Mark Richt

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Georgia expected to land one of the largest football signing classes in school history on Wednesday.

But some big names got away.

The Bulldogs were bolstered by 13 players who already enrolled in college after graduating early from high school, giving them a chance to go through offseason training and spring practice. By noon, the school had announced a total of 29 signees and was awaiting word from at least two more commitments, plus some potential last-day surprises.

This class was expected to be more about depth than five-star recruits. Georgia missed out on top-rated prospect Reuben Foster, who picked defending national champion Alabama over Auburn and the Bulldogs. Also, the No. 1-ranked player in the state and the nation, defensive end Robert Nkemdiche of Grayson High School in suburban Atlanta , followed his older brother to another Southeastern Conference school, Mississippi.

In fact, some Georgia fans were already grumbling about Ole Miss, which went 7-6 last season, landing more top prospects than Georgia, a perennial powerhouse coming off its second straight SEC East championship. The Bulldogs lost to Alabama 32-28 in a thrilling SEC title game, coming up 5 yards short of playing for the BCS crown.

Coach Mark Richt and his staff recruited heavily at several key positions, especially on the defensive side: five linebackers, seven defensive backs and three tackles.

Offensively, the Bulldogs picked up four receivers and four linemen.

The lead-up to signing day was marred by off-the-field issues. Richt was laid up after undergoing hip-replacement surgery last weekend, while defensive coordinator Todd Grantham was mentioned in several reports as being in line to interview for the same job with the New Orleans Saints. The NFL team seems to have turned its attention to Rob Ryan for the job.

Football signees announced Wednesday by the University of Georgia, with name, position, height, weight, school and hometown:

John Atkins, dt, 6-4, 305, Hargrave Military Acad., Thomson, Ga.

Paris Bostick, s, 6-1, 217, Plant HS, Tampa, Fla

Aulden Bynum, ol, 6-5, 270, Valwood School, Valdosta, Ga.

Josh Cardiello, ol, 6-3, 283, Buford (Ga.) HS

Reggie Carter, lb, 6-1, 224, South Gwinnett HS, Snellville, Ga.

Reggie Davis, wr, 6-0, 159, Lincoln HS, Tallahassee, Fla.

Leonard Floyd, lb, 6-4, 220, Hargrave Military Acad., Eastman, Ga.

J.J. Green, athlete, 5-8, 171, Camden County HS, Kingsland, Ga.

Rico Johnson, wr, 5-11, 172, Swainsboro (HS) Ga.

Brandon Kublanow, c, 6-3, 290, Walton HS, Marietta, Ga.

Brendan Langley, cb, 6-1, 181, Kell HS, Marietta, Ga.

Uriah LeMay, wr, 6-2, 197, Butler HS, Matthews, N.C.

Tray Matthews, s, 6-0, 194, Newnan (Ga.) HS

Quincy Mauger, s, 6-0, 197, Kell HS, Marietta, Ga.

Chris Mayes, dt, 6-4, 315, Gulf Coast CC, Spalding HS, Griffin, Ga.

Shaun McGee, lb, 6-3, 233, Brookwood HS, Snellville, Ga.

Johnny O’Neal, lb, 6-2, 225, West Laurens HS, Dublin, Ga.

Brice Ramsey, qb, 6-3, 205, Camden County HS, Kingsland, Ga.

Ryne Rankin, lb, 6-1, 230, East River HS, Orlando, Fla.

Jonathan Rumph, wr, 6-5, 215, Holmes CC, Cayce, S.C.

Tramel Terry, athlete, 5-11, 193, Goose Creek (S.C.) HS

A.J. Turman, rb, 6-0, 198, Boone HS, Orlando, Fla.

Shaquille Wiggins, cb, 5-10, 165, Sandy Creek HS, Tyrone, Ga.

Reggie Wilkerson, cb, 5-11, 162, North Marion HS, Ocala, Fla.


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