DawgNation recruiting mailbag 3/30
March, 30, 2012
By Kipp Adams | ESPN Insider
ATHENS, Ga. -- The University of Georgia showcased one of the most talented wideouts in the last few years in A.J. Green. So why are the Bulldogs not stacked three deep with elite receivers trying to be the next big star? And is an early college signing period good for college football? ESPNDawgNation answers these questions and more in this week’s recruiting mailbag.
Miller Safrit/ESPN.comWide receiver Tramel Terry says A.J. Green inspired him to consider Georgia.
Dawgontap: By my count, in the 300 kids being evaluated for the top 150 ... 33 are designated as WR (doesn't count the ATH that might play WR), 8 of these guys have committed verbally. It seems that even with Tramel Terry probably being a WR for us (although an ATH) that this is a position that the Dawgs tend to have the most trouble really attracting true interest from the top players. Other positions, we seemingly get quite a few top-5 guys in the country at most other positions. While we have had a few -- A.J. Green comes immediately to mind -- why is WR a position we don't tend to get as many top guys as most others?
KA: I think Georgia has done a solid job bringing in top local talent at wide receiver, and supplementing it with out of state guys when possible or needed. That has been the Bulldogs’ formula for success over the last decade with guys like Green, Mohammad Massaquoi and recently Marlon Brown. As far as elite wideouts go, there are really only a few each year, and in Green’s case, possibly less than 10 a decade. When you look at local talent, the state of Georgia has produced just six top-10 wideouts in the last five years -- Malcolm Mitchell, Da’Rick Rogers, Markeith Ambles, Tai-ler Jones, Brce Butler and Joshua Jarboe. Two of those years there were no receivers listed among the top-10 wide receiver rankings. Georgia signed Malcolm Mitchell, lost Rogers at the last minute, did not target Ambles or Jarboe, and did not really push for Jones and Butler. A case could be made that most of those are wise decisions based on production to date.
The top five freshmen in the SEC
11:00 AM ET Nevada Louisiana-Lafayette 2:20 PM ET Utah State UTEP 3:30 PM ET 22 Utah Colorado State 5:45 PM ET Western Michigan Air Force 9:15 PM ET South Alabama Bowling Green
6:00 PM ET Marshall Northern Illinois 9:30 PM ET Navy San Diego State
12:00 PM ET Central Michigan Western Kentucky 8:00 PM ET Fresno State Rice
1:00 PM ET Illinois Louisiana Tech 4:30 PM ET Rutgers North Carolina 8:00 PM ET North Carolina State UCF
1:00 PM ET Cincinnati Virginia Tech 2:00 PM ET 15 Arizona State Duke 3:30 PM ET Miami (FL) South Carolina 4:30 PM ET Boston College Penn State 8:00 PM ET Nebraska 24 USC
2:00 PM ET Texas A&M West Virginia 5:30 PM ET Oklahoma 17 Clemson 9:00 PM ET Arkansas Texas
3:00 PM ET Notre Dame 23 LSU 6:30 PM ET 13 Georgia 21 Louisville 10:00 PM ET Maryland Stanford
12:30 PM ET 9 Ole Miss 6 TCU 4:00 PM ET 20 Boise State 10 Arizona 8:00 PM ET 7 Mississippi State 12 Georgia Tech
12:00 PM ET 19 Auburn 18 Wisconsin 12:30 PM ET 8 Michigan State 5 Baylor 1:00 PM ET 16 Missouri 25 Minnesota 5:00 PM ET 2 Oregon 3 Florida State 8:30 PM ET 1 Alabama 4 Ohio State
12:00 PM ET Houston Pittsburgh 3:20 PM ET Iowa Tennessee 6:45 PM ET 11 Kansas State 14 UCLA 10:15 PM ET Washington Oklahoma State