Georgia managed to sign only three out of state recruits on signing day. The addition of Andy Bailey, Marcus Howard, and James Lee will help the Dawgs address needs starting next season. Here is a quick run down of those three players and their possible impact on the team.
Lee is a candidate to come in a play immediately next season on the offensive line. Head Coach Mark Richt pointed out that some of the offensive linemen that Georgia signed will be 2nd string once they walk onto campus.
"We have an inexperienced starting offensive line and we have no experience on the 2nd team," said Richt. Lee was one of seven offensive linemen that Georgia signed today.
Bailey will battle for kickoff and punting duties in 2003. The Athens, Tennessee native also appears to be the future place-kicker for the Dawgs.
"He kicked a 53-yarder to win a game in high school," said Jon Fabris of the kicker.
Marcus Howard, the fastest linebacker that Georgia signed, impressed the staff with his speed. When asked if Howard's 4.4 speed is legitimate, Richt confirmed, "We clocked him in the 4.4 range at our camp,"
Because Georgia dominated its in state recruiting, the fact that they signed only 3 out of state recruits is not shocking. Richt said that going out of state for a recruit can be a difficult process. "It is murder going out of state. When someone commits out of state he has to defend his decision," said Richt. All three players will more than likely play next season.