As national signing day approaches, we are counting down Georgia's top 10 recruits of the past decade (since the 2003 class), ranked in order of performance as a Bulldog.
And now we bring you No. 6:
WR MALCOLM MITCHELL
2011 signing class
High School: Valdosta High School
Star rating: Four stars by Rivals, Scout and ESPN.com.
Rankings: The No. 33 overall player in the country, according to the 247composite, which culls all the major rankings.
Recruiting accolades: SuperPrep and PrepStar All-American selection.
Georgia career: It would be hard to see Georgia winning the SEC East without Mitchell in either 2011 or 2012. Mitchell emerged as the team's top playmaker on offense as a freshman, then after a short-lived experiment at cornerback to start the 2012 season, he Mitchell had 40 catches for 472 yards this season, second on the team to Tavarres King in each category. Next season, with King having graduated, Mitchell figures to be the unquestioned main target for Aaron Murray. Mitchell, whenever he leaves Georgia, has a chance to be one of the program's top receivers of the Mark Richt era.
And for the sake of comparison, we also reviewed the recruiting rankings of the past 10 years, and came up with the top 10-ranked players who signed with Georgia, according to how they were ranked at the time.
No. 10: Alec Ogletree, rated No. 19 in the nation overall in the 2010 signing class, according to the 247composite.
No. 9: Richard Samuel, rated No. 18 in the nation overall in the 2008 signing class.
No. 8: John Theus, rated No. 16 in the nation overall in the 2012 signing class, and No. 23 in Rivals.
No. 7: Kregg Lumpkin, rated No. 15 in the nation overall in the 2003 signing class, and No. 19 in Rivals.
2012 signing class
No. 12 in 247composite that year. No. 48 overall in Rivals.