Top prospects not always boon

ATHENS, Ga. -- When the dust settled this month on the 2013 recruiting cycle, the Georgia Bulldogs' signing class featured its share of good and bad.

On the positive side, it was another nationally recognized collection of talent for Mark Richt's coaching staff, which regularly signs classes that rank within the nation's top 10. But it was also disappointing in that Georgia missed out on a number of big prospects at the end -- like the state's Nos. 3 and 4 prospects Montravius Adams and Alvin Kamara -- and was never a serious player for Nos. 1 and 2, Robert Nkemdiche and Carl Lawson, whom ESPN also ranked as the top two overall prospects in the country.

Many Georgia fans took to the Internet to complain about the Bulldogs striking out on those big fish and signing only one of ESPN's top-rated prospects in the state of Georgia -- particularly in a year that many recruiting analysts considered especially strong for a state that already is known for producing top-notch college talent.