Georgia football recruiting: The mid-year enrollee picture for 2020
Editor’s Note: DawgNation will publish a periodic snapshot during each recruiting cycle which gauges where the Bulldogs are as a class. Consider it a big-picture November overview of how the next wave of Georgia football talent is coming together.
UGA welcomed 13 early enrollees from its 2019 signing class back in January. That figure matched the highest of the modern era in Georgia recruiting. The 2013 signing class also had 13 mid-year enrollees.
Those two classes sandwich a trend that has seen the Bulldogs welcome 56 early members of each signing class to campus in January. Dating back to that 2013 class, we have seen an average of eight mid-year Bulldogs across each of those seven recruiting classes.
Those prospects (in some cases JUCO transfers) get a head start on the academic load, campus life, strength training, and sports nutrition on the other members of their class. That’s the reward for working to graduate high school early. Not to mention getting to be a full participant in spring practice. It usually leads to the best possible shot at early playing time.
That’s the trend, but it looks like Georgia’s 2020 class might dip a bit from last year’s tally. Here’s the most current information regarding the Bulldog commits for 2020.
Early Enrollee commits (6)
- 4-star QB Carson Beck (Also plans to join the team in December for bowl practices)
- 4-star OL Joshua Braun (Set to report on Jan. 2)
- 4-star DL Warren Brinson (Set to report after the Under Armour All-American Game)
- 4-star CB Jalen Kimber (Set to report after the All-American Bowl)
- 4-star RB Kendall Milton (Set to report after the All-American Bowl)
- 4-star WR Justin Robinson (Set to join the team in January)
Commits who will not enroll early (10)
- 5-star OT Broderick Jones
- 5-star OLB Mekhail Sherman
- 4-star DT Nazir Stackhouse
- 4-star OT Tate Ratledge
- 4-star WR Marcus Rosemy
- 4-star OL Chad Lindberg
- 4-star DT Jalen Carter
- 4-star OL Sedrick Van Pran
- 3-star WR Coren Wren
- 3-star PK Jared Zirkel
2020 targets who can enroll early
- 5-star ILB Noah Sewell
- 4-star TE Theo Johnson
- 4-star SDE Zykeivous Walker
- 4-star ATH Mikey Henderson Jr.
2020 targets who cannot enroll early
- 5-star SDE Jordan Burch
- 5-star CB Kelee Ringo
- 5-star ATH Darnell Washington
Georgia football: Midyears by the numbers
- 2019: 13
- 2018: 9
- 2017: 6
- 2016: 6
- 2015: 8
- 2014: 1
- 2013: 13
- 2009-2012: 9 (combined)
- 2005-2008: 17 (combined)
- 2000-2004: 7 (combined)
Want a speed read over the last week? Here are a few of the bigger DawgNation.com stories of late on the recruiting trail:
- 5-star CB Kelee Ringo accepts All-American Bowl jersey, breaks down recruiting timeline
- What do the remaining recruiting battles look like for 2020 with Florida?
- How much will the NCAA’s move toward allowing athletes to promote themselves affect recruiting?
- 5-star DE Jordan Burch drops Georgia in his top 5
- What did the blue-chip recruiting ratio look like with the Gators?
- How Georgia has been cleaning Florida’s clock so far in 2020 recruiting
- 5-star Arik Gilbert breaks down why Georgia just didn’t feel right
- 4-star Oklahoma commit Mikey Henderson Jr. is taking a good look at UGA
- Why Kirby Smart compares elite CB target Dontae Manning to an NFL star
Check out the latest “Before the Hedges” on UGA recruiting
Did you see “Before the Hedges” last week? Brandon Adams hosts a weekly UGA recruiting show called Before the Hedges at 3 p.m. every Wednesday on the DawgNation Facebook page.
It also streams each Wednesday on the DawgNation YouTube channel.
If you watch that show every week, then you know that the DawgNation.com staff was reporting on the early enrollee picture for 2020 with segments all the way back in September.
Where UGA recruiting ranks for 2020
Georgia has 16 public commitments for 2020. It if feels like the program hasn’t had a commitment in a while, that’s because it has been 81 days since 4-star OL Sedrick Van Pran-Granger committed to Georgia.
