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Georgia coach Kirby Smart looks on as his team warms up for a game.

ESPN’s Tom Luginbill: Dawgs’ momentum under Kirby Smart will keep top recruits in Georgia

For many years, Georgia fans have seen recruits from the state sign with rival programs such as Auburn, Clemson, and Alabama.

With Kirby Smart now in charge, that momentum is switching back to the Bulldogs including during the early signing period on Wednesday, as Georgia landed major 5-star prospects such as Justin Fields and Jamaree Salyer.

For ESPN national recruiting coordinator Tom Luginbill, he expects the Bulldogs to continue keeping top talent inside the border.

“I really believe that if this continues along this trend, we will no longer see the likes of a DeShaun Watson leave the state or a Carl Lawson leave the state,” Luginbill said on The Paul Finebaum Show. “You can’t keep them all, but the premier best players will start looking at Georgia differently than the way they did the last three-to-five years.”

Smart, who has the Bulldogs in the College Football Playoff in only his second season in Athens, has made that a top priority. Of the four 5-star recruits in the 2018 class that hail from the Peach State, three signed with Georgia.

This would be bad news for the rest of the SEC. Georgia is loaded with a plethora of talent every year, and if Smart can bring the majority to Sanford Stadium, this will be an enjoyable era for Dawgs fans.

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