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Thursday, February 3, 2011

More signing day notes: LeMay, Grantham, and Crowell

OK, time to empty the notebook a bit. There was a lot to digest on signing day, and we couldn't get to all of it on Wednesday.

In case you missed any of it, here's my lead story from signing day in Athens.

And here is a capsule of Georgia's class, including breakdowns by state and star rating, and a comment on each recruit.

And here are my notes, leading with Bruce Figgins moving to fullback, but also talk of where Malcolm Mitchell - and Damian Swann and Nick Marshall- will play, and comments from Todd Grantham and Mike Bobo.

Now here's some more stuff that I couldn't get to before:

- Christian LeMay was asked what he’s been told about his role. Given that Aaron Murray had such a good freshman season, LeMay would seem headed for a redshirt – unless the staff wants him ready to be the backup, either to push Murray, let Hutson Mason take a redshirt, or both.

“I’m not thinking too deep into it,” LeMay said. “I’m just here. I’m just glad coach Richt and all the staff and gave me a chance to come here and play. … Whatever they have in store for me that’s what I’m going to do.”

- The angle of Drew as unofficial organizer of the class was not overblown. During Mark Richt’s news conferene, LeMay laughed when Drew’s status as ringleader was mentioned. LeMay later said he spoke often with Drew, and agreed that the Thomasville native took on a big role.

“Ray is somebody that everybody knows and everybody can get along with and have a good time with,” LeMay said. “So Ray is definitely a very integral member of this class.”

- Grantham said Drew would play at outside linebacker, and it sounds like that could happen almost immediately. As for the recruited inside linebackers – Amarlo Herrera and Kent Turene – Grantham said they’ll be a factor there with the guys coming back.

But a lot of that depends on whether they decide to play Jarvis Jones inside or outside. That decision apparently hasn’t been made yet.

As for Herrera and Turene, Grantham said they have good range, but are also physical.

“When they hit a back it’s a three-yard gain, it’s not a five-yard gain,” Grantham said.

- While the pending decision of Johnathan Jenkins is getting a lot of attention, the Bulldogs did sign one nose tackle: Chris Mayes of Griffin.

“I think what you have is a really big-bodied guy,” Grantham said of Mayes. “He’s an athlete. He’s a basketball player. I think he has a lot of upside down the road. He’s a big man that’s going to continue to get bigger. And when you have that kind of size and power with his kind of athletic ability and range I think you have a guy that can compete one-on-one up front and win some blocks.”

- Grantham was asked how closer this class puts the team to having the personnel to fit his 3-4 system. He started by pointing out that this was really their first recruiting class for his defense, since they arrived late last year.

This year’s class, Grantham said, has some guys that fit the mold, but so do some of the returning players.

“I think when you can mesh those guys together, I think that we’re getting closer to what we want to have out there,” Grantham said.

- Mike Bobo spent a lot of time talking about Isaiah Crowell. He agreed with the comparison to Robert Edwards, but scoffed a bit at the idea of Crowell as the savior of the offense.

“It was never: ‘Hey you’ll come in and do this for the program,’” Bobo said. “It was, ‘Hey you’ve got a chance to come in and play, and you’ve got a chance to come in and win an SEC championship for your state school.’ We recruited him like that for two years.”

This is how Richt evaluated Crowell as a prospect:

“He’s got great size and strength and speed. Agility. He’s got good hands,” Richt said. “We had him in camp this summer, we got a chance to see him run routes and catch the ball. He’s a very versatile guy.”

- Incidentally, I've gotten a few questions about the puppy that Crowell had at his ceremony. Chris White of the Ledger-Enquirer, who was there, reports that a friend gave Crowell the puppy for the ceremony. Crowell thought it would make a good prop.

Then the puppy and friend both disappeared in the madness after the ceremony. But basically, it appears Crowell didn't own the puppy, and he didn't even know its name.

(But man, was it a good signing-day moment.)


<--- Dawg Stephen Himself said...

Heck yes, it was a great signing day moment. Notice that Gabe Wright even was smiling and clapping until he realized.."Oh crap", "im goin to auburn I have to pretend like this isnt cool"

Very cool way to announce,...even if Herbstreit didnt like it.

Anonymous said...

Screw the-douche-bag-known-as-Herbstreit!

PatinDC said...

Nice update. Can you do a follow up on last years calss. Who was redshirted, how they look, projected spots etc.

Steve said...

I'd also like an update on Stripling. I think he can be a key to the defense this year...

Anonymous said...

Great Job..