UGA sits at No. 5 nationally for 2019 in the 247Sports composite team recruiting rankings. That places the Bulldogs third in the SEC.
Georgia is the only school in the top 5 that does not have at least 20 commits. The top five teams in those rankings have 20, 24, 23 and 24 commits, respectively. The Bulldogs are the only program in the top 10 of those rankings that does not have at least 17 commitments.
How far away are the Bulldogs from taking over that No. 1 spot? It will take quite a lot.
If Kirby Smart and the Georgia staff can add three of its four highest priority 5-star recruits to the board right now, it would just be enough. That would give the Bulldogs a 304.81 score on the 247Sports Team Composite ratings. Clemson would be just behind with a 304.25 score.
Yes, that’s correct. Georgia could see its total of 5-star pledges rise to five for this cycle and it would barely be enough to overtake Clemson at this time.
The current UGA recruiting commits for 2020
(presented in order of their 247Sports Composite ratings)
Mekhail Sherman/5-star OLB/St. John’s College/Washington, D.C./– Speedy hybrid LB has the tenacity to play inside but the wheels and length to also work out on the edge with his 4.5 speed. The nation’s No. 2 OLB recruit chose UGA in May. Rates as the nation’s No. 14 overall prospect. Check out the essential DawgNation read on Sherman.
Broderick Jones/5-star OT/Lithonia/Lithonia, Ga./–Rates as the nation’s No. 2 OT prospect and as the nation’s No. 23 overall recruit on the 247Sports Composite ratings. He can enroll early at UGA and play quickly at tackle. Check out the latest from DawgNation on Jones.
Kendall Milton/4-star RB/Buchanan High School/Clovis, Calif./– Rates as the nation’s No. 6 RB prospect and No. 34 overall prospect. Interesting to see his rating dip as Milton looks to be having a fantastic senior season. Check out the latest DawgNation piece on Mr. Milton.
Marcus Rosemy/4-star WR/St. Thomas Aquinas/Fort Lauderdale, Fla.: The nation’s No. 5 WR has seen his stock rise slightly over the summer. He’s now the nation’s No. 35 overall prospect for 2020. Great size (6-2.5 and 195) and is also a polished route runner. Rosemy took his official visit to Georgia for the Kentucky game.
Tate Ratledge/4-star OT/Darlington School/Rome, Ga.: Physical athlete is listed as the nation’s No. 3 OT recruit for 2020. That places him at No. 36 overall in the class. His ratings have gone up two spots as far as his positional and overall rank over the summer. Still hard to believe the near 6-foot-7 bruiser also punts for his high school team. Check out his commitment day overview story.
Jalen Carter/4-star DT/Apopka HS/Apopka, Fla.: Impressive size athlete who has put together a ton of highlight dunks on the basketball court. The 6-foot-4, 300-pound prospect rates as the No. 6 DT and No. 61 overall for this cycle on the 247Sports Composite. The pure 247Sports rating even pegs him as the nation’s No. 2 DT and at No. 20 overall.
Jalen Kimber/4-star CB/Mansfield Timberview/Arlington, Tex.: Kimber continues to climb up the prospect ranks. Now all the way up to the nation’s No. 6 CB and No. 84 overall for 2020. The 6-foot-1, 170-pound Texas resident has true 4.4 speed in the 40. Kimber is a driven young man motivated to honor his grandmother’s memory.
Sedrick Van Pran-Granger/4-star OC/Warren Easton HS/New Orleans, Lou./– The nation’s No. 3 center prospect for 2020 will be a Bulldog. Georgia was his first SEC offer and the first big-time program he traveled to for an unofficial visit for the Austin Peay game in 2018. Line coach Sam Pittman was a big reason why Sedrick Van Pran-Granger will be a Bulldog. Also rates as the nation’s No. 104 prospect overall.
