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

Kicker

Punter

Signings by state

Georgia – 10

Florida – 3

North Carolina - 2

Alabama – 1

Maryland – 1

Tennessee – 1

Rankings (scout.com)

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.

Surprise

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.

IMMEDIATE IMPACT PLAYERS

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 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 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.

REST OF THE CLASS

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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