Three special additions Georgia football could add to 2022 class

Jan 15, 2022; Athens, Georgia, USA; Georgia Bulldogs head coach Kirby Smart holds up the CFP trophy at the Georgia Bulldogs National Championship Celebration at Sanford Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 15, 2022; Athens, Georgia, USA; Georgia Bulldogs head coach Kirby Smart holds up the CFP trophy at the Georgia Bulldogs National Championship Celebration at Sanford Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports /

Georgia football has a few weeks left to close out the 2022 recruiting class strong, and one of the best head coach Kirby Smart’s staff have signed. With that nice national championship trophy in Athens, closing this class could end quite well.

Smart was already one of the best recruiters in college football, but now that you put a ring on his hand, it’s going to be even better.

While it’s already one of the top-3 in the country, the Dawgs could still land a few more guys to make it even better.

In February, Georgia football could see these three notable recruits sign with the Dawgs.

Schools all over the country are hosting players and kicking recruiting into overdrive. Even though Smart and his staff have finished landing most of the 2022 class in December, they still have the throttle down because recruiting is a big responsibility and must be taken seriously all year long.

Smart knows how important it is to have the proper depth and talent for a program. His recruiting style just helped him with a tile in his sixth year as a head coach, so whatever they are doing, continue it because it’s working.

The Dawgs have the No. 3 overall class on 247Sports behind No. 2 Alabama and No.1 Texas A&M. Georgia currently has five 5-stars, 15 4-stars and seven 3-stars in this class. They probably have around three to four spots left, and there are still some big names on the board.

Among those already signed, 18 are early enrollees, giving the Dawgs one of their biggest groups of players who got to campus in January.

Smart and his staff have been busy securing up commitments with players already pledged to the Dawgs while also getting in some time to try and impress the guys left on the board one more time.

Over the holidays, the Dawgs added Earnest Greene, who is already on campus with the team. Marquis Groves-Killebrew flipped to Texas A&M, but that was expected, especially after landing some of the flips the Dawgs did back in December.

Left to sign are 4-star edge rusher Darris Smith, 4-star running back Jordan James and 3-star wideout Dillon Bell.

Georgia may have a few tricks left up its sleeve, though, as the Dawgs could land these three big names to close out the 2022 class with a bang.

Defensive lineman Shemar Stewart

Up first is 5-star Shemar Stewart, a defensive lineman out of Opa Locka, Fla., who stands at 6-6 and 272-pounds.

He is a big man who the Dawgs have had their eye on for a while. Texas A&M and Miami are the other two teams left in this battle.

With 28 pledges for the Aggies, would they have room for Stewart? Georgia needs defensive linemen, and with his size and athletic ability, the Dawgs need this one to help plug the giant gap left by Jordan Davis and Devonte Wyatt.

Stewart is 247Sports No. 12 2022 player, the No.2 defensive lineman, and the No.1 pledge in Florida.

He is a serious playmaker who makes his decision on Feb. 2. Georgia is right in the mix with this one, but the Dawgs have to push hard. Stewart will be in town this weekend, so the Dawgs will get an opportunity to sway him to the good guys.

This 5-star will likely be a bit of a long-shot for the Dawgs at this point, but if this visit goes well, don’t count out this staff yet because if anyone can close it’s Georgia.

4-star defensive lineman Christen Miller

Christen Miller has been on the Dawgs radar for a long time. The Cedar Grove defensive lineman is a homegrown kid the Dawgs don’t want to miss out on because he is coachable.

According to 247Sports, he ranks as the No.106 overall player, the No.16 defensive lineman and the No.11 player in Georgia.

While Stewart is also a defensive lineman, Georgia needs the depth, and both could see early playing time if they work hard. It seems Georgia is the team to beat with Miller, and he would be a great addition to this class.

3-star linebacker EJ Lightsey

The Dawgs could find one more linebacker to add to this class, and EJ Lightsey would be that guy.

He is a 6-2 210-pound linebacker from Fitzgerald, Ga., so the Dawgs know they would be getting a tough football player.

It’s important to grab talent out of your state, and while he isn’t a 5-star, this guy is coachable and someone Glenn Schumann could develop into another stud at linebacker.

If things don’t go Georgia’s way with the first two guys, Lightsey would likely be the next person they call. He is a solid guy who can be developed, which is what Schumann loves to have in his linebacker room.

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Georgia football will finish with another top-three recruiting class under Smart as they reload next season. The Dawgs are also already heating things up for the 2023 recruiting class, so the grind never stops, especially when you can flash that trophy around.