Georgia’s entire 2020 signing class arrived on campus this week ahead of voluntary workouts that are set to begin on Monday.
The Bulldogs bring in 25 signees in this class to go along with transfers Jamie Newman, Tre McKitty and JT Daniels. Because of signees like 5-star cornerback Kelee Ringo and 5-star offensive tackle Broderick Jones, the Bulldogs will bring in the country’s top signing class.
The reality is that most of these signees will end up making far greater contributions to future Georgia teams, as they’ll need to become accustomed to the faster and more physical game that is college football.
But the Bulldogs are going to need some form of contributions from this group this season, given some of the needs the team has. The Bulldogs once again expect to compete for a national title and are likely to begin the season in the top-10.
In the video below we explain the biggest areas where the 2020 freshman class can help the Georgia football team.
Playmakers to make contributions early
Georgia signed five wide receivers, two running backs and a tight end in the 2020 class. Five of those players — Darnell Washington, Marcus Rosemy, Arian Smith, Kendall Milton and Jermaine Burton — ranked among the top 100 overall prospects in the 2020 cycle.
The Bulldogs have to replace a number of key skill players from the 2019 team, as well as find a way to go more from its wide receiver room. None of these players need to have a George Pickens like impact this season given the talented wide receiver returns for his sophomore season.
But Georgia is going to need some of these freshmen to make life easier for Pickens and whoever ends up being Georgia’s starting quarterback this season. And doing so would go a long way to improving the offense.
Broderick Jones to develop
Sam Pittman did not leave the cupboard bare when he left for the Arkansas job. The Bulldogs still have a number of talented options on the offensive line to replace the likes of Andrew Thomas and Isaiah Wilson.
Many have wondered if Jones could potentially pull a Thomas and start as a freshman at one of the tackle spots. He was the No. 2 offensive tackle in the class and has immense upside.
The Bulldogs don’t exactly need him to be a day-one starter, but if he’s able to develop over the course of the year and become a key player come the end of the 2020 season, it should mean very good things for Matt Luke and the future of the Georgia offensive line.
Jalen Carter to find a role in the defensive line rotation
Ringo was Georgia’s highest-rated defensive signee. And given the number of defensive backs who have played as freshmen in the past, it shouldn’t come as a surprise to see the nation’s top defensive back taking key snaps in 2020.
But what Georgia might actually have a greater need for is some production from its second-highest-rated defensive signee in Jalen Carter. The 5-star defensive linemen was one of the top players at the Under Armour All-American game and it’s easy to see why he was one of the best prospects in the country.
Given the Bulldogs have to replace five defensive linemen from the 2019 team, there will be an opportunity for Carter to play early. And if he’s able to play as well as Travon Walker did a season ago, it could turn Georgia’s defensive line into a strength.
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