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Blog: Georgia’s 2013 recruiting class has `taken off’ with early pledges

Georgia coach Mark Richt called G-Day last Saturday “one of the busiest days I’ve had recruiting.”

The Bulldogs added their 15th commitment to the 2013 class in cornerback Reggie Wilkerson from Citra, Fla., and its third for 2014 in Sandy Creek receiver Demarre Kitt.

Richt signed 19 players in the 2012 class. This group is quickly approaching that number.

“This recruiting class has just taken off for whatever reason,” Richt told fans in Augusta this week. “I don’t know what it was. It’s great to be a Georgia Bulldog. The class has really grown exceptionally fast. We’re actually having a few positions that are really close to getting closed out, which is highly unusual for this early in the process. It’s a good sign for how these kids are receiving our program and how we go about doing our business.”

So how do these players stack up?

Georgia has four players in CBS.com recruiting analyst Tom Lemming’s top 100 for 2013: running back Derrick Henry fromYulee, Fla., at No. 11; safety Tray Matthews from Newnan at No. 26; receiver Tramel Terry from Goose Creek, S.C. at No. 27 and quarterback Brice Ramsey from Kingsland, Ga., at No. 55.

The headliner so far on ESPN’s list is Henry, the No. 45 rated overall prospect and No. 3 rated athlete.

“Some people believe he’s a running back, but we don’t believe he would project best at that position at the college level,” recruiting analyst Craig Haubert said on air.

Haubert sees the 6-3, 240-pounder more as an H-back. Analyst Tom Luginbill views him as an outside linebacker.

Georgia has five ESPN 150 prospects. That trails Michigan with 11, Florida and Texas with 7 and Alabama with six.

Georgia’s verbals on the list: Terry at 47; cornerback Shaq Wiggins from Sandy Creek at No. 86; Ramsey at 110; Matthews at 116 and linebacker Johnny O’Neal from West Laurens at 148.

“It’s a good sign for how these kids are receiving our program and how we go about doing our business,” Richt said. “Families and parents are very comfortable with what’s going on at Georgia so we’re getting an awful lot of guys that are excited about Georgia and not just in-state kids.”

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