Everything you need to know and what actually matters about the 2019 Georgia Bulldogs recruiting class.
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There’s a theory in the college basketball world that all you can reasonably ask for is to consistently pump out great team after great team. Keep doing that, and eventually the NCAA Tournament breaks will go your way and everything will work out. But that only happens if you have the national championship-caliber guys. Under Kirby Smart, Georgia has had those guys, and it keeps getting those guys, and it just got a whole lot more of them. Eventually, Smart’s guys will beat Saban’s guys.
If this isn’t the No. 1 recruiting class, it’s in the top three. Of course, all that matters in this part of the game is to be in the discussion. This one is close enough to keep pushing for an SEC title and a national championship. However …
There’s one potential problem that can derail this whole thing – quarterback. In a perfect scenario, Justin Fields was supposed to be the guy who could step in and take over for Jake Fromm in case of an emergency – or vice versa.
Of course, Fields is off trying to be a Buckeye, and that means that all the pressure of the entire 2019 college football season could be on Dwan Mathis. The 6-4, 200-pounder out of Michigan isn’t Fields, but he’s big, he can move, and he flipped from Michigan State in the early signing period. The words “up to speed” will be used a lot over the next several months.
What was Georgia’s issue last season? Pass rush. What did Georgia just sign a lot of? Pass rushers. Defensive end was one of the bright spots in the 2018 class, but there weren’t as many good prospects as there are in this haul. The talented linemen are going to start coming in waves.
Years of recruiting defensive backs made this class a wee bit light. Tyrique Stevenson has next-level corner skills, and Lewis Cine is a potentially special safety, but they’ll have to fight through a crowded field of terrific defensive backs already in the mix.
The other area that’s shockingly a bit lacking? Running back. And why? Georgia is already loaded. There was no panic after losing Elijah Holyfield, and there’s no real concern about build up the rotation and depth even more behind D’Andre Swift. Zamir White and James Cook were massive signings in last year’s class, but White is returning from a torn ACL. New guy Kenny McIntosh will get every shot to see time right away.
Oh yeah, the really, really good prospects. As if the class wasn’t amazing enough with all of the other parts, Georgia got the nation’s best linebacker prospect in Nolan Smith, and in a Signing Day coup, stole 6-4 WR George Pickens away from Auburn. Be stunned if these two aren’t preparing for the NFL combine three years from right now.
Keep on recruiting, and then keep on recruiting, and then keep it all going. What Smart has done is amass so much talent, so much depth, and so many fantastic options that Georgia is now an automatic ten-win team just by showing up. This class could just be good enough to get the program into the 15-win range.