UGA Football Recruiting Update: Kirby Smart Eyeing Star-Studded Finish

    UGA football recruiting update as of Dec. 21, 2015. The Bulldogs are fighting for a top-10 recruiting class.

    December 22, 2015

    UGA football recruiting update as of Dec. 21, 2015. The Bulldogs are fighting for a top 10 recruiting finish.


    It’s the dawn of a new day in Athens, Ga. For 15 seasons, it was Mark Richt who had the last word on major moves with the Bulldogs. For almost two decades, it was Richt who was selling young recruits on the idea of wearing red and black on Saturdays.

    Now the page has turned, and it’s Kirby Smart shouldering that job.

    Smart has already stepped up to the plate and delivered by holding onto 5-star quarterback Jacob Eason, the No. 1 QB in the nation, according to 247Sports. Eason was considering flipping to the rival Florida Gators following Richt’s firing, but Smart was able to sell him on staying with UGA. His commitment could make a huge impact on the Georgia-Florida rivalry, as well as the SEC East, for years to come.

    The attention now should be turned towards giving Eason a big-time weapon to throw to on game days. Who else would be a better fit than 5-star tight end Issac Nauta? The 6-foot-4, 237-pound Nauta, from Buford, Ga., is the No. 1 tight end and No. 9 overall recruit in the country, according to 247Sports. Nauta was committed to Florida State, but he backed off his commitment to the Seminoles in July. He released a top three that included Georgia this past weekend.

    If Smart can land Nauta, it would transform the Bulldogs into a top 10 class, but there’s several more elite recruits still on the table. Mecole Hardman Jr is a 5-star athlete from Elberton, Ga., and he has the Bulldogs atop his list. The same goes for Ben Davis, a 5-star inside linebacker from Gordo, Ala.

    Smart already made a splash by hanging onto Eason, but adding the other three would send a tidal wave of excitement over Athens.

    Below is a look at where the current UGA football recruiting class stands, as well as some top targets left on the Bulldogs’ radar. Georgia is currently ranked No. 12 in 247Sports Composite’s team rankings.


    Top UGA Football Recruiting Commits

  1. Jacob Eason, 5-star QB
  2. Julian Rochester, 4-star DT
  3. Ben Cleveland, 4-star OT
  4. Chauncey Manac, 4-star DE
  5. Charlie Woerner, 4-star WR
  6. Elijah Holyfield, 4-star HB
  7. Jaleel Laguins, 4-star ILB
  8. Tyler Clark, 4-star DT
  9. Javon Wims, 4-star WR

  10. Top UGA Football Recruiting Targets

  11. Isaac Nauta, 5-star TE
  12. Ben Davis, 5-star ILB
  13. Mecole Hardman Jr., 5-star ATH
  14. Demetris Robertson, 5-star ATH
  15. Janarius Robinson, 4-star DE

  16. 2016 UGA Football Recruiting Class Overview

  17. Total Commits: 14
  18. 5-Star Commits: 1
  19. 4-Star Commits: 8
  20. 3-Star Commits: 5

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