As a Bulldawg fan, I must say that friday night was amazing. As a football fan, I must say that friday night was unbelievable. When I received the tweet that we had received commitments from Theus, Ramsey, Henry, Terry, and Williams I almost messed myself. The thought that Mark Richt is recruiting that far into future says so much about the players faith in his ability to coach and their faith in his longevity.
If players are choosing to play for Mark Richt in three years, they really have faith that he will be there in three years. Even though players can de-commit up until they sign an LOI, no player wants to de-commit. After you have made the decision of choosing where you will live and learn for four years, you want to feel good about that decision so you can focus on class and football. Players commit because they know who they want to play for, the school and the coaches.
Greg McGarity and Michael Adams most likely aren't as big of recruiting fans as I am but I am sure they know how things went Friday, and I am sure recruiting like this will make them think twice before dropping a coach with 90+ wins in 10 years. Dabo Swinney is still around and he is around because he has recruited well, and if Clemson is smart they will keep him through another 6-7 season so he can get these players that he recruited coached up.
Football is about the development of talent, UGA and Richt have had some struggles with development in the past few years, but that was because the O-line coach was hardheaded, the S&C was weak, and Willy Martinez couldn't realize that the 3-4 is superior in the NCAA with fitting players. UGA will have the players to fill their 3-4 this year, S&C has added a nutrition program and an old-school view of weight training, and our O-line is a work in progress. Will Friend seems to be doing great, he was able to get 5-star John Theus to commit at DawgNight.
Theus is a beast at 6'6" and 300 pounds as a rising senior in high school, and he has a mean streak in the trenches. He will surely be a starter as a true freshman next year.
Watching the Nike scouting combine "The Opening", I was amazed at how well the rising sophomore Derrick Henry was competing, and that was when I thought he was a gator for sure. Well, now I want to go back and watch it again so that I can really pay attention this time. He is built like a truck and runs like a river, strong and smooth. He is the most natural running back at his size since Brandon Jacobs.
Brice Ramsey is the top quarterback in Georgia for the 2013 class and he may be a national top recruit in a years time. He committed at the same time as Henry, Theus, and Terry. Each recruited each other to UGA and each will recruit for UGA heading into the future.
Terry is considered South Carolina's top recruit for the 2013 class. The Dawgs also picked up a 2014 Running back recruit that posted a 4.29 forty yard dash, Stanley Williams is from Appalachee High School in Bethlehem, GA.
Now to the hint.....
My sources are telling me that a certain HUGE defensive player will commit to the Dawgs this week, maybe even today.