Starters Lost: 5 on Offense; 2 on Defense
Top needs: RB, OL, TE, K, P
Signings by state
Georgia – 10
Florida – 3
North Carolina - 2
Alabama – 1
Maryland – 1
Tennessee – 1
Linebacker Leonard Floyd (Dodge County High School) was Georgia’s only recruit from Middle Georgia. That follows a trend, as last year Nick Marshall (Wilcox County) was the lone Bulldogs signee from the area.
Gem of the Class
While tailbacks Keith Marshall and Todd Gurley get most of the press -- mostly due to the visibility of the position -- John Theus may prove to be the top player. Theus committed last summer and was the first player to fax in his national letter-of-intent Wednesday. The 6-foot-6, 292-pounder from Jacksonville, Fla., is likely to start right away, perhaps protecting Aaron Murray’s blind side at left tackle.
The biggest stunner of Georgia’s class, at least as far as a positive one, came almost a month ago, when outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins committed after he seemed to be headed to Alabama. On a negative front, Georgia missed on most of its major targets on Wednesday -- receiver Cordarelle Patterson chose Tennessee and offensive lineman Avery Young picked Auburn -- and outside linebacker Josh Harvey-Clemons went from committed in the morning to uncertain a few hours later.
John Atkins DL 6-4/300 Thomson
Comment: Atkins, who committed last summer, was rated a three-star prospect by two sites but a four-star by two others. Georgia likes him as both a tackle and an end.
Collin Barber P 6-2/191 Cartersville
Comment: Whenever punters get scholarships, they’re likely to play. Barber will enter camp as the favorite to replace Drew Butler, who had a long and successful career for the Bulldogs.
Faton Bauta QB 6-3/225 West Palm Beach, Fla.
Comment: Bauta, originally from New Jersey, is vowing to play quarterback, even though many recruiting experts peg him as a fullback-linebacker type. He already has enrolled at Georgia.
Mark Beard OL 6-4/290 Adamsville, Ala.
Comment: Beard spent last year at Coffeyville, Kan., Community College. Since he only played one year there he will have three years of eligibility at Georgia and is likely to get a shot at guard.
Josh Dawson LB 6-4/225 Tucker
Comment: Dawson had been committed to Vanderbilt, but he changed his mind after being heavily pursued by his home-state team.
Sheldon Dawson ATH 5-11/180 Memphis, Tenn.Comment: Dawson was rated by some analysts as the top prospect in Tennessee. He is Georgia’s only defensive back commitment in this class, and seems ticketed for cornerback.
James DeLoach LB 6-3/260 MillenComment: The Jenkins County High School player was rated a three-star prospect by most outlets. He intends to pursue a radiology degree.
Ty Flournoy-Smith TE 6-3/228 MoultrieComment: The Colquitt County star has a chance to play next year for Georgia, which lost Orson Charles to the NFL and Aron White to graduation. Leonard Floyd LB 6-4/215 Eastman
Comment: The Dodge County star, a consensus four-star prospect, is a player who could end up at a number of spots in Georgia’s front seven.
Todd Gurley RB 6-1/195 Tarboro, N.C.
Comment: A few analysts had Gurley ranked just ahead of Keith Marshall, his fellow North Carolina tailback headed to Georgia.
Quayvon Hicks FB 6-2/245 Blackshear
Comment: Hicks should have a chance to play this fall, since Georgia loses starting fullback Bruce Figgins to graduation.
Jordan Jenkins LB 6-3/245 Hamilton
Comment: Jenkins was rated a five-star prospect by Scout.com, which ranked him as the top prospect from Georgia. He is likely to get time off the bench at outside linebacker in 2012.
Keith Marshall RB 5-11/190 Raleigh, N.C.
Comment: Marshall is already enrolled and will compete in spring practice for the starting job.
Marshall Morgan PK 6-3/195 Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Comment: Morgan, who was voted MVP of his team the past two seasons, will step in for the graduated Blair Walsh.
Greg Pyke OL 6-6/315 Baltimore, Md.
Comment: Pyke played at a small private school, so he didn’t get much attention. But the Bulldogs like his size and talent.
Jonathan Taylor DL 6-4/315 Millen
Comment: Taylor hasn’t received much attention because he committed awhile ago, but he could be Georgia’s nose tackle of the future if he puts on more weight.
John Theus OT 6-6/292 Jacksonville, Fla.
Comment: Theus, whose brother Nate was a freshman long snapper for Georgia in 2011, is one of the elite offensive line prospects in the class.
Blake Tibbs WR 6-2/185 Lithonia
Comment: The only receiver in Georgia’s signing class, Tibbs was rated a three-star prospect by all recruiting services.