Of course, that can be argued both ways in any given February. But the fact of the matter is that Richt has brought in plenty of talent during his tenure. And still we wonder why some kids cross the borders to wear different colors. The popular conclusion is that Richt isn't aggressive enough within the state. This battle cry rings out over social media and every message board out there. And it is as loud today as ever, despite signing some of Georgia's top players each year.
So for arguments' sake, here are the last eight years with the top ten players in the state listed (according to ESPN 150) with UGA signees in bold. Spend a few minutes looking over it this evening and then we'll compare conclusions tomorrow.
|Marcus Ball||Eric Berry||Josh Jarboe||Greg Reid|
|Reshad Jones||Allen Bailey||Brice Butler||Branden Smith|
|Jermaine Cunningham||Israel Troupe||Richard Samuel||Eric Fields|
|Carlos Brown||DJ Stafford||Terrance Parks||Darren Myles, Jr|
|Justin Anderson||Caleb King||Omar Hunter||Prince Kent|
|Asher Allen||Cameron Newton||Brandon Thompson||Chris Burnette|
|Darryl Gamble||Johnathan Dwyer||DeAngelo Tyson||Jarvis Jones|
|Quintin Banks||Ted Laurent||Jamoris Slaughter||Washaun Ealey|
|Brandon Wood||T-Bob Hebert||Daniel Franklin||Gerald Demps|
|Toryan Smith||Conrad Obi||Toby Jackson||Donovan Tate|
|Storm Johnson||Isaiah Crowell||Josh Harvey-Clemons||Robert Nkemdiche|
|Markeith Ambles||Ray Drew||Brandon Greene||Carl Lawson|
|Ja’wuan James||Jay Rome||Geno Smith||Montravius Adams|
|Alec Ogletree||Xzavier Dickson||Johnathan Taylor||Alvin Kamara|
|Da’Rick Rogers||Gabe Wright||Dillon Lee||Shaq Wiggins|
|Mack Brown||Quan Bray||Mike Davis||Trey Johnson|
|Antonio Goodwin||James Vaughers||Jordan Jenkins||Vonn Bell|
|Adrian Hubbard||Malcolm Mitchell||Ricky Parks||Demarcus Robinson|
|Tai-ler Jones||Avery Walls||Vadal Alexander||Tyren Jones|
|TJ Stripling||Damian Swann||Joshua Holsey||Kelsey Griffin|
What stands out to you? I'll go ahead and let you know that it wasn't nearly as alarming to me as some comments I hear and read from people upset about great young football players leaking out across borders. And also, I'm glad some of these guys went elsewhere. Ya know?