This is part 2, for part 1 go to previous post…
Hunter Long, OL – Played in 3 games in 2011, injured in 2012. His brother Austin hasn’t had a whole lot of playing time, he may not either. Grade: NA
Nick Marshall, ATH – 5 tackles over 13 games in 2011, dismissed in 2012. We may face him in 2013 as I thought he went to auburn, but I didn’t see him on their roster. Either way, he sucks. Grade: F
Chris Mayes, DT – Hasn’t had any playing time yet for UGA but could be counted on for a lot in 2013 in addition to Mike Thornton at Defensive tackle. Grade: NA, I think he could be descent though.
Malcolm Mitchell, WR – Freshman all SEC and newcomer of the year in 2011. 4 touchdowns in both 2011 and 2012. 2011 numbers were maybe a bit better because of his split time at CB in 2012. Lucky for us, he is only going to be a WR in 2013. Look for lots of homerun plays in 2013 much like the touchdown he had against the gaytors last year. This kid is a superstar. He will be in next April’s draft. Grade: A
Corey Moore, S – Has appeared in 26 games for the dawgs but no major statistics to talk about. A semi big recruit, was projected to be a solid contributor. There is still time but it looks as though the Matthews and JHC have inside track at safety spots. Grade: C-
Jay Rome, TE – Big time recruit out of Valdosta. Redshirted in 2011, played in every game last year. Had 11 catches for 2 touchdowns, if he has similar 2013 numbers then the Dawgs offense could be in trouble. Grade: D+, his effort was called out a few times in practices… I’m not worried this guy will step it up and be at least a “B” grade player the next 2 years.
Chris Sanders, ATH – Released with Sanford Seay and Nick Marshall for undisclosed reasons. Grade: F
Justin Scott-Wesley, WR – Redshirted in 2011. Limited action, played well against Nebraska. This guy will never likely be a stud, but he doesn’t need to be, the WRs are loaded and I think he will be another solid contributor. Grade: B-C, average to above average for next 2 years.
Sanford Seay, WR – Released with Sanders and Marshall, I think he stole some stuff out of dorms… douche. Grade: F
Damian Swann, DB – This guy is a stud, toss up between him and Malcolm for the best recruit of the class, and I think I’d have to take Swann. Watching him in high school, I never thought he would be this good. Played in a lot of games in 2011, no crazy stats but you could see what was coming. Broke out in 2012, started every game, lead team in INT, and won team’s most improved player award. With all the defense we have to replace in 2013, it’s great knowing we have an all-conference corner to help all the new kids. Grade: A+, I’ll be a bit surprised if he doesn’t win a 1st or 2nd team all-American award at some point.
Nathan Theus, OL – It’s a long snapper’s dream for no one to know who you are… so far so good. Grade: B
Kent Turene, LB – Never actually enrolled at UGA due to grades. Grade: NA
Xzavier Ward, OT – Redshirted in 2011, nothing of note in 2012. Grade: NA
Ramik Wilson, LB – Descent playing time in 2011. Even more playing time in 2012, played pretty well. He will be one of the more important players on this year’s team, as he is one of the few returners on Defense. Will be anchoring the middle with Herrera. Grade: B, if he were to play at an elite level, our defense would be nasty.
Sorry for all the NAs, but it is hard to give a guy a grade who doesn’t play or wasn’t ever a big recruit. Thus far overall, not a “dream” team type of class. However, there are some very solid contributors and a few all conference players. I hate that there were 5 guys that were dismissed; clearly the dawgs need to start recruiting more on character (vis-a-vis Keith Marshall). This class should still end up being elite though, I don’t think anyone on this list has yet reached their ceiling, and some studs like Jay Rome have no where to go but up. We shall see.
Top 5 players in this class I think look something like:
5. Chris Conley
4. Amarlo Herrera
3. John Jenkins
2. Malcolm Mitchell
1. Damian Swann