Georgia Bulldogs: Israel Troupe

Top Georgia recruit misses 

January, 22, 2013
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ATHENS, Ga. -- The feel-good stories in recruiting are the two-star prospects who go on to earn all-conference honors and work their way into the NFL, but there is obviously a flipside to that coin, as well. Every signing class features players who arrive at college as well-regarded prospects who don’t pan out for any assortment of reasons.

Let’s examine five Georgia players since 2006 who were heavily hyped, but for whatever reason did not manage to perform up to the expectations that accompanied their signing with the Bulldogs.

ATHENS, Ga. -- Here’s a breakdown of Georgia’s last seven recruiting classes and what they managed to accomplish in college and beyond:

2006
ESPN top five classes: Florida, USC, Texas, Georgia, Notre Dame
Georgia’s ranking: 4

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Editor’s note: With Georgia set to open preseason camp on Aug. 2, we will break down each position group and the storylines to watch in August. We focus today on the wide receivers after featuring the quarterbacks and running backs earlier this week.

The good news for Georgia’s overall health at receiver is that Malcolm Mitchell is still on the roster. The bad news is that the star sophomore will apparently spend as much time playing defense as offense -- and that’s after he plays cornerback for the majority of the first two games while the Bulldogs deal with depth issues in the secondary.


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Spring look: Wide receiver

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To get ready for the March 20 start of Georgia’s spring football practice, DawgNation will do a position breakdown each day. Today we will analyze the wide receivers. Today we look at the tight ends.

2011 starters (stats): Tavarres King, Sr. (47 catches, 705 yards, 8 TD); Malcolm Mitchell, So. (45-665, 4 TD)

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Radi Nabulsi/ESPN.comReserve WR Chris Conley had one of 2011's key catches -- to seal the win against Florida. He faces lofty expectations in 2012, when his contributions will be still more critical.
Key losses: Israel Troupe

Reserves (stats): Michael Bennett, So. (34 catches, 320 yards, 5 TD); Chris Conley, So. (16-288, 2 TD); Marlon Brown, Sr. (15-234, 3 TD); Rhett McGowan, So. (7-84); Rantavious Wooten, Jr. (2-39, 1 TD); Justin Scott-Wesley, Fr. (Redshirted)

New faces: Blake Tibbs signed in February, but has not enrolled at Georgia yet. Otherwise, the only available wideout who did not contribute last season is Scott-Wesley, who redshirted in 2011 and is also competing on Georgia’s track team this spring.

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