New Georgia coach Kirby Smart walked into a good recruiting situation at the right time. He had the commitment of five-star quarterback Jacob Eason and kept it and added five-star tight end Isaac Nauta and four-star wide receiver Cavin “Riley” Ridley to the mix to build a young offensive core. With a few slots still open in the class Smart and his new staff will be very aggressive trying to fill the spaces with top defensive recruits.

Here’s a review of Georgia’s signing class heading into the first recruiting weekend after the bowl season and a few predictions on where the Bulldogs could end up in February. We use 247Sports composite team and player rankings:


National recruiting rank: 5
SEC recruiting rank: 2
Number of commits or signees: 16


Jacob Eason, QB, Lake Stevens, Wash. (five star)
Isaac Nauta, TE, Buford, Ga. (five star)
Julian Rochester, DT, Powder Springs, Ga. (four star)
Ben Cleveland, OT, Toccoa, Ga. (four star)
Cavin “Riley” Ridley, WR, Deerfield Beach, Fla. (four star)
Chad Clay, CB, Suwanee, Ga. (three star)


Chauncey Manac, DE, Homerville, Ga. (four star)
Charlie Woerner, WR, Tiger, Ga. (four star)
Elijah Holyfield, RB, Atlanta, Ga. (four star)


Derrick Brown, DT, Lanier, Ga. (five star, official visit 1/22)
Ben Davis, LB, Gordo, Ala. (five star, official visit 10/16)
Lyndell “Mack” Wilson, LB, Montgomery, Ala. (five star, official visit 1/15)
Brian Burns, DE, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (four star, official visit 1/15)
Willie Allen, OT, New Orleans, La. (four star, official visit 12/11)


This has the makings of a historic recruiting class at Georgia if Kirby Smart can close strong. He’s got the QB of the future in Eason and a surprising commitment from Ridley already in house. If Smart can get some combination of Brown, Davis, Wilson and Burns to be the centerpieces of the defensive side, this could be a special group.