Your eyes aren’t fooling you – Georgia really did come away with six five-star prospects at the start of the early signing period.
Does that really translate into success in the long run? Usually, yes.
Since 2000, 10 other schools have signed at least six five-star prospects in the 247Sports composite. Six of those classes eventually won national titles, and a seventh, Alabama’s 2017 class, still has three-plus years to achieve the feat.
Better yet for Georgia, every SEC team this century to add six five-star prospects in one class has gone on to win the national championship with that class.
Thus, Kirby Smart and the Bulldogs have plenty of reason to celebrate their Wednesday bonanza, when they signed linebacker Adam Anderson, defensive end Brenton Cox, quarterback Justin Fields, offensive tackle Cade Mays, guard Jamaree Salyer and running back Zamir White.
Here’s a look at the other teams to sign a half-dozen five-star prospects in a class this century.
Florida State – 2002
The five-stars: RB Lorenzo Booker, WR Chris Davis, DE/TE Lonnie Davis, WR DiShon Platt, RB Leon Washington, S Pat Watkins
The results: Not quite as good as the recruiting rankings would have indicated. Platt and Lonnie Davis ran into academic issues and never played a game for the Seminoles. The other four were productive in Tallahassee, although not necessarily the superstars that fans thought they were getting. Booker finished with 2,389 rushing yards, though he never gained more than 900 in a season, and Chris Davis caught 137 passes. Watkins, a 6-foot-5 safety, picked off 10 passes. Washington, the most productive of the group, excelled both as a rusher and a return man, and went on to a long NFL career. On the whole, though, this wasn’t the class it was expected to be.
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