Georgia football, national signing day: Capsule analysis of Bulldogs' 2012 signing class

February 1, 2012 

Signees: 18

Starters Lost: 5 on Offense; 2 on Defense

Top needs: Running back

Offensive line

Tight end



Signings by state

Georgia – 10

Florida – 3

North Carolina - 2

Alabama – 1

Maryland – 1

Tennessee – 1

Rankings (

3 (5-star)

5 (4-star)

10 (3-star)

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 one. Theus committed last summer, and was the first player to fax in his letter-of-intent on 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 seemingly headed to Alabama. On a negative front, Georgia missed on most of their 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 Theus OT 6-6 292 The Bolles School (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.

Jordan Jenkins LB 6-3 245 Harris County High (Hamilton, Ga.)

Comment: Jenkins was rated a five-star prospect by, 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 Millbrook High (Raleigh, N.C.)

Comment: Marshall has already enrolled, and will compete in spring practice for the starting job.

Todd Gurley RB 6-1 195 Tarboro (N.C.) High

Comment: A few analysts had Gurley ranked just ahead of Keith Marshall, his fellow North Carolina tailback headed to Georgia.


Name Pos. Ht. Wt. School

John Atkins DT 6-4 303 Thomson (Ga.) High

Collin Barber P 6-1 200 Cartersville (Ga.) High

Faton Bauta QB 6-3 220 Dwyer (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.)

Mark Beard OT 6-3 290 Coffeyville (Kan.) JC

Josh Dawson DE 6-4 225 Tucker (Ga.) High

Sheldon Dawson CB 5-10 185 Ridgeway High (Memphis, Tenn.)

James DeLoach DE 6-3 265 Jenkins County (Millen, Ga.)

Leonard Floyd DE 6-5 217 Dodge County (Eastman, Ga.)

Quayvon Hicks FB 6-1½ 257 Pierce County (Blackshear, Ga.)

Marshall Morgan K 6-3 185 Archbishop McCarthy High (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)

Greg Pyke OG 6-5 310 The Boys’ Latin School (Baltimore)

Ty Smith TE 6-3 220 Colquitt County (Moultrie, Ga.)

Jonathan Taylor DT 6-3 307 Jenkins County (Millen, Ga.)

Blake Tibbs WR 6-1 170 King High (Lithonia, Ga.)

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