Isaiah Wilson (Photo by Chad Simmons)

Legge's Thoughts: Isaiah Wilson Signs w/ UGA

Dean Legge explains what Isaiah Wilson signing with UGA means.

What it means: Wilson’s commitment and signature shows that Georgia is a national force on the recruiting scene, and that the machine Kirby Smart hopes to be building is going to be a big one. Big as it far reaching to any area of the country; Big as in the size of his offensive line… like Wilson. 

Michigan should have signed Wilson. Perhaps Alabama should have signed him. That’s what the old rules of recruiting were with Georgia - a close second. 

Close seconds do you no good when Laremy Tunsil plays for Ole Miss. Wilson won’t be in Oxford his entire college career, and that’s because the major coup that was getting him underscores just how good of a job this program did this recruiting cycle. 

In addition, Wilson gives the Bulldogs a prospect who has a real chance of contributing right away at an area of need. UGA didn’t just stay satisfied with its four, high-quality in-state linemen. It added two high-level prospects in D’Marcus Hayes and Wilson. 

Georgia corrected its long-time flaws in offensive line recruiting in one class. 


Consider that Wilson, ranked the No. 42 prospect in the country by Scout, is the highest-ranked offensive line prospect to sign with the Bulldogs in five recruiting cycles. In that time in-state players who were No. 99, No. 20, No. 35 and No. 81 all signed with college other than UGA. 

In this class alone Georgia has signed high school offensive linemen who are No. 239, No. 115, No. 110, No. 54 and No. 42. They also added the No. 5 overall JUCO prospect in the country. 

Georgia now has options on the offensive line. In the previous four classes before Sam Pittman took over, the Bulldogs signed 14 prospects coming out of high school, and only five of them were top 300 players. Since Pittman has taken over UGA has signed nine with six being top 300 players. 

Pittman has done double the work in half the amount of time. That will matter soon.

Dean Legge saw him live: Never

Brian Dohn says: Wilson is impressive when watching him as a defensive tackle, which speaks to why he is so highly regarded as an offensive tackle. His combination of quick feet, agility, ability to fire off the ball, his nastiness and his length make him a top-tier prospect. He has the agility to pull as a tackle, and the foot speed to cover the edge. Refining his technique, and developing his kick step more, are the biggest areas to improve upon

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