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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Bulldogs' banner class

Kendall Rogers        

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No. 4 Georgia

Recruiting coordinator: Jason Eller
Number of signees: 17
Highest ranked prospect: OF Byron Buxton (#8 nationally)
Prospects in the PG Top 50: 2
Prospects in the PG Top 100: 2
Prospects in the PG Top 500: 16
Number of pitchers: 6
Number of position players: 11
PG All-Americans: Duane Underwood
Conference class rank: #2 (SEC)

Georgia is proof hard work pays off on the recruiting trail.

The Bulldogs haven’t exactly had much success the past two seasons. They went 16-37 in 2010 and failed to make an NCAA Regional. Meanwhile, last season, they earned a berth to the NCAA tournament the final weekend of the regular season in the SEC tournament. They finished the campaign with a 33-32 overall record.

With marks like those, you’d think the Bulldogs would struggle on the recruiting trail. Think again. The Georgia coaching staff, particularly recruiting coordinator Jason Eller, did a tremendous job of making those campaigns non-issues. And for the second year in a row, the Bulldogs assembled an elite recruiting class.

The Bulldogs landed the nation’s No. 2 class following the 16-37 campaign, many of those players choosing to sign professionally last summer. They landed the No. 4 class this fall, and the crop of 17 players includes fewer draft risks.

“We identified a bunch of guys that we feel like we can fight for when it comes to the draft versus going to college,” Georgia coach Dave Perno said. “We’ve been on the opposite side of that game the past couple of years, but I think luck goes our way with this class. We’ve got a chance to do real well with this group.”

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