Homegrown’s all right with me.

Marc Weiszer’s got a piece up for the “why can’t Richt lock down the borders” crowd.

The Bulldogs coaching staff is hauling in recruits with a theme of locking down the borders of the state.

“There’s always a lot of great players in our state,” Richt said earlier this month. “This year in particular we think it’s very heavy, maybe more than most years.”

Georgia already has 2016 commitments from four of the top eight players in state, according to Rivals: No. 4 Stephens County offensive lineman Ben Cleveland, No. 5 Rochester, No. 6 Clinch County defensive end Chauncey Manac and No. 8 Archer offensive lineman E.J. Price.

“Sometimes you catch a little momentum that way and get the right guys that have influence of other kids in the state and they all kind of like each other, they all like the idea of playing together,” Richt said. “We’re selling that.”

Georgia also has in-state commitments from four-star defensive lineman Tyler Clark from Americus Sumter and five three-star prospects: Peachtree Ridge defensive back Chad Clay, Houston County wide receiver Darion Anderson, Creekside offensive lineman Aaron Dowdell, Peach County defensive back Tyrique McGhee and Lee County offensive lineman Chris Barners.

That’s 10 of the 13 commitments so far for 2016 from the Peach State.

The top two rated players in state, Savannah Christian athlete Demetris Robinson and Lanier defensive tackle Derrick Brown, are considered Georgia leans.

Georgia landed eight of the top 11 in the state in its 2015 class, but recruiters flock to the state to get a piece of the action.

Damn it, Mark.  You let three get away.

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

  1. Dolly Llama

    Stephens County getting up on the board! All right! Maybe UGA is mending some of those relationships.

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    • I didn’t realize we were on the outs with Stephens Co. I haven’t kept up with their program since Coach Winslette was running it. CMB dad made a stop there. Congrats to Charlie for getting into the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame 2013.

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      • Dolly Llama

        Yeah, from what I understand, UGA and Stephens County didn’t play too well together during the Travis Noland years. We missed a helluva good running back — and a damn good kid — in Taurean Poole because of it. He’d have done well as a Dawg.

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  2. Russ

    Oh, I’m sure we’ll hear soon about how the ones we got were the wrong ones.

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    • A10Penny

      And they may be right, we won’t know until they play. Although a lot of progress has been made in the last two years, in-state recruiting has been a valid target for criticism in the not so distant past. You can’t “lock-down” the state, but we had a lot of room to improve and it looks like we can’t make that complaint anymore.

      It’s like the criticism of Bobo…it was earned, but then he got better.

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      • I don’t know of anyone who isn’t deserving of a little criticism and I don’t know of anyone who didn’t get more than they deserved. Sounds like a line out of the Hobbit. lol.
        Criticism, like rain, should be gentle enough to nourish a man’s growth without destroying his roots.

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        • ZeroPointZero

          Please don’t ever quote the Hobbit again. Save it for the Hive.

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        • Fetch

          I prefer the quote “I don’t know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.”

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      • Dawgfan Will

        Which is fine…if the criticism abates after the improvement.

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  3. Argondawg

    I have followed recruiting for several decades as I am sure many of you have. I can’t remember a more aggressive effort from a UGA staff. These guys are flat out hustling for recruits. I don’t know how it will pan out but I don’t feel like we are getting out worked anymore. Especially on D.

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  4. Saxondawg

    In the past, we haven’t gotten in early enough. At least that’s how it has sounded when departing recruits were interviewed. We’re doing amazingly well considering the heat has so recently been turned up, but we should also expect that starting sooner and throwing out more offers will bear more fruit next year and the year after.

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  5. Macallanlover

    Every school has hits and misses. As A10 says above, you never know until they take the field. These young men change dramatically from age 16 to 22, so much of it is a guess, not an exact science for CFB coaches, or the NFL, who has even better data to look at against more equal competition.

