Predicting Where the Georgia Bulldogs Will Finish in the 2015 Recruiting Ranks

Brian JonesContributor IJune 17, 2014

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The Georgia Bulldogs are always going to be in the hunt for the SEC title as long as Mark Richt is the head coach. And the main reason for that is he has done a solid job recruiting the top players in Georgia and some of the top players in the Southeast.

It’s no different this year, as he signed a top-10 class, according to 247Sports, that is led by Lorenzo Carter and Nick Chubb. These two players, along with the rest of the 2014 signing class, are expected to be major players by 2015.

And speaking of the class of 2015, the Bulldogs are looking to have another great class in order with 12 players already committed. So the question is: Where will the Bulldogs rank in 2015 when it comes to recruiting?

It’s really going to come down to what happens with a couple of players the Bulldogs are targeting. One of the Bulldogs' top targets is defensive tackle Trent Thompson from Albany, Georgia. Thompson is considered the best overall prospect in the country, according to 247Sports, and he is really considering the Bulldogs as his college of choice.

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Another top target is Rashad Roundtree from Evans, Georgia. Roundtree is considered one of the five-best safeties in the country, according to 247Sports, and adding him would address a huge need for the Bulldogs next season.

On offense, the Bulldogs need some help on the offensive line, and the one player they would love to have is Chuma Edoga from Powder Springs, Georgia. He’s a USC commit, but Dawgs247 has reported (subscription needed) that he was in Athens last week, and he could make a return visit in the near future. Edoga is listed as the third-best offensive tackle in the country.

Last week was a vital one for the Bulldogs because they were able to get three players to commit. The first was Gary McCrae, who is an outside linebacker from Coolidge, Georgia. The next day, the Bulldogs got a verbal commit from tight end Jackson Harris from Columbia, Tennessee, and Deandre Baker from Miami, Florida. The Harris commit was big for Georgia because he is one of the 10 best tight ends in the nation, per 247Sports.

One of the reasons the Bulldogs have the eighth-best class is they have been able to get elite players like Terry Godwin, and Rico McGraw to commit. Godwin is a 5-star prospect, per 247 Sports, who can play a number of positions, and McGraw is a 4-star cornerback, per 247 Sports, who is one of the three best players in Tennessee.

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So where will the Bulldogs recruiting class rank by February 2015? There is a lot that will happen from now to national signing day, but they have a very good chance of reaching the top five when it’s all said and done. If Thompson commits to the Bulldogs it will make the class an elite one, and the Bulldogs will be in the mix for the SEC title.

But we have seen some crazy things during signing day, so while the Bulldogs may be on their way to a top-five class, they have to make sure they keep the momentum, especially during the regular season.