Tag:Dream Team
Posted on: October 13, 2011 10:26 am
Edited on: October 13, 2011 10:27 am

10/13 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Several top prospects will be in East Lansing this weekend as Michigan State plays Michigan.

Colorado coach Jon Embree is recruiting big running backs.

The realities of Georgia's 'Dream Team' recruiting class was not all it was made out to be.

 Some updates on several Ohio State commits and targets in this notebook.

Really good story about Maryland recruit Avery Thompson missing key recruiting time to be with family overseas.

Notre Dame recruit Chris Brown is looking around and will take an official visit to South Carolina.

Two-sport star Shaq Goodwin is setting up official visits to Florida, Georgia, UCLA, Memphis and Arizona.

Wide receiver Monty Madaris said he is considering official visits to Florida State, Michigan and Michigan State.

Running back Traveon Henry verbally committed to Northwestern.
Posted on: July 16, 2011 8:49 am
Edited on: July 16, 2011 9:29 am

Huge night for Georgia nets top OL, four others

Posted by Bryan Fischer

There are recruiting hauls, and then there's what happened Friday night with Georgia.

Five players, including the top offensive lineman in the country, verbally committed to Mark Richt and staff at Dawg Night, the program's annual summer camp that usually attracts some of the top talent in the Southeast. On Friday, that talent generally ended up leaving pledged to Georgia.

“Yes, sir, I did [commit to Georgia],” offensive tackle John Theus (right) told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “There was a big group that did.”

Theus, a 6-foot-6, 300-pounder from Jacksonville (Fla.), is the nation's top offensive lineman in the class of 2012, according to MaxPreps. The five-star is ranked sixth overall and a huge pickup for a program that is searching for elite offensive line prospect after missing on several over the past few years. His brother, Nathan, is an incoming freshman for the Bulldogs and also committed at Dawg Night last year.

But Richt and staff had more good news besides picking up Theus as three other players committed at the same time, including Kingsland (Ga.) class of 2013 quarterback Brice Ramsey.

"We got there and we all talked about it and all agreed to it," Ramsey told UGASports.com. "We were all on the field with a bunch of people. Theus stepped up to coach and said that all four of us want to be Bulldogs."

According to the report, Richt was astounded. After building a "Dream Team" recruiting class in 2011, it appears Georgia is well on its way to others in 2012 and 2013.

"We were all saying to each other 'The Fab Four' committed tonight, now we are going to start building our Dream Team,'" Ramsey said.

Other 2013 players also added to the total Friday night, including -- arguably -- the top prospect from the state of Florida, Yulee (Fla.) running back Derrick Henry. He had been favoring Florida as of last week.

"It surprised me a little bit because I didn't expect it to be like it was," Henry told the site. "I thought it was going to be just like any other college, but they showed us the dorm, the facility and the locker room was just so nice that I was blown away."

Goose Creek (S.C.) athlete Tramel Terry joined in on the fun to give the program three rising juniors. On top of adding top talent from the classes of 2012 and 2013, Georgia also added a commitment from Bethlehem (Ga.) class of 2014 running back Stanley Williams.

"I accepted on the spot," Williams told UGASports.com at the conclusion of Dawg Night activities. "I was still deciding at the beginning of the week when Coach (Todd) Grantham told me they would probably offer me after the camp. So once my family and I discussed it, so when Coach Richt offered, we knew what we were going to do."

Theus gives Georgia 11 commitments overall and is the highest rated player on the board. The program also has three current 2013 commits and Williams is the lone 2014 commit.

Quite the Dawg Night.
Posted on: February 2, 2011 1:49 pm

Isaiah Crowell joins Georgia "Dream Team"

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Maybe the most important member of the Georgia "Dream Team" has officially joined up, as running back Isaiah Crowell has announced -- while holding a live bulldog puppy -- that he will be a Bulldog.

Why the most important? Because with all due respect to Washaun Ealey and Caleb King, Georgia showed a desperate need this past season for an explosive, game-changing tailback to take the pressure off of Aaron Murray and the Dawg passing game, and Crowell has the potential to be that tailback. True freshmen like Marcus Lattimore, Michael Dyer, and Trent Richardson have all made substantial impacts at running back in the SEC in recent years, and Crowell -- the No. 55 player in the country according to Tom Lemming -- has the opportunity to follow in their footsteps.

The Columbus-based Crowell completes a massive in-state sweep for Georgia, adding him to a collection that already includes five-star defensive end Ray Drew, blue-chip receiver Malcolm Mitchell, and dynamic tight end Jay Rome. Most of those recruiting wins came at the expense of Alabama and Nick Saban --showing how much determination Mark Richt and his staff showed down the stretch on the recruiting trail.

And thanks to players like Crowell, this "Dream Team" class -- now seventh and climbing in the Maxpreps team recruiting rankings -- should reward that effort with immediate dividends.

More Recruiting Coverage can be found here at CBSSports.com
Posted on: January 28, 2011 11:07 am
Edited on: January 28, 2011 11:09 am

Dream Team adds another as Drew commits to UGA

Posted by Bryan Fischer

He told everybody he was going to shock the world. After making his announcement, Thomasville (GA) defensive end Ray Drew surprised nobody by picking Georgia.

“It really boiled down to people and academics,” Drew told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “Communication is what I plan on majoring in and Georgia has one of the premier communication schools in the nation. And just knowing the type of person that Coach Richt is and the plans that he has for me as far as football and continuing to grow in all aspects of my life played a big role in it.”

MaxPreps’ 18th-ranked player overall and third-ranked defensive end, Drew adds to a stellar Georgia recruiting class that some have labeled ‘The Dream Team.’ At 6-foot-5 and 245 pounds, Drew is expected to play outside linebacker in defensive coordinator Todd Grantham's 3-4 defensive scheme.

“Yes, I will playing the 3-4 defensive scheme,” he told the Journal-Constitution. “While it is the 3-4, the majority of the time it’s a 4-3 look where the outside linebacker plays on end with his hand on the ground and gets after the quarterback.”

Georgia is not expected to stop adding recruits with the latest pledge from Drew. Outstanding running back Isaiah Crowell is considered by many to be favoring the Bulldogs and former Clemson commit Jeoffrey Pagan also is strongly considering Georgia.

Drew is the 23rd commitment for the class of 2011 for Georgia. Both the number and caliber of recruits that are headed to Athens are impressive given the recent sub-par season and rumors of head coach Mark Richt being on the hot seat.

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