Georgia National Signing Day 2017: Road map and final predictions for #SICEM17

Georgia coach Kirby Smart should definitely have every reason to smile after all the letters-of-intent roll in on National Signing Day.

Want a daily lap through Georgia football recruiting? That’s what the Intel will bring at least five days a week. We’ll cover the news and which way this 4-star or 5-star might lean plus add some perspective to help fans figure out what it all means.


Welcome to National Signing Day. The outlook for Georgia’s recruiting class is very good.

Let’s call it Graduation Day for #SICEM17 and Georgia’s highly-rated recruiting class that is expected to inject a significant talent upgrade a program that has acquired the national reputation of being good but never great.

Look for Georgia coach Kirby Smart to crack a few of these today. (Joshua L. Jones/Special)

Kirby Smart was hired to change that, and he has made the right moves on the recruiting trail so far to achieve it. Georgia still has to win, though.

But today is the prove-it day for all of that. What’s going on? When will all the key commitments come in? That’s where a 2017 National Signing Day road map comes in very handy.

Georgia National Signing Day 2017 schedule

Georgia National Signing Day 2017 predictions

Go big or go home, right? Here’s a simple roll call of predictions that frame up the way I think National Signing Day for 2017 should go.

  • Georgia will retain its current 23 commitments

Robert Beal, Jr.? Tray Bishop? Devonte Wyatt? Mark Webb Jr.? Nothing should happen to the current class that’s already committed to Georgia today. There was a lot of late noise pertaining to Webb over the last 15 hours, but I spoke to his father about that.

He said that Penn State made a gallant run late at Webb, but there was going to be no dice for James Franklin on that front.

  • Georgia only adds three guys to the class

That’s the first way to view the class. Will Georgia get guys like Nico Collins, Markaviest “Big Cat” Bryant, Larrell Murchison, Aubrey Solomon, Ameer Speed and Jamyest Williams today? If all of those guys said yes, then that’s the only way I see the Bulldogs signing up to 27 or 28 guys in the class.

The Bulldogs will not sign all those guys today.

  • Nico Collins will not choose Georgia

Do the Bulldogs add a very talented 6-foot-5 receiver from Alabama today? Collins has had UGA in his sights for quite some time and saved his last official visit slot to take one more trip to Athens last weekend. That’s all going to be for naught as I believe that Collins will choose Michigan on National Signing Day.

I’m betting there’s an interesting story to kick the tires on for that one down the road.

  • Aubrey Solomon will not choose Georgia

Solomon is the highest-rated potential target remaining on the table for the Bulldogs in the Class of 2017, but he’s not going to stay in-state. If he reps the red and black during his live ESPN decision ceremony, I’ll be the first to say that this will be the most bewildering recruitment I’ve seen in quite some time.

  • The decision of 3-star CB Eric Stokes, Jr. is an early tell

Stokes has blazing 10.4-second speed in the 100 meters but he’s not one of the first-tier options for the Bulldogs at cornerback to close out this year’s class. The interesting thing here is he will make an early decision at 8 a.m. from Eastside High School.

Remember the term “foreshadowing” from high school and college English class? That could certainly be the case here.

If he chooses Georgia, then that means the Bulldogs likely will not sign both 3-star Ameer Speed and 4-star South Carolina commit Jamyest Williams today. But he’s not expected to. If Stokes puts on the Florida or Ole Miss hats, then the chances spike for the Bulldogs to add one or both of their two preferred options at that position with a limited number of scholarships in the Class of 2017.

  • Georgia grabs quick early momentum with two signees 

The Bulldogs will land Speed around 8:21 a.m. on National Signing Day. The 6-foot-3-plus cornerback prospect will bring elite size and speed for the NFL game to Athens. There will be plenty more to raise a glass to as the Bulldogs will flip Ole Miss commit Larrell Murchison to the class as well. The 6-foot-4, 285-pound prospect was a clear sign that the Bulldogs were no longer in the Aubrey Solomon sweepstakes.

If Solomon shocks the world, then the Bulldogs made the decision to move on from another prospect on their board like a Nico Collins or a Leonard Warner because they opted to fill the shopping cart with three more defensive tackles in the Class of 2017.

Murchison opting to stick with the Rebels would be a wild turn of events for the day.

  • Georgia will miss out on Markaviest “Big Cat” Bryant 

At the end of the day, he’ll be the prospect everyone will lament the most. There is simply too much information and too much indecision at this time to project Bryant to stay in-state. Georgia has been the school he’s felt the closest connection to for quite some time, but that does not stick. Auburn and LSU have turned his head away from the Bulldogs.

I had Bryant in this class for the longest time until late Tuesday night. There were more sources pointing the 6-foot-5 edge rusher to Auburn and LSU and the common theme I heard regarding the Bulldogs was simply indecision.

  • 3-star CB Latavious Brini is another tell

As noted above, the South Florida defensive back will share his decision around 1:30 p.m. on National Signing Day. If he chooses Georgia, that’s a clear indication the Bulldogs are likely done for the day at cornerback. He’s the safest projection to make in this class to add to a couple of probable picks in Murchison and Speed.

It’s worth noting Brini was committed to Georgia for about three months last year so it would be an interesting re-commit. But I don’t think the player who told me he was once 87.6 committed to the Bulldogs shortly before he backed off that pledge will get back to 100 percent and sign today.

  • Jamyest Williams caps the day with big news

The 4-star CB from Grayson High will share his decision at 2:15 p.m. this afternoon. The nation’s No. 8 cornerback has been seriously conflicted over the last month, but the ledger just adds up to more reasons for him to play for the Bulldogs.

There are just more reasons here to think he will flip to Georgia and that’s my final pick. I’ll post one more story today on Williams that explains why I’m going with a hunch for the Athens native.

  • Sentell’s Intel will soon take a vacation

Producing a blog at least five times per week that covers at least 1,300 words has surely been fun, but it also carries quite a recharge. Don’t look for those to show up every day in February after this week closes out.

It has been real. And fun. And real fun. But it is about time to go find a beach somewhere and put my toes in the sand. I also need to re-introduce myself to my family.

My better half could care less about how I do on the above predictions, but that’s the one she tells me I better get right.

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