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20 names Georgia football fans need to know for the 2020 recruiting class
I like to imagine that if Bill Belichick was coaching the Bulldogs, he would say Georgia is on to the 2020 recruiting class. Yes, Georgia just wrapped up the No. 2 overall class in the 2019 cycle, but the Bulldogs have already started putting in work on the 2020 class. The Bulldogs have three commitments, and are in good shape with a number of players.
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So we’ve decided to lay out 20 names that Georgia fans need to know for the upcoming class. Kirby Smart and company won’t land all of these players. Some of them may end up going to rivals. But given what DawgNation recruiting expert Jeff Sentell has already said or written about these guys, we think Georgia fans should be aware of who is on the Bulldogs’ radar for the year ahead.
The recruits are broken down into a Georgia commits, in-state players and out-of-state players. And the list of 20 doesn’t even include players like 4-star running back Seth McGowan or recent Georgia de-commit Warren Brinson. It looks like the Bulldogs will have a number of talented players in the class once again in 2020:
Broderick Jones, 5-star offensive tackle, Lithonia, Ga., (Lithonia, Ga.,) No. 24 overall player *Committed to Georgia
Georgia is going to need a left tackle to replace Andrew Thomas should he leave early for the NFL draft. Jones could be a possible replacement, as the mammoth offensive tackle is already drawing rave reviews.
What Sentell says: 5-star junior OT commit Broderick Jones feels ‘pretty amazing about Georgia right now’
Jamil Burroughs, 4-star defensive tackle, Powder Springs, Ga., (McEachern), No. 55 overall player *Committed to Georgia
Kirby Smart brought in a stellar defensive line class in 2019, and you can bet he’s going to do the same in 2020. It starts with Burroughs, who has been committed to Georgia since August. The nation’s no. 55 overall player was a fixture at Georgia home games this fall.
What Sentell says: 4-star Georgia DT commit Jamil Burroughs on Rihanna, dance moves and how much he loves his Mom
Nazir Stackhouse, 4-star defensive tackle, Decatur, Ga., (Columbia), No. 191 overall player *Committed to Georgia
Stackhouse was first in the boat for Georgia’s 2020 recruiting class, as he committed to Georgia all the way back in December of 2017. He’s a huge Georgia football fan, in addition to being one of the state’s top defensive prospects
Arik Gilbert, 5-star tight end, Marietta, Ga., (Marietta), No. 8 overall player
If there’s one player Georgia absolutely cannot miss out on in 2020, it’s Gilbert. He’s the No. 1 player in the state and an absolute freak of an athlete. He also would fill a massive need at tight end. He’s listed as an athlete, but he’s the highest rated tight end prospect of the past decade, topping former Bulldog Isaac Nauta.
What Sentell says: Nation’s No. 1 ATH Arik Gilbert continues to appreciate UGA as his first offer
Myles Murphy, 5-star defensive end, Powder Spring, Ga., (Hillgrove), No. 13 overall player
Murphy isn’t too much further down the wishlist from Gilbert. He’s a monster athlete, and with him being an in-state guy, he’s another guy Georgia can’t afford to miss out on.
What Sentell says: 5-star junior DL Myles Murphy clocked a 4.6 in the 40 at UGA this summer
Tate Ratledge, 4-star offensive tackle, Rome, Ga., (Darlington School), No. 45 overall player
Ratledge is a big-time tackle prospect for Georgia. The Bulldogs are going to face some major pressure from Alabama and Tennessee for his services, but Georgia fans know that offensive line coach Sam Pittman can never be counted out.
What Sentell says: Elite tackle prospect Tate Ratledge had a block straight out of Hollywood
B.J. Ojulari, 4-star outside linebacker, Marietta, Ga., (Marietta), No. 84 overall player
If that last name looks familiar, it’s because it is. Ojulari is the younger brother of Georgia redshirt freshman linebacker Azeez Ojulari. Azeez impressed in the Sugar Bowl against Texas, and that had to catch the eyes of his younger brother. Ojulari is also teammates with Gilbert, along with a host of other highly rated players out of Marietta High School.
Zykeivous Walker, 4-star outside linebacker, Elliaville, Ga., (Schley, Ga.,), No. 142 overall player
Walker’s recruitment has blown up in recent months and Georgia is already putting on a full-court press to land him. He might play at a small school, but he’s a big-time talent for Georgia.
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