2022 College Football Class Review: Georgia

By Corey Long - @CoreyLong
Updated Feb. 9, 2022.

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2022 College Recruiting - 14 Commits

Last Player Grade Published on Feb. 9, 2022
Georgia logo RB Andrew Paul (Dallas, TX) commits to Georgia  View Class

Paul (5-11, 218) gives Georgia the big power back it was looking for to fill out the remaining holes in the class. He had a monster senior season with over 2,500 yards and 41 touchdowns. Paul's top-end speed isn't anything special, but he can churn up yards and take on a big workload. At worse, he's a quality option in short-yardage and goal-line situations.

Andrew Paul's Player Grade: B-
Georgia logo DL Christen Miller (Ellenwood, GA) commits to Georgia  View Class

Miller, the No. 11 defensive tackle prospect, decided to look around a little longer than expected, but in the end, he ended up with the Bulldogs. Georgia signed three of the top-11 defensive tackle prospects in the nation as part of a class that finished No. 2 overall. Miller (6-4, 292) has put on good weight and looks like he'll be a guy who can play the three-technique or one-technique for the Bulldogs.

Christen Miller's Player Grade: A-
Georgia logo LB E.J. Lightsey (Fitzgerald, GA) commits to Georgia  View Class

I feel like I've been bigger on Lightsey (6-2, 210) than most of the recruiting services. The fact that the former Florida commit signed with the reigning National Champions lets me know I was on the right track. Lightsey has tremendous closing speed and can shed blocks quickly. He is a well-balanced linebacker who can work in space, rush the passer, and isn't scared to take on a receiver out of the backfield. He's going to be a good one.

E.J. Lightsey's Player Grade: B
Georgia logo WR Dillon Bell (Houston, TX) commits to Georgia  View Class

Bell (6-2, 200) is a bigger wide receiver who currently plays several positions for his high school, including running back and in the secondary. He is being recruiting as a wide receiver, but in all honestly, it wouldn't surprise me if he grew into being a tight end or even a linebacker. Bell can run and has the physical tools to fit in at several spots on the field. He has played wide receiver in high school and has been productive at the position, so there wouldn't be as much of an adjustment time as someone who was completely new. Still improvements in all areas - route running, speed, hands, etc. - will be necessary for Bell.

Dillon Bell's Player Grade: B-
Georgia logo OL Griffin Scroggs (Loganville, GA) commits to Georgia  View Class

Scroggs (6-3, 310) is an aggressive interior offensive lineman who loves to get his hands on someone. He will come off one block and then get onto another defender. Scroggs is a natural run blocker, and it's really where he looks most comfortable. There isn't a ton of flash to his game - simple drive blocking with a hat on a hat is how he gets down. Scroggs has a strong base with good strengh in his lower body, so moving him off the ball is not easy. He's stronger than what I see from most linemen at this stage of his development. Scroggs' feet are a little heavy. He's not the most athletic or fleet on foot, but he'll put you on the ground.

Griffin Scroggs' Player Grade: B-
Georgia logo RB Branson Robinson (Madison, MS) commits to Georgia  View Class

Robinson (5-10, 218) is a running back who is built like a grown man. He is one of the top-eight running backs in the class. Robinson's physique isn't a front; he runs with power and churns his legs for those extra yards. He will run through arm tackles regularly and delivers as many hits as he takes. Robinson is a high-volume back, but he has plenty of agility to make defenders miss in the open field. His speed is a question mark and more indicative of a move-the-chains running back than a big-play guy. Robinson's strength and physical style translate well in pass protection and will allow him to be on the field in a three-down role.

Branson Robinson's Player Grade: A-
Georgia logo ATH JaCorey Thomas (Orlando, FL) commits to Georgia  View Class

Thomas' (6-1, 192) recruitment proves to be a bit of a surprise in that he chose Georgia over Florida State. Thomas is a talented two-way athlete who plays a little running back, wide receiver and anywhere in the secondary. I think he's going to project as a big SEC-quality safety, a 205-210-pound defender who can make plays in the box. Thomas seems to love playing defense, hitting and being physical with wide receivers and pass catchers who jump into his area. I don't think Thomas is a burner, and I would question his long speed, but in a hybrid safety role, I like him a lot.

JaCorey Thomas' Player Grade: B
Georgia logo WR De'Nylon Morrissette (Kennesaw, GA) commits to Georgia  View Class

Morrissette (6-1, 200) is a physically impressive wide receiver prospect who already looks like he has a college-ready body and frame. His build is comparable to his style of play, as he is more of a catch-and-run receiver who will break tackles and fight for extra yardage. Morrissette has some speed to stretch the field, but I think he'll settle into more of an underneath guy who can move the chains and use his size to generate bigger plays. Morrissette is a great athlete who challenges for the ball in the air and shows the toughness you would expect when he's battling defenders on the outside. Morrissette has very good skills and adjusts well to the 50-50 balls to body out the defenders. He is a potential top-end wide receiver in this class.

