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What does signing day look like for Georgia this year? Depends on which one we might be looking at with this class.

Georgia football: Checking the recruiting timelines for this week and beyond

The Georgia football program completed quite a successful final official visit weekend. That was important heading into the first day of the early signing period on Wednesday.

Just how successful? The quick take here is it should be a very good day for DawgNation. The week-long push was that vital to the class and the official visit parade (at least 11 prospects in town) that ensued over the weekend went that well.

Some of those answers will come on Dec. 18. That’s the first day of the early signing period, but far from the only decision day.

There are also the announcement showcases for major Georgia targets on the stages of the Under Armour All-American Game in Florida (Jan. 2) and the All-American Bowl in Texas (Jan. 4) to consider here as the class rounds into form.

With all of that, the finish line for 2020 recruiting will then fall on Wednesday, February 5, 2020.

Contrarians might look at it as an extended period of delayed gratification (or the opposite) to get one’s arms around how well the Georgia football program recruited in 2020.

Another way would be to call it the “4 Days of Georgia football recruiting” for the 2020 cycle. It was almost five days until the recent Jordan Burch announcement moved his decision up a day this week.

Want to know which Georgia targets are set to make their choices known on which days?

Here is a look at our most informed timeline about how it might all shake out. The ratings and rankings information used below are all derived from the latest 247Sports Composite standard.

Dec. 18th signings

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Current UGA commitments (14 of the 16 current verbals)

  • Mekhail Sherman/5-star OLB/St. John’s College/Washington, D.C./– Speedy hybrid LB has the tenacity to play inside but the wheels and length to also work out on the edge with his 4.5 speed. The nation’s No. 2 OLB recruit chose UGA in May. Rates as the nation’s No. 18 overall prospect. See the definitive Mekhail Sherman story right now on DawgNation

 

 

 

 

  • Jalen Carter/4-star DT/Apopka HS/Apopka, Fla.: Impressive size athlete who has put together a ton of highlight dunks on the basketball court. The 6-foot-4, 305-pound prospect rates as the No. 6 DT and No. 53 overall for this cycle on the 247Sports Composite. The pure 247Sports rating even pegs him as the nation’s No. 2 DT and at No. 20 overall.

 

 

 

  • Chad Lindberg/4-star OT/Clear Creek HS/League City, Tex. — Big-time Texas hoss in all things. The 6-foot-6.5, 325-pounder throws the shot put at a state championship level and also had a sterling 5.38 grade-point average heading into his senior year. That placed him among the top 30 in his class. He wants to bring back a master’s degree and will arrive academically as a sophomore with his high school credits. Ranks as nation’s No. 17 OT and at No. 168 overall. He told DawgNation on Monday he will sign on Dec. 18, but he did not announce where that was going to be.

 

  • Carson Beck/4-star QB/Mandarin HS/Jacksonville, Fla./The nation’s No. 8 pro-style QB has seen his ratings dip to No. 204 overall across the last few months. Beck wields a strong and accurate arm and very good size. He’s closing in on the 6-foot-5 mark. Beck will enroll early and go through bowl practices. Florida 8A state champion as a junior. Ripped through the playoffs to become a rare junior to earn the coveted “Mr. Football” honor after the 2018 season. He battled through a depleted roster and receiver core during his senior year. 

 

 

  • Nazir Stackhouse/4-star DT/Columbia HS/Decatur, Ga.: Nation’s No. 27 DT prospect also checks in at No. 257 overall. Stackhouse was the first pledge for the 2020 class back in December of 2017. Recently told DawgNation he will sign on Wednesday and take his one official visit in January.

 

 

 

  • Jared Zirkel/3-star/Tivy High/Kerrville, Tex: The 3-star kicker rates as the nation’s No. 5 prospect at his position on the 247Sports Composite. The recruiting services which only rate kickers offer up a more comprehensive view here. Zirkel already has an NFL-caliber leg on kickoffs. He was able to drill a 59-yard field goal as a junior.

Dec. 18th decisions

Current UGA targets (7)

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5-star SDE Jordan Burch is the highest-rated remaining recruiting target for Georgia in this cycle. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)
  • Jordan Burch/5-star SDE/Hgt: 6-5/Wgt: 270 (Undecided) — 2:30 p.m. 

Hammond School/Columbia, SC — Nation’s No. 2 strong-side DE and No. 5 overall prospect. 

