Kirby Smart is in his second season with the Georgia Bulldogs. Kirby Smart already has his Georgia Bulldogs in the College Football Playoffs.
Boasting a 12-1 record, including an SEC Championship, Georgia is indeed the real deal. The Bulldogs have one of the best defenses in college football, giving up only 270.9 yards per game, and a stellar rushing attack led by seniors Nick Chubb (1,175 yards and 13 rush touchdowns) and Sony Michel (948 yards and 13 rush touchdowns).
Freshman quarterback Jake Fromm has looked like a senior and put up star numbers in the process, throwing for 2,173 yards and 21 touchdowns compared to just five interceptions, and Smart, a top assistant for Nick Saban at Alabama before being hired by Georgia, has been recruiting better than just about anyone else in college football.
So yeah, things are really clicking for the Bulldogs, and one analyst, ESPN’s David Pollack, seems to think that what’s being built down in Athens is the beginning of something special.
Not only do the Bulldogs have an opportunity to win the National Championship this season, but as mentioned above, Smart is setting his program up for success in the years to come.
According to 247Sports, which has been tracking everything from commitments to signings through the early signing period, Georgia currently has the top recruiting class in the nation.
The Bulldogs, with 24 total commitments, already have 20 of those players locked up in the early signing period. It’s a group that features talent from eight different states, but Smart has notably locked up a ton of in-state recruits, something Mark Richt wasn’t able to do with much success before him.
The Bulldogs have also landed a handful of recruiting superstars, with six of their 2018 commitments boasting five-star ratings.
Of course, how this class actually turns out on the field is up to Smart and his coaching staff, but the early returns on that are so far so good, aren’t they?
With all that in mind, perhaps Pollack is right. It sure looks like UGA is building a monster.