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Georgia football winners and losers from first day of 2020 Early Signing Period
Winner: Georgia’s wide receiver room
With the additions of 4-star wide receivers Jermaine Burton and Arian Smith, Georgia will now be bringing in four 4-star wide receivers. Burton and Smith join Marcus Rosemy and Justin Robinson, who signed their letters of intent on Wednesday.
Burton, Smith and Rosemy all rate as top-100 players, while Robinson is a talented target in his own right. They all bring a diverse set of skills to the team next year. Robinson’s 6-foot-4 frame will allow him to play outside. Smith might be the fastest recruit in the country. Burton can play inside and outside. Rosemy has shined making acrobatic catches all season for one of the nation’s top high school teams.
“Really excited about those guys,” Kirby Smart said yesterday. “We’ve been excited about Justin (Robinson) for a long time, Marcus (Rosemy) too. They both came to our camp over the summer and were as competitive of kids as you’ve seen. Out there, one-on-ones, and both of them had good senior years.”
Smart couldn’t yet comment on Burton when he committed but with Smith, he invoked Mecole Hardman’s name.
“Arian (Smith) is a kid who’s got a lot of speed. It’s pretty obvious that he can run fast. He wants to be able to run track here, which we’ve been very open to and had success with Mecole (Hardman) doing that.”
Both Burton and Robinson have a connection to former Georgia wide receiver Terrence Edwards, as he helped train both players over the course of their youth careers. And he could not have been more proud of both ending up at Georgia.
Smart did not outright confirm the report, but Rowe stated he had spoken to Cleveland’s dad about the issue.
“Because there’s still things out there. Nothing’s final yet,” Smart said.
Rowe did add that Cleveland does intend on returning next year, as he has another season of eligibility. Cleveland started in seven of Georgia’s 13 games this season and played in each game. Assuming Cade Mays moves to left tackle, Jamaree Salyer could fill in at either right guard or right tackle. Damarcus Hayes and Xavier Truss could also fill in at tackle for the game.
The depth on Georgia’s offensive line has been a strength all season. But that will be tested against a capable Baylor front that had the Big 12’s best defense.
Winner: Those hoping for changes at on the offensive staff
Outside of Matt Luke taking over for Sam Pittman, the offensive staff has remained intact following Georgia’s loss to LSU. Smart admitted that he spoke to now South Carolina offensive coordinator Mike Bobo, but it was not about a possible job on the Georgia staff.
But Smart did not completely rule out that there would be no staff changes to come.
“As far as any other changes or anything like that, that’s decided after the bowl game, after we look back at the whole year,” Smart said. “We’re working really hard right now on Baylor, on giving our opportunity to play, and that’s where our focus is.”
Last year, Georgia did replace its offensive coordinator but that was because Jim Chaney left to take the same position at Tennessee. Chaney leaving also created a vacancy at the tight ends coach position, which was filled by Todd Hartley. Defensive backs coach Charlton Warren was also hired after the bowl game last year, even though Mel Tucker left before last year’s Sugar Bowl.
Something has to change regarding the offense given the way this season finished. Whether that is a coaching change, that is yet to be seen.
Loser: Georgia’s 5-star streak
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