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How the Recruiting Classes for Tennessee and Georgia Football Compare

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Five-star Tennessee QB commit Nico Iamaleava. Photo by RTI/Ric Butler.

This Saturday’s game against No. 1 Tennessee is going to be a huge day in the recruiting world for the Georgia football program.

As reported by DawgNation’s Jeff Sentell earlier this week, Georgia is expecting 17 five-star recruits this weekend. That number bumps up to 21 when counting recruits with at least one five-star ranking from various publications.

Additionally, according to Sentell, 29 Top 100 players from the 2023, 2024, and 2025 classes will be in attendance for the game between No. 1 Tennessee and No. 3 Georgia. Many of those same high-ranking players, including Daevin Hobbs and Sam M’Pemba, have also been in contact with Tennessee as well, only adding to the magnitude of the game.

While Tennessee obviously won’t be able to impress the recruits with campus features and locker room access, the Vols can show out for the recruits on the field. A win on the road, against the undefeated defending National Champions, may very well be just as good as a successful visit for some recruits.

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Tennessee, under the Josh Heupel administration, is clearly on the rise. The Vols are now hoping that the on-field success matches the recruiting success in the next couple of months and years.

Georgia, on the field and in the recruiting rankings, has been the standard for the SEC East over the last few years. However, as mentioned previously, Tennessee is looking to break down that door as quickly as possible. One way or another, the race in the SEC East between Tennessee and Georgia – on and off the field – will be exciting to watch.

Georgia’s 2023 class boasts a massive number of four-star recruits at 18 but does not have any five-star commits according to On3. Tennessee, on the other hand, only has about half of Georgia’s four-star recruits. But the Vols do have five-star quarterback and top-ten overall player Nico Iamaleava on the commit list.

No. 3 Georgia will host No. 1 Tennessee this Saturday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. ET in Athens, Georgia.

Here’s a look at how both Tennessee and Georgia’s recruiting classes are ranking for 2023 and 2023:

2023 Team Rankings

  • 247 Sports
    • Georgia: No. 2 overall, No. 2 SEC
    • Tennessee: No. 12 overall, No. 5 SEC
  • Rivals
    • Georgia: No. 4 overall, No. 2 SEC
    • Tennessee: No. 12 overall, No. 5 SEC
  • On3 Sports
    • Georgia: No. 2 overall, No. 2 SEC
    • Tennessee: No. 14 overall, No. 5 SEC

2024 Team Rankings

  • 247 Sports
    • Georgia: No. 3 overall, No. 1 SEC
    • Tennessee: No. 7 overall, No. 4 SEC
  • Rivals
    • Georgia: No. 2 overall, No. 1 SEC
    • Tennessee: No. 8 overall, No. 4 SEC
  • On3 Sports
    • Georgia: No. 3 overall, No. 2 SEC
    • Tennessee: No. 6 overall, No. 3 SEC

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