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Georgia running backs coach Dell McGee (left) was ranked the top recruiter of the 2018 cycle because of his role in bringing players such as 5-star RB Zamir White (right) to Athens.

3 Georgia football assistants ranked among top 10 recruiters of 2018 cycle

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Georgia has at least 3 of the best recruiters in college football

When the dust settled on National Signing Day, Georgia had inked not only the No. 1 recruiting class in 2018, it had inked one of the best in college football history. For their efforts in assembling this signing class, three UGA assistant coaches were ranked among the top 10 recruiters from the 2018 cycle, according to the 247Sports recruiter rankings.

According to the rankings, running back coach Dell McGee was the top recruiter in the country for this cycle. Offensive line coach Sam Pittman and inside linebackers coach Glenn Schumann ranked fourth and ninth respectively. Georgia was the only program with three coaches ranked in the top 10. Defensive coordinator Mel Tucker (13) and receiver coach James Coley (19) also finished inside the top 20.

“A former high school coach at Columbus Carver in southern Georgia, McGee leaned on that background to pull in-state 5-star quarterback Justin Fields, in-state 5-star defensive end Brenton Cox and out-of-state running backs Zamir White and James Cook,” CBS Sports college football writer Barton Simmons wrote of McGee. “McGee was the primary recruiter on the No. 1 dual-threat quarterback, No. 1 running back, No. 3 all-purpose back and No. 2 strong-side defensive end in the country.”

Simmons described Pittman’s recruitment of top line talent to Athens and his ability to develop it “maybe the most compelling evidence that Georgia is here to stay as a national power.” He also noted Schumann, 27, is the youngest top-10 recruiter by nearly a decade.

Between Georgia’s on-field performance and their prowess on the recruiting trail, each assistant mentioned above recently earned a raise. Next season, McGee will make $550,000 (up from $350,00), Pittman will make $825,000 (up from $660,000) and Schumann will make $325,000 (up from $275,000). Tucker and Coley received raises of $600,000 and $400,000, respectively.

Things don’t appear to be slowing down for Georgia on the recruiting front either. The Bulldogs currently have the top-ranked 2019 class, while Coley and Schumann currently stand as the top recruiters in that cycle.

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What’s Georgia looking for in 2019?

Jeff Sentell of DawgNation has a nice breakdown of what Kirby Smart and Georgia are looking for in the recruiting Class of 2019. Here are the number of players Sentell figures the Dawgs will try to take at each position.

QB: 1
RB: 0-1
WR: 3
TE: 2
T: 2-3
G: 1-2
C: 0
K: 0
DE: 3
DT: 3
OLB: 2
ILB: 3
CB: 2
S: 2
P: 0
Total: 25

Is Justin Fields ready to contribute?

How good does 5-star QB Justin Fields project to be? Reigning SEC Freshman of the Year Jake Fromm returns behind center and Steve Lassan of Athlon Sports still felt compelled to include Fields in his list of college football’s top-15 potential impact freshmen quarterbacks.

Unseating Jake Fromm isn’t going to be easy, but even if Fields doesn’t win the starting job, he’s likely to have a role in the offense in 2018. The Georgia native ranked as the No. 2 prospect in the 247Sports composite and was considered No. 1 by ESPN. As evidenced by his 2,096 rushing yards and 28 scores on the ground in two years as the starter, Fields brings more mobility than Fromm to the offense. In addition to his ability to move in the pocket and make plays with his legs, Fields threw for 4,187 yards and 41 touchdowns as a starter in high school.

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