2009 Class: Offensive Grades

There is still one more target out there that has yet to sign, but looking at who UGA signed on Wednesday, here are the grades of the offensive positions.

QUARTERBACK

Georgia did an excellent job at this position. The Dawgs offered four quarterbacks (Matt Barkley, Zach Mettenberger, Aaron Murray, and Tom Savage) all on the same day early in 2008 and they landed two of them.

Mettenberger and Murray both committed early and never wavered once. Both went on to be named Elite 11 quarterbacks and both take a lot to Athens. Murray is a sharp passer, he has good mobility outside the pocket, and he is a natural leader. Mettenberger may have the strongest arm in the country, he throws an beautiful deep ball, and he is just now starting to come into his own.

UGA could not have done any better at this position. When a school like Georgia signs two QBs in one class, then hard to imagine both being Elite 11 members and All-Americans, but these two are.

Grade: A+

RUNNING BACK

Georgia knew it wanted to sign one back in this class and they found one that and many others liked early in the small town of Twin City, Ga. The Dawgs offered Washaun Ealey right before signing day in 2008 and he committed almost the day of.

Florida, FSU, Auburn, and others pursued Ealey, but he never looked at any others too hard. He wanted to be a Georgia Bulldog and the Dawgs got a good one.

Ealey is not a blazer and he was not one of the top three or four backs in the country, but he is a very good running back and about as good as UGA could hope for based on how things looked in Athens when they started recruiting this class. Most backs would have looked at the depth chart and saw sophomore Knowshon Moreno, redshirt freshman Caleb King, freshman Richard Samuel, freshman Dontavious Jackson, and freshman Carlton Thomas and not wanted to touch the Dawgs, so UGA was smart going for the in-state back that loved Athens.

The need here was met, but the back could have been a little better all around. Very good back, but not an elite back.

Grade: B

WIDE RECEIVER

The best news on signing day was when Marlon Brown picked Georgia over Ohio State late in the afternoon. Georgia already had the letter of intent in from Rantavious Wooten, so Brown gave the Dawgs two receivers in this class.

They needed at least two, but would have been better off with three. It looked like they were targeting three because they went hard after Cameron Kenney (Oklahoma) and Stephen Hill (Georgia Tech), but came up short with each.

Getting Wooten and Brown was a very good haul though. Wooten will bring UGA an elusive and shifty inside receiver that the Dawgs haven't seen before in red and black. Brown will look very good lined up across from A.J. Green in the coming years. He is a raw talent with a lot of upside. Brown is a big target with good hands, and better than average speed for a 6-foot-5, 205 pound receiver.

The twosome is very, very good, but they could have used one more in this class because of depth. I like that they did not reach for one last minute, but getting Kenney or Hill would have made the grade perfect.

Grade: A-

TIGHT END

Georgia has to feel good about who they signed on Wednesday, but they may not be done at this position. Arthur Lynch is in, but Orson Charles is still undecided.

There are no questions about Lynch because he is a true tight end. He needs to work on his blocking and consistency with his hands, but he has the frame, athleticism, personality, and ability to be a very good and productive TE in Athens.

Charles would really put this position over the top for Georgia. He is one of the top athletes in America and he is just a mismatch waiting to happen. UGA would be able to keep him on the field any time with any formation and not miss anything. He will likely decide in a few weeks. Florida, Florida State, Tennessee, and Southern Cal are battling Georgia.

As of now, the Dawgs look good at tight end, but they could look great.

Grade: B+

OFFENSIVE LINE

Georgia signed three at this position and it is a diversified trio. Austin Long is the only true tackle and he has great feet, long arms, and a lot of room to grow at 6-foot-5, 270 pounds. Chris Burnette is best suited for guard and he has great drive off the ball. Dallas Lee is a very strong inside guy that is a pretty balanced OL.

These three all have a great work ethic, they all take coaching very well, and this could be a very good trio as long as they stay healthy when we look back in a few years.

Dallas Lee is already on campus, so he will get a lot of reps this spring. He will likely work at guard, but he is one that could cross train at center and guard if UGA wanted to do that.

The Dawgs needed three in this class, but could have used one more elite tackle to cap things off here. They went after Bobby Massie hard, but he opted to sign with Ole Miss. That was a big miss, but this trio is still strong. All three guys are very intelligent and they have the attitudes that coaches look for.

Grade: B+

Look for the defensive grades in the near future.


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