At this point, it’s not even up for debate. The Georgia Bulldogs are the kings of college football. They are the odds-on favorites to win the National Championship this upcoming season for the third year in a row. Kirby Smart finally got the monkey off his back, and he doesn’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon.
It should surprise nobody if Georgia successfully repeated as champions, which would put them in a class of their own. No team in college football history has ever won three straight National Championships, and what’s even crazier is their reign of terror over the rest of the league might not stop there.
As if things couldn’t get any better for the Bulldogs, the top prospect in the 2024 recruiting class–quarterback Dylan Raiola–has committed to the University of Georgia.
Raiola, who many consider one of the best quarterback prospects ever, was originally committed to Ohio State, but he seems to have found a home at Georgia. In Athens, he should immediately become a superstar, giving the Bulldogs another window at winning multiple National Championships.
However, I would be remiss if I didn’t bring up Kirby Smart’s history with five-star quarterbacks, which has led to multiple transfers. He’s not typically keen on handing the control of his program to a freshman, and Georgia has a multitude of talented quarterbacks already in the building. Raiola will have to earn his way onto the field, but it doesn’t seem that he is too concerned with a little competition.
“There’s a culture and a standard that I was attracted to,” Raiola said, via ESPN. “The more time that went by, the stronger I felt about Georgia and ultimately led to this decision.”
Georgia and Mike Bobo now find themselves in a similar situation as they did over 15 years ago when then-top quarterback prospect Matthew Stafford committed to the program. Stafford went on to have an illustrious collegiate career and was picked first overall by the Lions in 2009. Raiola is undoubtedly on a similar path, but with Kirby Smart pulling the strings, I highly doubt he leaves Athens without some new hardware to put in his trophy case.
The Dawgs just can’t stop winning.
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