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Georgia football winners and losers following 2021 National Signing Day
Winner: Georgia’s 2022 recruiting class
The Bulldogs’ lone commitment on National Signing Day actually came for its next recruiting class. Georgia earned a commitment from 4-star defensive tackle Bear Alexander. He’s the No. 140 overall player in the 2022 recruiting cycle, the No. 22 player in Texas and the No. 9 defensive tackle.
Georgia now has the No. 2 ranked class in the 2022 recruiting cycle behind only Ohio State. The Bulldogs have gotten off to a much faster start to this cycle than in the past, as the Bulldogs had just three commits for the 2021 class at this point last season. In 2019, the Bulldogs had three 2020 commitments on National Signing Day.
With the early signing period allowing for programs to finish their work earlier, they’ve used the month of January to really focus on the next recruiting class, 2022 in this case, as teams try to put the finishing touches on the current.
Georgia coach Kirby Smart offered up a reason for why the Bulldogs have had more success in this cycle when it comes to working ahead than it has in the past.
Alabama though didn’t just beat out Georgia for a few prospects. They beat out everyone. Nick Saban landed 5-star offensive tackle Tommy Brockermeyer out of Texas. Alabama got 5-star defensive tackle Damon Payne out of Michigan.
The Crimson Tide also dominated the state of Florida. Alabama signed seven of the top 15 prospects in the state, though one of those JC Latham played at IMG Academy after coming from Wisconsin. Florida, Florida State and Miami combined for four of the top 15 prospects from the state of Florida.
The 2020 Alabama team was one of the most dominant in recent memory. It has to replace a number of key players from that team. But with this 2021 signing class, it’s clear the Crimson Tide have staying power.
Winner: Dan Lanning
The Georgia defensive coordinator made the decision to remain at Georgia as opposed to taking the defensive coordinator job at Texas. That decision looks to have paid off, quite literally.
Lanning was one of three Georgia assistants who got a raise. Dell McGee went from making $675,000 to $800,000. Todd Harley saw his salary jump from $400,000 to $450,000 for the 2021 season.