De'Nylon Morrissette's Player Grade: B+
Georgia logo LB Jalon Walker (Salisbury, NC) commits to Georgia  View Class

Walker (6-2, 220) continues the strong recruiting surge for Georgia in the month of March. The Bulldogs already received a commitment from blue-chip prospect Malaki Starks, who could play a linebacker/safety role. Walker is bigger than Starks, and I think he's more of a linebacker/edge rusher type, but their skill sets are similar.

Quick-twitch athleticism and the ability to cover a lot of ground quickly are what really stand out with Walker. He's a great athlete who also plays tight end and participates in track and basketball. When Walker is really feeling it on defense, he is all over the field and seemingly in on every play. He can go sideline to sideline or pin his ears back and get upfield.

The Bulldogs needed more athleticism in their back seven after Alabama and Florida exposed that weakness. Walker not only fits a need, but he gives the program another elite prospect.

Jalon Walker's Player Grade: A-
Georgia logo RB Jordan James (Murfreesboro, TN) commits to Georgia  View Class

James (5-10, 200) is a bigger back who has an all-purpose skill set and the ability to be a three-down back. He can provide help in the passing game both as a receiver out of the backfield and as additional protection against the run.

James is tough in the open field and shows more decisiveness than I was expecting to see on film. He is strong and can run with strength, but he also runs with discipline and doesn't let himself get caught making too many moves before hitting the line. James' top-end speed is a little above average, but its more quickness than pure speed. He gets extra yards with his agility and lateral movement. James can carry the load in a running game, but I think he's most dangerous as part of a balanced two-back rotation.

Jordan James' Player Grade: B+
Georgia logo P Brett Thorson (Melbourne, Australia) commits to Georgia  View Class

Thorson (6-2, 205), 21, is the latest from the successful ProKick Australia program that has produced several FBS kickers and punters. ProKick Australia coach Nathan Chapman says of Thorson, "People are ... going to quickly see that the ball blasts off his foot with a fair amount of speed." He is a mid-year enrollee who will get to Georgia over the summer if COVID-19 restrictions allow him to travel.

Brett Thorson's Player Grade: B
Georgia logo S/LB Malaki Starks (Jefferson, GA) commits to Georgia  View Class

Starks (6-1, 210) is one of the real game-changers in the 2022 recruiting class. He could easily be considered the top player in the Peach State for the upcoming cycle, but regardless of his ranking he is an elite-level athlete. Starks could easily play running back in college, and he rushed for over 1,500 yards as a junior. He will likely end up on defense though, and he could work out as a safety who can play in the box or he could be an outside linebacker with his ability to drop in coverage. Starks can also take on running backs out of the backfield or turn up field and rush the passer. The possibilities are endless for Starks, and there's little doubt the defensive coaches at Georgia will figure out many ways to use him.

Malaki Starks' Player Grade: A-
Georgia logo DT Bear Alexander (Denton, TX) commits to Georgia  View Class

Alexander (6-3, 320) is a large athlete on the defensive line who looks like he can be a good nose guard or a one-technique. He has the short-space strength that will allow him to fight off double teams. Alexander shows some traits of dominance when he isn't doubled. He pushes into the backfield and can be stout against the run or chase down the quarterback. Alexander wins a lot of battles with his size and strength, so he'll have to add more technique when he moves on to college. He has lot of upside and the potential to be a strong presence of the middle of the Bulldogs' defensive line.

Bear Alexander's Player Grade: B
Georgia logo QB Gunner Stockton (Tiger, GA) commits to Georgia  View Class

There aren't many better names for a top-flight quarterback than "Gunner," and in this case, the name fits the prospect, because Stockton (6-1, 218) is going to be in contention as the top-rated quarterback in the nation. This is the second consecutive year that the Bulldogs have pulled the top quarterback prospect out of the southeast, and one would think that between Stockton and Class of 2021 commit Brock Vandagriff, there's going to be a great chance for Georgia to win a championship.

Stockton can move, throw on the move and throw far downfield on the move. The play is never out of the question as long as he has the ball and can see downfield. He can make the tough throws and has plus-level arm talent. Stockton is very athletic and is continuing to understand how to mesh his athleticism with his quarterback talent. His numbers in high school are eye popping, with over 9,500 yards, 120 touchdowns and just 16 interceptions over three seasons along with over 3,000 yards rushing. I think there's a very good chance he'll be considered the top quarterback in the nation after we go through the summer showcase circuit.

Gunner Stockton's Player Grade: A+

All Commitments - 15

Most recent Commitment on Feb. 9, 2022
  • 2/9 - Andrew Paul RB
  • 2/5 - Christen Miller DT
  • 2/5 - E.J. Lightsey LB
  • 1/12 - Earnest Greene G
  • 8/10 - Dillon Bell WR
  • 8/5 - Griffin Scroggs OL
  • 7/26 - Branson Robinson RB
  • 6/25 - JaCorey Thomas ATH
  • 4/30 - De'Nylon Morrissette WR
  • 3/31 - Brett Thorson P
  • 3/29 - Jordan James RB
  • 3/28 - Jalon Walker LB
  • 3/25 - Malaki Starks S
  • 2/3 - Bear Alexander DT
  • 1/28 - Gunner Stockton QB

Last Season's Roster:

  • Seniors: 0
  • Juniors: 0
  • Sophmores: 0
  • Freshmen: 0


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