Back in MarchESPN ranked Georgia’s future offense as No. 5 That was before. Arik Gilbert And Oscar Delp G-Day stole the show. Last month ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg The Bulldogs’ defense future was ranked No. 2, behind Clemson. It ranked Georgia’s future at quarterback No. 5. The outlet released future team ranking on Tuesday. This included future quarterback, offense, defense, and vice versa. However, it also placed a greater emphasis to “coaching changes and stability, recent on-field/recruiting trajectory, the transfer portal and even name, image and likeness.”
After placing Georgia No. After placing Georgia No. ESPN Georgia has been ranked No. 2 in its 2022 update. Alabama is No. 1.
Scouting the Bulldogs. The debate for the second place came down to Georgia or Ohio State. Ohio State projects better than the Bulldogs on offense. Kirby Smart’s Georgia team won the national championship by ending its drought and excelling in recruiting, among other areas. The program will need to keep improving its offense in order to be in contention for the top spot. Smart should always produce top-3 defensive units, but units such as last year’s, which produced a record five NFL draft picks in the first round, don’t appear every season. The Bulldogs will ultimately need to win more due to their offense and passing game. They’ve recruited well behind Stetson IV with better-rated prospects like Brock Vandagriff and Carson Beck, as well as incoming freshman Gunner Stockton. Arch Manning, a great prospect, is also in the mix. The offense is known for its running back, line, tight end and has been a strong one. Brock Bowers will return to the field with Darnell Washington at least two more seasons. The wide receiver position remains a hot spot, especially in 2022 when sophomore Adonai Mitchel, senior Kearis Jacob, and others will lead the team. Warren McClendon, Warren Ericson, as well as multiyear options such second center Sedrick van Pran, are all returning to the line.
While Georgia’s defense will likely take a step back in 2022, the talent pool is still very strong. The coaches singled out tackle Jalen Carter from last year’s unit. He will return for at least one more year along with cornerback Keleeringo, Nolan Smith, safety Christopher Smith and other players. The immediate outlook depends on Georgia’s ability and willingness to reload its defensive line seven with Robert Beal Jr. Zion Logue, Nazir Stackhouse, and Zion Stackhouse. The team’s top three recruits in 2022 play defense, led by Malaki Starks (ESPN’s No. 12th overall prospect in the class. Eight ESPN top-100 recruits helped Georgia address all three areas of its defense. Already, the team has 2023 commitments from Justyn Rhett (top-100 cornerback recruit) and Marcus Washington (end Gabriel Harris).
Georgia finished the 2020 football season at 8-2, and won its fourth bowl under fifth-year head coaching Kirby Smart. In 2021, the Dawgs went to 14-1, making it the College Football Playoff’s first No. 3 seed to win national championship. Smart’s semifinal win over Michigan was his third consecutive New Year’s Six bowl win. The victory over Alabama was Smart’s 12th win over a top-10 coach.
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