While I’m on the subject of things I pondered after the natty, here’s another one: how does Georgia’s 2019 recruiting class, which finished second in the 247Sports Composite (behind you know who), look now in the cold light of day?
Welp ($$), since I asked…
1. Georgia Bulldogs
2019 class ranking: 2
Top offensive commit: C Clay Webb (No. 14)
Top defensive commit: DE Nolan Smith (No. 2)
The Bulldogs fell just short of the top class on signing day, but in retrospect, this was indeed the best haul of that cycle. This group played a key role in helping Georgia secure the national title this season — it made its biggest impact on the Dawgs’ stingy defense.
Five-star DE Nolan Smith, LB Nakobe Dean, S Lewis Cine and DE Travon Walker were the top four defensive prospects signed that year. All four have played significant roles for that unit, with Dean winning the Butkus Award as the nation’s top linebacker.
The offense added some important pieces as well in starting RT Warren McClendon and WR George Pickens, both ESPN 300 prospects. This class also demonstrated that impact performers could arise from lesser-touted signings, as one-time walk-on and national championship MVP QB Stetson Bennett arrived as a bounce-back from junior college.
‘Bama dropped to number two, so at least that’s consistent with the game results.
Seriously, the only thing better than racking up top three class after top three class on the recruiting trail is racking up top three class after top three class on the recruiting trail, only to discover the recruiting services underrated their evaluation.