When your program is winning at a high level, roster turnover is inevitable. These changes carry over to recruiting, where you need to make sure to replenish the holes in your roster.
For example, Georgia had six defensive backs leaving the team after the 2020 season. They then went on to attack the secondary hard on the trail, ultimately signing five defensive backs in their 2022 class.
In 2021, they focused their efforts on the trenches. The Bulldogs have signed seven linemen in this class, some of whom have already made a strong impression on the staff.
While there is still plenty of time for the recruiting class of 2023, several patterns have emerged. Georgia is targeting several key points and allocating enough resources to ensure they bring the best class possible.
Georgia seems determined to take a top quarterback in every recruiting class. However, they usually find these quarterbacks in Georgia State. Signal callers Stetson Bennett, Brock Vandagriff, Gunner Stockton are all from the state of Georgia, and most of the room is from the southeast.
They could ultimately decide to sign someone from the state, like Brookwood quarterback Dylan Lonergan. However, the Bulldogs spent more time nationally with their 2023 quarterback recruits.
The crown jewel of this class for Georgia appears to be quarterback Arch Manning. The Louisiana product ticks all the boxes: high-level football family, high-level high school competition, and raw competitive nature. Georgia is attacking this recruitment and seems to have a legitimate chance to bring Manning to Athens. Georgia staff members attended Manning’s basketball game this winter and didn’t just send one coach, they sent three.
There are several other names to pay attention to. California’s Nicholas Yamaleava and Tennessee’s Marcel Reed have been linked to the program, illustrating Georgia’s efforts to recruit a quarterback.
Two ball carriers
Georgia typically signs two running backs every other class. They broke that trend last class, signing two running backs for the first time in back-to-back cycles under head coach Kirby Smart.
Despite a packed race hall, the 2023 class is too good for Georgia not to double down. They grabbed Blessed Trinity’s Judge Haynes early in the process, as his three-trial ability won over most of the top programs across the country.
There are three other names that could join this class of stoppers: Richard Young, Treyaun Webb and Rueben Owens. All are athletic, powerful fullbacks with enough juice to potentially play three tries at the next level.
Georgia would be happy to walk away with two of those four backs. There’s an apparent gap between these names and the rest of the country, so expect to see Georgia push hard for these names next summer.
Elite Perimeter Talent
The Bulldogs have always attracted quality talent, but they’ve recently been able to win over some of the best athletes in the country. Wide receiver George Pickens is a perfect example: He’s the type of recruiting Georgia hasn’t typically won, but can under Smart.
Wideouts Brandon Innis and Jalen Hale are atop every program’s board this offseason. Innis is a rare athletic talent who has played most of the past year as a quarterback for his high school. He has high-end athletic metrics and makes plays on the ball in the air.
Hale has a similar athletic background. He played three sports in high school and was clocked in a 200-meter sprint in 22.68 seconds as a sophomore.