A Look Back at the Top

ATHENS - Dean Legge takes a look back at the two highest-ranked players in recruiting for each class.


No. 30 overall Red Bank (NJ) DL Kade Weston

Started 20 games at Georgia in four seasons. Weston ended his career with 65 tackles. Weston was selected by the New England Patriots with the No. 248 overall pick of the 2010 NFL Draft.

No. 39 overall Peach County LB Darius Dewberry

Started 12 games at Georgia in four seasons. Dewberry ended his career with 53 tackles, two quarterback hurries and an interception.


No. 11 overall Highland Park (TX) QB Matthew Stafford

Started 33 games at Georgia in three seasons. Ended career 544 of 956 with 48 TDs and 32 INTs. Has a long pass of 84 yards during win over No. 9 Florida in 2007. Also had 204 rushing yards with six TDs including a long run of 39 in upset at No. 5 Auburn in 2006. Stafford had 22 games with 200 or more yards passing including three 300-yard passing games and one 400-yard passing game. Guided Georgia to an overall No. 2 ranking in 2007. Bulldogs won 21 games in a 24-game stretch from 2006-2008 with Stafford under center including wins over No. 6 Auburn, No. 16 Georgia Tech, No. 14 Virginia Tech, No. 16 Alabama, No. 9 Florida, No. 18 Auburn, No. 22 Kentucky, No. 10 Hawaii, No. 22 Vanderbilt and No. 13 LSU. Stafford set school record for total offense in a season with 3,499 yards in 2008. His 3,459 passing yards ranked second in school history for a single-season at that time. Stafford was selected by the Detroit Loins with the No. 1 overall pick of the 2009 NFL Draft. He’s already set a slew of records in a short amount of time with the Lions. Stafford has the most career pass completions (1,848), most career pass attempts (3,099), highest completion percentage in a career (59.6%) and most career passing yards (21,714). In addition, Stafford is the fastest player in NFL history to reach 17,000 career passing yards (59 games played). He was also named the MVP of the 2015 Pro Bowl with 316 passing yards, 2 touchdowns and one interception.

No. 32 overall Our Lady of Good Council (MD) LB Akeem Hebron

Played in 16 games at Georgia in three seasons. Transferred to Georgia Military College after discipline issue in 2007. Ended his career with ten total tackles.


No. 19 overall GAC RB Caleb King

Started ten games at Georgia in three seasons. King finished his career after three years after sitting out his senior season in Athens. He had 1,271 yards on 255 carries with ten touchdowns including a 75-yard TD run against No. 9 Georgia Tech in 2009. Likely wasn’t the same running back after broken bone in his upper leg his senior season of high school. King was activated for one game of his NFL career.

Four-star Brookwood LB Rennie Curran

Started 30 games at Georgia in three seasons. Ended Georgia career with 298 tackles, 24 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, and 34 quarterback hurries. Curran led the Bulldogs with a combined 245 tackles during the 2008 and 2009 seasons. He was named All-SEC in 2009 and was named the program’s Vince Dooley Most Valuable Player of the Year. Curran was selected by the Tennessee Titans with the No. 97 overall pick of the 2010 NFL Draft. He currently plays in the CFL with the Edmonton Eskimos where he has had 123 tackles in two seasons.


No. 10 overall Summerville (SC) WR A.J. Green

Started 27 games in three seasons at Georgia. Green had 2,619 yards on 166 receptions and 23 touchdowns. He was named 1st team All-SEC in 2008 and 2009. He was named the SEC’s Freshman of the year in 2008. Is the No. 3 all-time receiver in Bulldog history; No. 2 in TD receptions. Green was selected by the Cincinnati Bengals with the No. 4 overall pick of the 2011 NFL Draft.

No. 24 overall Cass RB Richard Samuel

Started nine games in four seasons at Georgia. Samuel had 214 carries for 833 yards and four touchdowns. Best career performance came against Florida in 2011. Samuel had 17 carries for 58 yards and scored the game-winning TD in the 24-20 win over the Gators. Also had 16 carries for 104 yards including an 80-yard TD at Arkansas in 2009.


