UGA’s staff knows that the talent margin is closing, that we are no longer a team with a couple of nice pieces – that we are getting deep. Sandridge was a cannon shot. A championship playoff run, at a position of need, and we still get the commitment – regardless of what is being written about currently (and make no mistake, it isn’t a coincidence).
It has been a long time since we’ve been this deep. On the staff and on the roster. It’s the middle of July and we are all in the same range of commitments and we are ahead of them. Pressure is all on them.
Hey, how’s that whole pressure thing working out? Okay, I guess.
The latest addition to Georgia’s 2018 recruiting class has pushed the Bulldogs to the top of the 247Sports Composite Team Recruiting Rankings. Independence Community College (Independence, Kan.) defensive lineman Jermaine Johnson committed to Kirby Smart and his staff on Thursday night, allowing UGA to surge past Alabama for the No. 1 spot.
Georgia finished 2018 with the nation’s top recruiting class and it’s well on its way toward getting there again, with just 17 commitments in its current haul. With that number of pledges, the Bulldogs still have fewer than any other program in the top five. Alabama has 20, Texas A&M has 24, Clemson has 22, and Oregon has 19.
Maybe more impressive is the fact that Georgia has an average rating per commitment of well over 94. Johnson, who has a rating of 94 according to 247Sports (he hasn’t yet been rated by the rest of the industry so his only ranking is with 247Sports), actually caused that average rating to go down.
South Carolina still finds itself sixteen spots down the list from Georgia in the 247Sports Composite Rankings this morning. The good news is that the Dawgs’ rise has been stopped by math — you can’t go any higher than first. Now that’s pressure.