Georgia signed one of the nation’s top-rated classes. Here are the biggest recruits, at least as we can tell now, in terms of ratings and importance for the future:
OT Isaiah Wilson, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Georgia’s biggest need was offensive line, and it went far to address it. Wilson wasn’t in the picture for Georgia until later in the process, and he ended up picking the Bulldogs over Michigan and Alabama. The 5-star has great size (6-foot-7, 350 pounds), so he could contend for one of the two tackle spots right away. The question is the competition level Wilson faced in high school, and how quickly he can adjust to the SEC. Wilson isn’t the only O-linemen with a chance to play right away: Junior college transfer D’Marcus Hayes is already enrolled and may be more likely to start right away. High school signees Andrew Thomas and Netori Johnson also could figure into the mix. But Wilson is the highest-rated recruit in Georgia’s class, period.
Safeties Richard LeCounte III, Hinesville and DeAngelo Gibbs, Oxford
Safety isn’t an immediate need for Georgia, with Dominick Sanders returning for his senior year and Aaron Davis (a starter for most of the past three years) also back. But LeCounte and Gibbs will be good enough to push for playing time right away, either at safety or the star (nickel back) position, which is vacant with Maurice Smith’s departure. LeCounte is the nation’s No. 22 overall prospect, per the 247Sports composite, and second-best safety. Gibbs is ranked No. 49 overall and fourth at safety. Both are also enrolled already, so they’ll have the spring to show their wares and learn the defense.
WR J.J. Holloman, Covington
Another early enrollee, Holloman comes in at a bigger need position. Georgia was thin at receiver last year, both in terms of depth and size, and then leading receiver Isaiah McKenzie opted to leave for the NFL draft. The leading returning receiver is junior Terry Godwin, but he’s only 5-foot-10, and Georgia is looking for bigger guys. Holloman comes in at 6-foot-2 and 190 pounds, with a chance to add weight this spring. Georgia also signed two other 4-star receivers: Mark Webb (6-2, 195) and Trey Blount (6-2, 185).
QB Jake Fromm, Warner Robins
When Kirby Smart was hired, Fromm was committed to Alabama, and Georgia was committed to another quarterback for this class, Bailey Hockman. But Smart and offensive coordinator Jim Chaney made a different evaluation, so Hockman ended up de-committing and going to Florida State, while Fromm was convinced very quickly to stay in-state. Fromm has some Aaron Murray qualities, in terms of height (6-1, 229) and athletic ability, and outgoing personality. While Jacob Eason enters next year as the starter, Fromm could be the QB of the future, and his signing was especially important after 2018 target Trevor Lawrence committed to Clemson.
RB D’Andre Swift, Philadelphia
Swift is the only tailback in Georgia’s class, after the infamous Toneil Carter situation. Maybe Swift doesn’t play much this year, what with Nick Chubb and Sony Michel’s unexpected returns. But he’ll be right in the mix after they leave, or perhaps sooner, and could be a factor this year on special teams. Swift isn’t tall (listed at 5-9) but he’s strong (220 pounds) and is rated the nation’s fourth-best tailback, per 247Sports, and the best player in the state of Pennsylvania. The Bulldogs did well to lure him south.