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Georgia recruiting class rises to No. 6 in national rankings

Palmber-Thombsby:Palmer Thombs06/05/24

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Georgia’s recruiting class just got a big lift. Adding five-star linebacker Zayden Walker, ranked No. 1 at his position and No. 24 overall according to the On3 Industry Ranking, the Bulldogs’ Class of 2025 moved up two spots from No. 8 to No. 6.

Walker gives Georgia a second five-star commit per the On3 Industry Rankings, joining tight end Elyiss Williams. It comes a year after UGA landed five Industry five-stars in its top-ranked Class of 2024 – all of them on the defensive side of the ball.

Georgia’s class passed Oregon and Alabama in its rise to No. 6, now sitting with 10 commits in total. Darren Ikinnagbon (On3 Industry No. 72 overall, No. 10 EDGE), Jadon Perlotte (On3 Industry No. 133 overall, No. 14 LB) and Stephon Shivers (On3 Industry No. 507 overall, No. 43 DL) make up the rest of the class on defense while Williams (On3 Industry No. 23, No. 1 TE), Ethan Barbour (On3 Industry No. 187 overall, No. 11 TE), Ryan Montgomery (On3 Industry No. 188 overall, No. 13 QB), Mason Short (On3 Industry No. 222 overall, No. 14 IOL), Thomas Blackshear (On3 Industry No. 297 overall, No. 12 ATH) and Bo Walker (On3 Industry No. 308 overall, No. 25 RB) are committed on offense.

The Bulldogs of course are working to add even more talent to their class, hosting a slew of official visitors throughout the month of June with several important decisions upcoming in July and August. A look at the upcoming weekend of official visitors can be found here.

Georgia Recruiting Results Under Kirby Smart

2024: No. 1 national, No. 1 SEC
2023: No. 2 national, No. 2 SEC
2022: No. 3 national, No. 3 SEC
2021: No. 3 national, No. 2 SEC
2020: No. 1 national, No. 1 SEC
2019: No. 2 national, No. 2 SEC
2018: No. 1 national, No. 1 SEC
2017: No. 3 national, No. 2 SEC
2016: No. 11 national, No. 5 SEC

Walker Scouting Summary

The early front-runner for top EDGE prospect in the 2025 cycle as a rising junior. An unverified 6-foot-2, 220 pounds. Flashes a high-end combination of on-field athleticism and functional play strength. Lines up in both two and three-point stances off the edge. Shows noticeable first-step quickness off the snap. Very strong at the point of attack. Plays with excellent leverage and uses his strong lower body to move offensive linemen both as a bull rusher and run defender. Makes some eye-popping plays in pursuit, showcasing high-end athleticism in tracking down ball carriers from the back side. Doubles as a dangerous running back, using his athleticism and strength to pick up yards after contact. Helped his team to a state title appearance as a sophomore.

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