Chad Lindberg/4-star OT/Clear Creek HS/League City, Tex. — Big-time Texas hoss in all things. The 6-foot-6.5, 325-pounder throws the shot put at a state championship level and also had a sterling 5.38 grade-point average heading into his senior year. That placed him among the top 30 in his class. He wants to bring back a master’s degree and will arrive at UGA academically as a sophomore because of his high school credits from AP classes. Currently ranks as the nation’s No. 14 OT and at No. 130 overall. Can play guard or tackle at UGA. He chose UGA back in late July.
Carson Beck/4-star QB/Mandarin HS/Jacksonville, Fla./The nation’s No. 5 pro-style QB has fallen to No. 149 overall across the last few months. Beck wields a strong and accurate arm and good size at 6 feet, 4 inches. The latest DawgNation offering on Mr. Beck breaks down his down-and-way-up senior season.
Warren Brinson/4-star DT/IMG Academy/Bradenton, Fla.: Brinson de-committed and re-committed back to the UGA class in June. He did so a day after naming Florida and Georgia as his top two schools. The Savannah native rates as the nation’s No. 23 DT and the No. 264 overall prospect for 2020. He holds the honor of being the UGA commitment who has increased his 2020 rankings the most over the course of his senior season. He’s climbed seven spots on his positional ranking and 66 slots overall.
Nazir Stackhouse/4-star DT/Columbia HS/Decatur, Ga.: Nation’s No. 24 DT prospect also checks in at No. 273 overall. Stackhouse was the first pledge for the 2020 class back in December of 2017. He chose UGA on the day the Bulldogs toppled Auburn for the program’s first SEC title since 2005.
Joshua Braun/4-star OT/Suwanee High School/Live Oak, Fla.: This 6-foot-6, 350-pound mauler is as versatile as it gets for his position. Expect him to play guard and tackle in Athens. He doesn’t do camps but still rates as the nation’s No. 21 OT and No. 280 overall prospect. This young man has a 33 on his ACT, a 4.0 GPA and is on the No. 1 doubles and No. 2 singles slots for his varsity tennis team.
Justin Robinson/4-star WR/Eagles Landing Christian Academy/Stockbridge, Ga./Nation’s No. 59 WR despite having just played one season of varsity football up to this point. Big upside for this young man. He’s 6 feet, 4 inches and a solid 210 pounds now. It looks like he’s playing the best football of his career at this point during his senior season. He also plays both ways for Eagles Landing Christian.
Corey Wren/3-star ATH/John Curtis/New Orleans, La.: The nation’s No. 26 ATH is explosive in the open field and it is all because of his rare speed. He’s been timed this spring at 10.41 seconds in the 100 meters. He chose the Bulldogs over Arizona State largely because of his relationship with receivers coach Cortez Hankton and his desire to play around a roster flush with NFL talent. The 5-foot-9 Wren now ranks as the nation’s No. 514 overall prospect.
Jared Zirkel/3-star/Tivy High/Kerrville, Tex: The 3-star kicker now rates as the nation’s No. 4 prospect at his position on the 247Sports Composite. The recruiting services which only rate kickers offer up a more comprehensive view here. Zirkel already has an NFL-caliber leg on kickoffs. He was able to drill a 59-yard field goal as a junior.
The 2021 crop for UGA recruiting
There was a long lull, but Georgia has seen two commitments join this class over the last few months. South Carolina DB Brayln Oliver joined the class on Aug. 22. “Jack G” rates as a 3-star prospect and shows up as the nation’s No. 410 overall prospect for 2021.
Georgia resident David Daniel (Woodstock High/Woodstock, Ga.) stands as the most recent Georgia commitment regardless of class year. The big 6-foot-3, 190-pound safety chose the Bulldogs on Sept. 13. He rates as the nation’s No. 2 ATH and No. 41 overall prospect for 2021.
The Bulldogs and their two pledges currently rate as the nation’s No. 20 class for 2021.
