And the hits just keep on coming. Earlier this week Georgia picked up a commitment from the top player in the state for 2015. The week before that they picked up pledges from a solid tailback and a much-needed blue chip offensive tackle. And the week before they got good news from a pair of the best for 2016, plus a bunch more.
Before today the Bulldogs had salted away 8 commitments in 28 days. Then they added a pair of four star prospects in Creekside receiver Jayson Stanley and Tucker defensive end Jonathon Ledbetter. Stanley was an under the radar prospect with no major offers until playing in the Georgia Rising Seniors All-Star Game. That day he caught two long touchdown passes and since has added offers from the likes of Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Miami, Ohio State, and Oregon. He's big and physical (around 6'2, 200) but Stanley's biggest asset is his speed. He's been timed below 4.40 in the 40 and joins Terry Godwin, Michael Chigbu, and Christian Owens to give Coaches Richt and Ball a solid haul at the receiver position.
Yet somehow Stanley may not have even been the biggest pickup of the day. That honor belongs to Tucker defensive end Jonathan Ledbetter, who flipped his commitment from Alabama to the 'Dawgs late this evening. There had been rumors that he would flip, and those rumors only intensified when his older brother Joe recently joined the Red and Black as a tight end. In addition to the Crimson Tide, Ledbetter also counts tenders from Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Miami, and Tennessee. He's one of the top ten prospects in the state according to most recruiting services, the kind of prospect that fans grouse about Mark Richt allowing to leave the state. But not this time.
All told Georgia is now up to 20 commitments for the class of 2015, with room to take at least 8 and likely 10 more players. If they can pull even some of the really impressive national recruits still on the board like consensus #1 player Josh Sweat out of Virginia, Florida standouts Cece Jeffereson and Tavarus McFadden, or homegrown prospects like Macon County's Roquan Smith or Lakeside's Rashad Roundtree, this Bulldog signing class could easily be among the top 3 in the country. That sort of effort has become a necessary, albeit not sufficient, condition of competing for national and SEC titles. Until later . . .