With the SEC season less than three months away, here’s a look at the potential impact freshmen for each team. Recruiting rankings are based on the 247Sports Composite which calculates the average of all four major recruiting websites (247Sports, Rivals, ESPN and Scout.)
10-3 (6-2 SEC); 2nd SEC East
2015 Team Ranking
National Rank No. 6
SEC Rank: No. 4
Top Incoming Prospects
- DT Trent Thompson- 5-star, Westover (Albany, GA), 6-2.5, 313 lbs, No. 1 overall
- Terry Godwin- 5-star, Callaway (Hogansville, GA), 6-0, 168 lbs, No. 1 ATH, No. 28 overall
- SDE Jonathan Ledbetter- 4-star, Tucker (Tucker, GA), 6-4, 265 lbs, No. 5 SDE, No. 66 overall
- WDE Natrez Patrick- 4-star, Mays (Atlanta, GA), 6-3, 259 lbs, No. 5 WDE, No. 88 overall
- WDE D’Andre Walker- 4-star, Langston Hughes (Fairburn, GA), No. 8 WDE, No. 121 overall
Georgia landed the nation’s top prospect, Trent Thompson, on National Signing Day. The 6-2.5, 313 lb defensive tackle was offered as a junior and named the Bulldogs as his favorite since, but made the move official last February.
Thompson has the best size/first-step combo of anyone on Georgia’s current roster according to 247Sports.com. He brings a strong presence to an already dominant pass rush unit and does an excellent job of pursuing the football for a 300-plus pounder.
Many project Thompson to start immediately as he already has ideal frame for his position. His instincts and raw ability should be a strong starting point as he will improves with gained experience.
The Bulldogs also added three defensive ends to one of the SEC’s best pass rushing units. Ledbetter, Patrick and Walker all rank as four-star prospects and should play a major role in the team’s continued success in the front seven, if not compete for playing time alongside veteran Leonard Floyd.
Five-star athlete Terry Godwin will play wide receiver when he makes his debut in Athens. He is leaning towards playing both football and baseball at UGA according to OnlineAthens.com.
Whether he decides to make a career in the NFL or MLB — he was drafted 990th by the Atlanta Braves in the 2015 entry draft — he has a chance to provide an immediate boost to Georgia’s wide receiving corps.
The Bulldogs rely on the running game but needed a big playmaker to provide an alternative option. Godwin has the natural ability to make a quick jump to the college game and provide the Bulldogs with a solid option at wide receiver.
Head coach Mark Richt finished with one of his best recruiting classes in recent memory, despite losing several commitments after former offensive coordinator Mike Bobo’s departure. The Bulldogs filled the need of several areas and should have enough veteran talent to stay a contender in the SEC East in 2015.