Simmons Mailbag: UGA, SEC recruiting, elite D-linemen

Chad Simmons, Recruiting Analyst
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It will be very difficult for Georgia to win a third-straight recruiting title, largely because of the numbers more than anything else. The Bulldogs have always recruited well, but under Kirby Smart, they are recruiting nationwide for the top talent.

Georgia signed 24 prospects in 2019, and the way it looks today, the Bulldogs are not expected to sign that many in 2020. That will make it difficult to finish on top of the Rivals.com Team Recruiting Rankings. There will likely be some attrition between now and February, but the number looks to be around 22 for Georgia this cycle.

The Bulldogs already have five commits, all are four-stars and three are ranked in the Rivals100. This again will be an elite class for Georgia, and the program will battle for many elite targets in the coming months, but if I had to say yes or no on a prediction to finish with the No. 1 recruiting class in 2020, I would have to predict no.

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If we just look at the top-10 prospects in the country and see where they stand at this point, there are a lot of SEC programs in the mix.

The No. 4 prospect, cornerback Elias Ricks of California, is committed to LSU, so there is a check for an SEC school.

Paris Johnson, the nation's top offensive tackle, checks in at No. 5, and is committed to Ohio State, but he recently visited Georgia and Tennessee and there was some buzz around the Bulldogs after the visit to Athens.

Those are the only two prospects in the top 10 that are committed right now, so lets go to the top, and give you a quick glance at the other eight.

D.J. Uiagalelei: Clemson is the favorite, so, at this time, an ACC school is projected the winner for this prized recruit. When he released his top seven in December, Alabama, Georgia and LSU represented the SEC on his list. LSU looks to have the best shot of the three SEC programs, but I do not expect Uiagalelei to end up in the SEC.

Zachary Evans: Alabama, Georgia, LSU and Texas A&M are some of the SEC programs involved with Evans, but Texas is considered the team to beat at this time.

Justin Flowe: Georgia has the most buzz with Flowe right now.

Bryan Breese: Ohio State and Penn State are two programs up north to watch, but this one may be turning into a Clemson-Georgia battle.

Arik Gilbert: Alabama, Auburn, Georgia and Tennessee are in this race, with the Bulldogs and Volunteers appearing to be slightly ahead at this time. Clemson is still being considered as well. Odds are in favor that Gilbert ends up in the SEC.

Sav’ell Smalls: Smalls currently has a list of 12 favorites and there are a few SEC programs scattered on it. Alabama looks to be the SEC program he is giving the hardest look at, at this time. He is nowhere near a decision and will take official visits later this year.

Kelee Ringo: It doesn’t look like Ringo will end up in the SEC, but he plans to take his time, so we will see if things change. The school with the most buzz around it now is Texas. He spent a couple of days in Austin recently.

Justin Rogers: Will Georgia land another one from Oak Park High School in Michigan? The Bulldogs swooped in on Signing Day in December and landed quarterback Dwan Mathis, who was committed to Ohio State. The Bulldogs may have the best shot out of the SEC programs, but LSU, Kentucky and Tennessee are in this too.

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