After signing a mere 19 prospects in 2012, the Georgia Bulldogs could have their sights set on a jaw-dropping 30 signees for 2013.
…Georgia could have up to seven early enrollees this winter, recruiting coordinator Rodney Garner said, which means the Bulldogs could sign about 30 in its next recruiting class after signing only 19 in February, he said.
“As long as you’ve got room with the guys that graduate under the cap, you can bring them in,” Garner said. “You can count back to a number and then you can start counting forward. If you do it the right way and get all the right guys, you can do that.”
The SEC says the number of early enrollees a team can bring in and count toward the previous year’s class will vary from team to team based on the number of initial counters used the previous fall. The SEC limits teams to signing no more than 25 players between Dec. 1 and August 1, but a signee will be exempt if counted in the current year.
“I know we can sign as much room as we can sign backwards from last year’s class and forward,” Richt said Saturday. “It could be a pretty healthy size.”
Georgia could stand to sign a big class for the next two to three years if they hope to combat some of the major losses they continue to notch due to attrition, suspension, and transfer. As it stands, they’re looking mighty thin at both wide receiver and defensive back for 2012 and could use a few extra bodies at linebacker and on the offensive line as well.
And while a class of 30 signees won’t immediately remedy the depth problem, it could certainly make it a little less of an issue.
In any event, it doesn’t look like the Bulldogs will be playing it safe with their recruiting numbers in this next class. Whereas in years past there seemed to be a “quality over quantity” theme, 2013—and so far 2014 as well—is looking like a year where they hope to secure as much quantity in that quality as possible. The number of offers out for 2013 stands at 83, and counting, with three verbally committed players (as mentioned above) eyeing a January 2013 entry—which means they would not be counted towards 2013 but rather 2012.
Mark Richt is keenly aware that the issue of depth on this and future rosters needs to be addressed if his team is going to remain competitive and he and his coaching staff are doing their best to address it as aggressively as possible.
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