Georgia, as you might have seen on these pages, is having a pretty good December so far. Look for the UGA recruiting efforts to benefit. Clearly.
The Bulldogs won their first SEC title since 2005 on Saturday night with a rousing 28-7 victory against Auburn in the first SEC Championship game played in pristine Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
It marked the first time the program had done that since 2005. It was also the first time the Eastern Division champion
DawgNation hopes that headline will spark others.
For that to happen, the future of the program must be strong. DawgNation checked in with dozens of Georgia’s top future recruiting targets and their commitments for 2018, 2019 and 2020.
The pitch will no longer be to come help the team win an SEC title. It will be to come help the Bulldogs win another one. And another one.
How do those future Bulldogs and potential signees feel about the program now?
So how ’bout that SEC Championship?
Sergio Allen/4-star OLB/2020 target: “I fully expected them to get it done. It is Dawgs on Top, right?”
Adam Anderson/ 4-star OLB/2018 commit: “What a good game.”
Harrison Bailey/4-star QB/2020 target: “(It shows me) that it’s all coming together. They got the coaches and players so it was just a matter of time.”
Jermaine Burton/4-star WR/2020 target: “It says to me that Georgia is trying to prove a statement and they did. They out-did anybody that they played and I hope they continue to do what they are doing.”
Aaron Brule’/3-star DB and S/2018 commit: “Great win. I’m so ready to get up to Athens.”
Tommy Bush/4-star WR/2018 target: “I thought the team did their job played great defense and ran the ball well plus (Jake) Fromm made good throws when he needed to. I was excited to see them perform like that. They were well prepared!!!”
Jake Camarda/3-star P/2018 commit: “The only thing going through my mind was “i know UGA has got this one.” I was really just excited for all the guys on the team. They deserved that win. I’m happy for all of them.”
Owen Condon/3-star OT/2018 commit: “It was amazing being in the stadium tonight. It looked like a completely different team from a few weeks ago. Both sides of the ball play extremely well and it looks like we’re playing our best football right now.”
Warren Ericson/4-star OC/2018 commit: “(I saw) a team that was hungry, and wasn’t gonna get beat twice.”
“Hoping I can do the same thing next year.”
Curtis Fann/4-star DL/2019 target: “UGA dominated.”
Luke Ford/4-star TE/2018 target: “That game was crazy.”
John FitzPatrick/3-star TE/2018 commit: “UGA is back for good.”
Ryland Goede/4-star TE/2019 target: “Huge win for UGA. That defense played lights out and it was good to see Isaac (Nauta) get a TD for sure.”
Kearis Jackson/4-star WR/2018 commit: “I’m proud of my brothers and their performance.”
Keiondre Jones/4-star OG/2019 target: “Wow.”
Elijah Moore/4-star WR/2018 commit: “All that went through my mind was beat Auburn and do it bad. (It) means a lot (to be committed to UGA) and I’m grateful to be a Dawg.”
Lloyd Murray, Jr./3-star DT/2019 target: “I’ve been rooting for Georgia since the beginning of the season and I knew they were capable of winning the SEC just by the team they have. They have a chance of making it to the National Championship and could possibly win it.”
Bill Norton/4-star DL/2019 target: “They some Dawgs.”
BJ Ojulari/4-star OLB/2020 target: “I thought it was a big game for UGA and a much-needed win. But I still think highly of both UGA and Auburn.”
Brandon Smith/4-star OLB/2019 target: “Great win for Georgia. Coach (Kirby) Smart and his staff have done a great job this season. I am thankful for a Georgia offer.”
Chris Smith II/4-star CB/2018 commit: “Nothing major they still have the real championship to win. I expected them to win this game so they did what they were supposed to do. GO DAWGS!”
Kevin Swint/4-star OLB/2020 target: “It tells me that Georgia has a great opportunity to win a national championship. The executed at a high level.”
Paul Tchio/Unranked OL/2020 target: “Believe it or not I actually saw this coming from a while back. I said they would lose the first game to Auburn and it would be the turning point of the season. I also had them playing Auburn in the SEC Championship and them winning.”
“Georgia winning left a really good impression on me because I think when they are healthy they are the best team in the country. With their 2018 and 2019 classes, they are only going to get better. I can’t wait to just see it all fold out.”
Kardell Thomas/5-star OG/2019 target and LSU commit: “Georgia knows how to bounce back and they looked like they wanted it more than Auburn.”
Travon Walker/4-star DL/2019 target: “I didn’t get to watch it because I had a game but I knew it would be different turnout just because its hard to beat a good team two times in a row.”
Tramel Walthour/3-star DT/2018 commit: “It was just exciting to watch my future team go out and play for a conference championship and win it. That just puts a higher mark on where we should be in the following years to come and it puts more fire behind all UGA players and upcoming players to maintain the success.”
Devonte Wyatt/4-star DT/2018 commit: It was a great game. I knew we had the opportunity to win the game but I liked how they stopped Auburn’s run game and put pressure on the quarterback the whole game.”