UGA Lands #1 Recruiting Class
Dawgs on Top Again
UGA LANDS #1 RECRUITING CLASS – Early signing day is basically just signing day now. UGA’s class is finished for the year, and they managed to haul in one of, if not the most, impressive class under Coach Smart.
The week did not start well as #1 QB Dylan Raiola flipped from UGA to Nebraska. The rumor is that Raiola’s family wanted more cash and guaranteed playing time.
With Beck returning and Kirby having strict limits on NIL money for incoming freshmen, UGA wouldn’t commit either and told him to walk if that’s what he wanted.
Despite being a heavy recruiter for the Dawgs for months now, and even doing so just a week earlier, Raiola flipped. This situation seems to be one of his family causing more grief than him personally.
The Dawg still landed a much-needed QB in this class with Ryan Puglisi, who was committed to UGA before, during, and after Raiola’s commitment.
Signing day went even better than expected for UGA. They held onto their entire class, many of whom are already practicing with the team in preparation for the Orange Bowl, and even got a cherry on top when Raiola’s teammate and 5 star safety flipped from FSU to UGA.
Bolden has been highly sought after by Kirby since he was in 8th grade. One of the top players in the nation, Bolden played both safety and receiver at Buford High.
When he committed earlier in the year, he told UGA he was coming, but at the 11th hour Florida State threw a bag at him and won him over.
UGA returned the favor, and supposedly used some of the cash that was meant for Raiola to sweeten the deal with Bolden. The Dawgs desperately needed a safety in this class after losing Boldwn and another 5-star as commitments earlier in the year.
Running Back Frenzy
Georgia managed a trio of running back commits in Nate Frazier, Chauncey Bowens, and Nate Frazier. Frazier is the most well-rounded of the 3 backs, at 205 lbs with impressive speed and pass-catching ability.
All 3 backs are fast, posting sub 11 second 100 meter times. Bowens is a hoss, more of a big body but has enough breakaway speed to hit some home runs.
Meanwhile, Phillips is the speedster. He has posted a 4.28 40 yard time, but also is so small he’ll likely be more of a gadget player until he can pack on some pounds.
Think James Cook when he got to UGA but even faster. Cook couldn’t take a hit for 3 years, but had explosivity. Phillips is faster and likely will face the same challenge with getting his body ready for the SEC.
LB Justin Williams is quite the catch. He is the #1 linebacker in the nation and is a STUD. This kid is legit and will be fighting for playing time sooner than later in an already immensely talented linebacker room.
The Receiver Room
Georgia’s receiver haul was a little underwhelming. They managed to get Sacovie White, who should make fans think of Kearis Jackson.
His measurables are not off the chart with anything, but he seems to find a way to come down with the ball and make plays.
They also managed to keep Nitro Tuggle, who was rumored to be recommitting earlier in the year. Tuggle is a raw athlete. His routes need refining, but once he has the ball, he has a freaky ability to make guys miss.
Yet, the crowning jewel of the class is CB Ellis Robinson. The top rated CB is an absolute freak, likely the best DB Kirby Smart has ever had. Expectations are so high for Robinson, many are already penciling him as a Day 1 starter for the Dawgs.
In a face off against top receiver and Ohio State commit Jeremiah Smith, Robinson locked him down throughout a tournament. Robinson is fast, long, and already has pretty good technique.
The last key piece of this UGA class are the massive offensive line recruits.
- 6’8, 353 lbs
- 6’8, 335 lbs
- 6’8, 325 lbs
- 6’7, 315 lbs
- 6’6, 330 lbs
- 6’6, 295 lbs
Good lawd. If Georgia can’t get a push up front with these guys, Stacey Searles will need to find a new job.
All in all, UGA has managed another fantastic class.
While there is some left to be desired at receiver, UGA has got a number of playmakers in the secondary, key players on both lines, and some possible studs at running back. The Dawgs are well stocked for the future.