Georgia Football Recruiting: The 10 Greatest Recruiting Classes of All Time

Brian JonesContributor IJanuary 17, 2012

Georgia Football Recruiting: The 10 Greatest Recruiting Classes of All Time

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    With the National Signing Day right around the corner, teams across the country are making their last push to get as many of the best players in the country to commit to their program.

    For the Georgia Bulldogs, they looked to have another solid class, and a few of the players they will sign will be expected to contribute right away.

    Over the years, the Bulldogs have had many great players wear the red and black and have moved on to bigger and better things. And while the Bulldogs have not won a national title since 1980, they have had a good amount of success because of the recruiting classes they have brought in.

    Here are the 10 best recruiting classes in UGA history.

No. 10: 1990

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    The top player to come out of this class was Garrison Hearst, who was a consensus All-American in 1992.

    Andre Hastings and Mitch Davis were also part of this class, and they were All-Conference players. These players helped the Bulldogs go 9-3 in 1991 and 10-2 in 1992.

No. 9: 2011

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    While the class of 2011 still has a lot more to prove, they have done a lot in year No. 1.

    With the help of Isaiah Crowell, Chris Conley and Malcolm Mitchell, the Bulldogs were able to reach the SEC title game for the first time since 2005.

    Expect players such as Ray Drew, Nick Marshall and Jay Rome to be bigger contributors in the upcoming season, and if this class continues to get better, who knows what else they will achieve?

No. 8: 2008

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    This class was loaded with talent. Not only was Brandon Boykin part of this class, but so was A.J. Green, Sanders Commings, Cornelius Washington, Blair Walsh and Tavarres King.

    Green and Walsh played as true freshmen, and the rest were members of the 2011 team that went 10-4.

No. 7: 1998

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    There were some notable busts in this class, such as Nate Hybyl and Jasper Sanks, but this class featured Boss Bailey, Terrence Edwards, Tony Gilbert and Will Weatherspoon.

    This class helped the Bulldogs win the SEC title and the Sugar Bowl in 2002.

No. 6: 1987

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    This class helped the Bulldogs win the Gator Bowl in 1988, which was Vince Dooley's final game.

    But what this class is known for is the success they had in the NFL. Mo Lewis was a three-time Pro Bowler for the New York Jets. Rodney Hampton was a two-time Pro Bowler and a Super Bowl Champion with the New York Giants. And John Kasay has not won a Super Bowl, but has been in the league since 1991 and has kicked over 400 field goals.

No. 5: 1981

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    There weren't too many big names, but this class was critical in the Bulldogs winning 31 games from 1981-1983.

    The two biggest names were Kevin Bulter and Knox Culpepper. Butler became a All-American kicker, and Culpepper became one of the best linebackers in UGA history.

No. 4: 2006

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    This class was fun to watch because it featured Matthew Stafford, Knowshon Moreno, Kris Durham and Daryl Gamble.

    They helped the Bulldogs win the Sugar Bowl in 2008, and Stafford as well as Moreno went on to become first-round NFL draft picks.

No. 3: 2000

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    This was another class that helped the Bulldogs win the SEC title and the Sugar Bowl in 2002 .

    David Greene emerged as the top player and won over 40 games as a Bulldog, which was an NCAA record at the time.

    Other notable players were Reggie Brown, Sean Jones and Musa Smith.

No. 2: 1980

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    Two words: Herschel Walker.

    The last Heisman winner for the Bulldogs was a huge signing for them, and he did not disappoint, as the Bulldogs won the national title when he was the starting tailback as a true freshman.

    But don't forget about Terry Hoage, who became one of the best strong safeties to ever play the game.

No. 1: 2001

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    This class was probably the most successful class, as they have won 52 games and two conference titles from 2001-2005.

    Thomas Davis and Greg Blue formed the most feared safety combo in all of college football.

    David Pollack emerged as the most celebrated defensive player in UGA history.

    And D.J. Shockley stepped out of Greene's shadow by leading the team to a 10-3 record and a conference title in 2005.