Georgia football: 4 names to know for Wednesday’s signing period

ATHENS, GA - JANUARY 15: Head coach Kirby Smart of the Georgia Bulldogs speaks during the celebration honoring the Georgia Bulldogs national championship victory on January 15, 2022 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)
ATHENS, GA - JANUARY 15: Head coach Kirby Smart of the Georgia Bulldogs speaks during the celebration honoring the Georgia Bulldogs national championship victory on January 15, 2022 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images) /

The Georgia football recruiting train hasn’t stopped for fuel since the national championship, and there has been some movement in terms of who the Dawgs could land.

Wednesday marks the February signing period, and the Dawgs will likely bring in three more names but have the opportunity to sign four if they are lucky enough to.

Earlier this month, we mentioned three names that could be the ones Georgia signs in this February signing period. Since then, a lot of movement has happened, so let’s dive into it.

On Wednesday, Georgia football could see three to four 2022 additions to close out this cycle with a bang.

Georgia currently has the No. 3 class on 247Sports with 18 early enrollees, six guys who signed and three hard commits.

Among those hard commits, one will likely head elsewhere. Jordan James, the four-star running back out of Murfreesboro, TN., seems interested in the West Coast and joining Dan Lanning in Oregon.

Nothing is official yet, but there is a solid chance that he will not sign with the Dawgs on Wednesday.

So the biggest addition to our list of guys who could come to Georiga is a 3-star running back, Andrew Paul. The Dallas native is a 5-11, 220-pound running back that has emerged as the one Dell McGee and head coach Kirby Smart want in this class.

He finished with 4,242 yards and 62 touchdowns in high school, but 2,612 yards and 41 scores came in his senior season.

Paul has excellent speed and is instinctive. Georgia will need his vision and patience in the running back room moving forward.

He will make his announcement on Wednesday, and we fully expect him to ink with the Dawgs.

The other two names that we have confidence Georgia will sign are Christen Miller and EJ Lightsey. Shemar Stewart is also an option, but that whole situation is up in the air as Miami, and Texas A&M are both pushing hard for him.

Stewart was in Athens on Jan. 21 for his official visit, but he was recently in Miami. The Hurricanes are likely going to be his landing place, but he will be one of the hottest commodities on Wednesday because he hasn’t committed anywhere.

It’s going to come down to the wire with him, and while no one should ever count out Smart when it comes to big-time recruits, there is no telling where Stewart lands.

Georgia could use him, but if the Dawgs don’t land him, it isn’t going to break this class.

The Dawgs have done a great job, though, making Miller a priority because he is a talented defensive lineman. He has been a top priority for Georgia throughout the 2022 cycle but put on the heat in December.

Georgia needs the depth on the defensive line, and Miller is that guy. He isn’t just for depth because Miller is talented enough to play, but adding another body to the defensive front is only helping in the long run.

Georgia, Ohio State, Miami and Florida A&M are the final four schools in the hunt for this 4-star. Miami got a recent in-home visit, but the Dawgs have also let the hometown kid know they want him in Athens.

His twitchiness makes him so fun to watch, and Tray Scott will have fun developing him. Miller would make a great addition and a great counterpart to Bear Alexander, another defensive lineman in this 2022 class.

Miller will make his announcement at Cedar Grove on Wednesday, and while Miami has made a push, Georgia will be the landing place for this 4-star.

The last name on this list that could sign with Georgia is 4-star linebacker, EJ Lightsey.

This young man is a Channing Tindall 2.0, and while the Dawgs came on late with him, they have made up a lot of ground to let him know they want him in this class.

Smart flew the “Kirby-copter” to Fitzgerald and visited the 4-star personally, so that should tell you how much the Dawgs want him in Athens.

We mentioned him as the name to watch out for in our last pledge article, and since then, Georgia has kicked it into overdrive.

Lightsey is a talented linebacker who has one speed — wide open. The 6-2, 210-pound linebacker proves Georgia has a type at that position. They love this size player because they are big enough to manhandle guys while not losing any speed.

It seems to be between South Carolina and the Dawgs for this one, and Georgia should have the upper hand in that battle. Nakobe Dean, Tindall, Quay Walker are just three names that should sell why linebackers should come to Georgia and learn from Glenn Schumann.

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Georgia could finish with the No.2 class if they land three of the four but will definitely land in that spot if all four come to Athens. However, it’s more likely that Paul, Miller and Lightsey will be the guys to round out this class.