Schools considering: Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and LSU

Calabasas HS/Calabasas, Calif. — Nation’s No. 8 WR and No. 52 overall prospect

Schools considering: Georgia or LSU

  • Arian Smith/4-star WR/Hgt: 6-1/Wgt: 175 (Undecided) — 1:05 PM

Lakeland Senior HS/Lakeland, Fla. — Nation’s No. 14 WR and No. 72 overall prospect

Schools considering: Alabama or Georgia

  • C.J. Stroud/4-star QB/Hgt: 6-2.5/Wgt: 195(Undecided) — Noon

Rancho Cucamonga/Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.  — Nation’s No. 2 pro-style QB and No. 83 overall prospect

Schools considering: Georgia, Michigan or Ohio State

  • Eric Reed Jr./4-star S/Hgt: 6-0/Wgt: 195 (Undecided) — 4 PM 

Calvary Baptist/Shreveport, La. — Nation’s No. 17 S and No. 166 overall prospect

Schools considering: Auburn or Georgia 

KEEP IN MIND 1): There is a chance that Major Burns could also wait until the Under Armour All-American Game. He’s slated to be in that game and he is also an early enrollee candidate.

RELATED: DawgNation caught up with Reed just before his official visit

Northwestern HS/Miami, Fla. — Nation’s No.42 WR and No. 256 overall prospect

Schools considering: Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Maryland and Nebraska.

Ranchview HS/Carrollton, Tex. — Nation’s No.9 ATH and No. 260 overall prospect

Schools considering: Georgia or Oklahoma (Henderson is very likely to stick with OU)


KEEP IN MIND 1): There is a chance that Major Burns could also wait until the Under Armour All-American Game to announce his decision. He’s slated to be in that game and s also an early enrollee candidate.

RELATED: DawgNation caught up with Reed just before his official visit

Jan. 2 decisions

Major UGA targets (2)

2020 Under Armour All-American game

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  • Darnell Washington/5-star ATH/Hgt: 6-5/Wgt: 265 (Undecided)

Desert Pines/Las Vega, Nev.  — Nation’s No. 1 ATH and No. 10 overall prospect 

Schools considering: Florida, Georgia, Miami, Tennessee

NOTE: The update for Tuesday afternoon is that Washington will no longer sign during the early period. There is also some question about whether he will commit on this day, too.

Raytown High School/Kansas City, Mo. Nation’s No. 6 CB and No. 76 overall prospect

Schools considering: Arizona State, Georgia, Oklahoma, Oregon and Texas A&M

RELATED: Check out the definitive Dontae Manning profile on DawgNation

Jan. 4th decision

Current UGA targets (1)

All-American Bowl in Texas

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  • Kelee Ringo/5-star CB/Hgt: 6-2/Wgt: 205 (Undecided)

Saguaro High School/Scottsdale, Ariz. — Nation’s No. 1 CB and No. 8 overall prospect

Schools considering: Georgia, Oregon and Texas

RELATED: Check out the latest Kelee Ringo update on DawgNation

Feb. 5th decisions

Current UGA commitments (2)

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5-star OT Broderick Jones is the second-highest-rated commitment in the 2020 class for Georgia. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)

Broderick Jones/5-star OT/Lithonia/Lithonia, Ga.– Rates as the nation’s No. 2 OT prospect and as the nation’s No. 19 overall recruit on the 247Sports Composite ratings. Auburn and Georgia are currently the teams to consider here. DawgNation’s latest Broderick Jones update should provide some clarity on his current thinking. 

Sedrick Van Pran-Granger/4-star OC/Warren Easton HS/New Orleans, La.– Georgia was his first SEC offer and the first big-time program he traveled to for an unofficial visit for the Austin Peay game in 2018. He was set to sign with his Warren Easton teammates on Feb. 5 even before the transition with Sam Pittman to Arkansas.

Current UGA targets (2)

George County/Lucedale, Miss. — Nation’s No. 12 DT and No. 113 overall prospect

Schools considering: Georgia is a wild card here, but the recent offer and the relationship with former Ole Miss head coach Matt Luke on staff in Athens is something to consider. The Bulldogs could do themselves a big favor by getting involved here with the likes of Alabama, Auburn, LSU and Texas A&M down the stretch in January.

Colquitt County/Moultrie, Ga. — Nation’s No. 19 DT and No. 255 overall prospect

Schools considering: Running backs coach Dell McGee has recruited him consistently over the last cycle. It doesn’t appear like the Bulldogs will take an additional back this cycle, but Edwards might wind up at the top of the “best player available” category in late January. Florida and FSU are also schools to consider heavily here.

KEEP IN MIND: Washington could also back up his decision until this date. That’s because he is not an early enrollee and could potentially both commit and sign on this date.


 

Bottom line: There are 28 prospects listed here and the current thinking is the Georgia class size for 2020 will swell to no more than 23-24 signees for 2020. That also includes the possibility of at least one potential blueshirt candidate.

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