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Kirby's Recruiting Tear Continues

ATHENS - Kirby Smart’s recruiting tear continues.

Georgia will sign its deepest and perhaps most talented class in school history if current trend lines hold. The Bulldogs have 18 commitments - 15 of them are Scout 300 prospects, meaning they are considered one of the top 300 prospects in the nation. Although the Bulldogs’ recruiting class is still a work in progress, that’s the most Scout 300 players (15) due to sign in the .com era of recruiting, and the highest percentage (83%) of Scout 300 players to sign with Georgia. 

While Georgia could still lose commitments, it will also likely gain not fewer than three and as many as seven more Scout 300 players - shattering former records. The addition of the No. 147 overall player Newton WR Jeremiah Holloman and the No. 217 overall player Mary Persons DL Malik Herring address areas of need in terms of depth and skill deficiencies for the Bulldogs.  

Georgia used an effective, but very young defensive line in 2016. Georgia’s receivers have been inconsistent this season. They - like the defensive line - are rather young. 

Globally, however, Kirby is on a tear the likes of which the school has never seen. He’s signed or gotten commitments from 41 prospects. One of them, 2019 North Murray OL Luke Griffin and his class hasn’t been ranked because he’s too young. So of the 40 players who have been ranked, 31 of them are considered Scout 300 players (78%). Georgia has never had that many Scout 300 players signed or committed to them at any one time. 

In addition, the 29 Scout 300 players signed or committed in 2016 and 2017 represent the most productive two-year period of that type of prospect being committed of playing for UGA at any time records have been kept. The closest to that was the 2008-2009 group that went to the SEC Championship Game in 2011 and 2012. That group had 26 Scout 300 players in back-to-back recruiting classes. It included: Aaron Murray, Tavarres King, Cornelius Washington, DeAngelo Tyson, A. J. Green, Cordy Glenn, Brandon Boykin, Marlon Brown, Orson Charles, Abry Jones, Arthur Lynch, and Zach Mettenberger.

Kirby’s 2017 class could still include these Scout 300 players:

Clinton (MS) RB Cam Akers (No. 4 overall)

Grayson ATH DeAngelo Gibbs (No. 13 overall)

Lee County DL Aubrey Solomon (No. 20 overall)

Poly Prep CDS (NY) OL Isaiah Wilson (No. 49 overall)

Vidalia LB Nate McBride (No. 108 overall)

Clay-Chalkville (AL) WR Nico Collins (No. 116 overall)

Terrell County ATH Tray Bishop (No. 129 overall)

Crisp County DL Markaviest Bryant (No. 166 overall)

Roswell DB Xavier McKinney (No. 180 overall)

Brookwood LB Leonard Warner (No. 193 overall)


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