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Georgia 2022 signees (from left-to-right) Big Bear Alexander, Daylen Everette, Jalon Walker, Branson Robinson and CJ Washington all pose after the 2022 Under Armour All-American Bowl at Camping World Stadium on January 2, 2022, in Orlando, Fla. (Jeff Sentell/ DawgNation)

Georgia football: National championship roster is splintered, but 18 new Bulldogs are already on campus

Want to attack every day with the latest Georgia football recruiting info? That’s the Intel. This entry is about the latest with the roster migration of the national championship roster and how the 2022 signing class was built to offset that.


Picture two large display boards. Like the ones at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

The twist is this will take stock of the 2022 Georgia football roster. With so much focus devoted to the players moving to the NFL or through the transfer portal, there’s a need to look at the big picture.

The big picture here leads this observer to the following conclusions:

  1. Georgia’s infusion of overall talent from the 2022 class looks to be the best of the Kirby Smart era, especially at a few game-changing positions. It boasts a top 100 overall recruit at every position except at wide receiver. There is always the 2018 class to use as the benchmark. That class included seven prospects with the coveted 5-star ranking, but five of those signees weren’t on the field in Indianapolis. (Sidebar: Georgia got a title with its first signing class to wrestle the No. 1 overall recruiting ranking from Alabama, but 11 of the top 17 highest-rated recruits in that year did not play one snap of that 33-18 win.
  2. The 2022 class is the best defensive class of the Smart era in Athens. There are top 50 overall prospects at DT (2), LB, EDGE, CB (2) and S in this class. The Bulldogs have never brought in the type of talent for all three levels of its defense that it has in this cycle.
  3. Georgia has never brought in a defensive back class like the 2022 group. It is not even close.
  4. Georgia has never brought in a pair of pass rushers quite like Marvin Jones Jr. and Mykel Williams in the same class. The ratings may compare, but not the size of the bodies. Jones and Williams look like Travon Walker did coming out of high school but move like they are 230-pound OLBs.
  5. There’s a unique way the numbers balance out here for Kirby Smart. The position groups have been restocked to replace the players that will not be on the 2022 roster. It is like the outgoing Bulldogs are being covered with the same number of new Bulldogs at each position.

With those pearls in mind, take a look at the board on the left.

Then take a breath.

Then take a look at the board and the right. It is perfectly acceptable to get a little excited about it all.

Those boards flow down the page below.

Past. Present. Future. There really hasn’t been a time like this in Athens since 1980.

Barking is perfectly acceptable after soaking it all in before heading to your desired gate at this terminal.

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QBs (1): JT Daniels (Portal)

RBs (2): James Cook [NFL); Zamir White (NFL)

OLs (2): Jamaree Salyer (NFL); Justin Shaffer (NFL)

TEs (1): John FitzPatrick (NFL);

WRs [4}: Jermaine Burton [Portal; George Pickens [NFL); Jaylen Johnson [Portal]; Justin Robinson (Portal]


DLs (3): Jordan Davis [NFL); Travon Walker [NFL]; DeVont’e Wyatt [NFL]

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