February 7, 2008

2008 UGA Class: The Final Grade

The ink has dried, the fax machines are getting a rest, and the Georgia class of 2008 is complete. The majority of this class was set in place by Thanksgiving, but the Dawgs continued to recruit to secure their talented class. We will take a look at each position and grade it out before giving a summary of the class and the overall grade for Georgia's signing class of 2008.

This class was graded on fulfilling needs, how the signees fit in at Georgia, how the players were rated by UGASports.com, and getting the best players out there in 2007. Both what they got and what they needed were taken into consideration.

** Quarterback **

Quarterback was not a position the Bulldogs needed to address in 2008 because of the combination of depth and age at that position. The Dawgs still have Matthew Stafford and Joe Cox there as juniors and Logan Gray as a freshman. UGA decided to leave that position open in the class of 2008 and will target two signal callers in 2009. They are off to a great start as they received a commitment from Zach Mettenberger earlier this week.

Final Grade - N/A

** Running Back **

Georgia signed true running back Dontavius Jackson, a versatile scat-back in Carlton Thomas, and five-star athlete Richard Samuel. Jackson is a strong runner that is physical and could be an every down back. Thomas is an electric smaller athlete with speed and could hit the field first on special teams. Samuel could be an elite RB or LB, but will start out at RB.

This group could not be any better. They got three great athletes that all bring different things to the table. Both Jackson and Samuel will get reps at running back in the spring and likely fight it out for that third RB spot on the depth chart next fall.

Final Grade - A

** Wide Receiver **

What more can you ask for here? Georgia signed arguably the top receiver in the country in A.J. Green and along with him, they signed the speedster out of Mt. Airy (Ga.) that had 99 receptions and over 1,400 yards this past fall in Tavarres King. King is on campus now getting acclimated to the college life and Green plans to move to Athens in early June. These could be the top two receivers Georgia has signed in one year ever. They are both likely to play as true freshmen next fall.

Final Grade - A

** Tight End **

Georgia has been producing top tight ends over the last decade and it looks like that will continue. The Bulldogs signed one, maybe two in this class headed by Fayetteville (N.C.) - Terry Sanford native Dwayne Allen. Allen was one of the more sought after tight ends in the country and the Dawgs had to hold off many competitors late for his signature. Another big athlete that could play this position is Bryce Ros. Ros was offered as an athlete and he could play a number of positions. He is a strong blocker, a versatile player and one that we will watch closely in the future to see where he ends up.

Final Grade - A

** Offensive Line **

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