DESTIN, Fla. — Georgia’s incoming class is scheduled to hold its first meeting on Wednesday night, with everyone set to report either this week or soon after. Barring any late snags, it appears the group will be complete.
When asked Tuesday if he had heard of any potential academic non-qualifiers, Georgia head coach Kirby Smart answered “none as of yet,” though he left some wiggle room.
“We’re still gathering information. So I think we’re pretty close to where we need to be,” Smart said. “There’s still a couple guys we’re waiting to get a little bit of information on. But I expect everybody to be there.”
The team is waiting to get the final grades and course work for “some” of the players, Smart added. Receiver Javon Wims, the team’s only junior college prospect, appears to be one the team is making sure is all set.
Six of Georgia’s signees have already been on campus since January, including the most highly-touted: Quarterback Jacob Eason. The class totals 22, including a couple post-signing day additions: Offensive tackle Tyler Catalina, who’s transferring in from Rhode Island, and tailback Brian Herrien, who got a late offer after qualifying out of New Manchester High School.
The purpose of the initial meeting, Smart said, is more “organizational.” That means getting them ready for summer workouts, and essentially telling them how to pass the time until preseason practice officially begins in August. That will include summer classes, as well as orientation and acclimation procedures.
Most players will report Wednesday, while a few others could take longer. Punter Marshall Long, for instance, doesn’t actually have his high school graduation ceremony until next week.
Smart didn’t sound like a fan of the term “de-recruitment,” which gets thrown around often to describe coaches bringing down the ego of players who they talked up for years in the recruiting process.
“I wouldn’t say that,” Smart said when asked if de-recruitment starts now. “The word de-recruitment is more for the fact that they’re in a new setting, amongst a lot of really good athletes who are compared to them. So I don’t think we have to do anything. They just realize they have a different standard they need to be held to. They have a different standard of athlete they’re competing against. So when they go out there and see the summer workouts, they see the de-recruitment. When they see the guys doing the drill faster than them and being able to sustain longer.”
Here are the players in Georgia’s 2016 signing class:
- QB Jacob Eason
- OL Ben Cleveland
- WR Riley Ridley
- DB Chad Clay
- DL Julian Rochester
- TE Isaac Nauta
- OL Chris Barnes
- DL Michail Carter
- DL Tyler Clark
- DB-WR Mecole Hardman
- RB Elijah Holyfield
- RB Brian Terrien
- OL Tyler Catalina (transfer from Rhode Island)
- OL Solomon Kindley
- ILB Jaleel Laguins
- P Marshall Long
- OLB Chauncey Manac
- OLB David Marshall
- DDB Tyrique McGhee
- WR Tyler Simmons
- WR Javon Wims
- WR Charlie Woerner