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The top 8 Georgia recruits who played better than their ranking this decade

Georgia fans have a lot to celebrate with Kirby Smart’s recent triumphs in the recruiting world, but recent history shows that even the Bulldogs’ “lesser” prospects often pay off.

Here’s a look at eight Georgia recruits since 2010 who were ranked three stars or lower in the 247Sports composite but went on to make an impact in Athens. The players are listed chronologically by when they signed.

MICHAEL BENNETT, by Jim Hipple/Georgia athletics

WR Michael Bennett

The particulars: Three-star wide receiver (6 feet 3, 186 pounds) from Alpharetta (Ga.) High in the 2010 class.
The skinny: Bennett was joining a receiving corps led by Malcolm Mitchell, so it didn’t seem likely that he would get much playing time early. But he defied the odds, catching 32 passes in his freshman season. Though knee injuries cut into his time on the field, Bennett finished his Georgia career with nice overall numbers: 134 receptions, 1,607 yards and 17 touchdowns, numbers that still keep him in the school’s career top 10 in catches and TD receptions.

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