Kirby and the Dawgs owned Signing Day

Published 3:35 pm Friday, February 9, 2018

Signing Day for some people is like a holiday. People take off from work, turn on ESPN and open up their Twitter feeds to follow every possible storyline throughout the day.

While I’m not that intense about the annual event, I do enjoy watching the high-profile players pick their schools on national television.

As a Georgia fan, I can’t help but revel in the embarrassment of riches the Bulldogs have put together for their 2018 class. Kirby Smart has shown what he meant a couple years ago when he said he wanted to lock down the state for recruiting.

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Smart played football for Bainbridge, then played football for Georgia. He knows this state like the back of his hand, knows its high school coaches and the lay of the land better than anyone. It has been nothing short of spectacular to see what Smart has been able to do in such a short period of time.

After a tough loss in the National Championship, it feels great for Georgia to come back and get a huge win on National Signing Day. The Dawgs were one play away from a title, but dethroned Alabama for the top class, a position the Crimson Tide has held for years.

Now the questions is… how well will Smart and the coaching staff develop these young players? I think the proof is in the pudding when you look at how well Jake Fromm, Andrew Thomas and some of the other freshman in the class came in and owned their positions. Now with a major exodus of players on defense, these young studs get to compete for a starting spot and help Georgia get back to the Dance. At least, that’s the idea.

Signees from the 2018 class that will make an immediate impact are Tyson Campbell, a much needed lockdown cornerback, Jamaree Salyer, the best offensive guard in the country, a ferocious defensive end with size and speed, and Justin Fields, the best dual-threat quarterback to ever play the game (that last bit is my opinion). Oh yeah, all these guys are 5-star recruits, and I think they will all see meaningful playing time in some capacity in 2018.

The great part is, these top athletes are coming together in Athens to compete against each other for the next six months. These are some of the greatest college athletes in the country, making each other better every day. Iron sharpens iron.

Can’t wait to see what Kirby and the Dawgs do next.