The Bulldogs currently have two commitments for 2018 and rank near the bottom of SEC in recruiting for that class. That is not ideal. However, there are some reasons for that. First off, as has been well documented, Georgia signed a historically good recruiting class in the last cycle. Subsequently, the overall talent level in Athens is going to be improved drastically.
That makes some recruits more hesitant to go all in on the Dawgs, as head coach Kirby Smart and the Bulldogs cannot ensure they can get early playing time, with more competition this year. Also, Smart is entering his second season at UGA, and a big jump when it comes to the results on the field is needed and expected for recruits to be totally sold.
The promise to the 2017 class from a UGA perspective was come and join us as we try to build towards being great. Now, the 2018 class seems to be taking more of a wait-and-see approach They possibly want to see if the team improves this fall and if Smart’s “process” is going in the right direction.
While many people believe this UGA team under Smart will take a big leap forward next year, who knows the future for sure? That is why having success this fall is so important.
The Bulldogs currently have two commitments for 2018 (after the decommitment of stud offensive tackle Max Wray). Four-star outside linebacker Adam Anderson from Rome, Ga., and 3-star inside linebacker Donovan Georges from Hialeah, Fla. While these two commits are high-quality prospects, the class definitely has room for improvement, particularly in the numbers’ game.
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Georgia is still in an okay position right now. There is still plenty of time left. They are obviously still in the running for a lot of top players, but the low number of commits at this point should lead to some wariness on the part of the coaching staff.
Also, UGA has been seeming to get good momentum in the 2019 class, and it seems like this class is in somewhat of a rut right now. However, that can change quickly as UGA’s class last year started slow too.
Whatever happens with this class ultimately will hinge on one thing, whether UGA finds success this fall. It is a put up or shut up year for this staff, and Smart & Co. know this.