Clemson got the love this spring for the special recruiting class Dabo Swinney and his staff are putting together as they have raced out to the No. 1 spot in the 247Sports Composite Team Recruiting Rankings. They remain the favorites to finish atop the standings come National Signing Day.
With that, Nick Saban and Alabama are starting to make it interesting and reel their playoff rival in.
When talking about the battle for No. 1 come February, we also can’t leave out Georgia. The Bulldogs currently sit at No. 4 with LSU wedged between the other two but there is no shortage of elite prospects considering a potential future for the rising SEC program. It’ll take some upsets the way things stand now for UGA to make that kind of move, but taking a look at the 247Sports Composite Player Rankings the Bulldogs are squarely in the mix for seven of the 11 uncommitted five-star recruits.
Starting with the No. 1 player overall, a couple sources believe South Carolina and Georgia are now in the best position for Columbia (SC) Hammond School five-star Jordan Burch despite Clemson holding the 247Sports Crystal Ball advantage based on the buzz from early in the spring. If you¡¯re tracking the visits of late, the Gamecocks appear to have the most momentum for the local prospect but Kirby Smart and his staff are looking for a recruiting win that resembles the one two cycles ago when they took another five-star in linebacker Channing Tindall out of the same area code. Burch has been to Georgia a few times since the calendar flipped to 2019 as well.
The nation¡¯s No. 3 recruit and top linebacker Justin Flowe put out a Top12 in the mid-April but UGA appears to be closer to the top of that distinguished list alongside the likes of Alabama, Clemson, Miami and USC.
The country¡¯s No. 1 running back Zachary Evans recently put out his top five but the major players appear to be the Bulldogs, Alabama and LSU.
The top-ranked cornerback in the land Kelee Ringo has taken multiple visits to Georgia and Texas and those two are certainly in good position for the Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro standout.
The two tight end prospects in America in Darnell Washington from Nevada and Arik Gilbert from the Peach State have a keen eye on Athens with UGA leading on the 247Sports Crystal Ball for Gilbert.
Then there¡¯s five-star running back Kendall Milton who officials this weekend with a top four of Alabama, Georgia, LSU and Ohio State with some believing the Bulldogs are battling the Buckeyes for the Clovis (Calif.) Buchanan standout.
Smart and company are recruiting national, coast to coast in 2020 and it could pay off in a huge way in 2020 as the program seems destined for a fourth-straight top three recruiting class after going No. 3 in 2017, No. 1 in 2018 and No. 2 last cycle because we didn¡¯t even talk about ballyhooed recruits like offensive lineman Andrew Raym and receivers Marcus Rosemy and A.J. Henning who are also looking at UGA.