Recruiting: Georgia Freshman Jersey Numbers and Rankings
If you’re like me, you don’t follow recruiting too terribly closely until players get on campus and start making plays. However, during this slow time of year, it’s good to get an update on who has made it to campus and to start speculating about who you’re going to see on the field Between the Hedges in the fall.
What follows is pretty straightforward. Going left to right:
– Position on the official roster
– 247sports composite ranking (this takes into account all of the recruiting services. The breakdown: 97-100 is a five-star, should-be-all-SEC talent; 90-97 is four-star multi-year starter/major contributor, 80-90 is three-star, guys who should be depth but should theoretically start at some point, and then two-star, who for our purposes should be organizational filler.
– Rank versus other players at their respective positions. Here, Georgia cleaned up.
|WR||5||Terry Godwin||0.9871||1 (ATH)|
|DE||13||Jonathan Ledbetter||0.967||5 (SSDE)|
|DE||6||Natrez Patrick||0.9566||5 (WSDE)|
|DE||90||Chauncey Rivers||0.9312||9 (WSDE)|
|DE||94||Michael Barnett||0.9049||15 (SSDE)|
|ILB (JC)||41||Chuks Amaechi||0.8574||2 (JC)|
|RB||30||Tae Crowder||0.8074||210 (RB)|
It’s good to start putting names with numbers. Knowing to look for 78 to blow up plays in the trenches is informative. The highly-ranked guys seemed to get the first shot at numbers, as there are a lot of single digit ones (high on the list of college football player currency).
From a positional standpoint (and so much more on this later when I start breaking down units), a quick list of guys I expect to see the field in 2015: Trenton Thompson, Terry Godwin, Roquan Smith, Rashad Roundtree, Rico McGraw, Chuks Amaechi, and pretty much any secondary player/WR you want to add to the list.
This class appears to have addressed a lot of weak points on the 2015 team, but bodes well for the future. Looking specifically at DE (a few guys could grow into tackles), DB, and WR. If a few of these guys can contribute positively right away, look out.
Who do you think is poised to be a breakout star from this year’s incoming class?