I know it’s a pretty popular perception that the program has underachieved over the past few seasons, in part because there’s never been a shortage of talent in Athens. But I’ve got to tell you that based on the scuttlebutt I’ve heard from more than one source, it’s not a perception that’s shared by the coaching staff, at least not since the transition from Grantham to Pruitt. Instead, there’s a feeling that Georgia wasn’t playing at the same talent level as some of its SEC peers, particularly on defense.
If so, it’s certainly good timing that the program is in the midst of its best run of recruiting since Richt arrived. The 2014 class helped shore things up at running back (how many programs go seamlessly from a Gurley to a Chubb?) and special teams. And the 2015 class… well, let Jeremy Pruitt tell you something about that in a low-key way.
No, they’re not going to overpromise. But I do think they’re pleased with where things are heading on the talent front. And it’ll be worth watching where that pays off this season. We should see a fairly immediate impact on special teams, something that’s already been hinted at by Richt. But I also will be watching the evolution of Georgia’s two deep as the season progresses. I expect things will be far from static in that department, on both sides of the ball.