'Dream Team' impacts UGA's 2013 class 

November, 21, 2012
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ATHENS, Ga. – Georgia’s recruiting class for 2013 is ranked No. 10 in the new class rankings released Wednesday and with a few key commitments, the Bulldogs could climb the list even higher.

Brice Ramsey
Tom Hauck/ESPNHSQuarterback Brice Ramsey committed to Georgia early and became a face of the class.
Georgia has had four classes ranked sixth or better in the last five years, the only exception being the 2010 class. That group of signees was small and only three members from that class are starters today. Granted, Alec Ogletree, Jarvis Jones and Kenarious Gates are three of the Bulldogs’ top players, but the 2010 class and the 2010 season left much to be desired. Georgia finished that year 6-7, Mark Richt’s only losing season at Georgia.

The following year Richt and his staff rededicated themselves to the recruiting trail and landed what he called the “Dream Team.” The Class of 2011 was ranked No. 6 in the nation and had an instant impact as Georgia won the SEC East and played in the SEC title game. The two year turnaround from the losing season to being the division champions removed the hot seat talk that had hounded Richt and in 2011 he signed the No. 5 recruiting class in the country.

Much of the staff’s success in 2011 was due to their work in landing the Dream Team. Many of the 2011 recruits were identified earlier and recruited more heavily than in years past. Many of the recruits in the Class of 2011 saw the Dream Team being put together and liked the idea for their class as well. Although they never adopted the “Dream Team II” moniker, the idea was the same.

Todd Gurley, Jordan Jenkins, John Theus, Marshall Morgan and Collin Barber are all staring for Georgia as freshmen. The win against Auburn gave Georgia its second SEC East title in a row. Just as meaningful to some Georgia fans is the fact that the Dream Team is 2-0 against Florida – something that no recruiting class has been able to say in over 20 years.

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