Quarterback Arch Manning, the No. 1 player in the 2023 category, stole the headlines on Thursday when he announced his commitment to Texas, choosing the Longhorns instead of Georgia and Alabama. Georgia did well, but Manning’s loss puts the Bulldogs in a difficult position as the general for the 2023 recruitment cycle.
Under Kirby Smart, Georgia has secured at least one general in each recruitment category since 2016. So far, Georgia has zero generals for the 2023 category and also recently lost Dylan Raiola, the No. 1 player in the 2024 class overall. committed to the State of Ohio. Georgia has so far offered 12 generals in the 2023 category, but it is rather late in the game for a position in which these players tend to commit earlier in the process. And the real problem is that nine of these 12 kids are already engaged elsewhere.
Despite Manning’s news, Georgia is actually very busy and CBS Sports recently ranked it as the fourth best general staff room in the country for 2022. Stetson Bennett is back for his final year and will be accompanied by Carson Beck and Brock Vandagriff, as well as true freshman Gunner Stockton. Beck and Stockton are former four-star recruits, while Vandagriff was a five-star in the 2021 category. Right now, this is the future of Georgia football in the post-2022 position.
But you can never have too much talent in the most important position in all sports. So, with Manning off the board, where will Georgia go next?
Here are some prospects to follow:
4 star QB Dylan Lonergan
This is a big thing to watch out for, as Georgia has a lot of ground to build.
Lonergan, from Snellville, Georgia (Brookwood High School), is ranked No. 93 player in the country in the 2023 category and No. 9 general in 247 Sports.
But Lonergan did not include UGA in his latest list of finalists (South Carolina, Alabama, Stanford) and his engagement date is set for July 5th.
QB Malachi Singleton 4 stars
4-star General Malachi Singleton is another native of Georgia, originally from North Cobb High School in Kennesaw, Georgia.
The problem here is that he is already committed to Arkansas, but Georgia could turn its attention to the local passerby and make every effort to overthrow him.
Singleton is ranked as the No. 201 player in the country and the No. 13 passer in the 2023 category.
3 star QB Marcel Reed
The 3-star QB Marcel Reed is another guy to watch out for, but like Singleton he is already committed to another SEC school.
Reed got engaged to Ole Miss in April and plays football at high school in Nashville, Tennessee.
He is No. 23 in the ranking general in the 2023 category.
5 star QB Dante Moore
Dante Moore, from Detroit, Michigan, is the No. 12 overall player in the country and the No. 4 general in the standings.
However, Georgia would have to make a lot of ground, as Moore’s leaders are considered to be Our Lady of Paris, Oregon, LSU and Michigan.
Georgia offered Moore in January.
3 star QB Paul Kessler
Paul Kessler has not received the same level of attention from other Power Five schools as the other prospects mentioned, but he could still be an option for Georgia’s 2023 class.
Kessler was offered by Georgia last September and recently visited Cal, Yale and Dartmouth.
From Los Angeles, he is ranked as the No. 129 general in the country.