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Georgia football winners and losers after early 2021 signing period
Winner: Kirby Smart admitted to Georgia State
The goal of recruitment should not be to get the best players who are close to your school. It has to be to get the best players, no matter where they are in the country.
That’s why it doesn’t matter much to ding Kirby Smart and how he’s recruited at Georgia State in the last two recruiting cycles. Georgia has certainly seen its fair share of talent leaving the state. But it has also been brought to the No. 2 and No. 1 recruiting classes in the last two cycles.
That trend reversed itself in the 2021 cycle, as did Georgia to miss out on some of its state goals – Mason Smith and Donovan Edwards were both selected to play for home-state schools instead of the Bulldogs – But cleanliness in the state.
The Bulldogs signed seven of the top 11 players in the state of Georgia. And if you remove Miami quarterback signee Jake Garcia, who doesn’t move here even after transferring from California to the state to play his senior season, the Bulldogs signed seven of the top 10.
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The recruiting class was also the first time in 2021 when Georgia signed the top prospect in the state since Kirby Smart took office. The offensive tackle Amarius Mims said that this year he is honored as the No. 7 overall recruit in the country. So that the narrative is definitely dead.
So when Smart was asked how it happened, he made it clear that geography or proximity to Georgia has little to do with the bulldogs in the state’s heavier class.
He said, ‘I want the best football player. I want people of high character who care about the team and love UGA. If that child is 15 minutes away or 15 hours away, I am very comfortable with him. “
Smart also said that while Georgia was hurt by out-of-state outages, she hired many out-of-state children to see schools outside the state of Georgia.
The Bulldogs signed another top 3 recruiting class. Last year, most of those children came from outside the state. This year, more of them came from the state of Georgia.
The reality is, Smart and his coaching staff are capable of getting the best players in the country, no matter where they come from.
Loser: Georgia’s 2021 corner depth
Georgia showed only one commitment on Wednesday. It did not come from a top prospect, but it occurs at a critical position of need.
De’John Warren, the nation’s top JUCO cornerback and a 4-star prospect left for Georgia State from Georgia.
You’re probably scratching your head as to why a defensive back would leave Georgia for a school that doesn’t even play at the FBS level. This is where it is worth remembering that Deion Sanders is now the head coach at Jackson State. The Hall of Famer defensive back clearly has some strong stretches with other defensive backs.
Georgia signed two other prospects, who are expected to be a cornerback in college, as the Bulldogs descended with 4-star Niland Green and 4-star Kamari Lassiter. Both of those prospects are rated higher than Warren, but he was more prepared for college sports after Warren came from the JUCO rank.
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The Bulldogs may now require Green and Lassiter to play early based on decisions from Eric Stokes and Tyson Campbell. If both supporters choose to go, then there is a very real possibility, Georgia will have some big questions in the corner position for the first time in a while.
It is worth remembering that Smart is one of the best defensive coaches in the country. And Georgia has options that he can take in the doomsday scenario, such as taking Tyrik Stevenson to one of those places. Kelly Ringo and Jaylen Kimber also have talented 2020 signatories eager to make an impact.
But losing Warren certainly stung in a day for Georgia, where there were very few plays.
Winner: Matt Luke
After Georgia signed seven offensive linemen in the 2020 recruiting cycle, Georgia was not meant to bring in a mass of offensive policemen.
But offensive line coach Matt Luke counted those limited spots. In his first year at Georgia, Luke signed a total of four offensive linemen. Three of them ranked in the top-100 overall prospects, Mims at number 7, Micah Morris at number 63 and Dylan Fairchild at number 97. All three of those offensive linemen also come from Georgia State.
“I am really excited about this group. They are athletic. Their size is very good. They are really bright, have good kids, ”Smart said. “Of all those people, I can’t say enough about each one of them. Matt Luke is excited to get those guys and start coaching them.”
The fourth recruit is 3-star prospect Jared Wilson, though he should not forget either. He was good enough to play for Sam Pittman, as he was committed to the program for the first time when the Arkansas head coach was still in Georgia.
“Jared Wilson was one of those guys who we had, size, width, hand-shape, athleticism — really great goals and worked really hard,” Smart said. “He actually comes from an athletic background family. He is a great child. “
In the 247Sports recruiting rankings, Georgia’s highest rank was assistant coach and none other than Luke. With two back-to-back strong classes, Luke will have a tough time following this in the 2022 recruiting cycle. But it should be fun to see how he tries to top the list.
From a recruiting standpoint, there are five elite teams: Alabama, Ohio State, Georgia, LSU and Clemson. Maybe you can throw Oklahoma there as well, though its success is largely limited to recruits on the offensive side of the ball.
But the first five teams mentioned are college football dominated, and it almost always starts with recruiting. Those five teams are all to blame, but one win is a playoff victory since the College Football Playoff began in 2014.
And all of these teams went even further distances from themselves and very good teams like Florida, Michigan, Notre Dame and USC.
Out of the top 100 recruits in the county, 47 went to those first five schools. Alabama was behind with 13 and Ohio State with 12. The Bulldogs and LSU both had eight while Clemson came in with six.
This means that the rest of the top-100 prospects in the country came in with 53.
The gap between the elite and the rest of college football is only getting wider. We’re seeing that playing on the field, as are Alabama, Clemson, and Ohio State regulars in the playoff picture. Georgia is usually still around. Notre Dame has figured out how to make things interesting, as he signed four top-100 recruits in this cycle and is set to make the College Football Playoff for the second time in two seasons.
The College Football Playoff has basically broken the game. This has allowed rich and powerful schools, Georgia, to continue to bring the best talent because it is one of the few schools that can sell consistently that they can compete for a spot in the College Football Playoff. This trend of super recruiting teams will continue until the College Football Playoff expands. So much for the loss of the game.
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