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Kirby Smart admits to ‘sleep deprivation’ after finishing off nation’s top class

Georgia coach Kirby Smart and his staff added six additional players on National Signing Day to their already stellar class of 20 players, which means Smart got the finish he wanted.

Smart jokingly admitted to having “sleep deprivation” in the run-up to NSD.

“I have not slept much lately,” Smart said during his NSD news conference. “… Without the support of the people on this campus, this university academically and athletically, none of this would be possible, but our coaching staff did a tremendous job.”

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Georgia’s class is the best in the nation, snapping Alabama’s streak of having the No. 1 class for seven consecutive years. The Bulldogs signed seven five-star players — adding five-star cornerback Tyson Campbell on Wednesday — and 22 of their 26 signees are at least consensus four-star prospects.

“I know all you guys want to talk about the ranking,” Smart said. “That really does not float my boat or this staff’s boat. I don’t think that’s what’s important. What’s more important is the quality of kids we were able to get, both academically and athletically.”

Georgia lost to Alabama in the national championship game, and Smart said the recent success helped fuel the stellar signing class. He says future players were showing their excitement for the past few months.

“There’s so many kids that talked about how they viewed that game (against Alabama) and saw that game and they were pulling for the University of Georgia,” he said.

Smart also called for another sellout of Sanford Stadium for Georgia’s “G-Day” spring game on April 21. He called for a similar turnout to the 2016 spring game and 93,000 fans showed up.

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