I can’t say for certain if yesterday’s class is Mark Richt’s best recruiting class – nobody can, until a few years pass and we see who makes it on the field – but I’m pretty certain it was Mark Richt’s best recruiting job. For Georgia to wind up with a consensus top ten class after what the program went through in the last month is nothing short of remarkable.
It was less than a month ago that Mark Richt found out he was losing his defensive coordinator. Eventually he would lose all his assistants on the defensive side of the ball. For a lot of programs, that would be the death knell for a good recruiting class.
But Richt, Georgia’s head coach, got a feeling it wouldn’t be when one of the first calls he made that Sunday, upon finding out Todd Grantham was leaving, was to Keyon Brown. The defensive standout from Wauchula, Fla., had been committed to Georgia for a while and told Richt it would stay that way.
That started a month in which Georgia not only largely held its class together but added to it with a signing day two-part punch…
As MaconDawg notes, there’s a little something for everybody in this year’s class – three five-star players (only Alabama and LSU signed more nationally), needed depth in the secondary, an intriguing shore-up for special teams, ridiculous quality at running back, solid offensive line signees, you name it. It’s a well-balanced and talented group of 21.
Pruitt turned out to be crucial. McClendon, named 247Sports’ top national recruiter, and Bobo did their usual stellar jobs. But the head man deserves a lot of credit, too.
“Coach Richt had everything organized. He laid out a plan for what he wanted when I got here. So we just kind of stuck to the plan,” Pruitt said. “It’s not a whole lot different of where you would be wherever you were at. We just had to kind of start all over and only had a couple things to get some things done.”
Makes you wonder what these guys are capable of when they get a full year under their belts with a full staff. Oh, yeah, and by the way, Richt spent a fair part of national signing day on the phone with 2015 recruits.
This could be fun to watch.