Still, the closing of this recruiting season is different. It is November and Georgia, for the first time in years, is waiting on a slew of recruits to close out the recruiting year. It wasn't supposed to happen this way, but that's the way it's gone down so far.
Several scholarship players on the roster at the start of the fall have left the program for some reason or another. These things are never planned, but they seem to happen every year.
So that's why the "number", which seemed to be somewhere around 15 prospects going into this recruiting class, is up around 20 or 21 now. This January will be a throw back of sorts for the Georgia coaching staff. They will not be able to sit around and protect their recruits from other schools – they will have to go out and get the undecided players to come play for them.
Branden Smith, an athlete the Dawgs have been after for nearly a year, will announce his college intentions at the Under Armour Game January 4th. Marlon Brown is supposed to make his announcement on Signing Day or even the day after. Kwame Geathers is in the same boat as Brown. Defensive star Jarvis Jones has maintained that he wants to make his decision late, too. Jawanza Sterling has visited Georgia at least four times, but he, too will wait to make his decision later in the recruiting cycle.
Once solid Clemson commit J.K. Jay will have to let the school of his choice know before January as he plans to enroll early. Orson Charles, who will be playing in the Army All-American Game, has focused on football – not recruiting over the last few months.
There are also a number of recruits that may not be as much on the radar as those with offers. Johnathon Davis – an athlete from Tucker – and Stephen Hill – a wide receiver from Miller Grove, who committed to Georgia Tech Tuesday – are two players to keep an eye on. Like North Cobb's Derrick Lott, the two of them may jump on a Georgia offer if it comes, but that would likely come late in the process.
What does all of that mean? With 16 spots already taken, and all of those names out there, Georgia will have a much different January than those in the recent past. The Dawgs will have to hold their own, and take a few from some others… a different January indeed.
Recent January Commitments
2008 – A.J. Harmon
2007 – Chris Little (on signing day; no longer with program) and Drew Butler
2006 – Josh Davis, Geno Atkins, Knowshon Moreno and Reshad Jones (February)
2005 – Darius Dewberry, Tavares Kearney (no longer with program), Bryan Evans, Corey Moon (never enrolled), and Jeff Owens