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Georgia looks to add final pieces to stellar 2021 class

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Kirby Smart and staff did most of their damage for the 2021 recruiting cycle during the early Signing Day back in December. The ‘Dawgs inked 20 players then, including a quartet of five star players, all of whom are already enrolled in Athens.

Today by contrast looks to be much quieter. There are no gaping needs remaining in the class. And with a killer 2022 class already taking shape there’s no reason to stretch to take borderline prospects in this class. Instead I’d expect the Red and Black to look to add some difference makers in the transfer market, particularly in the defensive backfield.

That’s not to say the day will be totally without news. Georgia remains in the race for national top 50 Florida safety Terrion Arnold, who will announce this afternoon. It looks like either Georgia or Bama for the four star Tallahassee recruit, but I’m leaning toward the Tide. Arnold has a good relationship with former UGA defensive backs coach Charlton Warren, but with Warren now at Indiana there hasn’t been a great deal of time for Arnold to build a similar relationship with new DBs coach Jahmile Addae.

That being said, this one may come down to Kirby Smart, who’s involved both with coaching defensive backs and recruiting Arnold. The first rule is never get involved in a land way in Asia. The second is never to wager with Kirby when a blue chip recruit is on the line. Arnold is set to announce at 4:00 pm eastern.

The Bulldogs will also be watching the announcement of a key 2022 target who’s planning to get his announcement out of the way today. Denton, Texas defensive tackle Keithian “Big Bear” Alexander will announce his decision as well, with Georgia the 247Sports Crystal Ball favorite among analysts. The 6’3, 325 pound junior is a potential five star in next year’s class and would go a long way in rebuilding an interior line that will lose some key pieces after next season.

Also, don’t rule out a Signing Day surprise. Remember that two years ago five star receiver George Pickens chose the Bulldogs seemingly out of the blue. With campus visits curtailed in this cycle it’s a little harder to know which recruits have been quietly recruited by unexpected programs. I don’t expect any Pickens-esque bombshells. But I also know this staff occasionally surprises.

This will be the destination for any breaking news and discussion throughout the day. Until later....

Go ‘Dawgs!!!