If there’s a bigger cheerleader for Georgia’s program under Kirby Smart than CFN’s Pete Fiutak, I must have missed it. Here’s what he has to say about Georgia’s 2017 class:
The one big, giant, major storyline you need to care about is …
Georgia. The Bulldogs always recruited well under Mark Richt, and head coach Kirby Smart did a nice job in his first season with plenty of key late gets – while hanging on to top quarterback recruit, Jacob Eason – but this year, he and his staff took things to a whole other level.
Not since the 2006 group with Matt Stafford, Knowshon Moreno and Geno Atkins has Georgia come up with a class that looked this strong, and this one should turn out to be even better.
It’s all about the trends when it comes to recruiting. It doesn’t matter too much whether or not Smart pulled in the top class, or a top five class, this is now a hot program that’s doing more than just competing with the Alabamas and LSUs for the four-and-five star talents.
Smart and his staff just crushed Florida, Tennessee and the rest of the SEC East with this haul. Combine it with the last few classes, and a loaded team returning, and this is going to be one of the it teams going into the 2017 season.
Before you rush off to take that cold shower, Fiutak does pitch a little context at us.
Since the beginning of recorded college football recruiting ranking time, the SEC has always dominated, and it’s never been remotely close. That’ll continue until the doomsday clock runs out, with this yet another recruiting season owned by the SEC and its big dog on top, with Ohio State the one outlier that continues to get into the club.
Again, Georgia came up with a phenomenal class, but so did LSU, Texas A&M, Tennessee, Auburn, and to a lesser extent, Florida. These programs would own the headlines in any other conference, but there’s still that Alabama thing to deal with.
Yeah, there’s that.