There is a risk of going overboard about the class Georgia just brought in — understandable, given the mediocre season that preceded signing day — but purely on the numbers, by Georgia standards, it’s basically an unprecedented haul that Kirby Smart raked in yesterday. Here are some examples of what I mean by that.
Keep in mind that’s after Florida’s impressive signing day finish.
Smart will wait a long while before determining whether this year’s class is a success, but the Bulldogs inked 18 players who were ranked among ESPN’s top 300 nationally. The only classes with more were Alabama in 2014 and again this year, and LSU last year.
Georgia crossed the 300-point barrier in the 247Sports composite rankings. In the last ten years, that’s only happened twelve times: six times by Saban, three times by Meyer, once by Mack Brown, Steve Sarkisian… and Kirby Smart. Sarkisian and Smart are the only two to pull off that trick without having won a national title first. That’s pretty remarkable.