The Bulldogs have 16 commitments for the Class of 2005 with nearly a full month left before national signing day. Georgia won't be able to bring in the full complement of 25 new signees because it is too close to the NCAA-imposed maximum of 85 total scholarships.
Exactly how many players Georgia will sign in February can't be known
until all the Bulldogs' juniors make their final decisions about going
pro and other roster matters are settled, but most observers think 22 is
about as high as this class will go.
That makes it all the more impressive how well the Bulldogs are doing.
Scout.com has Georgia's class ranked No. 2 in the country.
"You can give reasons to be excited about just about every player
they've got, and that's a good reason to be No. 2 in the country," said
Scott Kennedy, the Southeastern scout for Scout.com.
Scout.com uses an automated ranking formula that takes into account how
each player in the class is ranked and how well a team balances each
class. For instance, a team would get more credit for having a five-star
linebacker, a five-star running back and a five-star quarterback than
for having three five-star linebackers.
"There's no regional bias in it at all," Kennedy said.
The most impressive part of the Bulldogs' haul is on the defensive
line, which was their No. 1 need area entering the recruiting season.
Georgia has commitments from five defensive linemen already. The group
is led by Kade Weston, a native of Trinidad who played his high school
football in New Jersey.
"If you look at the defensive linemen, you have to be thrilled,"
Kennedy said, "and they're not done with defensive lineman yet. That's
the scary thing."
THE BIG NAMES: According to Scout.com, Georgia has two players with a
five-star rating, the highest point of the ranking scale. They are
Weston and defensive back C.J. Byrd.
Kennedy compared Byrd to Chris Gamble, who played both wide receiver
and defensive back on Ohio State's national championship team.
"He can run, hit and catch," Kennedy said. "He may play
both sides of
THE PIPELINE: The north Georgia town of Cartersville will continue its
generous contribution to Bulldog athletics this year if offensive
lineman Ian Smith signs with the team, as he has committed to do. Smith will join another Cartersville native, Josh Brock, in the Bulldogs'
offensive line meeting room.
"I think he's going to do well," Cartersville coach Frank Barden
"When I compare him to the other lineman we have there, I would say he'd
do as well as Josh and Josh played as freshman."
Josh Morris, a freshman All-American for the Georgia baseball team last
year, also hails from Cartersville High School.
The Purple Hurricanes have helped stock the rosters of other major
colleges, as well. Auburn running back Ronnie Brown, who probably will
be a top 10 NFL draft pick this year, and Florida State defensive
lineman Andre Fluellen also graduated from Cartersville High.
"We've been very fortunate to have some good players come through
here," Barden said. "What has been the biggest strength for them and
us is they come from good parents. That's something that as coaches that
we are proud of and one thing we like to be a part of. That's what you
do it for to give them a chance to go on and get an education."
Position Player Size Stars* Hometown
CB Donovan Baldwin 6-1, 175 3 Plantation, Fla.
DE Roderick Battle 6-4, 243 4 Atlanta, Ga.
WR Jamar Bryant 6-2, 190 3 Rockingham, N.C.
DB C.J. Byrd 6-3, 184 5 North Augusta, S.C.
TE Tripp Chandler 6-5, 230 3 Woodstock, Ga.
LB Jamar Chaney 6-1, 215 3 Fort Pierce, Fla.
S Antavious Coates 6-4, 195 3 Greenwood, S.C.
QB Joe Cox 6-1, 195 4 Charlotte, N.C.
DE Brandon Lang 6-5, 220 4 Tucker, Ga.
WR Mohamed Massaquoi 6-2, 191 4 Charlotte, N.C.
WR Mike Moore 6-2, 187 3 Coconut Creek, Fla.
DT Jeffrey Owens 6-2, 275 4 Plantation, Fla.
DT Brandon Sesay 6-6, 245 4 Atlanta, Ga.
OL Ian Smith 6-3, 280 4 Cartersville, Ga.
LB Marcus Washington 6-1, 216 4 Waynesboro, Ga.
DT Kade Weston 6-5, 300 5 Little River, N.J.
*Rating stars are according to Scout.com
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