UGA Football Recruiting Update: Bulldogs Add Prized 5-Star Recruit

    UGA football recruiting update following the addition of a prized 5-star recruit in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl for the Bulldogs.

    January 9, 2016

    UGA football recruiting update as of Jan. 9, 2016. The Bulldogs tacked on a prized 5-star recruit during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.


    Kirby Smart is apparently trying to take over the world. Okay, maybe things in Athens, Ga. haven’t progressed that far — yet.

    But the new UGA football coach has been displaying his dominance on the recruiting trail as of late.

    The Bulldogs just picked up a commitment from 4-star wide receiver Cavin Ridley — brother of Alabama’s Calvin Ridley, who had a stellar freshman season for the Crimson Tide and will get a chance to start in Monday’s national championship game. The younger Ridley is the No. 32 wide receiver and No. 177 overall recruit in the class of 2016. He was briefly committed to Will Muschamp and the South Carolina Gamecocks, but reopened his recruitment after just two days and has since decided he’d like to play for Georgia. 

    But oh no, Smart wasn’t done there. During the fourth quarter of the 2016 U.S. Army All-American Bowl, 5-star tight end Isaac Nauta committed to the Bulldogs.

    With those two additions, UGA flew up from No. 10 to No. 5 in the 247Sports Composite team rankings.

    There are three weeks left to go until National Signing Day, and Smart isn’t even close to being finished hauling in talent. He’s looking to make moves in his first head coaching stint, and he’s looking to scare the rest of the SEC.

    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 primed for a top-five finish if it keeps this up.


    Top UGA Football Recruiting Commits

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

  12. Top UGA Football Recruiting Targets

  13. Derrick Brown, 5-star DT
  14. Ben Davis, 5-star ILB
  15. Mecole Hardman Jr., 5-star ATH
  16. Demetris Robertson, 5-star ATH
  17. Marquez Callaway, 4-star ATH

  18. 2016 UGA Football Recruiting Class Overview

  19. Total Commits: 15
  20. 5-Star Commits: 2
  21. 4-Star Commits: 9
  22. 3-Star Commits: 5

  23. MORE: UGA Football Recruiting Wish List

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