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What We Are Hearing

Kirby Smart is forming up his first recruiting class, and it looks like it could be one of the best in UGA history.

The Bulldogs are in position to sign a slew of 5-star players. Jacob Eason and Isaac Nauta are already on campus, but Derrick Brown, Ben Davis, Mecole Hardman, Nigel Warrior, Brian Burns and Demetris Robertson are all still out there for the taking. 

UGA is certainly in position to add Hardman and Robertson. Warrior might be difficult to pull off, but the Dawgs do have a real shot with him. Davis’ comments in the media yesterday make it seem like Georgia could very well have a legit shot at pull him away from Alabama. The Tide, however, are going to be very difficult to beat for him. Alabama still has to be considered the favorite for him. Burns, a South Florida product, will be a UGA-Florida fight. Auburn has been the rumored to be leading or pulling away for Brown, but that’s not what we are hearing. We still think Brown is UGA’s to lose.

The Bulldogs have never signed more than four five-star players in their history. Eason and Nauta are already in the boat. That means UGA must sign at least three more five-star players. Hardman seems the most likely to us to sign with UGA of all of the other players. Robertson is likely the next in line. Notre Dame does think they have a shot to sign him, but UGA has to be considered the favorites for him. Adding those two and Brown, which certainly seems likely, would give Georgia its most top-heavy class in school history. 

The Bulldogs used top-heavy classes in 2006, 2009 and 2012 to have special seasons in 2007 and 2012. It can’t be surprising that top-heavy classes have led narrow misses with national title seasons in 2007 and 2012. 

Do no be surprised if UGA ends up signing at least: Eason, Nauta, Hardman, Robertson and Brown. They do, legitimately, have a shot with Davis, Warrior and Burns. But thinking they will sign all of those players - all eight five-star players - they are seriously in the running for would be either totally naive, or the most impressive recruiting turn around for a new head coach in modern recruiting. 

It won’t happen. Still, it is amazing progress. 

With that said, you should still expect UGA’s class to continue to move around. Guys like Mays WR Randrecous Davis and Oconee County LB Jaleel Laguins probably won’t wind up in this class. A second running back? That seems pretty unlikely at this time as well. Georgia is going to have to hold on to JUCO WR Javon Wims, but they will get the last crack at him. 

Kirby Smart went to Cartersville Friday morning to see Trevor Lawrence.  They didn't talk very long but Kirby talked with Trevor about coming on a visit soon.  If Kirby stays on him, Georgia will always be in the race.  Clemson led through the fall and still might, but Tennessee will be tough to beat if they can continue to win the next couple of years.  

Kirby also went and saw Roswell DBs Xavier McKinney and LeAnthony Williams.  Xavier said they didn't get a chance to talk because once Kirby entered the school, he was flooded with students asking for autographs.  Smart told him to give him a call shortly to talk more.  Xavier is looking to visit Athens shortly, but does not have a date for it yet.  Possible flip for sure, but he did visit Alabama four times during he fall and has not visited Athens yet.  Kirby needs to get him in Athens a bunch in the next 12 months,

Aubrey Solomon is a big 2017 prospect that has not seen the Georgia coaches yet.

I personally think William Poole could commit this spring to Georgia.  He admitted that there is one school in his mind that really stands out but of course didn't want to say which one.  He told me that after I asked a bunch of UGA related questions.  He has said multiple times he would like to play with good friend LeAnthony Williams of Roswell in college, and I believe Auburn is the team leading for Williams but I didn't confirm that.  If Kirby really goes after Williams, I could easily see them both being Bulldogs.

Top Ten Tracker (Updated as needed):

Derrick Brown

As of January 13, 2016 - UGA will see Derrick Brown on Thursday, the first day schools are able to get back on the road to recruit.

As of January 12, 2016 - Brown is an elite talent that has been targeted by schools nationwide.  He has been and still is a top target for the Dawgs.  Georgia is trying to get bigger and stronger up front and Brown could provide that.

Demetris Robertson

As of January 14, 2016 - Glenn Schumman is set to visit with Demetris Robertson on the first day of recruiting.

As of January 12, 2016 - An athlete who could play for Georgia immediately on either side of the ball.  Georgia has had him high on their board for a couple of years now and they may have moved up Robertson's list with the Smart hire. 

Mecole Hardman Jr.

As of January 18, 2016 - Said of his offical visit to Ohio State: "Loving the visit!! Coach Meyer may be the coolest coach out there. #Buckeyes defiantly in my Top schools."

As of January 14, 2016 - New UGA defensive coordinator Mel Tucker will visit Mecole Hardman today, which is the same day Nick Saban and Jeremy Pruitt are scheduled to see him as well.

As of January 13, 2016 - Dawg Post can report that Elbert County is planning for an "early morning announcement" on Signing Day for Hardman.

As of January 13, 2016 - Chad Simmons is reporting that Alabama's Nick Saban and Jeremy Pruitt will visit with Hardman on Thursday.

As of January 12, 2016 - Explosive as they come.  A special talent who can be dynamic on the football field.  A selfless young man who could shine at slot or cornerback.  Another playmaker who can make an immediate impact.

Nigel Warrior

As of January 13, 2016 - UGA will see 5-star DB Nigel Warrior on Thursday, the first day schools are able to get back on the road to recruit.

As of January 12, 2016 - A coveted defensive back with speed, ball skills, and instincts that will be able to sign where he wants.  A top target for Georgia who is very high on Alabama's board, so with Smart's move to Athens, this helps the Dawgs. 

Brian Burns

As of January 18, 2016 - Said of his offical visit to UGA: "Georgia is where I could live."

As of January 13, 2016 - UGA will see Scout 100 DE Brian Burns on Thursday, the first day schools are able to get back on the road to recruit.

As of January 12, 2016 - The Dawgs want Burns, an elite pass rusher with length and speed to the ball.  At one time UGA was considered the favorite, but Florida has taken that spot, but expect Smart and his staff to turn things up here in January.

Tyler Simmons

As of January 18, 2016 - Wrapped up a great offical visit to UGA by saying: “I do not think Kirby is going to take no as an answer from me."

As of January 13, 2016 - UGA will see Alabama WR commit Tyler Simmons on Thursday, the first day schools are able to get back on the road to recruit.

As of January 12, 2016 - There is a big need at wide receiver for Georgia and Simmons is a wanted prospect, even though he picked Alabama a few weeks ago. He is now planning to take his official visit in January and that could be key.  He is a wide receiver with track speed.

Willie Allen

As of January 12, 2016 - With the need up front on the offensive line, Allen is expected to be a big target for Georgia moving forward.  He is a big body from an elite high school program who could play tackle or guard.

E.J. Price

As of January 14, 2016 - Sam Pittman is set to see the Archer offensive lineman. 

As of January 12, 2016 - Price is a one-time Georgia commit and it could come back full circle. He is an offensive lineman with the ability to move around and play multiple positions.  

Ben Davis 

As of January 18, 2016 - Made a lot of his visit to UGA and hanging out with Kirby Smart on Twitter. The Bulldogs seemed to make some read headway with the top linebacker in the country. 

As of January 12, 2016 - Not long after the announcement of Kirby smart taking over Georgia did David reveal the Dawgs were his new No. 1 school.  Still, he is an Alabama legacy, so he will not be an easy pull out of the state of Alabama, but Georgia is a legit contender.

Shyheim Carter

As of January 12, 2016 - The combination of Carter being a one-time Alabama commit, his interest in Georgia, and the need in the secondary for UGA, this is a big target.  He knows Smart well, so we will see if that helps.

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