Georgia football: What times are the key National Signing Day decisions?
National Signing Day and Georgia football. What will be worth paying attention to on Wednesday?
There are a handful of candidates for what looks like to be at the most two spots. (With a spot that could flex open down the road.)
Let’s open this up with a thought that a few “Greed is great” folks might not be satisfied with: Georgia has the nation’s No. 2 class for the 2019 cycle (per the 247Sports Team composite ratings) and is all but assured to hold that line no matter what happens on Wednesday.
If the Bulldogs sign zero student-athletes on Wednesday, it will still mean a 302.13 score on the Team Composite ratings. That is derived from those 22 signees who chose UGA on the first day of the early period in December.
It makes Wednesday simply more gravy on maybe Grandma’s best ever Thanksgiving plate. Why? That 302.13 would have charted well enough to garner the nation’s No. 1 class in 2009, 2011 and 2016 over the last decade. That would have happened even amid Alabama’s great run of mythical national recruiting championships.
Georgia football: Historical perspective for the 2019 class
That 302.13 will stand as one of the top classes of the decade. Here’s a listing of all the cycles dating back to 2000 in which a team finished with a higher overall score than the Bulldogs are guaranteed to post for this cycle.
- 2019: Alabama
- 2018: UGA and Ohio State
- 2017: Alabama and Ohio State
- 2015: Alabama and USC
- 2014: Alabama
- 2013: Alabama and Ohio State
- 2012: Alabama
- 2010: Florida and Texas
- 2008: Miami
- 2007: Florida
- 2006: USC
- 2002: Texas and Florida State
That 302.12 has only been bettered eight times in the last 13 cycles by a program not named Alabama.
Let that be a stiff arm of reality right to the headgear. Need more?
DawgNation was able to also dig up all the years the Bulldogs have scored a higher mark on the 247Sports Team Composite ratings since the inception of that system in 2000:
Georgia football: Recruiting road map for Signing Day
That listing of how many years the Bulldogs have recruited better was quite the roll call, huh?
Georgia still has a quartet of 5-star prospects in the class. There have only been 10 times in which any school signed more than four of those 5-star recruits in any one cycle.
The Bulldogs still have four of those 5-stars despite seeing elite WR Dominick Blaylock lose his fifth star and two former 5-star pledges de-commit to sign with other schools.
Here are the times that have been announced so far for National Signing Day on Wednesday:
12 PM: 4-star ATH Mark-Anthony Richards (Wellington/W. Palm Beach, Fla.)
- Nation’s No. 4 ATH and No. 90 overall prospect
- Says he will choose from a pool of Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Miami and Penn State
- UGA got the last in-home visit but Auburn remains the favorite here
1 PM: 4-star CB Kaiir Elam (The Benjamin School/N. Palm Beach, Fla.)
- Nation’s No. 6 CB and No. 48 overall prospect
- Has essentially been down to Florida and Georgia for some time
- Father played seven years in the NFL; His uncle Matt is a former Florida DB
- Signing Elam and current FSU commit Nick Cross would represent the best possible close for the Bulldogs on National Signing Day
@Easymoney_Kai (Kaiir Elam) will be signing his national letter of intent on live TV (ESPN2) on Wednesday, February 6 at 1:00 p.m. He will be signing at The Benjamin Upper School campus. Go Bucs! pic.twitter.com/kkgfvE4Bjf
— Benjamin Athletics (@TBSAthletics1) February 1, 2019
1 PM: 4-star OT Javonne Shepherd (North Forest/Houston, Tex.)
- Nation’s No. 28 OT prospect and No. 338 overall
- Current Texas commit who is expected to stay in-state with the Longhorns or Texas A&M
- Gave a pair of late official visits to both Alabama and Georgia
I will be signing on February 6th 1:00pm at Delmar Stadium in Houston,Tx #Pressure …🦍
— J. Shepherd (@JavonneShepherd) January 31, 2019
1:30 PM: 3-star TE Brett Seither (Clearwater Central/Clearwater, Fla.)
- Nation’s No. 33 TE prospect
- Reports have him down to Alabama and Georgia
- Did not play varsity football until the 2017 season
— Brett Seither (@_Brett18) February 4, 2019
2:15 PM: 4-star S Nick Cross (DeMatha Catholic/Hyattsville, Md.)
- Nation’s No. 4 safety and No. 55 overall prospect on the 247Sports composite
- Cross is committed to FSU but could flip to Georgia, Maryland or Penn State
- Clocked an astounding indoor 6.33 showing in the 60 meters this winter
- The Bulldogs are not seen as the flip favorite here, though
Targets who have not announced a specific announcement time on Wednesday: 4-star WR Jonathan Mingo
Look for the Bulldogs to remain active in the graduate transfer market after National Signing Day.
There are key names like former Miami receiver Lawrence Cager and former Tennessee TE Eli Wolf that will be on the radar for the Bulldogs on that front. If Seither chooses Alabama, then the pursuit of Wolf will become an even bigger storyline to follow.
Cager just visited UGA over the weekend. Wolf has already visited the Bulldogs and is expected to also check out Ohio State before sorting out his decision.