four-star or five-star recruit.

His note’s a little unfair, given the wide disparity in experience between Georgia’s two units.  And I doubt you’ll ever see a four-star prospect at fullback.  But it’s also a compliment to Coach Ball.

By the way, can we stop with the “why can’t Richt keep the home state talent home?” talk now?

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18 responses to “Homegrown’s all right with me.

  1. budro

    Homegrown: that’s the way it should be.

  2. The other Doug

    Obviously Richt is being lazy and only recruiting the kids that are a short drive away.

    • Russ

      You win. Best comment of the day.

    • Dog in Fla

      Mark was only complying with the Kneel Before SOD recruiting rule:

      “Dooley and company want to recruit a five-hour, 300-mile radius from Knoxville and treat everything in that circle as “in-state” for UT. ”

      http://blutarsky.wordpress.com/2010/06/25/home-is-where-the-car-drives/

      the complexities of which are set forth in Lexicon entries:

       Dooley-hour (n.) – a unit of distance, measured by how far a member of the University of Tennessee’s coaching staff can travel in a car in one hour.
       Dooleyland (n.) – an area mapped and claimed by the noted cartographer and football head coach Derek Dooley. Also known as the State of New Tennessee (n.), it consists of a circle having a radius of three Dooley-hours, centered on its capital, Knoxville. It is not to be confused with a larger region, Aaron Douglas’ Home (n.), with which it overlaps and shares certain defining characteristics.

  3. Doug

    I wish people would understand that the state of Georgia literally has too many four- and five-star recruits each year for Richt to be able to sign them all. Even if he chose to go the “magically necessary grayshirt” route, which I’m glad he does not.

  4. IndyDawg

    Answer: The glass is half-empty faction only sees “the ones that got away.

    • Sanford222View

      Exactly. The whiners on this topic base this on the few from the Top 10 Georgia players that go out of state each year. If they would bother to look back they would find those “can’t miss” guys that Richt let get away often missed or weren’t the impact players they were supposed to be.

      There is too much talent in Georgia to get them all.

  5. W Cobb Dawg

    I’m sure we’ll look back soon and see the 2013 class was terrific – in talent and perhaps more importantly in numbers. And the 2014 class is looking very, very good – again in talent and numbers. When we have our recruiting act together UGA is very tough to beat. A lot of our competing schools have to resort to cheating or other recruiting gymnastics to convince a recruit to go elsewhere.

    • Macallanlover

      Early call but they also seem to be an upgrade in character and work ethic (and that includes the 2012 class.)

  6. It’s called good Breeding. We know how to do that at UGA. Do you all know that when a horse dies mysteriously in the night, you cut their heads off and send them to UGA vet school and they can tell you in a few days the cause of death? Take it to the Mattresses. The Godfather :)

  7. Brandon

    I would be interested to see the star break down offense vs. defense last year. I haven’t gone back and researched but I’d be willing to bet some of the guys we replaced on defense had as many or more stars than their replacements and there was no “lack of experience” argument last year. For years, most of our duds have been on the defensive side of the ball, that is coaching me thinks.