Fresh off the program’s first College Football Playoff run, Georgia signed the nation’s No. 1 recruiting class for the 2018 cycle. Using the 247Sports.com’s composite team rankings as the basis, the Bulldogs’ 323.31 rating this year is the third-best class this century.
But what will that mean for Georgia this fall?
It usually takes a season or two for players to make a true impact. But every year, for every team, a true freshman (or two or three) steps in and makes his presence felt. In 2017, Georgia true freshmen Jake Fromm and Andrew Thomas were starters on a championship-caliber team.
Here’s a quick look at the top five recruiting classes this century (other than Georgia’s), per 247Sports’ composite ratings, and how the schools that signed those classes fared the next fall.
1. 2010 Florida
The class: Composite rating of 324.62. Class included five five-star prospects and 17 four-star prospects.
Rundown: The class had 13 top-100 prospects and was headlined by the nation’s top recruit in defensive end Ronald Powell. There also were future first-round picks Dominique Easley, Sharrif Floyd and Matt Elam, all of whom were five-star prospects. Coming off a 13-1 campaign, with the team’s only loss coming to eventual national champion Alabama in the SEC championship game, the Gators went into the 2010 season ranked No. 4 despite losing Tim Tebow to the NFL.
The 2010 season: 8-5 record, capped off by Outback Bowl win
Rundown: After a 4-0 start, Florida lost three in a row, including getting blown out by Alabama. A late-season drubbing at the hands of South Carolina at home prevented the Gators from returning to SEC title contention. Florida finished the season unranked, and coach Urban Meyer “retired” at the end of the season. Florida’s per-game offensive yardage total dropped by more than 100 yards – and the offense never has come close to its pre-2010 numbers.
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