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Top College Football Recruiting Classes: University of Georgia

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Previously we took a quick look at the Tennessee Volunteers and the talented group of 2015 commits that they have acquired so far. Next up we will take a look at Tennessee’s SEC East division rival, the University of Georgia Bulldogs.

Georgia is coming off a roller-coaster season in which they showed signs of being College Football Playoff contenders one week and then looked completely dysfunctional the next. Injuries and suspensions played a key role throughout the 2014 season with the loss of Todd Gurley and not having the impact of some the key receiving threats until half way through the year. The surge of freshman running back Nick Chubb provided a bright spot for the Dawgs by stepping into the starting role and dominating opposing defenses. Returning one of the more talented backfields in the country has the UGA offense ready to role in 2015. Bringing in another highly touted recruiting class will only add to an already talent rich roster.

The 2015 recruiting class is incredibly deep, but there are a few standouts that have a chance for immediate impact in the Fall. Defensive tackle Trent Thompson from Albany, GA has impressed scouts and analysts everywhere. He has earned the coveted five-star label as well as being ranked top amongst all DT and third in the ESPN 300. His 6’2” 313lb frame gives him the size to dominate in the trenches and could play an important role in stopping the run, which has been an area of concern for UGA in the past. Scouts rave about his explosiveness off the line and his unique athleticism for a DT. The 2014 USA Today Defensive player of the year should see playing time early for the Dawgs and help the UGA defense to become a dominant force in the SEC.

Georgia is bringing in another five-star recruit in all around athlete Terry Godwin from Hogansville, GA. He is ranked as the top athlete in the 2015 class and is ranked as the 46 overall player in the ESPN 300. Godwin runs well with a 4.66 40-yard dash time and he has fairly good size at 6’0” and 170lbs. He will need to put on some more weight before he is ready for SEC play, but his outstanding athleticism should have him poised to make an immediate impact. Georgia fans should be excited to see how Godwin performs at the next level and see how he can develop to become a legitimate threat with the ball in his hands.

Adding more depth to the defensive secondary is 6’1” 195lb safety Rashad Roundtree from Evans, GA. The Dawgs have suffered criticism for their inability to defend the passing attack in recent years. Adding a talented four-star recruit to the defensive backfield should be encouraging for Bulldog fans. Roundtree is ranked 75th in the ESPN 300 and is the fourth best safety in the 2015 class. He has fairly good speed for a safety with a 4.65 40-yard dash and he has the ability to help both in stopping the run game as well as in defending the passing attack. Roundtree will add more skill to a talent rich defense and should be able to push for significant playing time in 2015.

The Bulldogs have the talent to have another successful season, but UGA fans are thinking SEC championship and hopefully an appearance in next year’s College Football Playoff. Adding more playmakers on the defensive side of the ball is key for the Dawgs as they were inconsistent throughout the 2014 season. Consistency is key and should this be achieved then UGA could have one of the more dominant defenses in the SEC as well as in the nation. Georgia’s offense will still rest on the shoulders of Nick Chubb and the talented stable of running backs on the roster, but newly hired offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer will need to find a solid quarterback to help lead the Bulldog offense. Head coach Mark Richt has been criticized for his inability to lead the Dawgs to the big game. Only time will tell if the 2015 class and the rest of the UGA team will be able to meet championship expectations in 2015.

 

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ESPN.com

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