A look at needs, commitments for 2019 recruiting class for Kirby Smart, Georgia

Georgia coach Kirby Smart
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Georgia’s 2018 recruiting haul was one of the best this century, with an embarrassment of riches at numerous positions. The Bulldogs appear on their way to another top-flight class for 2019.

The Bulldogs already have seven commitments for their 2019 class, including three from players considered among the top-15 prospects in the nation.

Safety, defensive line and wide receiver are Georgia’s biggest positions of need for the 2019 recruiting cycle.

We’ve already talked about three top targets for the Bulldogs in this cycle. Here’s a look at the seven prospects who already have committed.

OLB J.D. Bertrand

The particulars: Bertrand (6 feet 1, 215 pounds) is a four-star prospect from Roswell (GA.) Blessed Trinity Catholic. He committed to Georgia on July 15, 2017.
The skinny: A quick sideline-to-sideline linebacker, Bertrand – who is from the Atlanta suburbs – also has the power to be a force against the run. Bertrand is one of the top 15 outside linebacker in the country and a top-225 prospect overall. Bertrand has offers from numerous SEC programs, including LSU, Mississippi State and Tennessee, but he appears to be locked into his Georgia commitment.

WR Dominick Blaylock

The particulars: Blaylock (6-0, 175 pounds) is a five-star prospect from Marietta (Ga) Walton. He committed to Georgia on July 16, 2017.
The skinny: A talented player who also excels as a returner, Blaylock is one of the top three receivers in the nation and a top-15 prospect overall. He’s another suburban Atlanta product. It would be surprising if he ends up anywhere but in Athens.

TE Ryland Goede

The particulars: Goede (6-7, 235 pounds) is a four-star prospect from Acworth (Ga.) Kennesaw Mountain. He committed to Georgia on February 7, 2018.
The skinny: A two-sport star, Goede is expected to play both baseball and football when he arrives in Athens. Goede, who also is from the Atlanta area, is among the top 10 tight ends in the country and is a top 175 recruit overall. Goede is a physical run-blocker who also can stretch the field vertically. There is a chance Goede is selected in the 2019 major league baseball draft, so that is something for Georgia fans to keep their eye on.

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