It’s here. (Early) National Signing Day for the 2020 Class of High-School Seniors. There will be incredible suits, shady uncles with itchy palms, plenty of hats, heartbroken fans and, if we’re lucky, live animals. Here’s hoping the bag men amongst us have done good work the last few weeks. Whoever you are, you’re the real MVP’s, and you certainly ONLY do your work for UGA, Bagmen have definitely never paid anyone form Tennessee, Florida, the Big Ten or any other team that Georgia will finish ahead of in the recruiting rankings. This isn’t true of course, but you will read it on Twitter all day, so I’m preparing you now.
Signing Day Eve got off to a big start for the Dawgs, as offensive tackle Chad Lindberg out of League City, Texas announced he will sign with the Dawgs via his Twitter page.
Keeping Lindberg is big for Georgia, as he was one of the committed players in this class who had cited Sam Pittman as a big reason why he wanted to be a Bulldog. While Lindberg still thinks highly of Pittman, he also said he was, “sold on more than just a coach.” Lindberg loves the university, and believes there’s “historic seasons” in the future for Georgia. Lindberg is the nation’s 17th ranked tackle, and 168th ranked overall player according to the 247 Sports Composite Rankings. The South Texas product committed to the Dawgs over LSU, Texas, Texas A&M, USC
Lindberg tips the scale 6’6.5” frame tips the scales at 327 pounds, and he excels in drive-blocking situations. In his tape you can see him getting to the second level and punishing linebackers on a regular basis. The big Texan also plays with a bit of a mean streak, playing hard between the whistles and taking his man to the ground whenever he has the chance.
Due to the offense he played in at the high-school level he is a more polished run blocker at this point, but his frame will help him in pass protection. Lindberg will also need to improve his lateral quickness in order to handle the speed of top-flight edge rushers in the SEC. If that doesn’t happen, he might end up playing guard in Athens. One thing is certain, Matt Luke has done some fine work keeping this class intact during his first week on the job.
Yesterday’s announcements by Isiah Wilson and Andrew Thomas is another reason the Lindberg commitment is huge. Georgia’s two starting offensive tackles announced that they will be turning pro after the season.
Thomas is rated by most draft experts as the top tackle in the class and a top-10 pick. He will be skipping the Sugar Bowl to avoid any potential injuries and prepare for the draft. While I’m always excited to see our Dawgs play in the red and black, it’s understandable why Thomas isn’t suiting up one last time. With that amount of money on the table it’d be a shame to see anything happen that could jeopardize the young man’s future.
Isiah Wilson will be joining Thomas in the draft, but he has yet to decide on his status for the Sugar Bowl. The massive Wilson possesses all of the physical gifts required of NFL tackles, and some experts have him rated as high as a top-six tackled in the draft.
Both young men expressed gratitude for their time in Athens, and specifically thanked the UGA fan base for their support. Here’s hoping they both have long successful careers at the next level.
Today should be fun, and it could be a big one for Georgia. While a lot of chips will fall through the morning and afternoon, Georgia will still be waiting on the decisions of a couple high-profile guys in five-star recruits Kelee Ringo and Darnell Washington.
We will have plenty more here throughout the day, and will do our best to keep up with all the commitments as they happen. Fingers crossed for a big haul by Kirby and Co.