National signing day is right around the corner, and the Georgia Bulldogs could have made the most important move to solidify them as one of the best recruiting classes in the country.
Former defensive coordinator Todd Grantham joined the Louisville Cardinals for the same position. And that is not a bad thing for the Bulldogs because they officially announced the hiring of Florida State defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt just two days later.
Pruitt not only helped the Seminoles become the top-ranked defense in the country this year, but he has also been named the National Recruiter of the Year by 247Sports the past two years.
That should only lead to good things for the Bulldogs as they make their final push for recruits who have the Bulldogs as one of their finalists.
And speaking of recruits, here’s the Bulldogs' national signing day wish list.
On top of the wish list is Lorenzo Carter, which is no surprise because he is on everyone’s wish list.
Carter, who is the No. 2-ranked weak-side defensive end according to 247Sports, has Georgia and Florida as his co-leaders and said he was impressed by the move Georgia made to get Pruitt when speaking to Kipp Adams of 247Sports (subscription required).
Carter had 24 sacks the past two years at Norcross High School in Norcross, Ga., and helped his team win back-to-back state titles.
If Georgia were to sign him, the class would be almost set.
However, the Bulldogs only had one linebacker commit, and they struck out on Raekwon McMillan, who is Georgia’s best linebacker prospect according to 247 Sports.
Rashaan Evans, who is from Auburn, Ala., had Georgia as one of his finalists, but with Grantham leaving, Evans' father says it is no longer in the running, per Matt Scalici of AL.com.
This is where Pruitt needs to come in. He was able to bring in top prospects at Alabama and FSU, and there’s no reason he can’t do it in Athens.
Pruitt needs to find a way to convince Evans to sign with the Bulldogs, because they need another linebacker to add more depth, especially with the team continuing to run a 3-4 scheme.
Myles Autry is another top Georgia prospect, and he was also on the Norcross team that won two consecutive state titles with Carter the past two seasons.
Autry has Georgia as one of his finalists, but he also has Florida State as another finalist. So Pruitt, who was also the recruiting coordinator at FSU, could have been luring Autry in to play for the Seminoles. And if he was, could Autry have UGA as his leader with Pruitt having the same role in Athens?
It has been South Carolina vs. the Bulldogs for Wesley Green, who is the 15th-best cornerback in the country according to 247 Sports.
Green is scheduled to visit South Carolina this week and UGA right after. The addition of Pruitt could have made Green back out of his visit, but Green loves the hiring and thinks it’s a major move by the Bulldogs.
Green, who is from Martin Luther King High School in the Atlanta area, originally committed to the Gamecocks over Clemson. But he decided to back down because of the lack of communication according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Michael Carvell.
Georgia has 16 players committed and could have 23 by signing day. Getting Carter and Green would be huge for the Bulldogs because they need the defensive help.
Evans would also be a good pickup for the Bulldogs, but with one linebacker signed, they could use more linebacker help than Evans.
On the offensive side, the Bulldogs are solid. Autry could help in the running and passing game, but with two running backs, two wide receivers and a tight end already committed, UGA is in great shape and should have no issues scoring points moving forward.