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Georgia defensive tackle Trenton Thompson (78) gestures to the crowd during a regular season game versus Auburn at Sanford Stadium on Nov.12, 2016 in Athens, Ga. (Photo/Thomas Mills)

There are varying opinions among college football fans on the ever-changing world of recruiting, some good and some not so much, but there is no denying the importance it has on the success of a program.

Georgia has long been viewed as a powerhouse in the realm of recruiting — albeit with some down years along the way. Overall though, from year to year and coach to coach, the Bulldogs have never seemed to have much difficulty reeling in some of top high school players in the country.

But who are the best recruits Georgia has landed, or in this case the highest rated?

Using the 247Sports composite, which averages player rankings from multiple recruiting sites and gives each prospect a grade, we can see the top 10 players to sign with Georgia dating back to the year 2000.


No. 1 - Defensive tackle Trenton Thompson (Class of 2015)

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Georgia defensive tackle Trenton Thompson (78) is interviewed for the stadium and by ESPN during the AutoZone Liberty Bowl between Georgia and Texas Christian University in Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium in Memphis, Tennessee, on Friday, Dec. 30, 2016. (Photo/Henry Taylor: htaylor@randb.com)

- Westover High School in Albany, Georgia

- No. 6-ranked recruit in 247Sports composite history

- No. 1-ranked player overall in Class of 2015

No. 2 - Weak-side defensive end Brandon Miller (Class of 2004)

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- Miller County High School in Colquitt, Georgia

- Tied for No. 52-ranked recruit in 247Sports composite history

- No. 6-ranked player overall in Class of 2004

No. 3 - Quarterback Matthew Stafford (Class of 2006)

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Matthew Stafford stands behind the line of scrimmage against South Carolina on Sept. 8, 2007. Courtesy UGA Sports Comm

- Highland Park High School in Dallas, Texas

- Tied for No. 72-ranked recruit in 247Sports composite history

- No. 6-ranked player overall in Class of 2006

No. 4 - Quarterback Jacob Eason (Class of 2016)

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Georgia quarterback Jacob Eason (10) walks back into the locker room after winning a regular season game versus Auburn at Sanford Stadium. Athens, Ga. November 12th, 2016. (Photo/Shubham Kadam)

- Lake Stevens High School in Lake Stevens, Washington

- Tied for No. 141-ranked recruit in 247Sports composite history

- No. 5-ranked player overall in Class of 2016

No. 5 - Wide receiver A.J. Green (Class of 2008)

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- Summerville High School in Summerville, South Carolina

- Tied for No. 76-recruit in 247Sports composite history

- No. 7-ranked player overall in Class of 2008

No. 6 - Running back Isaiah Crowell (Class of 2011)

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Isaiah Crowell rushed for 118 yards and had 40 yards receiving and two touchdowns in his first game in Sanford Stadium. AJ Reynolds/Staff

- Carver High School in Columbus, Georgia

- Tied for No. 149-ranked recruit in 247Sports composite history

- No. 6-ranked player overall in Class of 2011

No. 7 - Cornerback Paul Oliver (Class of 2003)

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Kirby Smart as the running backs coach for Georgia in 2005 with Paul Oliver (Photo courtesy of UGA Athletics)

- Harrison High School in Kennesaw, Georgia

- Tied for No. 171-ranked recruit in 247Sports composite history

- No. 7-ranked player overall in Class of 2003

No. 8 - Running back Kregg Lumpkin (Class of 2003)

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- Stephenson High School in Stone Mountain, Georgia

- Tied for No. 185-ranked recruit in 247Sports composite history

- No. 14-ranked player overall in Class of 2003

No. 9 - Quarterback D.J. Shockley (Class of 2001)

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Former Georgia quarterback D.J. Shockley shown here in 2005 when he started for the Bulldogs.

- North Clayton High School in Atlanta

- Tied for No. 212-ranked recruit in 247Sports composite history

- No. 18-ranked player overall in Class of 2001

No. 10 - Safety Reshad Jones (Class of 2006)

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- Washington High School in Atlanta

- Tied for No. 212-ranked recruit in 247Sports composite history

- No. 15-ranked player overall in Class of 2006


It should be noted that there are four recruits currently committed to Georgia who could alter the order of the list if they stick with their commitment and sign with Bulldogs.

- If 2018 commit Justin Fields’ rating stays put and he signs with the Bulldogs, Fields would be No.1 on the list.

- If 2019 commit Jadon Haselwood’s rating stays put and he signs with the Bulldogs, Haselwood would be directly below Miller on the list.

- If 2018 commit Zamir White’s rating stays put and he signs with the Bulldogs, White would be directly below Green on the list.

- If 2019 commit Nolan Smith’s rating stays put and he signs with the Bulldogs, Smith would be directly below Crowell on the list.

- If 2019 commit Dominick Blaylock’s rating stay put and he signs with the Bulldogs, Blaylock would be directly below Jones on the list

If all of the aforementioned plays out, the list would read as follows:

No. 1 - Justin Fields

No. 2 - Trenton Thompson

No. 3 - Brandon Miller

No. 4 - Jadon Haselwood

No. 5 - Matthew Stafford

No. 6 - Jacob Eason

No. 7 - A.J. Green

No. 8 - Zamir White

No. 9 - Isaiah Crowell

No. 10 - Nolan Smith

No. 11 - Paul Oliver

No. 12 - Kregg Lumpkin

No. 13 - D.J. Shockley

No. 14 - Reshad Jones

No. 15 - Dominick Blaylock

For what it’s worth, Georgia legends and NFL stars Todd Gurley and Justin Houston are No. 65 and No. 226 on the list, respectively.

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