Georgia football 2020 targets and commits most likely to help the team as freshmen
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The Georgia football 2020 commits and targets most likely to help the 2020 team
Georgia is set to lose both Charlie Woerner and Eli Wolf following the Sugar Bowl. Washington is rated as a 5-star prospect out of Las Vegas and is projected to play tight end at the next level. Georgia does not have a play on its roster at the moment that can offer Washington’s blend of size and athleticism.
Washington will not be enrolling early, but given how frequent Georgia used both Wolf and Woerner together this season, Washington would have an opportunity to see the field early should he end up picking the Bulldogs.
The nation’s No. 10 prospect is set to announce his decision at the Under Armour All-American game on Jan. 2. The Bulldogs are competing with Florida, Tennessee and Miami for his services.
As of this writing, Georgia does not have an apparent successor to Rodrigo Blankenship. The 2019 Lou Groza Award winner has been a key part of the Georgia team since 2016. But he will be kicking in the NFL next season.
Kirby Smart has mentioned in the past that punter Jake Camarda could possibly take up kicking duties for Georgia, but the Bulldogs also have a commitment from Zirkel. He comes from the same hometown as Johnny Manziel and will have an opportunity to replace Blankenship next season. Other than Washington, perhaps no target or commit has a clearer path to playing time.
We’re separating Smith from the rest of Georgia’s wide receiver targets because Smith brings an element that the others do not. Smith is a pure burner, and his speed is something the Georgia offense was desperately missing following Mecole Hardman’s departure. Smith plans to compete in track at the next level as well.
Smith is the No. 72 prospect in the country out of Lakeland, Fla. He will be announcing his commitment on Wednesday at 1 p.m. ET. The finalist for Smith includes Alabama and Florida to go along with the Bulldogs.
As we’ve noted before, wide receiver is going to still be a question mark in 2020. Yes, Georgia returns George Pickens along with Kearis Jackson and Demetris Robertson. But all of those guys were on the 2019 team that struggled when Lawrence Cager was not on the field. Furthermore, no one knows what the health of Dominick Blaylock is going to be when the season rolls around.
But help is on the way. Robinson — a 4-star prospect — is already on practice working with the team in preparation for the Sugar Bowl. Rosemy is the highest-rated receiver Georgia is projected to land, as he comes in as the No. 40 player in the country. He will not enroll early, but neither did Pickens this past year.
Burton is currently committed to LSU but he’s made multiple visits to Georgia in the past month. He’s the No. 52 player in the country and someone to watch as the most obvious flip to Georgia candidate this week.
Smart has shown that if you’re good enough, he has no problem playing a freshman in the secondary. Tyson Campbell did so in 2018. Tyrique Stevenson and Lewis Cine both saw significant reps this season.
And as far as prospects, none of them were as good as Ringo. He is the No. 8 player in the country and the top-ranked cornerback. Georgia may not have an immediate need at the cornerback position, but as we saw against LSU, you can never have enough good defensive backs.
Ringo is set to announce his decision on Jan. 4 at the All-American Bowl. Oregon is seen as the chief competition for Ringo, but he was in Athens this past weekend on an official visit.
Given Andrew Thomas might be the first offensive tackle taken in the upcoming NFL draft, Georgia is going to have at least one vacancy at the offensive tackle position. But it wouldn’t come as a surprise either if right tackle Isaiah Wilson also made the decision to head to the NFL after his strong 2019 campaign.
That could potentially leave Georgia with two openings at tackle. There are current players on the roster — Cade Mays, Jamaree Salyer, Xavier Truss — who could fill that role, but Ratledge and Jones also could have a crack at doing so.
Ratledge reaffirmed his commitment to Georgia this weekend, which should be seen as a big win for Matt Luke. He will not enroll early, but Thomas didn’t either prior to the 2017 season when he started every game at the right tackle position.
Jones is an even higher rated prospect, No. 19 compared to No. 36 for Ratledge, but he will not be signing this week. Auburn will be attempting to flip him up until he signs in February. The Bulldogs landed a commitment from offensive tackle Devin Willock this week but he is more of a developmental prospect. The Bulldogs also have a commitment from Chad Lindberg, a 4-star tackle from Texas.
Assuming D’Andre Swift heads to the NFL, the Bulldogs will have to replace their top two rushers next season. Zamir White, Kenny McIntosh and James Cook will all get an opportunity to replace that production, but Milton will as well.
He’s the No. 37 prospect in the country and absolute load at 6-foot-1 and 215 pounds. He’s also enrolling early, which will give him a chance to integrate himself into the offense sooner. Milton will have a chance to earn carries as a freshman, much like Nick Chubb and Swift did in their first seasons in Athens.
THIS Wednesday, December 18 @ 6:30pm, Kendall will sign his official letter of intent to play football and attend THE University of Georgia. The signing will be at THE POINT Patio Bar & Bistro in Clovis… Come through!!!! pic.twitter.com/sNSqjn0nw5
— Chris Milton (@fatherofballers) December 16, 2019
By the end of the season, Travon Walker proved to be too good to be kept off the field for Georgia, despite having a deep defensive line. Carter could follow a similar path for the Bulldogs this upcoming season.
He’s ranked as the No. 53 prospect in the country and listed at 6-foot-4 and 301 pounds. Georgia is also set to lose four senior defensive linemen after the Sugar Bowl, and those losses will be most felt on the interior, as Michael Barnett and Tyler Clark played key snaps for the Bulldogs there.
I will be signing Wednesday, December 18 #godawgs🐶
— Jalen Carter (@breadmanjalen) December 16, 2019
Georgia likes to keep a deep rotation along the defensive line and there is good chance Carter can crack that when he arrives in Athens over the summer. We should also mention 5-star defensive lineman Jordan Burch as well. He’s the highest-rated player Georgia could possibly land, and he is set to announce his decision on Wednesday.
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I Will be committing Wednesday 2:30 pm @HammondSchool
— Jordan Burch (@JordanB1505) December 16, 2019
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— Marcus Rosemy 🌐 (@rosemy_marcus) December 15, 2019
Dawgs are #6 in the current recruiting rankings with just 15 commits.
Teams ranked above us:
Alabama: 25 commits
Ohio St: 25 commits
LSU: 23 commits
Clemson: 22 commits
Texas A&M: 20 commits
Again, Georgia with just 15. Wednesday should be fun.
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