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I’m going to let you in on some inside baseball: I write this post late at night before it goes up, not the morning of. (Hello from the past!) The reason this is relevant today is because it’s signing day.
Signing day happens at a lightning pace. By the time you read this, faxes will be rolling in and a few undecided prospects will have already made their decisions. So, there isn’t much analysis or commentary I can provide that won’t be old or irrelevant by, uhm, right now.
Regardless of what happens over the next 12 or so hours, Georgia has one of the best classes in the country. In his first full recruiting cycle, Kirby Smart probably has the best class this program has landed in decades. The talent in this group could be a cornerstone for years of sustained success. Of course, there still is work to be done to achieve that. (And we’ll talk a lot about that in the future.) But Wednesday should be a happy one for Georgia fans.
I’ve compiled the top 10 highlight packages from players in Georgia’s class, in no particular order. (Apologies if one of these guys unexpectedly defects by the time you read this.) Go through this list and you’ll see the future of the program is in very capable hands:
Richard LeConte III, DB, 5-10.5/174
D’Andre Swift, RB, 5-9/222
Jake Fromm, QB, 6-1/229
Robert Beal, DE, 6-3.5/230
Isaiah Wilson, OT, 6-7/350
Nate McBride, ILB, 6-1/223
Jeremiah Holloman, WR, 6-2/195
DeAngelo Gibbs, DB, 6-2/204
Mark Webb, WR, 6-2/195
Malik Herring, DE, 6-3.5/265
Feel free to add highlights of any new additions to Georgia’s class, or anyone you think I shouldn’t have committed, in the comments section. And let me know whose you think is best.
What’s to come
Georgia fans – here are the announcement times for all potential commitments pic.twitter.com/u5vtERiKwf
— Andrew Stephens (@StephensAndrew) February 1, 2017
UGA hoops falls short in Lexington
There was a glimmer of hope for Georgia basketball, as the Bulldogs took on John Calipari and his Kentucky Wildcats into overtime at Rupp Arena on Tuesday. But the Cats were able to pull away in overtime and win, 90-81, dropping Georgia to 13-9 overall, 4-5 in the SEC.
FINAL: Georgia falls 90-81 on the road at Kentucky in overtime.
Frazier (23pts), Maten (22pts) & Ogbeide (18pts) led the Dawgs in scoring.
— Georgia Basketball (@UGABasketball) February 1, 2017
It’s an incredibly tough loss for the Dawgs. On the back of Yante Maten, Georgia dominated the early going before UK pulled back. UGA battled lockstep the whole way, but in the end, Kentucky’s superior talent won out. Had they won, I could’ve seen a narrow opening for the Dawgs to get back into NCAA tournament contention. That’s hard to imagine now, though. Regardless, there’s nothing to be embarrassed or angry about in this loss. It was a hard-fought game that just didn’t go Georgia’s way.
An early start
Georgia got in the signing day spirit Tuesday, when Smart secured a commitment from 2018 linebacker Donovan Georges out of Hialeah, Fla. While we’re watching highlights, might as well take a gander at Georges’ highlight package:
- Georgia’s ’50-50′ commitment has made his final decision (Jeff Sentell, DawgNation)
- The ‘secret society’ that used to rule recruiting (Chip Towers, DawgNation)
- A short history of Georgia’s early enrollees & Georgia’s early enrollees since 1980 (Seth Emerson, DawgNation)
- UGA staffer uses Ellen DeGeneres tweet to take playful jab at Georgia Tech (Nick Cole, DawgNation)
- Talking with the Gym Dogs: midseason report (vineyardawg, Dawg Sports)
- ‘Coaches don’t want to spend all summer recruiting.‘ (Senator Blutarsky, Get The Picture)
- Georgia’s recruiting class was built at home (Marc Weiszer, Athens Banner-Herald)
Dogs can be heroes, too.
This dog saves his drowning friend ? pic.twitter.com/e7I8fHwfXm
— BRUHH (@BruhhhComedy) January 31, 2017