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February 6, 2013

Georgia signing class more about depth than stars

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ATHENS —

Grantham wouldn't address his interest in the Saints job. He would only say he's happy at Georgia and expects to be coaching the Bulldogs defense next season.

"I'm not going to respond to all the rumors and innuendos because it's very difficult to do that all the time," he said. "So I'll just leave it as it is."

Georgia has some key weapons on offense coming back next season, including quarterback Aaron Murray and running backs Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall. Not surprisingly, they were light on recruiting those positions, signing one quarterback (early enrollee Brice Ramsey from Kingsland, Ga.) and a pair of running backs. The main focus on that side was receiver (four signees, plus two other players listed as athletes) and four linemen to bulk up the guys in the trenches.

Among the highest-rated players landed by the Bulldogs: defensive back Tray Matthews of Newnan, Ga.; linebacker Tim Kimbrough of Indianapolis; defensive end Leonard Floyd of Eastman, Ga.; and offensive lineman Brandon Kublanow of Marietta, Ga.

Everyone in the class is eager to show they're just as good — or better — than the ones who didn't come to Athens.

"This is the class we got. This is the class we want," said offensive lineman Aulden Bynum, another early enrollee out of Valdosta, Ga. "If you don't want to be here, you don't need to be here."

J.J. Green of Kingsland, Ga., said there's no reason this group of Bulldogs can't keep up the success of the ones who came before. Georgia has won two straight SEC East crowns and just missed playing for the BCS championship last month, losing to eventual national champ Alabama 32-28 in a thrilling conference title game.

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