I’m not sure we can say Georgia’s reached that stage yet, but if Alabama’s your benchmark in that regard, the gap is certainly narrowing.
Here are a few other head-to-heads to think about between the Bulldogs and the Tide.
- Alabama signed the nation’s top recruiting classes in 2015, 2016 and 2017. The Crimson Tide currently are rated No. 5 for 2018.
- Georgia signed the nation’s No. 6 class in 2015 and 2016. The Bulldogs landed the nation’s No. 3 class in 2017 and currently have the No. 1-ranked class for 2018.
- Alabama has signed 16 prospects with that elite 5-star rating since 2015.
- Georgia has signed 14 of those elite 5-stars since 2015, including a gap-closing six of them for 2018.
- The Crimson Tide’s recruiting history shows that they have signed 58 prospects with a 4-star rating since 2015. In comparison, the Bulldogs total up 52 of those elite players.
- Alabama has signed up just one 5-star prospect for 2018.
- The Tide have signed one player who was rated No. 1 in this class at his position for 2018. That’s junior college cornerback prospect Savion Smith.
- Alabama has landed only one signee among the nation’s top 50 prospects for this cycle. Georgia has signed nine prospects who are rated in the top 50 of the 247Sports composite rankings for 2018.
- The Crimson Tide have signed six players who rate among the nation’s top 5 prospects for their positions in 2018. In comparison, the Bulldogs have signed 12 of those players in their prized 2018 class.
There are still a few weeks to go until the February signing date, so I wouldn’t close the door on Nick Saban today. But, barring some crazy stuff, it appears that Georgia will finish by signing the first SEC class to top Alabama’s in years.
That’s both exciting and necessary if the Dawgs want to be a consistent presence in the SECCG and the CFP. But it’s also only one year. That we’re concerned about how Smart will replace the talent, experience and leadership of the players who just left for the NFL draft should tell you this program isn’t on automatic pilot quite yet. But the signs are promising.