Movin’ on up

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.

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33 responses to “Movin’ on up

  1. Bulldawg Bill

    “… the only thing better than racking up top three class after top three class…”
    …would be winning Natty after Natty!!!

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  2. biggusrickus

    Jermaine Johnson and Tyrique Stevenson were also in that class, along with a few guys who will probably make names for themselves next year (Walthour, Logue, Marshall…maybe Rian Davis). It was about as strong a front seven class as you could put together.

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  3. timphd

    What the F happened to Clay Webb? Number 14 recruit that can’t even make the three deep. Anyone know why?

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    • Texas Dawg

      Same here. The only time I hear his name mentioned is when someone is asking what happened? I know he had some issues from a HS locker room incident, but that should either be in the past or he should be gone. Has he just not developed? Overrated? Discipline problem? Injury? Enquiring minds want to know.

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    • Dylan Dreyer's Booty

      I have asked this before, and did not get any info. The only thing that I will say is that he seemed small to play O-line and be a 5 star guy. That’s actually pretty weak – he wasn’t that small – but it is a mystery. Some guys are so good in HS you think they are going to be great, but then they never get better and all them who haven’t reached their peak are beating them out. That’s all I got.

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    • Dawgfan1995

      I asked Seth Emerson about it on The Athletic when he put his depth chart together. His comment was, “I’m not expecting Webb to be a factor, or I need to see something happen to believe otherwise.” Seth also said that he wasn’t sure whether Webb would enter the portal or not.

      Basically, he’s probably needing to make a move this spring to become something or he will end up somewhere else at the end of the semester.

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    • Reinmart

      From what I’ve heard he’s just too small and his body can’t seem to add enough good weight.

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  4. Russ

    I still recognize Nolan Smith as the overall #1 recruit that year. Swap him with Thibdeaux at Oregon and Smith would have at least the same monster production against that competition out there. Sure glad we have the three Smiths returning this fall!

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    • Texas Dawg

      With all the Smiths on defense, someone should be able to come up with some catch moniker incorporating that.

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    • classiccitycanine

      Nolan isn’t a bust, but he has never really lived up to the hype. I hope he takes a development leap this coming year!

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      • Russ

        Tough crowd. I think he’s been pretty dominant.

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        • classiccitycanine

          He’s a good college player, but he’s not dominant–otherwise he would have gone to the Draft.

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          • iusedtopostasmikecooley

            What is your problem? Seriously. Your hot takes are horrible.

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            • classiccitycanine

              None of this year’s draft boards had Nolan in the top rounds. I’m just stating facts. It’s not a hot take at all.

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              • iusedtopostasmikecooley

                You acted as if he didn’t contribute. You didn’t watch the same season I just watched. And maybe you’re new to football but it’s difficult to standout on a defense full of killers. Pretty much everything you post is negative. I do t believe for one minute that you’re a Georgia fan.

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                • classiccitycanine

                  I did not. I said he was a good player. And no, everything I post is not negative. I have two degrees from UGA, so f*ck you. If you don’t like what I say then keep scrolling. I certainly won’t be talking to you anymore. I have never experienced asshole Georgia fans like I have in the wake of our first national title in 41 years. Amazing.

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                • iusedtopostasmikecooley

                  Me either. You being at the head of the asshole list. I wasn’t the one on here complaining before the celebration was even over. That was you.

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                • classiccitycanine

                  I wasn’t complaining either. Sorry you’re more interested in settling scores than enjoying the Title. Must be miserable.

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                • iusedtopostasmikecooley

                  I won’t be if you’ll stop posting.

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      • 123 Fake St

        Wut? Open your eyes dude.

        He had an excellent year. I expect him to get drafted in the first round in 2023.

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        • Texas Dawg

          Nolan was to this years defense like the #4 starter was for the Braves in the 90’s. They had some excellent #4 starters during those years, but when you are compared to Glavine, Maddox, and Smoltz, you seem pedestrian. Same for Nolan he was WAY above average, but when you are overshadowed by Davis, Walker, and Dean, you don’t look quite as special.

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        • classiccitycanine

          He won’t be a first rounder if he doesn’t improve his pass rush.

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  5. akascuba

    Since Kirby arrived it’s always be recruiting 24/7/365. I don’t believe there are many non troll Kirby doubters left.

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  6. MGW

    It’s amazing these players pulled themselves up to such a high level in spite of Kirby’s inability to develop talent.

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