2. Georgia Bulldogs
For all of the other top programs, losing a few players to other schools isn’t that huge a deal.
But for Georgia, losing Justin Fields to Ohio State is a huge deal.
If Fields isn’t a better overall player than Jake Fromm, he’d have been the type of fill-in to win a national title with.
But the talent in place from Kirby Smart’s recruiting class is more than strong enough to take Georgia from amazing to national title-good.
Stealing WR George Pickens away from Auburn was one of the biggest National Signing Day flips, and LB Nolan Smith deserves to be the one of ones on the overall lists of prospects.
The defensive ends coming in are special – starting with Travon Walker and Jermaine Johnson – the defensive backs are amazing, and yes, there are quarterbacks coming in.
Dwan Mathis isn’t Fields, but he’s more than just a consolation prize for Georgia’s loss.
1. Alabama Crimson Tide
Can Alabama possibly get past losing heart-and-soul leader Jalen Hurts?
He might be a backup at this point behind Tua Tagovailoa, but he was a special part of the puzzle over the last three years. Losing him stinks, but it’s Alabama – there’s more than enough talent to make up for it.
There are a few quarterbacks coming in for the future, including Taulia Tagovailoa – Tua’s little, smaller brother – but it’s everywhere else where Nick Saban cleaned up.
Remember, the early signing period was before the national championship loss to Clemson. There wasn’t any problem bringing in talent in December, and it came in waves.
Trey Sanders is another special Alabama running back with NFL upside, DT Antonio Alfano will someday be a top 15 overall draft pick, and the offensive line haul is beyond amazing with OT Evan Neal the star of a deep, deep, deep group.
And there’s the difference. Of course Alabama – and Georgia – would like some good transfers to come in to beef up the depth. But they’re not needed like they are at, say, Miami.