ESPN names the recruit Georgia has to get for the 2020 recruiting cycle
No team in college football has recruited as well over the last three seasons as Georgia. Under Kirby Smart, the Bulldogs are the only team that can claim that they’ve signed a top-3 class in each of the previous three recruiting cycles.
The 2020 class has continued that trend, as the Bulldogs currently have the No. 5 overall class. That’s despite having the fewer commits than all but one team in the top-10, as Georgia has just 10 commits at this time. But with guys like 5-star linebacker Mekhail Sherman and 4-star quarterback Carson Beck, it’s already shaping up to be another loaded class for the Bulldogs.
Georgia is also a top destination for a number of prospects, such as 5-star tight end prospect Arik Gilbert, 5-star cornerback Kelee Ringo and 5-star running back Zachary Evans.
But according to ESPN’s Tom Luginbill and Tom VanHaaren, it’s a different running back that they think Georgia must land in the 2020 class. They decided to go with 5-star California running back Kendall Milton.
“Milton is one of the top running backs in the country and has a top four of Alabama, Georgia, LSU and Ohio State,” Luginbill and VanHaaren explained. ” If Georgia can beat out those schools for one of the best prospects in the country, that would be a big win in and of itself. Add in that running back is a big need in this 2020 class for Georgia, and landing Milton would give the staff a perfect fit at the position.”
Milton is the No. 3 ranked running back in the country and the No. 21 overall prospect. He hails from Clovis, Calif., but his four finalists consist of Alabama, Ohio State, LSU and Georgia. Milton is taking his official visit to Ohio State this weekend and then visiting LSU next weekend. There has been no official word on when his official visit to Georgia will come, but it is likely to be during the regular season.
Running back is one of the bigger positions of need for Georgia in the 2020 cycle, given that Brian Herrien is set to exhaust his eligibility, and junior D’Andre Swift could leave for the NFL draft after this season. Georgia signed only one running back in the 2019 cycle in the form of 4-star prospect Kenny McIntosh.
Milton has long considered the possibility of playing at Georgia and has developed a very good relationship with Georgia running backs coach Dell McGee. Milton was at Georgia for the spring game. According to Milton’s father, that visit went very well.
“If we are specifically just talking about Georgia in this conversation, I think they did a good job,” Chris Milton said. “They [Georgia] did 100 percent a good job in displaying consistently but again so have other programs. I definitely don’t want to take away or discount anything any other program has done but speaking specifically about Georgia they absolutely did a great job.”
Some of the other must get targets are likely Gilbert, Ringo and 5-star defensive lineman Jordan Burch. Georgia will lose tight ends Charlie Woerner and Eli Wolf after this season. Gilbert also plays at Marietta High School. He is the No. 11 overall player in the country and the No. 2 player in the state of Georgia.
As for Ringo, he is the No. 1 cornerback prospect in the country. It is largely believed to be a Texas-Georgia battle for his services. Burch doesn’t let his thoughts be known often, but it is believed Georgia, Clemson and South Carolina are the leading contenders for his talents. Burch rates as the No. 5 overall prospect in the country.
The Bulldogs most recent commitment came on May 20, when the Bulldogs landed 4-star defensive tackle Jalen Carter out of Florida. He is the No. 68 overall prospect in the 2020 class.
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