National Signing Day for the 2021 signing class is on Wednesday. The Georgia Bulldogs did not land 4-star safety Terrion Arnold as he committed to Alabama.
The Bulldogs enter the day with the No. 3 recruiting class LSU possibly has a chance at landing the No. 3 class depending on how things shake out. All 20 of Georgia’s other prospects have already signed with the program, doing so back in December.
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Below you can read more about Georgia’s 2021 recruiting class, as well as live updates throughout the recruiting world.
Georgia football National Signing Day 2021 live updates
4 :20 p.m. update: Terrion Arnold picked Alabama. The Crimson Tide add another standout player in the 2021 cycle, giving them 16 of the top 91 players in the 2021 recruiting class.
With Arnold off the board, Georgia will turn to the transfer portal to fill some of the holes in the secondary.
Georgia coach Kirby Smart spoke about his defensive backfield on signing day and addressed the concern.
“We’ve got some guys that we’ve been developing for a while to step up and play,” Smart said. “We’ve got some young players that we just signed that will have to grow quickly. They’ll get an opportunity to compete for positions. We’ve certainly got availability at those spots because we had some talented players that we knew had the ability to leave as juniors.”
Georgia has gone to the transfer portal in the past to address concerns, as the Bulldogs have brought in the likes of Lawrence Cager and Tre’ McKitty in the past.
Smart did add that the inexperience in the secondary puts more pressure on the front 7.
“The best help for the secondary is that front 4,” Smart said. “Getting some pressure and being able to rush. That will be just as important as anything we do.”
Georgia does bring back safeties with starting experience in Lewis Cine and Christopher Smith. Latavious Brinni did start for Georgia at the star position in the Peach Bowl win over Cincinnati.
But with Eric Stokes, Tyson Campbell and DJ Daniel off to the NFL and Tyrique Stevenson headed to Miami, Georgia will be starting over at the cornerback position. The Bulldogs have signed highly-rated players in recent cycles who could fill the need, but Kelee Ringo, Nyland Green and Jalen Kimber are all unproven players.
The 15 spring practices and G-Day, which Smart did confirm would take place, will be massive for their development.