Breaking down UGAs 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
"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 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
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.
Notes below ....
Quarterback Total - The Bulldogs already have a verbal commitment
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. staff members Todd Unzicker and Chad Simmons
contributed to this feature.
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