Georgia’s firing of Mark Richt was a controversial move in the college football world, and not everyone was sold on the program modeling itself after Nick Saban’s Alabama by hiring Kirby Smart, but the moves seem to be paying early dividends. Georgia had a very nice recruiting weekend, landing four-star cornerback Will Poole III and former Alabama commit Netori Johnson after a really impressive spring game on the field and in the stands.
Alabama is the unquestioned recruiting superpower in the SEC and all of college football until a program proves otherwise, but Georgia is making a real run at the throne for 2017. In fact, with guys like Poole and Johnson in the fold, Rivals now ranks Georgia’s class No. 1 in the SEC, just ahead of ‘Bama.
Georgia also ranks sixth overall, behind Ohio State, Oklahoma, Miami, Clemson, and Notre Dame. And three members of the eight-man class are former Alabama commits. There is a long, long way to go to National Signing Day 2017, but Georgia fans have to be thrilled with the progress under Smart so far.