With the 2014 recruiting season coming to an end, the coaches at the University of Georgia are gearing up for the 2015 recruiting class.
Because the 2014 season is not underway yet, the coaches can’t go full steam ahead with recruiting.
That has not stopped them from giving offers to some of the top players in the state and the country. And while they have already gotten four commits for the 2015 season (via 247 Sports), they are looking to have more quality players just like this year.
The Bulldogs have done a good job of recruiting since Mark Richt has been at the helm, which is not easy because the SEC has at least six to eight teams in the top 10 each year when it comes to recruiting classes. But if they continue to get top-quality recruits, the 2015 class will be better than 2014.
Here’s a closer look into next year’s class.
Out of the four hard commits, Terry Godwin may be the best of the group.
Rated as a 5-star recruit by 247 Sports, Godwin is considered the second-best athlete in the country.
Godwin is from Hogansville, Ga., and he was named to the Class AAA All-state team by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He made the All-state team as a wide receiver, but has the size and speed to play cornerback on the next level.
With Godwin committed as early as he did, he has the ability to bring in other top recruits in the state.
But Godwin was not the first defensive player to commit to the 2015 class. Two days before Godwin committed to UGA, the first defensive recruit and the second commit overall came on board (247 Sports).
Cornerback Rico McGraw is a 4-star prospect from Nashville. McGraw led Ensworth High School to a state title and was named to the All-State team by the Tennessee Sports Writers Association (via brentwoodhomepage.com). He is known for having good instincts and deep ball skills.
The commitment from McGraw is the first for defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt. He is known for going after aggressive defenders, and McGraw fits that mold.
The Bulldogs' first and latest commits of the 2015 class specialize on offense.
Owens is from Griffin, Ga., and he led Griffin High School to its first state title last year. Because of his size (6’5’’, 205 pounds) he can also play tight end and H-back if needed.
Seymour signed with Georgia last year, but was ruled ineligible. He is currently playing junior college ball and should be on track to join the team in 2015. Seymour is from Suwanee, Ga., and is the adopted son of former Bulldog and Super Bowl champion Richard Seymour.
Here’s a look at the some of the Bulldogs' top targets for next year.
On offense, lineman Mitch Hyatt of Suwanee, Ga., is high on the list. 247 Sports has him listed as a 5-star prospect and the No. 1 rated offensive tackle in the country. He is currently committed to Clemson.
Running back Taj Griffin of Powder Springs, Ga., would be a huge pickup for the Bulldogs. Griffin is another 5-star prospect and is listed as the No. 1 all-purpose back in the nation. 247 Sports has Georgia as one of Griffin’s top schools.
On defense, Trent Thompson is listed as the top player in Georgia, the top defensive tackle in the country and the second-best overall player in the country by 247 Sports. From Albany, Ga., Thompson is looking at Georgia, but is also looking at Florida State, Michigan State, Alabama and Auburn.
Based on who has committed and who the Bulldogs are targeting, it looks like they have a chance to have yet another good class.
Godwin was a big pickup, but it’s clear the Bulldogs are looking for bigger additions. If they can land Thompson and sway Hyatt from Clemson, then the Bulldogs are on their way to having a top-five class.
Normally what the Bulldogs do in the regular season doesn’t affect recruiting. But this year could be different because they need to bounce back after a disappointing 2013. If the Bulldogs can get back in the title hunt, Mark Richt should have no issues signing the top players in Georgia and in the region.