We’re now officially in the stretch run toward National Signing Day, and Coach Kirby Smart’s pretty far out in front of expectations. With the consensus top three class in the country and several recruits already on campus it’s hard to envision a scenario under which Bulldog fans have reason to be disappointed when February 1st arrives.
That being said, it’s in human nature to want just a little more. And in fact there remain several prospects on the board who have not made a decision, at least publicly. Our question for you this morning: which one would you most like to see commit to the “G” in nine days?
Aubrey Solomon. The Lee County standout has been pretty clear in his public statements that he’s favoring Alabama and Michigan at this point. Georgia needs to sign quality interior defensive line talent every cycle if Smart intends to bring the roster up to the quality he enjoyed in Tuscaloosa. For my money, Solomon is likely the only instate defensive tackle in this cycle up to the standard that needs to be met to get there, though Towers lineman Devonte Wyatt isn’t very far behind and has a high ceiling. Missing on both of those guys could leave a big gap in an otherwise stellar class.
Nico Collins. The 6’5 Alabamian would become the Bulldogs’ most physically imposing receiver the day he steps on campus. While Georgia has already reeled in a trio of talented receivers, Collins is the kind of guy who could add a whole new dimension to the Georgia passing game. At the moment Riley Ridley is Georgia’s main downfield threat in the passing game, putting another big, fast downfield threat on the other side of the field could open up opportunities for both.
Leonard Warner. I continue to believe Warner may be the most underrated recruit in the Peach State for the class of 2017. He’s a true inside linebacker, fast enough to get to the edge and make plays but also physical enough to control the inside gaps.
Markaviest Bryant. “Big Cat” is a long, athletic outside linebacker, a little in the Leonard Floyd mode, only larger. You can’t really have too many of those guys if you want to run the multiple front defense Kirby Smart prefers.
Jamyest Williams. I believe the do-everything player from Grayson would be the top ranked player in the state and a top ten player nationally if he were 6’0 rather than 5’9-ish. But if you’re more interested in signing football players than light bulb changers, you want this South Carolina commit to flip. Incredibly quick and with good ball skills, Williams could become a worthy replacement for Isaiah McKenzie in the kicking game.
Ameer Speed. The 6’3, 195 pound Speed is a big, physical corner whose getting a lot of attention from Georgia, Oregon, and Virginia Tech. Nick Saban dropped by his school last week to test his interest in a visit to Alabama. There’s good reason for that. The Jacksonville (Sandalwood HS) could end up at safety or upgrade Georgia’s ability to hold the edge in the run game if he stays at corner. He could also end up at the star position Maurice Smith held in 2016. That kind of versatility is priceless.
Larrell Murchison. The JUCO defensive tackle visited Athens over the weekend and, while he’s still committed to Ole Miss, all indications are that Georgia really gave him something to think about. For long term depth, a JUCO DT with three years to play two isn’t ideal. But Murchison would add another big, athletic player to the defensive line rotation and would almost certainly see immediate snaps in 2017 and beyond. If you believe Georgia ultimately misses on Solomon and Wyatt, Murchison may be the player Georgia can least afford not to sign.
Let us know your pick, and the reasons behind it, in the comments. Until later...