Georgia will put the finishing touches on its 2017 recruiting class later this week. But that doesn’t mean that the future isn't being built as well.
The Bulldogs picked up a pledge Sunday from outside linebacker/defensive end Nolan Smith, one of the leading members of that elite class of 2019 in the Peach State. Smith joins North Murray County offensive tackle Luke Griffin as the second UGA commit for 2019.
Smith will actually spend his junior season at Florida football factory IMG Academy after starring at Savannah’s Calvary Day. In fact one important aspect of this commit is that the ‘Dawgs will now have a commit at IMG recruiting his future teammates.
Obviously it’s a long way until February 2019, and Smith was pretty clear that he’s still open to being recruited by other schools (Alabama offered last week). But Smith is a big pickup nonetheless. The 6’2, 200 pounder is an instinctive player who can play either standing up or with his hand in the dirt at the high school level. He's most likely to play linebacker in college. You can see a little of why dozens of college programs were after Smith (and will continue to pursue him) below: