UGA Football Recruiting Update: Kirby Smart Hurting Alabama

    A UGA football recruiting update looking at how Kirby Smart is affecting Alabama on the trail.

    March 8, 2016

    A UGA football recruiting update looking at how Kirby Smart is affecting Alabama on the trail.

    For the first time in 15 seasons, the Bulldogs have a new head coach. But that’s old news.

    By now, UGA fans have adjusted to the idea of Kirby Smart, a former Bulldogs defensive back, leading their team on Saturdays.

    What fans might not have expected was for Smart to make such a huge impact this early on the recruiting trail.

    UGA landed the No. 9 class in the 2016 cycle with names like Jacob Eason, Isaac Nauta and Mecole Hardman Jr. headlining it.

    With new offensive coordinator Jim Chaney on board, Smart is hoping to mold the Bulldogs into an all-around threat. UGA was ranked No. 7 in total defense but No. 83 in total offense in 2015, a glaring discrepancy that must be cleared up.

    The amount of work Smart was able to put in on the recruiting trail with the very small window he was given — between helping Alabama win another national championship and taking on his first head coaching job — was remarkable.

    The Southeastern Conference should be afraid of what he can do with a full cycle. This past week alone, Smart flipped two players from Alabama over to UGA, sending a rocket shot across the bow of his former employer and effectively putting the rest of the SEC on notice.

    Below is a look at how UGA’s 2017 recruiting class currently looks.

    Note: Scout rankings and ratings used in this article.

    UGA Football Recruiting Update

    Complete Class

  1. No. 7 Overall Class
  2. Total Commits: 6
  3. 5-Star Commits: 0
  4. 4-Star Commits: 4
  5. 3-Star Commits: 2
  6. Jake Fromm: 4-Star, No. 9 QB, No. 91 Overall
  7. Jaden Hunter: 4-Star, No. 16 OLB, No. 181 Overall
  8. Breon Dixon: 4-Star, No. 20 OLB, No. 260 Overall
  9. Richard LeCounte: 4-Star, No. 2 S, No. 26 Overall
  10. Xavier Jenkins: unranked 3-Star WR
  11. Justin Shaffer: unranked 3-Star OG

  12. Top Targets

  13. Deangelo Gibbs: 5-Star, No. 2 ATH, No. 3 Overall
  14. Cam Akers: 4-Star, No. 9 RB, No. 82 Overall
  15. Nate McBride: 4-Star, No. 2 ILB, No. 58 Overall
  16. Jamyest Williams: 4-Star, No. 7 ATH, No. 63 Overall
  17. Andrew Thomas: 4-Star, No. 21 OT, No. 188 Overall

  18. Bulldogs Buzz

  19. 4-Star RB Clears Air On Report He Flipped To UGA
  20. Kirby Smart, Bulldogs Flip Two From Alabama
  21. 4-Star QB’s Dad Explains Why Son Picked Kirby Smart Over Nick Saban

  22. Tweet Of The Week

    Scouting The Enemy

  23. Unranked ATH Patrick Queen committed to LSU (2/27/2016)
  24. 4-Star RB Cam Akers decommitted from Alabama (3/3/2016)
  25. 2-Star WR Stephen Guidry committed to South Carolina (3/1/2016)
  26. 3-Star recruit De’Morreal Burnam, No. 28 OLB, committed to Tennessee (3/5/2016)
  27. 3-Star quarterback Roshauud Paul committed to Texas A&M (3/5/2016)

  28. Recent UGA Offers

  29. Yusuf Corker, 2017 3-Star CB, Stockbridge, Ga. 
  30. Badara Traore, 2017 JUCO OL, Nassau C.C.
  31. Tyler Taylor, 2017 3-Star OLB, Buford, Ga. 
  32. Emory Jones, 2018 QB, Franklin, Ga.
  33. Wyatt Davis, 2017 5-Star, No. 2 OG, No. 14 Overall, Bellflower, Calif.

  34. MORE: 
    4-Star QB In 2017 Class Flips To UGA


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