UGA recruiting: The real stunning part about that epic National Signing Day haul


Want to attack every day with the latest Georgia football recruiting info? That’s what the Intel will bring at least five days a week. The play sheet today calls for another way to look at just what Georgia signed on National Signing Day. It calls for a comparison standard with the highly-regarded 2017 class. 

There’s another thing about Georgia’s best-ever recruiting class that really stuns me.

I could be talking about how in the world they got to 26 signees. Could bring up just how many future NFL draft picks the Bulldogs will have at ILB and OLB in the years to come.

Those are topics for other days. For me, the best prism to look at 2018 is to compare is to the #SICEM17 class. Remember that one? That was the one which previously held the title belt for the greatest (according to the 247Sports Team Composite rating) in the modern star rankings era of college football recruiting.

The 2018 squad is going to make the 2017 group read like last year’s news. Consider the following:

  • The Bulldogs signed four more prospects (7 to 3) in the 5-star category this year.
  • Isaiah Wilson was rated No. 16 overall in 2017. He was the highest-rated signee in 2017. The Bulldogs signed four players that rated higher in 2018 than Wilson did in 2017.
  • D’Andre Swift was the lowest-rated 5-star recruit for the Bulldogs in 2017. He ranked No. 33 overall and definitely fit that billing. Even qualifies as underrated given the shine we saw from his game as a true freshman.
  • Well, the 2018 Bulldogs have seven players who rate higher this year than Swift did last year.

My vote for commitment ceremony of the year (at least)

There were many headlines generated by the signing day stories that involved 4-star UGA signee Tommy Bush Jr. and even Quay Walker’s hat flip that tweaked Vol Nation like hobnails.

I’d like to re-direct the attention away from those viral stories and to a commitment ceremony that was done exactly right. That was the effort on Wednesday at Sports & Social in Smyrna by 4-star junior TE Ryland Goede.

The nation’s No. 6 TE prospect committed to play both football and baseball at Georgia. He did it in a most uncommon manner. If we wanted to judge his event the way the world does gymnastics at the Olympics, even the Romanian and Ukranian judges would give him high marks.

Here’s the clip.

BREAKING: 6'7 Kennesaw Mountain tight end Ryland Goede, Class of 2019, commits to play football and baseball at #UGA pic.twitter.com/FmHel2Y5RE

— Justin Felder (@Justin_FOX5) February 7, 2018

Goede’s effort scored for me for the following reasons:

  • Highly original
  • Didn’t place the onus on himself
  • Gave a nod to one of his future team’s storied traditions.
  • He even incorporated three of his life-long friends into the event
  • When he had his guys JB Bertrand and Dominick Blaylock join him on stage, it was the perfect capper. They brought Goede the UGA hat he would wear on the podium. When you know their stories, that just felt right.

Not even a college football playoff official could find any fault in that one.

Another nod toward the future

There’s one more element to Georgia’s national signing day push that really hits home. The Bulldogs have really made this push on the recruiting trail minus a gold standard in facilities.

I think several SEC weight rooms are now significantly twice the size of the one in Athens. The team’s locker rooms are due for an upgrade and there’s not really a cozy place to host recruits on gameday at Sanford Stadium.

Well, all of that changes this fall when the West End Zone project completes itself. Let’s remember that it will come with more concession stands, what seems like an extra gate off Sanford Drive, a recruiting plaza and a scoreboard that get approximately 33 percent bigger.

The price tag for those upgrades is a reported $65 million. Is there any reason not to think that it can only help Georgia recruit at an even higher level than it does now?

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