Georgia football gets steal of the 2022 recruiting class

Zamir White rushes against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the College Football Playoff Championship. (Photo by Jamie Schwaberow/Getty Images)
Zamir White rushes against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the College Football Playoff Championship. (Photo by Jamie Schwaberow/Getty Images) /

Georgia football is already off to a jam-packed afternoon for National Signing Day as the Dawgs get their first surprise of the day, but really he will be the steal of the 2022 class.

Three-star running back Andrew Paul picked the Dawgs over Clemson, and it comes as a surprise because, in the last 24-to-48 hours, all the momentum was in the Tigers’ direction.

Instead, he picked to compete and add some much-needed depth to the RBU roster in Athens. Georgia lost 4-star Jordan James to Oregon earlier today, so adding a guy like Paul is a relief.

The Dawgs lose Zamir White and James Cook, and while the running back room is full of four and five-star talent, Georgia needed two running backs in this 2022 class.

Georgia football gets the steal of 2022 as Andrew Paul commits to the ‘G.’

According to 247Sports Composite rankings, Paul ranks as the No. 534 overall prospect, the No. 42 running back and the No.75 player out of Texas.

Some may look at these rankings and wonder why Georgia wanted him so bad — because he is flat-out better than those numbers suggest.

He is a Dallas native who is coming off one impressive senior campaign. Paul recorded 271 rush attempts for 2,612 yards, averaging over nine yards a carry, and scored 41 touchdowns. He also had 14 catches for 208 yards and three scores.

First off, his size alone is impressive at 5-11 and 220-pounds. Paul has decent speed, and with him being that heavy, he can run through people. That bruiser mentality is something Georgia loves to have in its running backs, so he will fit right in the program.

He has great breakaway speed, and once he hits the open field, he is gone. Paul’s vision is pretty impressive, too, and he is patient to wait for his linemen to open holes up for him. Paul is far too talented to be this underrated, so the Dawgs got a massive steal.

Georgia gave him a late offer on Jan. 23 and then got him on campus for an official visit on Jan. 28, so despite only getting involved late, the Dawgs did plenty to get him in this class.

Clemson pushed hard for him, and a lot of the experts figured he would end up with the Tigers, but Dell McGee is a heck of a recruiter, so whatever he said to get him to sign is huge. Paul is the steal of the day, and no one realizes how good this guy is.

McGee has someone he knows is coachable and willing to learn. He has improved on the stat sheet each year that he has played football, and that is what you want out of a player. Paul looks like he isn’t afraid of a little hard work, and whatever needs to happen, he will do it.

Whatever McGee did from Jan. 23 to now is so impressive. McGee is a closer, and he proved that today by landing this kid. He joins Brian Robinson in this class, who is a stud himself, but Paul could surprise a lot of people in college. This duo could be the next power running back pair out of RBU.

Georgia has a lot of talent in this 2022 class, but Paul will shock the world and will be another 3-star that proves to the world these recruiting rankings don’t matter. What does matter is how hard a player works and puts into improving his craft.

The Dawgs have 28 signees now for the 2022 class, as Paul joins Christen Miller in becoming the two latest to commit and sign on National Signing Day. Darris Smith and Dillion Bell signed their letters of intent this morning, putting the tally at that 28 mark.

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Two more Georgia could land this afternoon in Shemar Stewart and EJ Lightsey, which they will likely get one of the two. Georgia got the surprise they needed, and it’s going to be one Dawg Nation will fall in love with next.