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Georgia Tech has a higher 2020 recruiting ranking than Georgia football
Astute Georgia football fans may have noticed something this week. Following an update to the 247Sports composite recruiting rankings, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets now have a higher recruiting ranking than Georgia.
Georgia, with its seven commits, is ranked No. 11 in the 2020 cycle. Georgia Tech is No. 10. The Yellow Jackets do have 12 commitments.
Some will brush this off as nothing. It’s partially an annoying, short-term off-season storyline. And they wouldn’t be totally wrong to do so. The early signing period is still months away and National Signing Day is even farther. Recruiting isn’t a sprint or even a 5k. It’s a marathon.
In June of 2017, Georgia had the No. 67 recruiting class for the 2018 recruiting cycle. Some were panicking, given Georgia was coming off a rather meh 8-5 debut season under Kirby Smart. The Bulldogs ended up signing the No. 1 overall class and seven 5-star prospects.
It also is worth mentioning that Georgia Tech largely has an advantage because its class outnumbers Georgia’s 12 to 7. Georgia Tech has only one player in its class that is a 4-star prospect. And Georgia’s lowest-rated commitment would be the second highest ranked commit in Georgia Tech’s class. The Yellow Jackets might have more commits, but the Bulldogs are still getting superior players.
But this isn’t exactly a nothing burger for Georgia Tech. With no proven success at the ACC level, new Georgia Tech coach Geoff Collins has been able to put together a nice class to date. Collins’ recruiting chops have been well proven dating back to his time as a defensive coordinator at Mississippi State and Florida. He’s also landed transfers in wide receiver Marquez Ezzard and defensive end Antonneous Clayton. Both were former blue-chip recruits from the state of Georgia.
And while Georgia Tech might not eat into Georgia’s recruiting core, it’s going to have some effect on Georgia’s other rivals. The Yellow Jackets are going to pull recruits from the likes of Auburn, Florida and Tennessee. The Yellow Jackets are closing the talent gap, even if there is always going to be one so long as Smart is running the Bulldogs.
Georgia Tech isn’t going to beat out Georgia for the likes of 5-star linebacker Mekhail Sherman or 5-star tight end Arik Gilbert. But it might end up landing some of the 4-star players Georgia decides to pass on to pursue the likes of Sherman and Gilbert.
Tech fans are no doubt treating this brief moment like it’s a big win. And you can’t blame them for that given the Yellow Jackets haven’t didn’t have any real recruiting success under Paul Johnson. And it is at least something to monitor for Georgia fans. The Yellow Jackets are finally recruiting like a Power Five team based in one of the best recruiting areas in the country.
But Georgia is still miles ahead of the Yellow Jackets on the field. The Bulldogs have won the last two games against Georgia Tech by a combined score of 83-28. Georgia also hasn’t lost to Georgia Tech in Atlanta, the site of the 2019 game, since 1999.
Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate still looks pretty lopsided at the moment. But for the first time in a while, Georgia Tech might be looking to close the gap between the two programs.
ESPN sizes up Jake Fromm’s pro potential
With the 2019 NFL Draft in the book, many have already turned their attention to the 2020 NFL Draft. And Georgia’s most interesting prospect by far for the 2020 cycle is quarterback Jake Fromm.
The 2020 class figures to be a loaded quarterback class and Fromm is a big reason why. While some might find him to be a bit polarizing because of his physical traits, Fromm has been an excellent college quarterback. He’s led the Bulldogs to a 24-5 record over the past two seasons while throwing 54 touchdowns to just 13 interceptions.
ESPN sized up five quarterbacks who could be top picks this time next year. Fromm was one of those highlighted as were Tua Tagovailoa of Alabama, Justin Herbert of Oregon, Jacob Eason of Washington and Jalen Hurts of Oklahoma
“Fromm has quietly stated his case as one of the most productive and NFL-ready quarterbacks in college football,” ESPN wrote. “His overall numbers aren’t going to wow you, but that’s primarily a function of Georgia’s style of offense, which tends toward pro sets rather than the spread, and favors running the football.”
It’s also worth mentioning that unlike Tagovailoa, Herbert and Eason, Fromm has never missed time due to injury. While he’s not the biggest quarterback of the bunch, he’s proven to be durable. That’s something that NFL teams will value come next April.
As for where Fromm is projected, most have him behind Tagovailoa and Herbert. But he has frequently been listed as a top-15 pick in many early NFL mock drafts for the 2020 cycle. Mel Kiper Jr. lists Fromm as his No. 10 overall prospect for the 2020 NFL Draft. Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller has Fromm as the No. 1 quarterback in the 2020 NFL Draft.
But we’re still long ways out from Fromm even having to make a decision on the NFL Draft. And it’s pretty clear that Fromm’s focus on the upcoming season won’t be on his draft status, but rather helping Georgia win a national championship.