SEC recruiting rewind: Georgia


The class

Recruits: 25 (all high school players). Two players have already enrolled in school.

Top prospects: Isaiah Crowell is ranked by ESPN as the No. 1 running back in the country. Jay Rome is ranked as the No. 1 tight end. Ray Drew is ranked as the No. 2 defensive end, Christian LeMay as the No. 5 quarterback and Malcolm Mitchell as the No. 7 receiver.

Needs met: The Bulldogs were looking to rev up their running game and got the top running back in the country in Crowell. Mark Richt has already hinted that Crowell might be the man when Georgia opens next season against Boise State in the Georgia Dome. LeMay is already enrolled in school and will battle Hutson Mason to become Aaron Murray's backup now that Logan Gray has transferred. With Justin Houston turning pro early, the Bulldogs needed another dynamic pass-rusher at outside linebacker. That's where Drew comes in. Landing three four-star receivers with A.J. Green departing was equally important.

Analysis: Richt referred to it as the "Dream Team," and by all accounts, this is a dream class. He says it's the deepest and most talented class he's signed at Georgia, and comes at a time when Richt needed something good to happen on the heels of a 6-7 finish this season. It's a class that could get even better if junior college nose guard John Jenkins signs with the Bulldogs on Saturday. The 340-pound Jenkins is exactly what Todd Grantham needs in the middle of that 3-4 defense. All in all, Richt and his staff delivered when the pressure was on. Now it's time to take it to the field.

ESPN recruiting grade: A-