With Georgia facing the prospect of losing three-fourths of its top five players for the 2020 season, recruiting rankings are being reduced from the top of the recruiting board.
The Bulldogs were one of the top recruiting classes in the SEC in 2019 and have seen their recruiting rankings fall from the number one spot for the past two years.
Georgia head coach Kirby Smart is still working to convince his team to stay in Gainesville and stay in the state of Georgia.
It’s the same approach he took with his 2015 recruiting class and the first year of his current recruiting class.
Despite the drop in rankings, the Bulldogs still boast one of college football’s top offensive lines and have been the nation’s top recruiter in recent years.
This past season Georgia added two key pieces to the recruiting ranks for 2019.
Freshman left tackle Johnathan Hankins and tight end Luke Falk were among the first recruits to sign with Georgia.
The two-time All-American and All-SEC selection was the highest-rated recruit in the 2018 class.
With a top five recruiting class in 2018, Georgia was expected to add a pair of first-round draft picks for the 2019 class.
Both Hankins (second round) and Falk (fourth round) chose Georgia over offers from Alabama, Florida, Ohio State, LSU and Wisconsin.
But as a result of the Georgia coaching staffs decision to go elsewhere for their 2018 class, Georgia’s 2018 class fell to number two in the 247Sports composite rankings.
Georgia was ranked second in the nation for 2018, and was projected to finish with a 2019 class that ranked fifth in the country.
The loss of the 2018 recruiting class has caused the Bulldogs to have to take a step back in recruiting, and Georgia is going through a period of rebuilding.
The Bulldogs are going through the rebuilding process after having the nation top-ranked recruiting class for three straight years.
It’s no secret that the 2017 recruiting class was the best Georgia had ever had.
In fact, Georgia won the SEC East in 2018 and 2019.
However, the 2017 class was just a step below the 2018 Georgia recruiting class as well as the 2019 recruiting class, and it wasn’t the best that Georgia has had since.
The 2018 class was a top 25 class and ranked in the top 15 for five of its six recruiting classes.
The 2019 class was an eighth-place recruiting class by 247Sports and ranked No. 8 for seven of its nine recruiting classes from the last recruiting cycle.
The 2019 class ranked in fifth in both recruiting categories.
Georgia will have to find its next great recruiting class before it is finished with a rebuilding process, and its next recruiting class will be no exception.
Georgia is a long way from its top of recruiting rankings.
The 2018 class and 2019 class were among five recruiting classes that Georgia ranked in its top-20.
However, the 2019 list ranked in a tie for the fifth-worst recruiting class among the SEC.
The 2020 class was ranked in ninth-best recruiting class nationally and the second-worst in the conference.
The 2017 class and 2020 class were ranked in 17th- and 19th-best in the NCAA and SEC respectively.
The 2016 class and 2017 class were the first and second in Georgia history to finish in the bottom two in recruiting rankings, respectively.
With Georgia’s recruiting class being ranked as a top 10 recruiting class (third-best overall in the program), there are no other programs that have had as good a recruiting class over the past five years.
The current recruiting rankings have led to a lot of criticism from some fans, coaches and even the Bulldogs themselves.
However the rankings have not only helped the program in recruiting but also helped Georgia to win games in the ACC and the SEC, as well.