What will it take for Georgia to beat Ohio State for the nation’s top recruiting class?
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The battle for No. 1
National Signing Day rolls back around Wednesday. As things stand now, Georgia has one of the best recruiting classes in the country, maybe the best recruiting class in the country. And that’s with big-time targets such as 5-star CB Tyson Campbell, 4-star DT Rick Sandidge, 4-star WR Tommy Bush and 4-star LBs Otis Reese and Quay Walker still on the board.
Georgia’s main competition for the No. 1 class in the country comes from Urban Meyer and the Ohio State Buckeyes. In 247Sports composite team rankings, Ohio State holds the No. 1 spot with 311.17 points. No. 2 Georgia trails the Buckeyes with 309.23 points, well ahead of No. 3 Texas (297.66).
So what needs to happen for Kirby Smart and the Bulldogs to leapfrog the Buckeyes and claim the top spot in the 2018 recruiting rankings? Andrew Ellis of the excellent Ohio State blog Eleven Warriors did the math and concluded, based on the prospects both teams are pursuing and the way those prospects are reportedly leaning, Georgia has a better chance to exit Signing Day in first place.
The Buckeyes’ current score of 311.17 may very well be the final tally come Wednesday. Adding a five-star in [T Nicholas] Petit-Frere would jump the score up to 316.41. Adding [T Rasheed] Walker would take it to 313.84. Nabbing both of the tackles would raise it all the way up to 318.61. …
American Heritage cornerback Tyson Campbell was a major Buckeye target throughout the process, but his recruitment appears to be coming down to Georgia, Alabama, and Miami. The five-star is giving the Canes one final shot with a visit this weekend, but right now the crystal ball heavily favors Georgia. Adding Campbell would boost the Bulldogs’ score from 309.23 to 315.50. He’d be Kirby Smart’s seventh five-star signee of the class, which is simply absurd.
Georgia is also working on a pair of linebackers including Michigan’s top-rated commit in four-star Otis Reese and Bama pledge Quay Walker. Adding Campbell – and really any of the names from the list above – should give the reigning SEC champs a pretty solid grip on the top spot.
Ellis also noted that the ultimate decider of whether Georgia or Ohio State ends up at No. 1 is a player already in Athens: 5-star DE/OLB Brenton Cox. Cox was committed to Ohio State throughout much of the recruiting process before backing off that pledge late in his senior year and signing with the in-state Bulldogs. Of course, Cox wasn’t signed to win a recruiting championship. He was signed to win a national championship. But a No. 1 recruiting class (or a No. 2 class, for that matter) will go a long way toward achieving that.
Read Ellis’ entire post at Eleven Warriors.
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4-star DT sets announcement time
As noted above, one of the most important recruits remaining on Georgia’s board is 4-star Concord, N.C., defensive tackle Rick Sandidge. On Sunday, Sandidge confirmed he’ll make his college choice on Signing Day at 1:45 p.m. ET. His finalists are South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia
Lady Dogs nab 20th win of the season
The Georgia women’s basketball team rebounded from a midweek loss at LSU with a 69-45 victory over Ole Miss Sunday at Stegeman Coliseum. Caliya Robinson and Mackenzie Engram led the Lady Dogs with 18 and 17 points, respectively. Georgia trailed by 2 points at halftime, but outscored the Rebels 41-15 in the second.
“We came out with adjustments in the second half and it made a difference,” Georgia coach Joni Taylor said. “The intensity turned up. Ole Miss is a really good team; they have played everyone close and are very good offensively and defensively. We settled in and were finally able to get the ball inside which made all the difference in the world. That’s what we weren’t doing in the first and second quarters, we were settling for jump shots and not making them.”
Georgia is 20-3 overall and 8-2 in the SEC. It’s the first time Georgia has had a 20-3 record since the 1999-2000 SEC championship team.
The Lady Dogs host Vanderbilt at Stegeman Coliseum on Thursday. Tipoff is 7 p.m. ET.
Men’s hoops team falls again; Jordan Harris suspended
The Georgia men’s team followed a important midweek win over the Florida Gators with a awful 72-57 loss at Mississippi State on Saturday. With the loss, Georgia is 13-9 on the season and 4-6 in the SEC.
“On the road, you have to play mistake-free,” Georgia coach Mark Fox said. “And we turned it over and gave them some turnovers that led to layups, and then we played from behind. Several times we got the game back in position where we could threaten, but we couldn’t get stops and rebounds consistently.”
The loss on the court wasn’t the only news Georgia basketball made Saturday. Before the game, sophomore guard Jordan Harris was suspended indefinitely. A reason has not yet been given for Harris’ suspension. Harris is averaging 3.5 points and 2.1 rebounds per game this season.
Georgia travels to Nashville to face Vanderbilt on Wednesday. Tipoff is 8:30 p.m. ET and the game is on the SEC Network.
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