Since Kirby Smart took over as the head coach of the Georgia Bulldogs, it always seems like he's been able to land the right recruit at the right time. I'm no conspiracy theorist, but is it just a coincidence that we get good news on the recruiting front in the form of a commitment almost every time we get some sort of bad news? It's almost like clockwork!
Negative recruiting says Georgia can only recruit defense? Here's five 2024 offensive commits! The Dawgs miss out on the quarterback with the famous last name. Here's a gun slinger in the 2024 class! I could go on and on.
While there hasn't been much (if any) negative news with Georgia being ranked No. 1 in the nation once again, the Dawgs have still been on fire on he recruiting trail. Kirby Smart and company have been able to secure four commitments in October, two in the 2023 class and two in the 2024 class. Four star running back Roderick Robinson was the big flip for the month, and I mean literally big with the California native clocking in at 6'1 and 230 pounds. The Dawgs were able to flip him from UCLA on the same day 2024 3* Sacovie White decided to Commit to the G. Six days later came the gunslinger in 2024 4* QB Ryan Puglisi, while 2023 4* CB Chris Peal announced his commitment to Georgia just two days ago.
So who might be the next to decide to put the hat of the defending National Champions on their head? Keep an eye on these top targets:
DAMON WILSON (5*/#2 EDGE/#19 overall)
Wilson has been one of the most interesting recruitments as of late. He took his official visit to UGA the weekend of the Auburn game. Word got out quick that the Dawgs knocked the visit out of the park and gained a ton of momentum. Ohio State head coach Ryan Day almost immediately used his visit to go see Wilson and whatever he said seemed to have worked, as it looked like his commitment to Ohio State was inevitable. As Lee Corso would say, "not so fast my friend". It was Georgia's turn to make a move and they did. Kirby Smart and Coach Uzo-Diribe went to his game this weekend. By all accounts this one is CLOSE. Can the Dawgs pull it out? We'l lfind out, but Wilson could very easily be the next one to come off the board.
SAMUEL M'PEMBA (5*/#4 EDGE/#29 overall)
This is a recruitment that has been in fovor of the good guys for a long time. He's always said he was going to take his visits and that is exactly what he is doing. He was just in Knoxville on his OV there for the Alabama game and has been in Athens for a couple of gamedays already. He is expected to be back again when the Dawgs host the Vols. While he doesn't have a commit date set in stone, he could very well be the next to pull the trigger. Whenever he decides to announce his decision, it will be a big surprise if it is not UGA.
ANTHONY EVANS (4*/#38 WR/#282 overall)
The speedster from Texas committed to Oklahoma over UGA on August 26th in a VERY CLOSE recruiting battle. In fact, everyone (including our staff) thought he was choosing the good guys leading up to his decision, until it didn't happen. As you know, Kirby Smart rarely gives up on a recruitment.........if ever. Coach Bryan McClendon was hired to bring in this type of prospect and that is what he intends to do. I believe we have been in touch with Evans and wouldn't be surprised if this gets interesting leading up to the early signing period. Oklahoma's struggles aren't helping them, especially when Georgia has proved we can have just as explosive of an offense as anyone else this season. Although I'm not ready to predict it, a flip here wouldn't surprise me at all if we really push for it.
DEANDRE MOORE (4*/#13 WR/#76 overall)
There is sort of an unwritten rule in recruiting to 'Follow the Visits'. Unless your name is Isaiah McKenzie, a prospect usually isn't too serious about a program until they take a trip to see the campus and meet the coaches and staff. Of course there is communication between the coaches and recruits, but it's just different being there live in person. While we broke the news that DeAndre Moore would be visiting, I didn't take his interest as serious in the beginning just because his official visit hasn't happened yet. We also found out that this is a special case, as the Louisville commit already has a connection with recently hired assistant running backs coach David Hill. The UGA coach goes a ways back with Moore and his family, giving the Dawgs a very important inroad in this recruitment. He will make his OV for the Tennessee game and will likely also visit Texas. I really do not think Moore sticks with Louisville in the end.
A RUNNING BACK OFFER OR FLIP (3*Jordan Louie, 3* Jamarion Wilcox, 4* Dylan Edwards, 4* Jeremiah Cobb)
I had to throw in-state RB Jamarion Wilcox in here, as he is the one I've been screaming for RB coach Dell McGee to offer. While anything could happen, you'd think we either would have gone to one of his games, brought him on a visit, or both. As much as I want it to happen and as talented of a player as he is, there are only so many spots. Jordan Louie is an in-state prospect who is committed to West Virginia. He was recently in town, but does not have an offer from Georgia yet. Another visit would be pretty telling on how his recruitment is advancing.
Dylan Edwards is another who does not have an offer, but could receive one if he decided to visit. The Kansas RB seems to be solid to Notre Dame, but I do want to see what happens now that Jeremiyah Love has committed to the Irish. Like Wilcox, Edwards is probably more wishful thinking on my part than anything. Jeremiah Cobb seems to be the one that Georgia has shown the most interest in lately, as McGee just went to watch his game in Montgomery Friday night. This could very muh be one to watch if the Dawgs decide to offer the Auburn commit.
With early signing day in December coming up fast, it's getting close to time for Georgia to make a move..................if we're going to make one. You don't want to fill a spot just to fill it. If the staff thinks one of these guys is a fit they'll go hard after him. Otherwise you take only Roderick Robinson and call it a day, which is what I think we do right now. Whether we take one or two in the 2023 class, I do believe you'll see the Dawgs hit the portal. And before anyone asks, right now I believe Justice Haynes sticks with Alabama and Rueben Owens sticks with Louisville.
EDIT - And now eight hours after writing this, UGA has offered Jeremiah Cobb. Let's see how this develops.
***All rankings are from the 247sports composite rankings