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Two major recruiting Georgia-Alabama battles to watch
Georgia football is continuing its bowl prep for the Sugar Bowl against No. 15 Texas Longhorns this week. But the bowl games take a back seat for Georgia and most programs this week, and rightfully so. The early signing period begins on Wednesday and concludes on Friday. This is the first time that prospects can sign their letter of intent with a program, essentially locking in their commitment.
Georgia still has other targets out there — 5-star wide receiver Jadon Haselwood will also announce on Jan. 5. But for this week, landing Sanders and Dean would be big wins for Georgia and its future against Alabama. The potential additions of the No. 1 running back and No. 1 linebacker should make Georgia fans feel a lot better heading into 2019.
Three Bulldogs land on ESPN Top 50 list
ESPN released its list of the top 50 players and three Bulldogs made the list. The highest among the three was cornerback Deandre Baker. The senior, who also won the Thorpe Award for the nation’s top defensive back, was ranked as the No. 24 player overall. Though interestingly enough, two cornerbacks were both ranked ahead of Baker, as LSU defensive back Greedy Williams came in at No. 15 and Notre Dame’s Julian Love was ranked the No. 21 player.
The next Georgia player on the list was quarterback Jake Fromm, who was ranked the No. 35 player in the country. The sophomore was the eighth-highest ranked quarterback after throwing for 27 touchdowns to just 5 interceptions on the season. Oklahoma quarterback and Heisman Trophy Kyler Murray was the No. 1 overall player in ESPN’s rankings, with Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa coming in ranked No. 2.
Georgia running back D’Andre Swift rounded out the list as he was the No. 46 ranked player by ESPN. In his sophomore season, Swift ran for 1,037 yards and scored 10 rushing touchdowns. He was also huge down the stretch for the Bulldogs, as he rushed for over 100 yards in four of their final five games including 186 yards in a win against Auburn.
Missing the list was offensive tackle Andrew Thomas. He was voted Second Team All-American after having a stellar season for Georgia. Only three offensive tackles made the top-50.
The only teams to have more players on the list than Georgia were Alabama (5), Clemson (5) and Notre Dame (4), all of which are playing in the College Football Playoff.
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