Recruiting is a college football program's lifeblood.
Generally speaking, the better a team recruits, the better chances it has to perform well on Saturdays.
And after what appeared to be a slow start, Georgia has showed plenty of life with a strong week in recruiting.
It started when the Bulldogs landed a commitment from class of 2018 tight end John FitzPatrick – a three-star prospect whose offers indicate he is worthy of a higher ranking.
SEC programs such as Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Mississippi, Missouri, South Carolina and Tennessee, along with other Power 5 schools Louisville, Oregon, UCLA, Virginia Tech and West Virginia, have all come calling with offers for the Marist product. But FitzPatrick chose to stay home and commit to Georgia during his most recent visit.
Georgia's class of 2018, while it ranks 52nd with only eight commitments for the time being, is starting to show some strength. The Bulldogs also recently picked up their first five-star of the class in running back Zamir White on June 27.
White is someone who many recruiting experts believe will compete for playing time right away when he enrolled – despite the fact Brian Herrien, Elijah Holyfield and D'Andre Swift will initially be ahead of him on the depth chart.
Georgia's class of 2019 also saw considerable gains with back-to-back commitments from four-star outside linebacker JD Bertrand and five-star receiver Dominick Blaylock.
While it will take some time to see the class of 2019 come into fruition, Georgia is off to a great start. In this particular class, the Bulldogs have already landed the Nos. 1 and 2 receivers in Blaylock and Jadon Haselwood. Five-star defensive end Nolan Smith headlines the class. Four-star offensive tackle Luke Griffin and four-star defensive tackle Rashad Cheney are great gets, too. The early start for the 2019 class has landed Georgia’s class a No. 2 ranking for now.
The 2018 class wasn't able to jump out to that kind of start the 2019 class has seen but still has great potential to pick up steam over the next two months.
Here are three of Georgia's priority recruits in the upcoming class:
Harrison QB Justin Fields: This one is obvious and the top choice for not only Georgia, but for Florida State, Florida and Auburn. Florida State would appear to be the biggest competition with Georgia due to head coach Jimbo Fisher's ability to develop players at the quarterback position. Fields is coming off of a visit to Georgia's campus, which would seemingly bode well for the Bulldogs.
One concern for Georgia is the fact that Fields, a five-star, would arrive and begin his career behind two other former five-star quarterbacks. But head coach Kirby Smart can sell Fields on the fact neither of those quarterbacks have his skill set. Fields’ dual-threat ability could land him certain packages to play in as a freshman.
Pace Academy offensive lineman Jamaree Salyer: Salyer is the nation's No. 1 offensive guard and would be a tremendous pickup for the Bulldogs. He unofficially visited for Georgia’s G-Day spring game and has plenty of interest int he program. But when you are that sought-after you listen to everyone. Defending national champion Clemson appears to be the biggest competition for Georgia, at least according to the 247Sports.com crystal ball.
Trinity Christian (Jacksonville, Florida) safety Tyreke Johnson: Regarded as the No. 2 safety in the country, Johnson, a four-star prospect, would bolster Georgia's defensive depth immediately. The Bulldogs will lose Dominick Sanders and Aaron Davis after this season and will need to replenish the back end with quality talent. Johnson fits the bill and is in the must-get category.
If Georgia is able to land all three of these players in the recruiting class of 2018, expect a big jump in the recruiting rankings.
The Bulldogs landed the nation's No. 3 class this past February and would love nothing more than to help dethrone Alabama, which has landed the top class every year since 2011, from the top spot when it is all said and done.