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July 13, 2011

Cast Sports breaks down the Dream Team

Two days from now some of Georgia's top targets will compete at Dawg Night in Sanford Stadium. Last year's event was a success as the Dawgs received two commitments and sent out a number of offers that resulted in commitments. This year will likely see a new batch of offers go out as well. But how do the coaches decide which players to offer?

Well, the coaches rely in part on scouting reports from recruiting services. Over the last three years, Georgia has spent $118,256 on video services, analysis and statistical information on prospects.

We thought it would be interesting to see what one of these services thought about the Bulldogs' most recent signing class. We asked Derrick Crudup, the CEO of Cast Sports, if he would forward UGASports his analysis of the Dream Team members. Here is the final part of his breakdowns of the class of 2011. All of the heights, weights, positions, ratings and comments are taken directly from Crudup's files.






Corey Moore 6'0", 195 Defensive Back Major
Find fit guy. Marginal ball skills and space player. Inside player, Strong Safety or OLB/Ogletreeish. Marginal straight line speed. Big hitter, good tackler. Runs good, stiff in his hips. Good player in the box.
Jay Rome 6'5", 235 Tight End Major
Great athlete. Find fit guy, Offensive line at the next level. Blocks very well.
Chris Sanders 5'11", 170 Athlete Major
Find fit guy with good all-around athlete. Can add bulk to play inside or strong safety. Good tackler and instinctive player, 3rd year guy from a good program.

Offer if must

Justin Scott-Wesley 6'1", 210 Wide Receiver Major
Great speed, great size, good hands.

Offer if must

Sanford Seay 6'1", 195 Wide Receiver Lower
Great hands and body control, thick body type for height, runs well, tough kid in practice.

Camp must see

Damian Swann 6'0", 175 Defensive Back Major
Good football player. Tough. Has good burst, good feet to close, is instinctive with adequate ball judgment.
Nathan Theus 6'2", 255 Offensive Lineman Lower
Has some quickness but has lower body stiffness, lack power and explosion, look marginal size for position.
Kent Turene 6'2", 230 Linebacker Major
Good all-around athlete. Has burst explosion, really quick for size. Attack type linebacker. Keep weight down. Good knee bender.

Offer if must

Xzavier Ward 6'7", 270 Offensive Lineman Major
Tall rangy kid with strong adequate feet. Lacks explosion. Good balance and body control. Can adjust and keep feet. Has initial step quickness and can get movement. Lower body?
Ramik Wilson 6'2", 215 Linebacker Major
Very good all-around athlete for size, runs well, smooth fluid change of direction, has running ability. Can open hips and tackle, instinctive football player with straight line speed. Waist bender, but good all-around athlete.

According to Crudup, "Offer if Must" is a note to coaches telling them to offer the player before they see the recruit in camp in order to not be left behind other schools. In other words, a camp performance is not necessary to offer this prospect since he is talented enough to offer sight unseen. Of course that is only if the school needs a player at that position.

Derrick Crudup was an All-American quarterback at Boca Raton High where he was recruited to play quarterback at Florida in 1983 by Mike Shanahan. Crudup later transferred to Oklahoma, playing under Barry Switzer where he won a National Championship in 1985. Shanahan once again came after Crudup and drafted him to the Oakland Raiders in 1988. In 1993, Crudup went back to Florida to coach high school football at Deerfield Beach, Boca Raton, Spanish River, and Pompano Beach. He coached more than 12 years as a defensive and offensive coordinator.

Crudup coached 10 NFL first-round draft picks. His son Derrick Jr. was recruited to play quarterback for the University of Miami. Derrick Jr. was a member of the 2002 National Championship. The Crudups hold the distinction of being the only father and son tandem to have won the National Championship in Division 1 College football history.

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