    UGA is usually 3rd or 4th in SEC recruiting rankings and almost always that high in the conference power rankings at season’s end. Rarely does any team not count the Dawgs as a very tough out on their schedule. We have little to complain about, but we do. I particularly like the talent of the last two years and that which have verbally committed for 2016’s class. Cannot judge it for 2-3 years but it just feels mo better.

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  6. Mayor

    The Dawgs can only sign 25 recruits per year on average. There are a lot more good players coming out of Georgia’s high schools than that. Obviously Georgia can’t sign them all. The Dawgs seem to always finish in the Top 10 nationally in recruiting. Recruiting isn’t a problem, IMHO.

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  7. dawgtired

    So, now we are getting a 3star QB (Nick Robinson) from Cali as a preferred walk-on. He is on campus now according to ugasports. There’s been a lot of energy spent to bring in another QB.

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    • The Dawg abides

      This deal was made around last signing day. He sought us out because of some family ties to the state. The coaches offered as a preferred walk-on only and he turned down some smaller offers. It’s not related to the current scurry to find a fourth scholarship QB.

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  8. Muttley

    +1 to Argon and Mayor…Richt has done great in Georgia but the borders are just a little overrated. Richt has rebranded UGA nationally.

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    • Mayor

      Don’t go there, Muttley. “Branding” success depends in large part on what you are branded. Right now, UGA under CMR has been branded as the team that wins a lot but cannot win the big game–a non-champion. Is that the brand you want for your school? I sure as hell don’t.

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      • Muttley

        I’m sorry, did you prefer the Donnan brand, or the Goff one? (I had forgotten all about Georgia’s epic days of constant NCs).

        We were talking about recruiting, and Richt has rebranded Georgia as a school that can bring in OOS athletes like Stafford, Moreno, Green, and Eason. I wasn’t opening up any other can of worms.

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        • Macallanlover

          You are correct sir, but there are always the Energy Vampires around to throw cold water on anyone who sees the greater good about UGA football. This particularly sad case should be overlooked with his tired, predictable, cheap shots. This is the best staff I have ever seen at UGA from top, to bottom, and I think we are about to see the fruits of that build into something special. And that is despite the 15% of our fans who choose to act as “program anchors”, much like having another competitor to overcome except hiding in your own camp.

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  9. DawgPhan

    Recruiting has been an issue if the goal is to win national titles. UGA has yet to really recruit at a national title level. They need to close a top 2 class for that to happen. They are doing a great job right now and need to keep it up.

    Putting together back to back top 5 classes would be even better, but you need at least 1 top 2 class to be in the hunt for national titles. Or get lucky. Anyone want to bet on UGA getting lucky?

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  10. dawgtired

    I don’t know Phan. Of course a couple of top 2 classes would be an improvement (in ranking) but I feel we have had the talent to win an NC or maybe two over the last several years. It just seems some things didn’t come together…injuries a big part of that. The talent does us no good if they’re in rehab.

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    • Mayor

      If Georgia had scored that final TD in the last 30 seconds of the 2012 SECCG the Dawgs WOULD have won the BCS national championship in 2012. That pretty much proves that the Dawgs have had the talent. Lack of player talent isn’t what has been holding Georgia back.

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    • DawgPhan

      If you look at the past couple of national champions, almost all of them have a top 1 or 2 class in the year or 2 before they make the national title game.

      Adding the 1 or 2 awesome players that elevates your ranking from 5-6 to 1-2 is the difference that you are talking about.

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      • Brandon

        So thats why Bama has won the last 9 national championships since they’ve had the number 1 recruiting class every year?

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      • Mayor

        So, lemme get this straight. If Georgia had the #1 or #2 ranked recruiting class in 2010 or 2011, Georgia’s HC wouldn’t have let the clock expire when the Dawgs had first and goal from the opponent’s 9 yard line with 30 seconds left in the game, while only getting 1 play off? Right?

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