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May 31, 2005

Breaking down UGA's roster and recruiting

It is never too early to start looking at the next signing day, and now that the May evaluation period draws to a close we thought it was a good time to take a quick look at where Georgia will be this time next year. Here is a quick look at what the Bulldogs' roster will look like following the 2005 football season, and an estimation of the ideal breakdown of signees for the Class of 2006. Also, a few names of the most likely prospects to fill that signing day roster.

First, an explanation of how the information is presented.

"Total" indicates returning players, the number in parenthesis is returning starters based on where they stand as of now for the 2006 season.

"Need/Committed" indicates our best guess as to how many prospects are needed at that position to keep the pipeline full, and then how many have already committed.

"Name" - Players in bold are the likely starters based on their being starters currently. Players in italics are incoming freshmen for 2005. All incoming freshman are listed listed as such even though several may play in 2005. Brandon Sesay, Corey Moon, and Darius Dewberry are not listed as they have not qualified at this point.

"Yr." indicates their year according to eligibility heading into 2006.

The "Best Bets for Signing Day" section indicates prospects that UGASports.com feels have the best shot at this point to sign with Georgia--in other words, if signing day was today and everybody had been offered, these are the guys who would most likely sign. "Committed" lists those prospects that have already publicly committed to UGA. The "Offers" section is not a complete list of all prospects offered at that position, just as the "Others" section does not list all others involved, rather, both sections list those prospects that UGASports.com feels have the best shot at this point as signing with Georgia next February. For a complete listing of prospects offered by Georgia (there may be more, but these we have confirmed) click here.

Breaking down UGA's roster and recruiting

All asterisks (*) are explained at the bottom of the page. For prospects, all plus signs (+) are also explained at the bottom of the page.

Note: Only players currently on scholarship are included (save Williams). As several players could end up playing more than one position, there are notes on some individuals at the bottom of the page.

Quarterback
Total - 3
(4)*
Need/Committed - 2/1

Name Yr.
Blake Barnes So.
Joe Cox Fr.
Joe Tereshinski Sr.
Best Bets for Signing Day
Committed: Matthew Stafford
Offered: D'Vontrey Richardson+
Others: Jared Fayson+

Tailback
Total - 3
Need/Committed - 2/0

Name Yr.
Thomas Brown Jr.
Kregg Lumpkin Jr.
Danny Ware Jr.
Best Bets for Signing Day
Committed: 0
Offered: D'Vontrey Richardson, Carlos Brown, Mario Fannin+, Ronnie Tyler+, Cameron Smith

Fullback
Total - 2
Need/Committed - 1/0

Name Yr.
Brannan Southerland So.
Des Williams Sr.
Best Bets for Signing Day
Committed: 0
Offered: Shaun Chapas
Others: Fred Munzenmaier

Wide Receiver
Total - 8
Need/Committed - 3/1

Name Yr.
Sean Bailey Sr.
A.J. Bryant Jr.
T.J. Gartrell Jr.
Demiko Goodman So.
Kenneth Harris So.
Mohamed Massaquoi Fr.
Mike Moore Fr.
Mario Raley Sr.
Best Bets for Signing Day
Committed: Kris Durham
Offered: Tim Hawthorne, Chris Slaughter, Justin Williams, Tony Wilson

Others: Crawford Kilpatrick
Tight End
Total - 5
Need/Committed - 1/0
Name Yr.
Tripp Chandler Fr.
Trahern Holden Jr.
Martrez Milner Sr.
Leonard Pope Sr.
Coleman Watson Jr.
Best Bets for Signing Day
Committed: 0
Offered: Chris Davis+, NaDerris Ward
Others:

Offensive Tackle
Total - 5
Need/Committed - 3/2

Name Yr.
Chester Adams Jr.
Daniel Inman Sr.
Michael Turner* Sr.
Daniel Inman Sr.
Ken Shackleford Sr.
Best Bets for Signing Day
Committed:
Justin Anderson, John Miller (see Tripp under DE)
Offered: Lawrence Marsh, Lee Tilley
Others: Lionel Mapp, Conrad Thomas

