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There's always next year: Which Dawgs are going to be disappointing us in 2014 (at wide receiver)

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As we told you yesterday, recruiting is what's going on in the football world around Athens right now. And recruiting is looking forward to the future, but you can't plan too far ahead with so many unknowns going on out there. We'll take a look at the already promising 2015 class after signing day, but this should whet your whistle a bit in terms of what the 2015 needs will be. We'll also revisit these looks over the spring and summer when position battles warm up and that date with the Clemson Tigers gets a little closer. Right now though, let's focus on what we'll have for 2014 and what we might still need for next season. I'm using the current roster from, and including the 2014 signing class commitments as of the time of writing (since that can change). We've covered our QBs, and our RBs, now let's take a look at the wide receivers.

Michael Bennett (Sr) Chris Conley (Sr) Malcolm Mitchell (Jr) Justin Scott-Wesley (Jr) Jonathon Rumph (Sr) Reggie Davis (So) Blake Tibbs (So) Uriah Lemay (rsFR) Rico Johnson (Fr) Gilbert Johnson (Fr) Shakenneth Williams (Fr) Michael Erdman* (Sr) Kenneth Towns* (So) James Eunice* (Sr) Clay Johnson* (So)

* = walked on

Just like was said about our RBs, we've got a pretty strong group at WR not only with quality starters but backups who are just as talented if not better. Provided they stay healthy, and even if a couple don't, this unit has just about everything you could ask for, multiple times over. We've got several receivers with great size, several who can flat out fly, a lot of excellent hands and route runners, Tony Ball's boys are the complete package.

Bennett, Mitchell, Conley, and Scott-Wesley have all started and emerged as capable #1 guys at various stages of the last two seasons. Bennett doesn't have the speed of the other 3, but he's a bit bigger, and arguably the best route runner. He and Conley have both made jaw dropping grabs and displayed consistent hands. Conley, Mitchell, and Scott-Wesley have all shown game breaking speed. I could see any combination of the 4 starting, if not all 4 depending on the situation. And opposing DBs will have a hard time matching up with them 1 on 1, particularly if we've spread the field and can get one isolated against a team's 3rd or 4th (or worst) best CB. Mitchell and Scott-Wesley are both coming back from ACL tears, so they may be a bit rusty out of the gate. But their ability to stretch the field with speed deep is a must have for pro-style offenses like Bobo's.

In addition to that quartet of quality, we saw flashes of ability in the 6'5 rising senior Rumph and possibly fastest on the team sophomore Davis. Davis, the 6' Tallahassee native set a UGA record with a 99 yd TD on his first career catch. He still has work to do on his route running and other WR skills, but the size and speed to become a difference maker is definitely there. Rumph is a different kind of threat over the top. Once he finally got over a nagging hamstring, he came on late and showed what kind of mismatch problems he can create out wide with his superior size. Both should be key contributors next year, if not starters.

Tibbs got some action late in the season thanks to injuries, and hauled in a pair of passes, while walk-ons Erdman and Towns added another 5 receptions between them. Uriah Lemay redshirted, but he's got good athleticism in a 6'2 frame and should be able to help as needed though it's unlikely he logs significant snaps.

Georgia's got a trio of kids coming in, and like the unit as a whole, it's a well-rounded bunch. Uncle Rico Johnson got his academics cleaned up this past year at Atlanta Sports Academy in Dawsonville, and is ready to hit the ground running in Athens. He's stated that he expects to play right away, at least as a return man if not at WR, and his speed is right there with Mitchell, Scott-Wesley, and Davis among the elite. Gilbert Johnson is the bigger body, at a reported 6'4 out of Homestead, FL. In addition to the size, he also has the speed and playmaking skills you'd expect from a WR out of the Sunshine State, and could see the field next year as well (though a redshirt wouldn't be a surprise considering the experienced depth here). Shakenneth Williams is a bit of a combination of the two. The Rutland product (Macon) has good speed, but not quite on Johnson's level. And he has good size at 6'-6'2, though not quite as large as Johnson. He was a bit of an unknown nationally until he wowed the Georgia coaches at a camp last summer and earned an offer. I don't think anyone outside of the coaches, Williams, and a few others around them know where we should set expectations on him.

I'm not sure what other schools are returning at WR, but I can't imagine anyone has as skilled, or as deep, of a group as what we'll see for the Dawgs next season.