10 Biggest Georgia Recruiting Surprises of the Mark Richt Era

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Sep 27, 2014; Athens, GA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs wide receiver Chris Conley (31) reacts with Georgia fans following the Bulldogs victory over the Tennessee Volunteers at Sanford Stadium. Georgia defeated Tennessee 35-32. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Georgia recruiting has hit some home runs when it comes to top flight football players, and as we discussed earlier this week, they’ve had a few flops as well. However, like every program they also get some pleasant surprises – players who weren’t expected to be much more than role players who turn out to be stars.

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There are 4 and 5-star player who everyone expects to become household names, and when they do, it’s no big deal. When a guy like Todd Gurley — who was highly sought after by practically every school in the nation — makes a splash it only makes the schools who missed out on him give a deep sigh of regret.

There was no big shock when A.J. Green turned out to be an incredible wide receiver for the Bulldogs, and in the NFL. When Matthew Stafford came to Athens, everyone knew the young gunslinger was going to light up the stat sheets, which he did and is still doing.

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But every once in a while, a star emerges that nobody saw coming…2 and 3-star players who just felt honored to receive a scholarship offer who come out of nowhere to become legitimate superstars and who go on to incredible careers.

Those are the stories fans love to hear about, and Mark Richt has had his share of unlikely success journeys under his watch. Check out these guys who were overlooked by many schools, but came to Georgia and proved to the world how good they were.

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