In hindsight, we all recognize what an unmitigated disaster Georgia’s 2013 recruiting class turned out to be.
What’s sometimes forgotten is the amount of fan angst there was about it at the time, as my post on the subject in the immediate wake of signing day indicated.
Sure, we didn’t know that Grantham would be departing the program in a year, that Pruitt would start cleaning out the dead wood and that some of the bunch would clear themselves out through questionable behavior, but there was plenty of grumbling as it was over Tunsil’s last minute departure for Ole Miss and Garner’s snagging a couple of key players on the defensive line at his new gig.
Still, this was the money ‘graph:
What the success of this year’s class boils down to – what the success of any recruiting class at Georgia boils down to – is context, that is, how does it fit into the way the coaches have molded the program and where they’re trying to take it. Brice Ramsey’s rawness means nothing right now, or even next season, but if he never develops the way Bobo thinks he can, then, yeah, it’s a big whiff. But you look to future classes for insurance against that costing your program overly much.
In the end, there weren’t enough future classes for Richt to overcome the vaporization of that one.