Saturday, May 24, 2008

Countdown to UGA-GSU: 98 Days

#98 Ricardo Crawford, DT
6-1, 297, Cerro Gordo NC (West Columbus HS), Soph.
Crawford arrived at UGA after graduating high school early and enrolling in time for spring practice. He was what many in recruiting annals considered a "sleeper" because of his size for an incoming freshman. There wasn't alot that needed to be done with his body type to get him ready to play. Ricardo did have offers from Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, and East Carolina, but chose UGA, and enrolled early. There were many Dawgs that expected to maybe see him on the field in his first season of action. Instead, he redshirted in his first year, and saw limited action (5 games) in 2007.
Depth Chart Analysis: Ricardo Crawford finds himself stuck down the chart at a position where UGA might carry its most depth on the roster. Jeff Owens is firmly locked ahead of him, and Corvey Irvin's senior status probably keeps him in front of Crawford as well. Adding to Crawford's plight is that 2 very good incoming freshman might be in the way (Deangelo Tyson and AJ Harmon.) Still, Crawford has plenty of time (and ability) to move himself toward eventual impact and playing time in his next 3 years in Athens.

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