Offensive Guard
Total - 6
Need/Committed - 3/1

Name Yr.
Josh Brock Sr.
Nick Jones Sr.
Zeb McKinzey Jr.
Bartley Miller Sr.
Fernando Velasco Sr.
Seth Watts So.
Best Bets for Signing Day
Committed: Ben Harden
Offered: Kevin Perez, J.B. Walton
Others: Pierre Andrews, Maurice Hurt, Matt Long

Center
Total - 1*
Need/Committed - 1/0

Name Yr.
Ian Smith Fr.
Best Bets for Signing Day
See Guard

Defensive Tackle
Total - 4
Need/Committed - 3/0

Name Yr.
Dale Dixson Sr.
Marquis Elmore Sr.
Jeff Owens Fr.
Kade Weston Fr.
Best Bets for Signing Day
Committed: 0
Offered: Adam Patterson (see Tripp under DE)
Others: Olufemi Ajiboye, Ben Anderson, Torrell Johnson, Ryan McMahon

Defensive End
Total - 6
Need/Committed - 3/1

Name Yr.
Roderick Battle Fr.
Ray Gant Sr.
Marcus Howard* Jr.
Charles Johnson Jr.
Jeremy Lomax So.
Quentin Moses Sr.
Best Bets for Signing Day
Committed: Brandon Wood
Offered: Jermaine Cunningham, Micah Johnson, Ricky Sapp, Kiante Tripp+
Others: Victor Ugenyi

Linebacker
Total - 8*
Need/Committed - 2/0

Name Yr.
Jamar Chaney Fr.
Dannell Ellerbe* So.
Jarvis Jackson Sr.
Tavares Kearney Fr.
Brandon Miller Jr.
Tony Taylor Sr.
Danny Verdun-Wheeler Sr.
Marcus Washington Fr.
Best Bets for Signing Day
Committed: 0
Offered: Chasman Davis, Akeem Hebron, Perry Riley, Vandaral Shackleford

Cornerback
Total - 6
Need/Committed - 2/0

Name Yr.
Donovan Baldwin Fr.
Ramarcus Brown So.
Bryan Evans* Fr.
Thomas Flowers Jr.
Mikey Henderson Jr.
Paul Oliver Jr.
Best Bets for Signing Day
Committed: 0
Offered: Asher Allen, Chris Duvalt
Others: Ryan Hill, Byron Maxwell

Safety
Total - 8
Need/Committed - 1/0

Name Yr.
Tra Battle Sr.
Jamar Bryant* Fr.
C.J. Byrd* Fr.
Antavious Coates Fr.
Kelin Johnson Jr.
Olaolu Sanni-Osomo* Sr.
Antonio Sims So.
Drew Williams Sr.
Best Bets for Signing Day
Committed: 0
Offered: Quintin Banks, Rashad Jones
Others: Chris Drayton, Darryl Gamble

Notes below ....

*

  • Quarterback Total - The Bulldogs already have a verbal commitment from Matthew Stafford who plans to enroll at UGA in December.
  • Center Total - Several guards could also be moved to center.
  • Howard was moved from linebacker to defensive end for pass rush situations this past spring. He is undersized to be a full-time defensive end and could still be moved back to linebacker.
  • Ellerbe is currently at linebacker, but the coaching staff has likened him to Thomas Davis who began his career at linebacker but ended as an All SEC safety for the Bulldogs. Davis was the first Georgia player selected in the last NFL draft.
  • Evans, J. Bryant, and Byrd have all been talked about as possibly seeing playing time at receiver later in their careers.
  • Sanni-Osomo has been bothered by knee problems through his career at UGA. He redshirted in 2002, played in six games in 2003, missed all of 2004, and sat out this past spring.
  • Grand Total does not include kickers Andy Bailey and Brandon Coutu and punter Gordon Ely-Kelso
  • Linebacker Josh Johnson is expected to return to UGA next year after his time at Georgia Military.
  • Turner can play any of the offensive line positions.

+

  • Richardson, Fayson, Fannin, and Tyler are all listed as athletes and could play a variety of positions.
  • Davis could end up playing OL.
  • Tripp is listed as an OL/DT but UGA is recruiting him as a Defensive End.

UGASports.com staff members Todd Unzicker and Chad Simmons contributed to this feature.

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