Bianchi, you may recall, served notice to Kirby Smart that his time may be coming to an end.
Plus, it doesn’t help that Smart may have met his match in Mullen, who turned UF’s program around in one season and is starting to challenge Smart’s superiority on the recruiting trail.
Well, let’s revisit that superiority for a moment, okay?
From a recruiting perspective, Georgia is the Alabama of the SEC East. There is no competition. The Tide are quantifiably the only team in the Dawgs’ recruiting zip code, this year reclaiming the No. 1 ranking as the only team capable of topping UGA.
Georgia’s 2018 class was the first to unseat the Tide as No. 1 overall for the first time in seven years. The Tide rebounded to get the No. 1 class, but the Dawgs are No. 2. We know what Alabama’s doing is sustainable. It’s pretty clear that what Georgia’s doing is too.
But building a roster that’s Tide-level also means something else: they’re wrecking shop comparative to all of their direct rivals. And Georgia’s doing just that.
Georgia’s five-star lead over the rest of the East is 15-4 since Smart has gotten it rolling. This type of recruiting dominance is slightly different from Alabama when you compare the Tide to the SEC West. Alabama never lapped its division this way. Bama’s best three-year stretch since Texas A&M joined the league was from 2013-2015 when they signed 18 five stars. The rest of the West signed 24. That obviously includes teams like LSU and Auburn.
Alabama has dominated the West on the field even though the West has at least kept within range as far as recruiting goes with those strong recruiters. But what do you think the Dawgs are gonna do with their advantage? [Emphasis added.]
That’s a good question for Bianchi.
By the way – and I know it’s early — a quick look at the current 247Sports Composite for 2020 shows Georgia with one five-star commit and Florida with zero. Mullen’s challenge seems to be going swimmingly so far.