Georgia’s current class ranking of No. 11 is strong considering it includes only six recruits. Each of the teams ranked above Georgia have more commitments. The average rating of Georgia’s recruits is third highest behind Ohio State and Clemson.
Georgia's 2021 class includes one composite five-star recruit, Prince Avenue Christian quarterback Brock Vandagriff (ranked No. 12 nationally). He's an important recruit for the Bulldogs because graduate-transfer quarterback Jamie Newman is a stop-gap for 2020. The 247Sports experts unanimously predict that three other five-star recruits will pick Georgia.
If so, the Bulldogs would challenge for the top-ranked class again for 2021. Right now, Ohio State is in the lead. The Buckeyes have commitments from 15 players, including three five-star recruits. Clemson’s 2021 class ranks second.
Tech has just three commitments in the 2021 class. That's how it goes for those programs that make offers and then wait for the talent to trickle down from the top. But Collins' track record as a recruiter, first as an assistant and now as Tech's head coach, suggests the Jackets will move up in the rankings.
Collins did well to just to keep Tech's 2019 class mostly intact when he was hired in December 2018. His 2020 class ranked 26th nationally in the 247Sports Composite. That's Tech's highest ranking since its famed 2007 class that included Derrick Morgan, Joshua Nesbitt, Morgan Burnett and Jonathan Dwyer (Collins was a Tech assistant back then).
The latest recruiting rankings are positive for Tech and Georgia. But you might be wondering how 247Sports can update player rankings from February considering how the coronavirus disrupted the recruiting calendar. The answer from Barton Simmons, the 247Sports director for scouting: "There (were) roughly six weeks of camps and combines between our last 2021 rankings update and this one, so we've got a lot of information to unload in this update."
You might also be wondering if recruiting rankings matter. The answer, based on statistical research, is that they do matter in the big picture. There's a strong correlation between recruiting rankings and college team success and which players end up on NFL rosters.
Of course, player talent is only one part of the formula for winning. College head coaches are responsible for a lot more, including player development, roster management, game plans, game-day strategy and hiring assistant coaches. But player talent is the baseline that essentially determines a program’s ceiling.
Collins’ mission is to sign enough good players so that Tech eventually can prosper with a conventional offense. His predecessor, Paul Johnson, famously outflanked foes with his version of the triple-option. Collins’ newest recruits eventually should help with the transition.
All the player talent flowing into Athens hasn't resulted in a national championship for Smart (it's the highest bar, but it's why Smart was hired and then given every resource). It was a bad look for Smart when after LSU blew out the Bulldogs in the SEC Championship game, he threw his wide receivers under the bus. For the record, Smart's 2020 recruiting class included five wide receivers.