The 2020 UGA recruiting class timeline
- Dec. 2, 2017: 4-star DT Nazir Stackhouse (Stephenson/Stone Mountain, Ga.) commits. (Class count:1)
- April 26, 2018: 5-star OT Broderick Jones (Lithonia/Lithonia, Ga.) commits. (2)
- August 25, 2018: 4-star DT Jamil Burroughs (McEachern/Powder Springs, Ga.) commits. (3)
- November 24, 2018: Unrated DT Warren Brinson (IMG Academy/Bradenton, Fla.) commits. (4)
- January 29, 2019: Brinson de-commits from UGA (3)
- March 2, 2019: 4-star WR Justin Robinson (Eagles Landing Christian Academy/Stockbridge, Ga.) commits. (4)
- March 3, 2019: 4-star QB Carson Beck (Mandarin/Jacksonville, Fla.) commits. (5)
- April 17, 2019: 4-star CB Jalen Kimber (Mansfield Timberview/Arlington, Tex. commits. (6)
- April 20, 2019: 4-star OG Akinola Ogunbiyi (Kempner/Sugar Land, Tex.) commits. (7)
- May 9, 2019: 5-star OLB Mekhail Sherman (St. Johns College/Washington, D.C) commits (8)
- May 13, 2019: 4-star OT Tate Ratledge (Darlington/Rome, Ga.) commits. (9)
- May 20, 2019: 4-star DT Jalen Carter (Apopka/Apopka, Fla.) commits. (10)
- June 1, 2019: 4-star DT Warren Brinson recommits to UGA. (11)
- June 10, 2019: 4-star OT Joshua Braun commits. (12)
- June 13, 2019: 2-star PK Jared Zirkel (Tivy/Kerrville, Tex.) commits. (13)
- June 20, 2019: 4-star WR Marcus Rosemy (St. Thomas Aquinas/Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) commits. (14)
- June 21, 2019: 3-star ATH Corey Wren (John Curtis/New Orleans, La.) commits. (15)
- June 23, 2019: 4-star OL Akinola Ogunbiyi flips to Texas A&M. (14)
- July 28, 2019: 4-star OL Chad Lindberg (Clear Creek/League City, Tex.) commits. (15)
- July 29, 2019: 5-star RB Kendall Milton (Buchanan/Clovis, Calif.) commits. (16)
- Aug. 17, 2019: 4-star C Sedrick Van Pran (Warren Easton/New Orleans, La.) commits (17)
- Sept. 6, 2019: 4-star DT Jamil Burroughs (McEachern/Powder Springs, Ga.) de-commits. (16)
The big 2020 targets for UGA recruiting
The Bulldogs can still sign up to four more recruits with a 5-star rating for 2020. That’s for those who judge classes by the number of elite players at the very top of the board.
Let’s look at a roll call of several names for the class as it sets up right now. The big thing to comprehend here is that these are not the highest-rated targets with offers but more like a trickle of names with mutual interest who would fill major needs for the 2020 class.
4 BIG 2020 recruiting targets
- Kelee Ringo/5-star CB/Saguaro High/Scottsdale, Arizona: The nation’s No. 1 cornerback prospect now has UGA in his final five schools. Ringo and his 10.49 speed in the 100 meters will certainly belong in the discussion of the nation’s best overall football players. Not just as a recruit. But he does rate as the nation’s No. 6 overall prospect in that right, too. Ringo recently shared a good look with DawgNation about the remaining steps of his recruiting process.
- Noah Sewell/5-star ILB/Orem/Orem, Utah: This appears to be a Georgia-Oregon battle. His brother, Penei, is a likely All-American sophomore OT for the Ducks. Noah is right at 265 pounds but carries that weight with ease. He will likely be the only ILB that Georgia will try to sign in this class. Georgia isn’t in need of another ILB, but Sewell is that rare player it can ill afford not to go all out and try to sign. There just aren’t many Sewells anywhere. Even in the SEC. The nation’s No. 2 ILB recapped his “didn’t stop laughing” official for the Notre Dame game earlier this year.
- Jordan Burch/5-star DE/Hammond School/Columbia, SC: Burch is the nation’s No. 2 overall prospect for 2020. The Under Armour All-American has Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, LSU and South Carolina as his top five schools. The 6-foot-5, 250-pounder is athletic enough to play all over the field, but he’s an elite interior line prospect. He rates as the nation’s No. 2 strong-side DE prospect. Burch will play running back, quarterback and wide receiver for his high school team. He’s more than athletic enough to play all of that off.
