College football is becoming a Superteam sport and Georgia is trying to keep up
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Kendall Milton’s comments indicate Georgia football is building a Superteam
CLOVIS, Calif. — Georgia landed a 5-star commitment on Monday in the form of running back Kendall Milton. For most programs, this would be a huge deal. There are roughly around 30 5-star prospects each year, meaning they’re a scarce commodity.
But that’s not the case at Georgia. The Bulldogs have signed six 5-star running backs dating back to the 2011 recruiting cycle. Milton could be the seventh should he maintain the high ranking and sign with Georgia — which he intends to do. Not among those six are Elijah Holyfield and Todd Gurley.
In the last three recruiting cycles alone, Georgia has signed 16 5-star prospects. That’s the most in the country over that span and the Bulldogs already have three committed as a part of the 2020 cycle. Milton joins outside linebacker Mekhail Sherman and offensive tackle Broderick Jones as Georgia commits who carry a 5-star rating.
But just three 5-star commitments likely won’t be enough to crack the top four in the 2020 recruiting rankings. The Bulldogs currently have the No. 5 recruiting class per the 247Sports composite rankings. They’re still a good bit behind Clemson, Alabama, LSU and Ohio State in the rankings.
As of July 30 there are 29 composite 5-star prospects in the 2020 cycle. Fifteen of them are committed to either Clemson, Alabama, LSU, Ohio State and Georgia. And given where the Bulldogs, Tigers and Crimson Tide stand with the likes of Jordan Burch, Justin Flowe, Darnell Washington and Arik Gilbert — all 5-star prospects — the difference between the haves and the have nots in recruiting only seems to be getting wider.
Like Georgia, all four of those teams are trying to build Superteams. Clemson and Alabama have had Superteams pretty much for this past decade, which is why those two schools have won 11 of the last 12 College Football Playoff games.
Superteams aren’t a new concept to sports. The NBA has largely been dominated by Superteams for roughly the last 40 years by the likes of Larry Bird’s Celtics, Magic Johnson’s Lakers, Michael Jordan’s Bulls and the Golden State Warriors of recent years.
You’ve seen this in soccer as well, with the likes of Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Barcelona finding lots of success in the Champions Leauge in the past decade.
When Milton spoke following his commitment on Monday night, he made it clear that Georgia is going to continue to add talent, even if it might mean less playing time for some former 5-star recruits.
Recruits want to build Superteams in college football so that they have a better chance of winning it all.
“I plan on playing with another great back,” he said. “So [I’m] going after Zachary [Evans]. Going after Tank [Bigsby]. Trying to put together this all-star team to make the competition a little bit easier.”
Running back isn’t the only position where Georgia is attempting to load up on elite talent. Georgia has commitments from offensive tackles in Jones and Tate Ratledge, who both rank among the top-40 players in the country. Sherman committed to Georgia after the Bulldogs have signed three 5-star linebackers in the past two signing classes.
Of course, building a Superteam and maintaining one are two distinctly different challenges. Georgia fans only have to look back to the Jake Fromm-Justin Fields fiasco to see what could go wrong when you try and stack so much talent at one position.
But that experience didn’t dissuade Smart from continuing to pursue the best high school talent in the country, regardless of what he already has in Athens.
“No regrets,” Smart told CBSSports’ Dodd in regards to the Fromm-Fields dynamic. “I would go recruit the best player [again].”
As talented as Georgia might be — the Bulldogs will likely begin the season as the No. 3 team in the country — it still has to do more to track down Alabama and Clemson. And with the likes of Ohio State and LSU trying to do the same, the Bulldogs have to continue to build the best team in the country, even if that might mean passing on a talented in-state player.
Georgia often likes to tout that ‘it isn’t done yet’ after it lands a big-time recruit. With the modern college football landscape being what it is, Georgia simply can’t be done yet if it wants to keep up and join the elite college football programs.
More Kendall Milton stories from around DawgNation
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- Social media, Georgia football fans react to latest addition to ‘RBU’ in 5-star Kendall Milton
- WATCH: The DawgNation conversation with 5-star RB target Kendall Milton (Part I)
- Kendall Milton on DawgNation: ‘I 100 percent feel the love from the Georgia fans’
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