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Athens With the ink barely dry on the letters of the intent and the fax machine just cooling down Georgia coach Mark Richt was already bemoaning the players he couldn t take in 2008.

It was sickening to say no to some great people at the end, Richt said.

Size mattered, in other words. And Georgia s class size for 2008 could only be 24 players. Next year the class size could be about half that.

Georgia has 13 seniors on the 2008 team. Add the one scholarship Georgia did not fill in 2008 and there are 14 spots for the recruits of 2009. Typically some attrition along the way pushes that number up. For example, Georgia had 17 seniors on last year s team, but because of various situations, the Bulldogs had 24 scholarships available.

Still the 2009 class has the potential to be the smallest class signed by Richt at Georgia. So the margin for error is also smaller. It s quality, not quantity Georgia wants next year. With that in mind, here are 10 recruits to keep an eye on.

" Washaun Ealey, 6-0, 200, running back, Emanuel County Institute: An all everything back from ECI, Ealey is an every down back in the SEC with size, speed and durability. It s early but if comparisons must be drawn he favors former Arkansas running back Darren McFadden. Ealey is committed to Georgia.

" Dexter Moody, 6-2, 205, linebacker, Emanuel County Institute: His coach Milan Turner compared him to Jevon Kearse, but Moody could end up being more like Thomas Davis. A quick linebacker now it will be interesting to see if he stays at that position or is moved to safety in college. Moody is committed to Georgia.

" Chase Vasser, 6-3, 208, linebacker, Chestatee: Vasser is fast enough to thrive in the SEC, but what makes him special is his tenaciousness and ability to make the sure-tackle. Vasser was the first linebacker offered by Georgia. He is committed to Georgia.

" Zach Mettenberger, 6-5, 200 quarterback, Oconee County: A true drop-back passer with a strong arm. In fact, if Mettenberger were at Georgia right now he might have the second strongest arm on the team behind Matthew Stafford. Georgia should take two quarterbacks in this class. Mettenberger is committed to Georgia.

" Chris Burnette, 6-4, 290, offensive line, Troup County: An intelligent lineman who leads a class that could have three offensive linemen in it. Burnette has feet and the power to be a solid run blocker, but has also developed the skills to pass block. Burnette was the first offensive lineman to commit to Georgia.

" Dallas Lee, 6-4, 285, lineman, Buford: Anchored the Wolves defensive line in 2007. He finished with 71 tackles, nine sacks and a state title. Lee might be better suited for the offensive line in college. Georgia is already on top of this prospect.

" Kellen Williams, 6-5, 300, offensive line, Brookwood: Alabama, Georgia, Clemson, South Carolina. Those are just a few of the schools who are lining up for the chance to recruit Williams. Georgia has had success recruiting Brookwood in the past and Williams might be one of those three linemen targeted by the Bulldogs.

" Kevin Minter, 6-0, 230, linebacker, Peachtree Ridge: Minter was creating buzz after his sophomore season and didn t disappoint in his junior season. A natural linebacker, Minter played defensive end as a sophomore and had 154 tackles. Georgia is only going to take two linebackers but if Moody is seen as a safety it could make room for Minter.

" Donovan Tate, 6-2, 195, athlete, Cartersville: A member of the Rivals top 100 juniors, Tate is a very versatile athlete who would probably find a home in the secondary at the next level. He played quarterback for Cartersville. Tate is another two-sport athlete (baseball) like recent signee Xavier Avery and current player Israel Troupe.

" Tom Savage, 6-4, 220, quarterback, Cardinal O Hara (Springfield, Penn.): A national prospect who has drawn attention from both coasts. Stanford recently offered the strong-armed quarterback as did Penn State in his home state. Richt acknowledged Wednesday how difficult it is to get two top-ranked players at any position, let alone quarterback, but that is exactly what Georgia is trying to do with Savage and Mettenberger.

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bulldogfalcon (2/9/2008)
I really hope Coach Richt finds a way to get Savage, I like his pocket awareness and ability to improvise when nothing is open down field. Like the article said it will be very hard to get two potential four star Qb's to commit and stay that way.

From what i know about uga and their qb hopes they really would like a dual threat guy like aaron murray after getting a prostyle qb like zach already committed. The good thing about Zach is he doesn't care who they bring in, he just wants to be a dawg. I also don't think he is ranked high enough and considered a threat by any of the current offered qbs. With such a small class I don't really like that we want to take 2 qbs, but richt wants to have 4 qbs available to play at any one time. that's why nick williams this year is being taught to play qb in case of injury..

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