The Georgia Bulldogs and head coach Kirby Smart have been on an absolute tear over the last week on the recruiting trail.
Last Thursday, they gained the commitment from in-state star Malaki Starks. Starks chose Georgia over the likes of Alabama and Clemson. Then, Smart and his staff followed up the in-state win with a commitment from North Carolina linebacker Jalon Walker. Walker chose the Dawgs over the in-state Tar Heels and Clemson.
Monday of last week, running back Jordan James committed to Georgia, rounding out an incredible five days of recruiting for Georgia.
But they weren't done. Australian punter Brett Thorson announced his commitment Wednesday. Sunday, Smart landed quite possibly the biggest target yet considering the needs of the program: former West Virginia defensive back Tykee Smith.
Smith wasn't a highly-touted player coming out of high school, but he developed quickly under new defensive back coach Jahmile Addae's tutelage. In two seasons at West Virginia, Smith made 111 tackles with 10.5 resulting in a loss. He added four interceptions and 13 pass breakups to his totals. Smith was instrumental in West Virginia leading the nation in passing yards allowed.
His departure was a huge loss for the Mountaineers as Smith earned spots on several All-America teams in 2020. He was also a finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award. Pro Football Focus ranked him No. 24 on their list of 100 best players of 2020.
Smith becomes the 13th member of the 2022 class.
- 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)
- ATHLETE Malaki Starks
- LB Jalon Walker
- RB Jordan James
- P Brett Thorson
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