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How Did the Georgia Bulldogs Do With In-State Recruits on Signing Day?

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The 'Dawgs always have a ton of competition for Georgia's best prospects, but pulled in a good number in Kirby Smart's first year.

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Kirby Smart did well in his first National Signing Day for the Georgia Bulldogs, landing a top-10 class that was the highest for any first-year coach this season.

With NSD now a few weeks in the rear-view mirror, SB Nation recruiting guru Bud Elliott took a look at where the top football recruits from talent-rich states wound up. The list of talent-rich states includes places like Texas, Florida, Louisiana, California and of course Georgia.

Here's what he had to say about the Peach State:

Georgia featured 25 blue chippers in 2016, and while we are waiting to see where five-star Demetris Robertson signs, the Bulldogs did land nine of the 24 who have signed, a solid effort in the first year under Kirby Smart. Georgia is the only state with major football powers on every border, and it is not realistic to expect the Bulldogs to keep everyone home.

If Robertson picks Athens, UGA could end up with a full 10 of Georgia's top 25 prospects. Aside from the Bulldogs, the SEC in general dominates the state. Elliott points out that the Southeastern Conference landed 18 of the top 24, with the ACC landing just four.

The top out-of-state recruiter was nearby Auburn, with three of the top 24, followed by Clemson, Tennessee, Florida and USC with two each. Georgia Tech landed zero.