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The best former 3-star, 4-star and 5-star prospects on the Georgia football team
All recruiting rankings are based on 247Sports Composite rankings
3-star recruit: J.R. Reed, senior safety
Even with all of Georgia’s recruiting success over the past three cycles, Georgia will still be getting a number of contributions from 3-star recruits in 2019.
On the offensive side of the ball, Solomon Kindley will be holding things down at left guard. He’s started double-digit games in each of the last two seasons, and barring an injury will do so again. Running back Brian Herrien also figures to play an important role, as does wide receiver Tyler Simmons, following the dismissal of Jeremiah Holloman.
But it’s on the defensive side of the ball where there is even more 3-star talent. Monty Rice is expected to be a starter at one of the inside linebacker spots. Cornerback Eric Stokes had an excellent spring after a strong close to the 2018 season. And he might not even end up being the best 3-star prospect in the secondary, with senior J.R. Reed entering his third season as a starter.
Reed wasn’t highly thought of as a recruit or as a transfer from Tulsa. But he’s become a key piece in the Georgia secondary. After bypassing the 2019 NFL Draft, Reed is expected to be a leader for the Georgia defense in 2019.
And it’s a challenge that the former No. 1856th ranked prospect in the country is ready for entering his final season in Athens.
“I have to take my role more seriously,” Reed said of his senior season. “It is a different role than I have had in the past. … Now, a lot of it comes on your shoulders. We just have to get everybody leaning in the same direction.”
4-star recruit: Andrew Thomas, junior offensive tackle
In the four recruiting classes that Kirby Smart has signed, he’s landed a total of 58 4-star prospects. Some of them have played well above that already high ranking, as several multi-year starters on Georgia’s 2019 team were 4-star recruits.
Perhaps the most important 4-star recruit Smart has landed is quarterback Jake Fromm. He was ranked as the No. 44 overall player in the 2017 class, just missing out on 5-star status. In his two seasons at Georgia, he’s racked up 23 wins as a starter and thrown 54 touchdown passes.
Defensively, nose guard Jordan Davis proved to be a huge difference-maker on the defensive line last season, while outside linebacker Azeez Ojulari has been pegged as a possible breakout player by ESPN.
But in terms of pure talent and how they rank amongst their peers, there is no better 4-star recruit on Georgia’s 2019 roster than left tackle Andrew Thomas. As a freshman, he started every game at right tackle for a team that played for a national championship. As a sophomore, he started 13 games at left tackle and earned First Team All-SEC honors in doing so.
As a recruit, he was the No. 45 overall prospect in the 2017 class, one spot below Fromm.
Next April, he’s got a very realistic chance of being the first offensive tackle taken in the NFL draft. And while Thomas might not grab or garner a ton of headlines, he might end up being the most talented player on Georgia’s team, regardless of their high school recruiting ranking.
5-star recruit: D’Andre Swift, junior running back
Georgia has signed 18 5-star recruits under Smart, the most in the country during that time span. He’s signed a 5-star prospect at every position group and in 2019 signed the No. 1 overall player in the country in Nolan Smith.
Guys like offensive tackle Isaiah Wilson and safety Richard LeCounte are both entering their second seasons as starters. Linebacker Nakobe Dean and Smith had standout springs for Georgia. And given Holloman’s dismissal, there’s a chance we’re talking a lot about freshman wide receiver George Pickens come the end of the 2019 season.
But running back D’Andre Swift — like he often does against opposing defense — has put a healthy gap between himself in the field. After rushing for over 600 yards in his freshman season, he topped the 1,000-yard mark as a sophomore. Swift was rated as the No. 33 overall prospect in the 2017 class and just barely earned his 5-star status.
Swift is expected to be the focal point of the Georgia offense heading into his junior — and possibly final — season in Athens. If he can improve off of what he did in 2018, there’s going to be a very good chance that Georgia has an incredibly special 2019.
UGA WR commit Marcus Rosemy wins Rivals Five-Star Challenge MVP
Georgia wide receiver Marcus Rosemy isn’t a 5-star prospect. But after his performance in Atlanta on Tuesday, he might be headed that way.
Rosemy was named the wide receiver MVP of the Rivals Five-Star Challenge, which featured some of the top wide receiver prospects in the country. The Fort Lauderdale, Fla., native showed off some of his impressive ball skills in Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
— Jake Reuse (@ReuseRecruiting) June 25, 2019
Recent 4-star UGA commit WR Marcus Rosemy and QB Brock Vandagriff have been on the same page so far in the #Rivals5StarChallenge 7-on-7 tournament. This was 1 of 3 connections this drive. @ReuseRecruiting @SmallwoodTrent @patrickgarbin @UGASportscom pic.twitter.com/WbqP9AastQ
— Jack Austin (@jackaustin663) June 25, 2019
— Trent Smallwood (@SmallwoodTrent) June 25, 2019
Rosemy committed to the Bulldogs last week, as he ended up picking Georgia over the Florida Gators. He is rated as the No. 6 overall wide receiver in the class and the No. 39 overall prospect. If he were to just remain at those rankings, he would be the third highest ranked wide receiver Georgia has signed in the past decade, behind only 2019 signees George Pickens and Dominick Blaylock.
Rosemy is the highest rated of the three wide receiver commits in Georgia’s 2020 recruiting class. The other two wide receivers in the class are 4-star prospect Justin Robinson and 3-star prospect Corey Wren. Like Rosemy, Wren also committed to the program last week.
Georgia has the No. 4 overall recruiting class in the 2020 cycle, behind only Clemson, Alabama and LSU.
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