SDS will break down all 14 SEC schools and the challenges they face in recruiting, and how they overcome them. At the end, we’ll rank them in terms of who is set up best for success–based on factors like in-state talent, recent success on the field, fan expectations and the coaching situation. We will also give the school a ‘situation’ grade (A, B, C, D, F) in each category. Some states have an A-level volume of talent, others don’t … that’s how it will work. At the end of the series we’ll do a final overall ranking.
HOME STATE TALENT: “A” – I would make the argument that no SEC school has a better situation, in-state wise, than Georgia. With no serious in-state threat, recruiting wise, Georgia has a great state to choose from and sometimes doesn’t even offer four-star in-state kids because you can’t take everybody. However, other states do raid the Peach State for talent.
RECENT SUCCESS: “B” – One could argue that three of the past five seasons have been subpar, at least going by Georgia’s lofty standards. Of course, last year was injury plagued, but the ‘Dawgs have averaged fewer than nine wins the past five seasons, while nearby Alabama and Auburn have won national titles.
FAN EXPECTATIONS: “B” – Most Georgia fans are still pretty happy overall with the job Georgia does, but there are some rumblings about why the Bulldogs don’t win more, and with more titles. Georgia isn’t a negative situation, but it’s not 99 percent positive either.
COACHING STABILITY: “A” – One could almost go with a B here, because you have to wonder what another sub 10-win season would do. However, 2014 looks good for Georgia.
SUM IT UP: Georgia does fine in recruiting, and has reached the SEC Title game five times under Mark Richt. Still, fans seem to want more–both in recruiting and with championships. Any kind of negative perception can hurt recruiting.
Editor’s note: Any reference to recruiting ratings in this series–team or individual–are to 247Sports.com’s industry composite ranking.