Georgia football pushes for strong recruiting close to 2018

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 01: Head coach Kirby Smart (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 01: Head coach Kirby Smart (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images) /
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Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images
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Georgia football goes into early signing day next week with several key targets in mind. Here are some of the players Dawg fans need to know for next week.

One of the fascinating things about the world of college football is that it never entirely stops. Unlike professional sports, college athletics have no true offseason. Sure, there is about an eight-month break between the College Football Playoff National Championship and the kickoff of the following season. Georgia football fans know the anguish of this break in action having fallen to Alabama twice in two seasons, playing for all the marbles this past January.

While fans grow impatient, Bulldog head coach Kirby Smart and his staff must embrace the fact that they as coaches get no breaks. In order to keep trying to compete with Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide as well as Clemson’s Dabo Swinney for college football’s highest honor, they must continue to recruit and secure signatures from the nation’s best high school prospects. Smart and staff did this at a higher rate than all the rest in the 2018 cycle, securing the nation’s #1 overall class, ranked by websites and publications who tabulate such endeavors.

But that was then, so what about now? As the class of 2019 approaches the Early National Signing Period beginning December 19th, let’s take a look at where the Dawgs’ recruiting class currently stands.

As of Tuesday night, Georgia’s class currently ranks second in the country to…you guessed it, Alabama. The ranking was bolstered by the commitment of 5-star Alabama offensive center Clay Webb. As the day of reckoning nears, the Dawgs and Tide find themselves going head to head for a lot of the same players. Here are a few of the battles taking place in living rooms as we speak. All rankings are courtesy of the 247Sports composite ranking system.