Starters Lost: 5 on Offense; 2 on Defense
Top needs: Running back
Signings by state
Georgia – 10
Florida – 3
North Carolina - 2
Alabama – 1
Maryland – 1
Tennessee – 1
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.
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.)