Early National Signing Day is here, though it feels a little different from prior years. Usually Kirby Smart and Co. are preparing to finish with a flourish, with tons of blue chip prospects whose announcements could make or break the class.
This year however the Bulldogs already have 20 commits and the #3 ranked class in the nation behind only Alabama (22 pledges) and Ohio State (21). The name of the game on this Early Signing Day is holding onto the commitments already secured and landing a few remaining key pieces to put this class over the top. Here are some of the announcements by uncommitted players to keep an eye on:
Donovan Edwards, tailback. The nation’s #4 tailback will announce his choice at 1:30 eastern from among a host of schools, with Georgia and the home State Michigan Wolverines the likely top contenders.
Xavian Sorey, linebacker. One of the top 20 prospects in the country, the versatile IMG Academy linebacker will choose at 1:45 pm from among Georgia, Alabama, and Florida.
Maason Smith, defensive tackle. The nation’s #2 defensive line prospect and #18 player in the nation will announce live on his Instagram feed at 3:30 central/4:30 eastern. Smith’s from Houma, Louisiana, and I never expect any big time prospect from the Pelican State to ever pick a school other than LSU. But if he did choose the ‘Dawgs it would be a huge coup.
There are also a couple of players who may or may not sign tomorrow and could be Bulldog targets.
One is four star defensive tackle Lee Hunter out of Eight Mile, Alabama. The nation’s #7 DT looked like a lock to Auburn, but with Gus Malzahn’s firing Georgia and a host of other schools may have a shot. Hunter would be a nice pickup if Maason Smith does stay home.
Another to keep an eye on is Sanford, Florida receiver Jimmy Horn. Georgia offered the 5’9, 170 pound slot receiver late, but could have room for him with some recent transfers.
Also, here’s a list of expected commitment times for players already committed to the good guys:
Micah Morris- 8:00 am - Signed
David Daniel- 10:00 am - Signed
Tyrion Ingram-Dawkins - 10:00 am - Signed
Chaz Chambliss - 10:00 am - Signed
Nyland Green- 10:00 am - Signed
Jackson Meeks- 11:00 am - Signed
Amarius Mims-noon - Signed
Lovasea Carroll- noon - Signed
Brock Vandagriff- 12:30 pm - Signed
Kamari Lassiter- 1:00 pm - Signed
Smael Mondon- 3:30 pm - Signed
Jared Wilson- 4:00 pm - Signed
Jamon Dumas-Johnson- 5:00 pm - Signed
Jonathan Jefferson- 6:00 pm - Signed
Javon Bullard- 6:00 pm - Signed
Dylan Fairchild- 6:00 pm - Signed
Brock Bowers- 7:00 pm - Signed
Marlin Dean- Thursday evening - Signed
Adonai Mitchell- TBA - Signed
Xavian Sorey Jr - Signed
Off the Board:
De’Jahn Warren- TBA - Jackson State
Jimmy Horn - Univ of S Florida
Lee Hunter - Auburn
Donovan Edwards - Michigan
This will be the spot today for breaking news, analysis and speculation. Let’s do it.
Updated from CKS/UGA Football Twitter feed 12:43pm.