Georgia football winners and losers from the 2022 early signing period

Connor Riley,

DawgNation Staff

Georgia football winners and losers from the 2022 early signing period

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Georgia football winners and losers from the 2022 Early Signing period

Winner: Jahmile Addae

The Georgia defensive backs coach hasn’t even been with the program for a full year. And he’s already made a massive impact on the future of this team.

Georgia signed five defensive backs on Wednesday. All five are 4-star prospects are better. Four of them rank inside the top-100 overall prospects. Three of them are 5-star prospects.

For a secondary that has become a major concern for Georgia, they’ve got some bodies that could potentially help out right away.

“The length and the speed is what stood out the most,” Georgia coach Kirby Smart said of his defensive back class. “We missed some size in recent years. We like to have length; we like to have toughness. I like intelligence; I like ball skills. I think a lot of these qualities and traits show up.”

Addae was also instrumental in securing the commitment of 5-star edge rusher Marvin Jones Jr.

Georgia saw big-time recruiting efforts from assistant coaches Tray Scott, Glenn Schumann, Will Muschamp Todd Hartley and Dell McGee in this recruiting cycle. It speaks to how important recruiting is for every assistant on this Georgia staff.

Addae’s efforts though stand out in this cycle.

One of those is 5-star safety Kamari Wilson. He was long thought to be a Georgia lean. Yet thanks to the efforts of new defensive backs coach Corey Raymond and Napier, Florida pulled off a shocker to land Wilson.

Related: Kamari Wilson commits to Florida

Later on in the day, Florida signed Shemar James. He had initially committed to Mullen, but backed off that pledge when things began to spiral. Georgia and Alabama both pushed for James, yet he ended up picking the Gators.

Georgia is going to win plenty of battles going forward with Florida. The Bulldogs signed seven players from the state of Florida and tied for the most blue-chippers signed from the state of Florida.

But the Gators are going to be a major player for elite recruits going forward. That’s a stark change from what we’ve seen in recent years.

Winner: Georgia’s future defensive front