10 Biggest Georgia Recruiting Surprises of the Mark Richt Era

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No. 9: Bryan McClendon

Year: 2002
Position: Athlete
Original Ranking: 3-star, No. 24 ATH

Our own coach McClendon wasn’t exactly having his door knocked down by all the big programs, but Mark Richt and his staff saw something in the scrappy young player.

McClendon turned out to be one of the most versatile players on the team during his four years in Athens, playing plenty of time at wide receiver, returning both kicks and punts, and even playing a down of defense. All total, McClendon had 1,233 all-purpose yards for the Dawgs, along with six touchdowns and a 14.8 yards per catch average.

The Bulldogs were lucky to get him in 2002, and they are lucky to have him on staff now.

Next: Odell Thurman