Many have known for a few years that the 2022 recruiting class in the state of Georgia will be one of the best in recent memory.
Prior to the impact of COVID on college football, the University of Georgia was a national recruiting threat with their eyes transfixed on top players from around the country.
They were traveling to Arizona, Nevada, California, Texas, Pennsylvania, Florida, Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana and even Rhode Island to land elite talent.
The freeze on recruiting visits has no apparent thawing point at the moment, leaving schools like Georgia that went national with their talent selection having to reinvent themselves on the fly.
This is a program that signed 25 players in the class of 2020, with only eight of those players coming from the state of Georgia.
In 2022, they already have seven in-state commits. And there's reason to believe they could reach up to 20 in this class.
The Commits (8)
- DB Marquis Groves-Killebrew
- DL Tyre West
- EDGE Donovan Westmoreland
- DB Deyon Bouie
- OLB Darris Smith
- LB C.J. Washington
- QB Gunner Stockton
- DT Bear Alexander (Texas)
Our next category, in-state leads, are players we feel comfortable will end up in this class. If these players were to commit tomorrow, we believe it would be Georgia.
In-State Leads (9)
- DL Mykel Williams (Commitment Date: March 14)
- TE Oscar Delp
- ATH Malakai Starks
- WR Kojo Antwi
- OLB Daniel Martin
- WR,Denylon Morrissette
- DB JQ Hardaway
- DB Emory Floyd (Commitment Date: May 7)
- DB Marcus Allen
Almost all these players have something in common. Apart from Williams, Floyd and Starks, they play for Hustle Inc, a well-known 7-on-7 team in Atlanta.
These young men are all playing together with Georgia commits Stockton and Groves-Killebrew. And they are being heavily swayed by the very persuasive Stockton and Groves-Killebrew, who love Georgia.
In-State Battles (6)
These are recruitments that Georgia is in on, but may not currently be the leading candidate.
- DL Christen Miller (Commitment Date: April 4)
- OL Addison Nichols
- OL Qae'shon Sapp
- TE Holden Staes
- WR Sam M'Bake
- WR Janiron Bonner
- ATH Jake Pope
Sapp recently released a top-eight list that included Georgia. But in a recent interview with Dawgs Daily, when asked where he will go first when visits open up, he said Cincinnati.
Nichols is an ideal guard for line coach Matt Luke's system at Georgia and that's something Nichols alluded to in a recent interview with Matt Ray of our neighboring Tennessee site, VR2. The Volunteers are a major player in Nichols' recruitment.
Miller has been recruited by Georgia for a while, but there's a battle looming there with Indiana and Florida leading up to his commitment date.
Staes, from Westminister Academy in Atlanta, had committed to Michigan, but has since opened things back up and loves what Georgia has to offer.
M'Bake was one of the first wide receiver targets to receive contact when that window opened on September 1, 2020. However, since then his focus has apparently moved elsewhere.
Bonner, from Cedar Grove, is a teammate of Stockton at Hustle Inc and has been mentioned by Stockton in an interview with Dawgs Daily, but it appears he is being heavily recruited by Arkansas and Florida.
As for Pope from Buford, he's on the radar for Georgia as of late thanks to a great junior season that culminated in a tackle that forced a fumble in overtime to win a 6A state title against Lee County.
With Georgia potentially landing a head coach Kirby Smart record for the number of in-state recruits, he's going to be extremely selective with the out-of-state pool. We at Dawgs Daily believe he will venture out of the state for a few elite prospects.
- RB Branson Robinson, Mississippi
- RB Jordan James, Tennessee
- RB Emmanuel Henderson, Alabama
- OL Tyler Booker, Florida
- DT Walter Nolen, Florida
- OLB Jermiah Alexander, Alabama
- ATH Keon Sabb, Florida
- OLB Jalon Walker, North Carolina
- CB Trequon Fegans, Alabama
There are numerous other prospects on Georgia's board all across the country, but we project Georgia to do the overwhelming majority of its work in the state of Georgia this class, and for good reason.
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