When Kirby Smart was hired to be the head football coach at Georgia, he brought with him a certain level of excitement in the recruiting game. He is continuing to prove why.
On July 15, Georgia picked up a commitment in the Class of 2019 from outside linebacker J.D. Bertrand of Blessed Trinity Catholic High School. Bertrand is rated a four-star and No. 13 at his position nationally, according to 247Sports.
The next day Georgia added another name for 2019, as wide receiver Dominick Blaylock announced his commitment to the Bulldogs. The Walton High School junior is a five-star and the No. 2 wide receiver in the country.
With the addition of Blaylock, Georgia now has pledges from the top two receivers in the country for 2019. Jadon Haselwood is a five-star from Cedar Grove High School who committed to Georgia on March 16.
On the flip side, five-star defensive end Nolan Smith from Savannah is rated the No. 3 player in the country overall for 2019. He committed to Georgia back on Jan. 29.
That’s three five-stars for Georgia already intending to play for the Bulldogs come fall 2019. Smart has six players in total, giving Georgia the No. 2 class in the country.
As for Smart’s 2018 class, however, Georgia is several recruits away from being No. 2 on the list. Only eight rising seniors are committed to Georgia so far. Of the eight on the list, the talent doesn’t stack up to Smart’s 2017 recruiting class, and it’s looking like 2019 is on the right track to beat out 2018.
The most notable name committed to Georgia for 2018 is five-star Zamir White — the No. 1 running back in the country. His commitment came on June 27 from the cafeteria of his high school in Laurinburg, North Carolina.
As of July 18, Georgia has the 52nd best class in the country for 2018. No. 52 is a big departure from No. 3 in 2017.
Luckily for Smart, there’s still time to improve his haul in his second full recruiting cycle. National Signing Day for 2018 is over six months away, and there’s plenty of prospects who are uncommitted.
Although Smart and the Bulldogs have quite a way to go before they reach the level of last year’s recruiting class, hope is not lost. The Bulldogs class currently sits at No. 11 in the Southeastern Conference for 2018. Right below them at No. 12 is Alabama.
Neither of these teams will finish that low in the SEC or in the nation. Fans will be watching to see just how much ground they make up before February 1st.