“They are in a situation where the state of Georgia is so heavily contested that you don’t always get the cream of the crop from the state completely. You have to go out of state, and Georgia has done a good job of that. They’ve gone to Florida to get guys and to the Carolinas to get guys.
“They do a good job of finding guys in adjacent states and back-filling for sort of the players they inevitably lose from the Atlanta area, which is just so hotly contested now. It’s impossible for them to get all of them.”
Georgia and Southern California are the only programs to land Rivals top-15 recruiting classes annually since the inception of the recruiting service in 2002. This would mark the 11th top-10 class for the Bulldogs in 14 years.
The Bulldogs have raked in most of the in-state talent this year, receiving commitments from seven of Rivals’ top-100 prospects: Albany defensive end Trenton Thompson (No. 7), Hogansville athlete Terry Godwin (No. 10), Atlanta defensive end Natrez Patrick (No. 42), Evans safety Rashad Roundtree (No. 56), Tucker defensive end Jonathan Ledbetter (No. 68), Fairburn defensive end D’Andre Walker (No. 85) and Stone Mountain defensive end Chauncey Rivers (No. 87). Patrick and Ledbetter enrolled earlier this month.
Georgia also is considered the school to beat for Roquan Smith (No. 77), a linebacker from Montezuma.
Reality can be a bitch sometimes. Even at Creekside High School.