The underrated Fernando Velasco returns at OG (image: Georgiadogs.com)
Currently, Georgia has nine offensive line commits. That doesn't include the always mysterious Clifton Geathers, who may end up at another school, at another position (DE) or both. It also doesn't include the highly touted Chris Little who still has UGA in his top three.
Recently, some Gator fans were among the many UGA rivals commenting on our OL heavy class. Some folks question the decision to bring on so many Jucos. Others question the over emphasis of one position in one class. Others are looking for a way to spin this as a negative. One of the Gator site moderators was asked about UGA's OL class. His response:
I commented on this a day or two ago. These nine linemen will end up being spread out between three classes, possibly even four. The juniors, true freshmen and redshirts who will be freshmen the following year. This is a smart way to catch up on years when recruiting went poorly or in Georgia's case where they had some bad luck getting kids qualified. Richt is accustomed to having excellent players up front. He's making up for lost time. They're recruited well at other position the last two years. This shouldn't hurt them at all. They're obviously in good shape at DL and QB.He makes an excellent point about class separation; although, the players will definitely be spread across four classes with an outside shot at being spread across five classes if a non-qualifier rears his head. It's also a great class because so many will enroll early including all the Jucos, at least one Prep Schooler and some of the high school kids.
IMHO, Richt is the most consistently successful recruiter in the SEC. He knows what he is doing.
Class separation in no particular order:
- Blaes - JR (Juco)
Haverkamp - JR (Juco)
Vance - So. (Juco)
Anderson - True Freshman (Prep)
Harden - True Freshman or Redshirt (Prep)
Sturdivant - True Freshman or Redshirt (HS)
Greenlee - True Freshman or Redshirt (HS)
Boling - True Freshman or Redshirt (HS)
Strickland - True Freshman or Redshirt (HS)
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