UGA Football Recruiting Update – January 2, 2017


UGA football recruiting update as of January 2, 2017. Kirby Smart’s Bulldogs are tearing up the recruiting trail. 


He is not human. He is a college football recruiting machine sent from the future to dominate the recruiting trail and catapult the Bulldogs toward the top of the class rankings.

If that is Kirby Smart’s plan, it’s going swimmingly so far. On Monday morning, Georgia flipped 4-star inside linebacker Monty Rice from the LSU Tigers. And that was simply the latest domino to fall for UGA.

On Sunday, at the 2017 Under Armour All-America Game, the Bulldogs beat out Alabama for the commitment of 5-star athlete DeAngelo Gibbs. A few hours later, Georgia stuck it to rival Florida when it beat out the Gators for 4-star athlete Tray Bishop, who recently decommitted from Auburn.

UGA climbed up from No. 3 to No. 2 in the 2017 recruiting class rankings, passing Michigan in the process. The Bulldogs are now only 126 recruiting points behind No. 1 Alabama.

Note: Scout rankings and ratings used in this article.

UGA Football Recruiting Update


Complete Class

  • No. 2 Overall Class
  • Total Commits: 23
  • 5-Star Commits: 2
  • 4-Star Commits: 20
  • 3-Star Commits: 1
  • Jake Fromm: 5-Star, No. 3 QB, No. 29 Overall
  • DeAngelo Gibbs: 5-Star, No. 2 ATH, No. 13 Overall
  • Isaiah Wilson: 4-Star, No. 9 OT, No. 49 Overall
  • Tray Bishop: 4-Star, No. 9 ATH, No. 129 Overall
  • Monty Rice: 4-Star, No. 9 ILB, No. 221 Overall
  • D’Marcus Hayes: 4-Star JUCO OT
  • Jeremiah Holloman: 4-Star, No. 20 WR, No. 135 Overall
  • Malik Herring: 4-Star, No. 18 DE, No. 217 Overall
  • Andrew Thomas: 4-Star, No. 11 OT, No. 68 Overall
  • Robert Beal: 4-Star, No. 8 DE, No. 74 Overall
  • Nate McBride: 4-Star, No. 6 ILB, No. 164 Overall
  • D’antne Demery: 4-Star, No. 12 OT, No. 92 Overall
  • D’Andre Swift: 4-Star, No. 4 RB, No. 35 Overall
  • Jaden Hunter: 4-Star, No. 15 OLB, No. 193 Overall
  • Walter Grant: 4-Star, No. 7 OLB, No. 93 Overall
  • Mark Webb: 4-Star, No. 53 WR, Unranked Overall
  • Richard LeCounte: 4-Star, No. 3 S, No. 39 Overall
  • Trey Blount: 4-Star, No. 36 WR, No. 252 Overall
  • Netori Johnson: 4-Star, No. 4 OG, No. 115 Overall
  • William Poole III: 4-Star, No. 28 CB, Unranked Overall
  • Justin Shaffer: 4-Star, No. 14 OG, No. 243 Overall
  • Devonte Wyatt: 4-Star, No. 13 DT, No. 230 Overall
  • Matt Landers: 3-Star, No. 57 WR, Unranked Overall

Top Targets

  • Aubrey Solomon: 5-Star, No. 2 DT, No. 20 Overall
  • Markaviest Bryant: 4-Star, No. 14 DE, No. 166 Overall
  • Nico Collins: 4-Star, No. 21 WR, No. 147 Overall
  • Aaron Sterling: 3-Star, No. 36 DE, Unranked Overall
  • Tony Gray: 3-Star, No. 37 OT, Unranked Overall

Tweet Of The Week

Four-star athlete Tray Bishop had a great time with some other UGA commits at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl practice.

MORE: Najee Harris’ Final Decision Set For This Week