Georgia Football has roller coaster weekend on the recruiting trail

With one major commitment and one huge defection, the Georgia football program has had a fascinating weekend on the recruiting trail.
Georgia coach Kirby Smart yells during spring practice in Athens, Ga., on Thursday, March 14, 2024.
Georgia coach Kirby Smart yells during spring practice in Athens, Ga., on Thursday, March 14, 2024. / Joshua L. Jones / USA TODAY NETWORK

Though the focus of Georgia football fans is on spring practices, the recruiting trail is always worth keeping an eye on regardless of where the calendar may sit. This weekend, that was certainly true as the Bulldogs rode a roller coaster on that front.

Georgia adds top 2026 QB Jared Curtis

First the good news. Kirby Smart and Co. have picked up a verbal commitment from Tennessee quarterback, Jared Curtis. Currently rated the top QB in the class of 2026, he is a massive get for the Bulldogs.

The Nashville product is rated by the composite rankings as a 5-star prospect and the No. 9 overall player in his class. He picked the Bulldogs over offers from the likes of Alabama, Florida State, LSU, Miami, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, and a host of others.

The 6-foot-5, 226-pound dual-threat QB is a true weapon in the pocket. This past season, he completed 180-of-321 passes for 2,522 yards, 25 touchdowns, and nine interceptions. ,

Andrew Ivins, the 247Sports Director of Scouting, has the following scouting report on Curtis.

"A big-armed quarterback prospect with some moxie," he writes. "Owns a favorable build having measured roughly 6-foot-3, 215 pounds as a 9th grader. Started football career off playing running back before getting a look under center.

"Instantly found success at his new position, earning Mr. Football runner-up honors in Tennessee after a freshman campaign in which he won 10 games and totaled just over 2,750 yards of offense. Not afraid to dial up the deep ball and tends to connect on plenty of vertical shots. Also excels at hitting timing-based breaking routes over the middle.

"Shouldn’t be classified as a true dual-threat talent, but can move the chains with his legs and work off-script when the pocket collapses. Camp footage shows both pace and touch. Must keep developing and learn how to read the complex defenses he will face at the next level, but looks like one of the top signal callers early on in the 2026 cycle. Likely to find success in a variety of different offensive systems given his well-rounded skill set."

This is the first commit for Smart in the 2026 class. But as big as this development is, it is partially overshadowed by a defection from the 2025 Georgia class.

Georgia loses 5-star 2025 DT Justus Terry to USC

Sunday, the news wasn't as rosy for the Bulldogs. That's because the program saw 5-star defensive tackle Justus Terry flip his commitment from UGA to USC.

The 6-foot-5, 275-pounder from Manchester, Georgia pledged his commitment to the Bulldogs back in January of 2023 but now he's headed to Southern California. Naturally, this is a significant loss for Smart and his defensive coaching staff. defensive

Terry is rated by the 247Sports composite rankings as the No. 8 overall player and No. 2 overall defensive tackle in the nation. Now, Smart must find a way to fortify his current recruiting class with more beef along the defensive line.

The current 2025 class for Georgia has five players in the mix and is rated the No. 15 class in the nation. Fortunately, it does contain 6-foot-3, 355-pound Stephon Shivers, a 3-star defensive tackle from Tennessee. However, with Terry now apparently headed to play for Lincoln Riley, Smart will certainly be on the lookout for more talent to add along the defensive line.