Monday, June 24, 2013

Which spring commitment was the biggest for Richt?

I was reading over Radi's spring recruiting recap ($) yesterday and couldn't help but ask myself that question. You hear people say all the time that a recruiting commitment means nothing until they sign on the line. That's true, but only to a point.

This early in the process a commitment can mean a great deal. You want your team's staff to be able to convince certain kids to take that leap of faith. Match the program's interest in other words. In that way, certain commitments can generate some momentum for the staff during recruiting periods and can also add some pressure to recruits that may want to solidify their spot on the roster. You also like to see the staff address specific needs this early in the game.

Chubb at Rising Seniors Game, via Nabulsi
So the last several weeks have been huge for Richt and his staff. As Nabulsi points out, since April the Dawgs have doubled their class and addressed several needs. Here's a look at the latest commits:

  • Jeb Blazevich, tight end, Charlotte NC
  • Sony Michel, running back, Plantation FL
  • Jake Edwards, OL, Franklin GA
  • Gilbert Johnson, wide receiver, Miami FL
  • Nick Chubb, running back, Cedartown GA
  • Malkom Parrish, cornerback, Quitman GA
  • Jacob Park, quarterback, Goose Creek SC
  • Detric Dukes, inside linebacker, Tucker GA
A lot of offensive talent, especially considering Parrish plays quarterback in high school. A quick rundown shows we've got the tight end we want; we addressed the running back position completely; Edwards had an impressive camp in front of Richt and could grow into a very big and talented tackle; Johnson is a big, lean receiver; Parrish had an impressive camp as well; Park is one of two quarterbacks we were zeroed in on; and Dukes was a Louisville commit until yesterday.

Which is the biggest commitment to date? I'd go with Nick Chubb. He was an in state recruit that we were up against a host of other programs for, eventually coming down to Georgia, Auburn and South Carolina. Chubb is a big back with lots of talent and he chose Georgia despite the fact that the backfield is crowded and the fact that Michel (another highly regarded running back) had committed to Georgia back in April. This creates a lot of buzz for the staff and helps soothes some wounds left back in February when we officially missed out on two running backs that crossed the border into Alabama.

Regardless of which current commit turns out to be the biggest star, the staff is doing a good job of addressing needs and a great job aggressively recruiting the talent they want. Hopefully we can add some defensive line targets and a few more offensive linemen to what is already shaping up to be a nice class.