Thursday, September 27, 2012

UGA vs Tennessee Recruiting Comparison

While on its way to East showdowns with South Carolina and Florida, the Georgia Bulldogs face a pesky Tennessee Volunteers team Saturday in Athens.

Mark Richt has largely turned this rivalry in the favor of the red and black after UGA struggled with Tennessee for much of the 90s.  One big reason for the recent success is keeping the state's top players at home and out of Knoxville.  Phil Fulmer made hay in Atlanta during his best years with the help of recruiting coordinator Rodney Garner, who now is at Georgia.

So that's your history lesson on the modern recruiting battles of UT and UGA.

Now onto the actual talent at Sanford Stadium on the CBS Game of the Week.

Recruiting Rankings the last 5 years according to Rivals.com
School 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 5 yr avg
Georgia 7 6 15 5 12 9.0
Tennessee 35 10 9 13 17 16.8

If you take out Tennessee's 2008 class which has largely moved on, the Vols 4 year average is 13.2 while UGA has basically recruited at the same level over the last half decade.

So UGA has more talent on the field as evidenced by these rankings.

To pull the upset on the road, Derek Dooley has to out coach Mark Richt by a good amount.

I don't see that happening.


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