The top six programs in the 2019 recruiting class in the country are Alabama, Georgia, Michigan, Alabama State, Michigan State, and Notre Dame.
The only non-traditional program to rank higher is Florida.
That’s a major shift from the year prior, when Alabama, Michigan or Georgia ranked higher.
Georgia is one of the best recruiting classes in the nation this year.
It’s also one of those teams that has struggled this season.
It went 3-7 this year, and went 4-12 in 2016-17, which is its worst record since 2001-02.
The Bulldogs had a disappointing 6-8 season last year.
But they finished with the second-best record in the SEC and ranked in the top 15 in recruiting.
There is a reason why Georgia ranked sixth in 247Sports Composite and seventh in ESPN/USA Today polls.
That was the same year it lost quarterback Blake Barnett, who went to Alabama.
Now it will have a new quarterback.
However, the Bulldogs had five returning starters, including three starting offensive linemen, and they had two newcomers who were all rated as high as No. 1 on 247Sports.
The recruiting class that followed was the most highly regarded in recent recruiting history.
There are five starters from last season’s team, and there are five freshmen (three juniors and two seniors).
The Bulldogs also have six commits from the 2018 class, and three of those are seniors.
The other four players are juniors or sophomores who were recruited as juniors.
If all those transfers had played this season, Georgia would have finished 11th nationally and 14th in the conference.
The 2018 recruiting class was the best in the program’s history.
And there’s reason to believe that it could be even better this year if they keep it together.
Georgia finished the regular season 7-6 and the SEC West Division title game in the process.
The 2017-18 team won the SEC Championship Game with a 38-34 win over LSU, and Georgia was in the national title game for the third consecutive season.
However the 2018 team was in a rebuilding mode, and the 2018 recruiting classes had a combined record of 10-30 and had two losing seasons in the past two seasons.
Georgia didn’t have much talent at quarterback last year, so the 2018 talent should be more similar to what the 2018 Bulldogs had.
They’ll need more depth this year with the departures of tight end Jordan Thompson and safety Tashaun Gipson.
The biggest question mark is whether junior linebacker Jordan Matthews can take the field at cornerback this season after missing last year with a broken leg.
Matthews is a former first-round pick who has a good feel for the game and is a physical presence on the outside.
However he struggled in the spring when he was injured and didn’t play against Clemson.
Matthews started all 13 games last year and had a career-high 19 tackles.
He was one of two true freshmen to start all 13 of Georgia’s games last season.
The big question mark will be Matthews, as he missed most of last season with a torn ACL and MCL.
He’s also a huge body, so he won’t be a good fit for the run game.
But the 2018 roster is a great bet for success.
The 2019 recruiting classes were ranked in 247 Sports Composite as the fifth-best in the league.
In fact, the 2018 season was the third-best recruiting class for the program in history.
The three top-ranked classes in 2019 are all in the ACC.
The ACC is a conference with more power conferences, but it also has some teams with big expectations in 2018, like Virginia and North Carolina.
There’s a lot of intrigue around the ACC this season because the top four teams are in the South.
There could be a lot more teams with legitimate SEC national title aspirations.
Georgia’s next two games against Notre Dame and Michigan are on the road, but the ACC East will be dominated by the top-seeded Miami Hurricanes.
Georgia has to win the ACC to win a conference title.
That means beating Notre Dame, but if the Bulldogs win against the Wolverines, they could end up in the BCS title game and a spot in the National Championship Game.