Seriously, I think we can put to rest the question of whether Mark Richt shaped the size of this past signing class with an eye towards 2013. The answer is yes, he did.
… The 6-foot-3, 205-pound Ramsey said he decided to enroll early after hearing that several other 2013 commitments were planning to arrive in January, including running back Derrick Henry and receiver Tramel Terry.
“Coach Richt and coach (Mike) Bobo asked me and I just felt like I needed to also because I wanted to get there and have an easy transition into football, have a chance at early playing time,” said Ramsey, who recruiters from Ohio State and North Carolina still checked on last week. “It would be better if I got there and played in the spring with the team and got in the books early.”
Georgia could have up to seven early enrollees this winter, recruiting coordinator Rodney Garner said, which means the Bulldogs could sign about 30 in its next recruiting class after signing only 19 in February, he said.
“As long as you’ve got room with the guys that graduate under the cap, you can bring them in,” Garner said. “You can count back to a number and then you can start counting forward. If you do it the right way and get all the right guys, you can do that.” [Emphasis added.]
There are a lot of little things going differently with the program these days. We may look back in a few years, add them all up and break the Richt era up into two pieces, one that ended after the 2009 season, and the one that followed. It’s too early to tell, of course, but it’s something to keep an eye on over the next couple of seasons.