2016 Georgia Football Recruiting Class Breakdown

    2016 Georgia Football Recruiting Class: Kirby Smart hit the ground running with a great class that’s among the best in the SEC – and the nation. Follow,

    January 29, 2016


    2016 Georgia Football Recruiting Class: Kirby Smart hit the ground running with a great class that’s among the best in the SEC – and the nation.


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    Georgia Football Recruiting Class Overview

    Who says a new coaching staff can’t rock on the recruiting trail right away? Granted, Kirby Smart and company built off of what Mark Richt started – and did the good job of keeping a few key prospects – the coaches did a great job on their own.

    The Class Is Heavy On …

    QB Jacob Eason, 6-6, 217 – The class is tremendous with the top tight end, Isaac Nauta, and plenty of playmakers who can fit in a variety of ways. Throw in JUCO transfer Javon Wims as a big, talented receiver, and the Bulldogs have help for the passing attack. However, being able to keep Eason was the biggest coup. He reopened his recruitment after Mark Richt exited for Miami, but the Washington native stuck it out. He’s the NFL pro-style passer the next-level scouts are all looking for.

    The Star of the Class Is …

    Besides Eason, it’s CB Mecole Hardman, Jr., 5-11, 176 – He could be a devastating receiver or a good option out of the backfield, but with his size and speed he has NFL upside as a corner. No matter where he plays, he’s expected to be a difference-maker with the athleticism to be a standout once he figures out where his spot is. Miami was close in the running, and Michigan, Florida, and Ohio State were right there, but he became Georgia’s biggest signing day get.

    The Team’s Biggest 2016 Depth Chart Hole Is …

    Linebacker. Losing three offensive linemen is a problem, with tackle John Theus likely the biggest departure, and the defensive line has to undergo an overhaul with all three starters done, but the star power was at linebacker. Leonard Floyd left early, and Jordan Jenkins and Jake Ganus are done on the inside. In all, six starters among the defensive front seven are gone.

    2016 Georgia Football Recruiting Class

    Chris Barnes OL 6-3 294 Leesburg, Ga. Lee County
    Michail Carter DL 6-3 317 Jackson, Ga. Jackson
    Tyler Clark DL 6-4 309 Americus, Ga. Americus-Sumter Co.
    Chad Clay DB 6-0 180 Marietta, Ga. Peachtree Ridge
    Ben Cleveland OL 6-6 345 Toccoa, Ga. Stephens County
    Jacob Eason QB 6-5 211 Lake Stevens, Wash. Lake Stevens
    Mecole Hardman ATH 5-11 180 Bowman, Ga. Elbert County
    Elijah Holyfield RB 5-11 209 College Park, Ga. Woodward Academy
    Solomon Kindley OL 6-4 370 Jacksonville, Fla. Raines
    Jaleel Laguins LB 6-2 220 Watkinsville, Ga. Oconee County
    Marshall Long P 6-2 223 China Grove, N.C. South Rowan
    Chauncey Manac OLB 6-3 255 Fargo, Ga. Clinch County
    David Marshall OLB/DE 6-3 270 Thomaston, Ga. Upson-Lee
    Tyrique McGhee DB 5‐10 177 Bryon, Ga. Peach County
    Isaac Nauta TE 6-4 237 Buford, Ga. IMG Academy
    Riley Ridley WR 6-2 195 Coconut Creek, Fla. Monarch
    Julian Rochester DL 6-5 327 Powder Springs, Ga. McEachern
    Tyler Simmons WR 6-0 194 Powder Springs, Ga. McEachern
    Javon Wims WR 6-4 220 Miami, Fla. Hinds CC
    Charlie Woerner TE 6-5 249 Tiger, Ga. Rabun County

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