Is Georgia's 2015 Recruiting Class in Danger of Collapsing?

Sanjay Kirpalani@@SanjayKirpalaniNational Recruiting AnalystJanuary 26, 2015

Mark Richt and his staff has some work to do in the final days before national signing day to keep the Bulldogs 2015 class among the nation's elite groups.
Mark Richt and his staff has some work to do in the final days before national signing day to keep the Bulldogs 2015 class among the nation's elite groups.USA TODAY Sports

With less than two weeks remaining until national signing day, Mark Richt and the Georgia Bulldogs sit in a strong position with 26 commitments and the No. 6 class in the country.

However, the biggest chore for Richt and his staff down the stretch may be keeping the prospects they currently have in the fold.

As Michael Carvell of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution notes, six of the Bulldogs' pledges took visits to other schools over the weekend.

Is the Bulldogs' 2015 class in danger of collapsing? 

That depends on a couple of factors.

How many of their committed prospects are seriously considering heading elsewhere, and can the Dawgs add a few other top targets of their own?

A pair of 3-star prospects, JUCO running back Chris Carson and corner Deandre Baker, took visits to Big 12 schools over the weekend.

Carson visited Oklahoma State, and he told Carvell the trip gave him something to think about before he makes a final decision.

“I’d probably say I’m like 70-percent with UGA,” Carson said. “Maybe 80 percent. I’ve got to think about the playing time I’m going to get at Georgia. I know they have plenty of depth at running back.”

Baker took a trip to Texas, and he admits that the visit made a strong impression on him, according to Ryan Bartow of 247Sports.

"I liked it a lot," Baker told Bartow. "It's pretty close between Texas and Georgia. I'm still a Georgia commit."

Additionally, the Dawgs may have to sweat out the pledges of 4-star receiver Darius Slayton and 5-star athlete Terry Godwin until the very end—with Auburn potentially being the biggest threat with both. 

Slayton visited the Plains last weekend, while Godwin took a trip to Alabama.

According to Rusty Mansell of Dawgs247, Slayton was accompanied by his mom and his sister on his Auburn trip, which could indicate that the 6’1”, 182-pounder is serious in his interest level in the Tigers. Meanwhile, Mansell also reports that the Tigers are making a strong push to flip Godwin.

Godwin told Shane Youngblood of BamaOnline that he has cancelled his fifth official visit to Texas A&M scheduled for this weekend, and that he may take a trip to Athens if he decides to go anywhere at all.

“I will have a final announcement at school on signing day,” Godwin said. “I am going to sit down this week and discuss everything with my family."

Of that group, keeping Slayton and Godwin—who projects as a receiver at UGA—is paramount due to the Dawgs' need at the receiver position.

Even though Richt and his staff will have their eyes on keeping their commits solid, the Bulldogs still have a handful of top prospects they are hoping to add to the class.

The secondary is a primary focus for defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt, with 3-star athlete Chris Williamson—who could play safety or corner—and 4-star corner and current Alabama pledge Rico McGraw as options that Georgia is heavily pursuing.

Finally, 4-star outside linebacker Roquan Smith has been another player that has been atop the wish list of Richt and his staff throughout the process.

Even though the potential exists for Georgia's class to take some hits, it's hard to imagine a scenario in which a class including standouts such as 5-star defensive tackle Trent Thompson, 4-star defensive ends Jonathan Ledbetter and Natrez Patrick is considered a disaster. 

If the Dawgs can mitigate the potential losses while closing on prospects like McGraw, Smith and Williamson, their class will remain one of the nation’s premier groups in the 2015 cycle.

Sanjay Kirpalani is a National Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. Unless otherwise noted, all recruiting information courtesy of 247Sports.

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