No. 21 overall Plant (FL) QB Aaron Murray

One of only two full-time, four-year starting QBs in Georgia history (120+ years). Murray ended his career with SEC career records for completions (921), passing yards (13,166), TD passes (121) and total offense (13,562). Murray is second in the SEC in career pass attempts (1,478). He became the first QB in SEC history to throw for 3,000+ yards in four straight seasons. Led Georgia to back-to-back SEC East titles in 2011 and 2012. Compiled a 9-3 record against Georgia’s major rivals (Tech, Florida and Auburn). Murray was selected by the Kansas City Chiefs with the No. 163 overall pick of the 2014 NFL Draft.

No. 24 overall Washington DB Branden Smith

Played both offense and defense for the Bulldogs over his four-year career. Smith started 26 games and appeared in 50 contests. Smith had 80 total tackles, 15 pass breakups and four interceptions on defense. On offense Smith was used primarily in the run game. He had 38 carries for 363 yards a three TDs - including a 61-yard TD run against South Carolina in 2009. He also had 23 kickoff returns for 410 yards in two seasons at that spot.


No. 22 overall Newnan LB Alec Ogletree

Started 22 games in three seasons at Georgia. Ogletree had 197 total tackles, six sacks, 20 tackles for loss, four forced fumbles, eight pass breakups, one interception and a touchdown. Ogletree was 1st team All-SEC Freshman in 2010. He led the Bulldogs in tackles in 2012. Ogletree was selected by the St. Louis Rams with the No. 30 overall pick of the 2013 NFL Draft.

No. 77 overall Douglass DL Garrison Smith

Started 23 games in four seasons at Georgia; Smith had 145 total tackles, seven sacks, 16 tackles for loss, two forces fumbles and 25 quarterback pressures. Smith signed a free agent contract with Miami and then San Francisco in the 2014 NFL season


No. 5 overall Carver RB Isaiah Crowell

Only played one season at Georgia; Crowell wound up with 850 yards rushing in 12 games; was named Freshman All-America by multiple outlets; Named Freshman All-SEC by SEC Coaches and SEC Freshman of the Year by Associated Press; was kicked out of program after being arrested on felony gun charges that were eventually dismissed; transferred to Alabama State and had 1,963 rushing yards on 329 carries with 30 TDs in two years; Crowell signed a free agent contract and had four starts, 148 carries, 607 yards and eight TDs for the Cleveland Browns in 2014

No. 33 overall Thomas County Central DL Ray Drew

Ended career in Athens with 18 starts, 109 tackles and 7.5 sacks in four seasons


No. 7 overall Bolles (FL) OL John Theus

Three-year starter on Georgia’s offensive line; Moved to left tackle during the 2014 season.

No. 12 overall Millbrook (NC) RB Keith Marshall

Missed much of 2013 and 2014 with a torn ACL injury; Played in only three games in 2014 and only five (with a start) in 2013; Ended 2012 with 850 all-purpose yards and nine touchdowns; had 100-yard rushing performances against Florida Atlantic (104 w/ 1 TD), Tennessee (164 yards w/ 2 TDs) and Auburn (105 w/ 1 TD).


No. 82 overall Camden County QB Brice Ramsey

Played in eight games in 2014; Went 24 for 39 (62%) for 333 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions; Likely starter going into the 2015 season.

No. 93 overall Warren Central LB Tim Kimbrough

Has played in 24 games; In career has 37 total tackles; Likely starter going into the 2015 season


No. 13 overall American Heritage School (FL) RB Sony Michel

Started one game in 2014; Ended his freshman year with 553 total yards on 64 touches with six touchdowns. Missed five games with injury.

No. 23 overall Norcross DL Lorenzo Carter

Started five games in 2014; Recorded 41 total tackles with 4.5 sacks, seven tackles for loss and one fumble recovery; Named Freshman All-SEC by SEC Coaches in 2014

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