- Dec 31, 2018
Yep. You had the double whammy of the 2010 class losing close to a third of its number in one year and the 2011 class falling to just TWO players when Shannon left. I can’t recall a college football class that was that decimated by a coaching change. Golden has to scramble to get bodies, period for that class, and we ended up only with two four star players (Chickillo, Grimble).Nice chart(s)...Can really see the effect of the Nevin Shapiro scandal...starting in the 2010/2011 area...plummeting blue chip ratio...kids bailing out of the program...has taken years and just now getting back to the level of talent - according to Rivals - that we had before Shapiro totally trashed the program from his ponzi prison cell.
With those factors in place, Golden would have needed a Top 5 class in 2012 and 2013 to get things back up quickly, but the Shapiro scandal dampened those efforts. And when it finally ended, he’d established enough of a reputation that the aura of hope that any new coach brings with them had dissipated. We still got talent, but only enough to gradually restore talent levels. Richt took things to a higher level in 2017 and 2018. Manny’s use of the Temporal Portal kept us from falling back in 2019.