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Kirby, UGA Gunning for the No. 1 Recruiting Class... Again

July 29, 2018

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ATHENS - Look who is back at it again… Kirby Smart. 

With 5-star RB John Emery Jr.‍  commitment to Georgia, Kirby and the Dawgs are back where they belong - in the top 5 of recruiting rankings. Emery is considered the No. 2 overall running back in this class. With 16 players in the 2019 class right now - several of them spread across the nation - UGA once more has its eye on the prize. 

UGA added 4-star ATH University Lab (LA) ATH Makiya Tongue and Top 100 Wekiva (FL) LB Rian Davis to give the class 16 committed prospects Sunday night - seemingly just to prove the point that they can do whatever they want... like a villain with no hero in sight to save the day. 

Just like when Kirby was watching Justin Fields play on national tv - I will have popcorn with that. The popcorn being more and more recruits, of course. 

The No. 1 recruiting class in the country is in sight. 

Difficult to pull off? Certainly. Impossible? Nope. 

Signing back-to-back No. 1 recruiting classes isn’t common in college football for anyone outside of Nick Saban’s Tide. But take a closer look at the reality on the ground. Alabama’s recruiting run before Kirby left Tuscaloosa was impressive - perhaps the greatest recruiting run in college football history over a multi-year span. 

But it is appropriate that UGA, under Kirby’s aggressive and watchful eye, knocked the Tide off the top of the rankings last season. Don’t look now, but Alabama is at No. 1 again, and Georgia is flying towards them with a bullet. 

UGA is the only program with more than two consensus five-star players. But these Dawgs haven’t even started to hunt yet. UGA’s recruiting class for this cycle appears to just be starting to take form. 

We can’t say that about Alabama (20), Texas A&M (22), Oklahoma (16) and Oregon (17). Those programs are further along in the building of the future of their programs. Those four programs, UGA and likely Ohio State will fight for this year’s spot atop the recruiting rankings. It is possible Texas could surge towards the top as well. 

Who will wind up No. 1? We can’t know for sure. 

But we don’t know it will be Alabama for sure any more. The fight for recruiting supremacy continues (every day). Today is just another measuring stick in the wild ride towards Signing Day.

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