Category Archives: Georgia Football

The naming is the hardest part.

Georgia’s IPF, which in these here parts has been named in honor of a certain departed defensive coordinator, is being officially christened the William Porter Payne Indoor Athletic Facility.  Good for him; I can think of plenty of worse options.

Now if they would just sit him down for some advice on customer relations

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Means to an end

Top-ranked recruiting classes are awesome and all that, but let’s not lose sight that they’re just a necessary step to take towards the main goal.

Each of the past seven national champions have averaged a top-10 recruiting class the four years prior to winning the national championship, and all seven have landed at least one recruiting class ranked in the top four in the two years prior to their title win.

ESPN finds four programs currently meet those criteria:  Alabama (shocking, I know), Ohio State, Florida State and…

Georgia Bulldogs
Avg. class rank:
4.75

The Dawgs made it to the title game this season with a true freshman at quarterback. Georgia played 16 true freshmen overall and, similar to Ohio State, are adding 19 ESPN 300 prospects. That includes the No. 1 overall player: quarterback Justin Fields. Georgia is losing a lot of production in the ground game, with Nick Chubb and Sony Michel moving on, but they will be replaced by ESPN 300 running backs Zamir White and James Cook, who are the No. 1- and No. 3-ranked running backs, respectively. They’ll join D’Andre Swift and try to pick up where Chubb and Michel left off.

“Georgia played 16 true freshmen overall” is a good way to get a jump on the 2018 transition.  I have the feeling this team is going to miss less of a beat than some expect.

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A little lock down never hurts.

It’s kind of gotten lost in the shuffle after all the hoopla surrounding the remarkable 2018 signing class, but Baker’s decision to return is a big deal for Georgia’s defense this season.  He and Reed give the secondary a couple of anchors to stabilize around early as the coaches figure out how to restructure the back end of the defense.

Just remember that Georgia goes on the road two of the first four games this season to face two pretty good quarterbacks in Bentley and Lock.

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Massaquoi

MoMass was one of my favorites when he was here.  Today it was a surprise to learn that he’s lost a hand because of a severe accident on an ATM ATV.

If you haven’t seen this yet, be forewarned, it’s devastating to watch.

I can’t begin to imagine what that must be like.  If he’s found peace, that’s great.  It’s also great that he had plenty of support from folks at UGA.

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Moar gap

Good news for Georgia and bad news for the SEC:

Georgia’s national team recruiting title was the 10th in a row for an SEC school, but for the second year in a row, the SEC’s share of the 100 best players dropped.

Georgia became the fourth SEC school to win a recruiting title in the past decade; LSU wore the crown in 2009, Florida in 2010 and Alabama every year from 2011-17. But the SEC saw a precipitous drop in the number of top-100 players it signed, mostly because of a resurgence by Texas on the recruiting trail. The league’s percentage of five-star prospects dropped for the second year in a row, as well.

In the team rankings, the SEC had just two schools in the top 10 this year, Georgia and No. 7 Alabama. Consider that in each of the past five years, the league had two teams in the top four; in four of those years, it had two schools in the top three and twice the SEC had teams finish 1-2.

My favorite part of that is Texas’ role in the overall decline, because Smart still wound up getting a four-star receiver out of that state.

Like I’ve said, in the short run, conference life is looking pretty good for Kirby Smart and his program.

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Everybody’s gonna be happy.

Just a reminder I posted this reader poll a year ago.

I wonder how many of the 24 who picked the fourth option really expected it to happen.

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State of the state’s recruiting

Some of you may remember a some data and observations I sourced a year ago about Georgia’s recruiting that originated with Henry, a reader of the blog.  (You can find them here, here and here.)

Well, he’s back with some more number crunching and some thoughts about what that suggests:

Top 10 Players in Georgia  (based on the 247Sports composite rankings)

Year UGA Bama Auburn Clemson USCe FSU UF UT
2018 6 2 1
2017 5 1 1 1
2016 2 3 1 1 1
2015 5 1 1
2014 3 2 2 2
2013 2 2 2 1 1
2012 3 3 2 1 1
2011 5 1 2
2010 3 1 1 2
2009 5 1 1

Here are some thoughts I had after looking at this data:

          — Alabama’s current success on the field is not tied to their success recruiting the top players in Georgia. A look at their signees show that Alabama recruits nationally.

          — The biggest growing competition for the top players in the state increasingly is coming from Clemson.

          — Until the last two years, Auburn had been the biggest competition for the top in-state players.

          — Top in-state players, for the most part, didn’t go to FSU or Florida.

          — Georgia Tech was not included in the data because they have not signed a Top 10 player from Georgia in at least 10 years, which I think is amazing.

          —  If a top player is going to leave Georgia, he is going to go farther afield than adjacent states.  A look at each year’s signees shows success from top academic schools such as Notre Dame, Stanford, Cal, etc.  So much for the argument that Tech can’t sign the top players in Georgia because their academics are so high

Signed Recruits from Georgia

Year UGA Bama Auburn Clemson USCe FSU UF UT
2018 14 0 8 5 8 7 4 4
2017 16 1 5 4 7 5 0 3
2016 16 1 6 4 7 1 2 5
2015 15 3 11 4 10 2 5 6
2014 10 2 12 5 5 1 0 4
2013 19 3 4 5 8 0 6 3
2012 11 8 6 0 12 0 3 5
2011 19 3 7 1 11 3 0 7
2010 14 4 11 7 6 3 3 7
2009 11 5 5 2 8 2 1 4

        —  Georgia is signing about the same amount of in-state kids, but the quality is higher.

         — Except for 2012, Bama does not sign a lot of Georgia players, although this was the first time in 10 years they din’t sign any kids from Georgia.

         —  Clemson is on a consistent trend to sign about 25% of their class from Georgia with the quality being very high.

         — Auburn and South Carolina, of the adjacent states, seem to rely on recruiting Georgia kids the most.

         — Tennessee consistently signs Georgia players.  They were successful in Georgia under Fulmer and Pruitt knows the state and the school, so that bears watching.

         — FSU has successfully recruited more Georgia kids in the last two years. It will be interesting to see if that continues under Taggart since there is more and more competition from in-state schools in Florida.

         — Florida is up and down in Georgia, but Mullen recruited some Georgia kids in the second signing period this year and he faces the same in-state competition as FSU.

         — South Carolina bears watching under Muschamp.  I don’t think he will beat Kirby for the top kids, but those kids right behind that level who didn’t get an offer from Georgia could make this one of our tougher games in coming years.  The same might be said of Auburn.

Some of what he finds tracks what Bud Elliott had to say the other day.  I’d add a couple of points.  The first is more of just an elucidation of what Henry noted.  The big thing about these last two classes is that Kirby’s done something Richt never could — stacked loaded top ten groups back-to-back.  Richt had his moments, but never sustained any recruiting momentum with the top-rated recruits.

Second, I don’t know what Dabo Swinney’s doing exactly, but whatever it is, he’s doing it well.

Third, South Carolina’s made as much of a living off Georgia talent as Auburn has.  I agree with Henry that Boom won’t get the top Georgia kids, but with the way he’s going, if he can pull in enough numbers to build some depth, the years when he gets lucky to harvest great in state talent, like Spurrier did with Lattimore and Clowney, that program can be good enough to challenge for division titles.

Last, Alabama getting skunked in the state of Georgia with this last class is something.  Almost makes me think Kirby had that on his to-do list.

(P.S.  “Georgia Tech was not included in the data because they have not signed a Top 10 player from Georgia in at least 10 years…”.  Time flies when you’re having a good time.)

Your thoughts?

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