The Georgia Bulldogs are about to enter the craziest period of recruitment in modern history. After nearly 18 months of a recruiting dead period due to the coronavirus pandemic, beginning June 1 prospects will be traveling across the country to various campuses.
There's a massive build-up of anticipation on both the players' and the program's end of things. One source close to the program told Dawgs Daily that, "until June comes around, absolutely nothing matters."
The fact of the matter is that Georgia hasn't been able to see recruits in person for an entire calendar year.
This was a factor in the 2021 cycle, but it is an even bigger deal for 2022. Staffs were able to watch 2021 progress throughout their careers and only missed their senior seasons.
It is a different story with the 2022 and 2023 recruits. Staffs haven't been able to put eyes on these players yet and this summer is their first opportunity to do so.
It has been known for a while that head coach Kirby Smart and staff have been planning a recruiting extravaganza at the beginning of June.
Over 200 recruits are scheduled to be on campus according to sources, with a select few taking their official visits throughout June.
This is not a normal visitation period, however. Georgia is planning to have these players go through a workout and evaluate them in person.
Simply put, there are a lot of unknowns at this point. It is hard for Georgia to assemble a recruiting board for the 2022 class because they haven't seen these players in person.
It is easy to put quarterback Gunner Stockton at the top of the board. The issue isn't the top, it is separating who will be getting the final dozen or more spots in this recruiting class.
Top recruits have the ability to commit any time they want, but others have to win over the coaching staff. With the players already in this 2022 recruiting class, Georgia felt more than comfortable allowing them to commit early in the process. The rest of the class will be weeded out through come June.
That leaves Georgia's coaching staff with a little over six months to put a bow on the class prior to early national signing day when upwards or 90 percent of the nation's most elite prospects will sign their national letter of intent.
It's not just the class of 2022 either; the staff will also begin forming opinions on the class of 2023. They only have two commitments to date in that class and get to start the evaluation process with the rising juniors.
At Dawgs Daily, we believe there could be a flurry of commits following June, but there's also going to be some shuffling in this 2022 recruiting class. Flips and de-commits will be the theme of this recruiting cycle all across the country.
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