The Georgia Bulldogs put together another top 10 recruiting class, this time under new head coach Kirby Smart, as the Dawgs have the No. 7 Class of 2016.
According to 24/7 Sports, the 2016 recruiting class of the Georgia Bulldogs was the No. 7 class in the entire country, the No. 4 class in the SEC, and the No. 1 class in the SEC East. This is very impressive as the Georgia Bulldogs only ended up signing 20 players and had to do with a coaching change mid recruiting cycle.
Georgia completed their 2016 class with the three five-star commitments of quarterback Jacob Eason, tight end Isaac Nauta, and athlete Mecole Hardman, Jr. Eason and Nauta are rooming together in Athens, as both are two of UGA’s six early enrollees of this 2016 recruiting class. Hardman decided to stay in state and play for the Dawgs, chosing UGA over Alabama and Clemson.
The Georgia Bulldogs had 10 four-star commitments. Defensive tackle Julian Rochester, offensive tackle Ben Cleveland, and wide receiver Riley Ridley all decided to early enroll with Georgia and are taking classes at UGA this spring semester.
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Georgia’s seven other four-star commitments are defensive end Chauncey Manac, defensive tackle Michail Carter, wide receiver Charlie Woerner, running back Elijah Holyfield, defensive tackle Tyler Clark, wide receiver Javon Wims, and inside linebacker Jaleel Laguins.
Carter was a new addition to the 2016 recruiting class for the Georgia Bulldogs. He played in high school for Jackson High School in Jackson, Georgia. The Dawgs are still awaiting Laguins’ signed National Letter of Intent, though he remains a hard commit to the Georgia Bulldogs according to 24/7 Sports.
Rounding out Georgia’s 2016 recruiting class are seven three-star signees. Cornerback Chad Clay is the sixth and final member of the UGA 2016 recruiting class to early enroll with the Dawgs. The other six three-star prospects to Commit to the G are wide receiver Tyler Simmons, defensive end David Marshall, offensive tackle Chris Barnes, cornerback Tyrique McGhee, offensive tackle Solomon Kindley, and punter Marshall Long.
Simmons was successfully flipped from his commitment to the University of Alabama by Kirby Smart. Simmons was a high school teammate of Julian Rochester’s at McEachern High School in Powder Springs, Georgia. Marshall signed today as well. He played his high school ball at Upson-Lee High School in Thomaston, Georgia.
While it isn’t as big of a recruiting as in the past, Dawg Nation has to feel great about the players that ended up signing with Georgia, as it was very easy for the 2016 recruiting class to suffer drastically when Mark Richt’s time in Athens came to an end. Georgia beats out Florida and Tennessee in the East this year and very few programs can say that they landed three five-star commitments in one class. Go Dawgs!