When Mark Richt and the rest of his staff went out to recruit the 2011 class, they pitched prospects on the idea of joining a "Dream Team" at Georgia. Two season later, that excellent recruiting class has helped the Bulldogs win 21 games and will be in search of No. 22 in the 2013 Capital One Bowl against the Nebraska Cornhuskers on New Year's Day.
While Isaiah Crowell, the No. 1 rated running back in the country in 2011, was dismissed after winning SEC Freshman of the Year honors last year, there are numerous other elite prospects that have made a positive impact (via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution):
"We're still here; we're still standing strong," said Malcolm Mitchell, a wide receiver from Valdosta who has 1,237 yards receiving and 8 touchdowns since becoming a Bulldog. "A lot of us came in and did play early. A lot of us are playing now. A lot of us will be leaving next year as just juniors. I still believe that our recruiting class will be big, and we did make a difference in some areas."
The "Dream Team" consisted of a full class of 26 players. It was rated top five in the country, and besides Crowell and Mitchell, included studs like Jay Rome, Chris Conley, Watts Dantzler, Ray Drew, John Jenkins, Christian LeMay, Nick Marshall, Damian Swann and Xzavier Ward. While not everybody has panned out, several other players have enjoyed some unexpected success.
Mitchell says that this group is just getting started and will help Georgia compete at the top of the SEC for years to come:
"I will always be honored to be a part of the Dream Team recruiting year," said Mitchell, who has also played defense and special teams for Georgia. "Our class has already had some great success and I think there is much more to come. It was a special group and i think it helped build a strong foundation for Georgia in the future."