- Darnell Washington/5-star ATH/Desert Pines/Las Vegas, Nevada: Washington is the nation’s No. 1 ATH and the No. 11 overall prospect for 2020. He took his official visit to Georgia for the Notre Dame game and most recently visited Tennessee on an unofficial visit. He’s expected to be at Alabama for the LSU game this weekend.
Big misses for 2020: 5-star DT Bryan Bresee (Clemson); 5-star OT Myles Hinton (Stanford); 5-star DE Myles Murphy (Clemson); 5-star ATH Arik Gilbert (LSU); 4-star RB Don Chaney Jr. (Miami); 4-star DT Gervon Dexter (Florida); 4-star OG Andrew Raym (Oklahoma);
UGA recruiting by position in 2020
Which positions are the major priorities for 2019? The running back and tight end spots are clearly two of the biggest left for this class.
Here’s a quick snapshot as to how DawgNation expects the position-by-position breakdown to go down the stretch:
- QB: Beck (1/1)
- RB: Milton (1/1)
- TE: None (0/2)
- WR: Robinson, Rosemy and Wren (3/3)
- OL: Braun, Lindberg, Jones, Ratledge and Van Pran-Granger (5/5)
- DE: None (0/1)
- DT: Brinson, Carter, Stackhouse (3/3)
- ILB: None (0/1)
- OLB: Sherman (1/1)
- CB: Kimber (1/2)
- K: Zirkel (1/1)
- Best player available: None (0/3)
- Totals: 16/24
That projected class slants to the offensive side of the ball. Bear in mind the Bulldogs signed two more defensive players in its 2019 class than they did for James Coley’s unit a year ago.
Here’s a glance at what DawgNation sees as the positional priorities for the class:
- DL: (1-2 more slots in the class)
- TE (1-2 slots in the class)
- DB (1-2 more slots in the class)
- WR: (Potentially one more slot in the class)
- RB: (Potentially one more slot in this class)
- QB: (Potentially one more slot in this class)
2020 UGA recruiting offers by the numbers
- Reported offers: 250
- Florida recruits offered: 64
- Texas recruits offered: 35
- In-state recruits offered: 31
- California recruits offered: 15
- Louisiana recruits offered: 13
- Alabama recruits offered: 12
- Tennessee recruits offered: 9
- North Carolina recruits offered: 8
- Receivers offered: 40
- Defensive tackles offered: 30
- Safeties offered: 24
- Running backs offered: 21
- Tackles offered: 20
- Cornerbacks offered: 20
- Quarterbacks offered: 19
- Defensive Ends offered: 18
- Athletes offered: 12
- Guards offered: 12
- Tight ends offered:10
- OLBs offered: 10
- ILBs offered: 9
- Centers offered: 3
Geographical UGA recruiting breakdown
The current UGA commits broken down by state:
- Florida: 5 (Braun, Beck, Brinson, Carter and Rosemy)
- Georgia: 4 (Jones, Ratledge, Robinson and Stackhouse)
- Texas: 3 (Kimber, Lindberg and Zirkel)
- Louisiana: 2 (Van Pran-Granger and Wren)
- California: 1 (Milton)
- Washington, D.C: 1 (Sherman)
- In-state Bulldogs: 4
- Out-of-state Bulldogs: 12
The end-of-the year grind recruiting note
Check out the recruiting ratings on the 247Sports Team Composite ratings right now for Georgia and the closing kick of its 2019 schedule.
- Georgia: No. 5 overall
- Florida: No. 10
- Missouri: No. 40
- Auburn: No. 13
- Texas A&M: No. 7
- Georgia Tech: No. 24
There was a time about five months when the Yellow Jackets were right there with the Bulldogs for this cycle. That’s a nod to the strong recruiting efforts for first-year coach Geoff Collins and his staff.
Needless to say, the market has corrected itself in regard to this sample size over time. Tech has just a trio of 4-star commitments and 20 more pledges that currently hold a 3-star rating.