ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Georgia class of 28 signees on Wednesday included an emphasis on defense, seven early enrollees and a defensive lineman rated as the nation's top prospect.
Coach Mark Richt said defensive tackle Trenton Thompson of Westover High in Albany, Georgia "is a big, massive man who's got great agility." The 6-foot-4, 311-pound Thompson is rated No. 1 on the 247Sports composite.
Thompson was a five-star prospect by Scout.com and Rivals.com and solidified his status in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
"The word I got from some of those kids was the guy just was very difficult to handle by anybody," Richt said.
Linebacker Jake Ganus, a senior who transferred after Alabama-Birmingham dropped its program, already is enrolled. Ganus led UAB in tackles each of the last two seasons.
Ganus (6-2, 215) said he had interest from 40 schools.
"It was a crazy December for me," Ganus said, adding Georgia was "a perfect fit" because 2014 starters Amarlo Herrera and Ramik Wilson were seniors.
The class was ranked fifth in the nation by Scout.com and seventh by Rivals.com.
At least 19 signees will play defense. The class includes five defensive linemen and four offensive linemen, including Sam Madden (6-6, 350) of Barnegat, New Jersey, DeVondre Seymour (6-6, 310) of Suwanee, Georgia and Patrick Allen (6-4, 285) of Reisterstown, Maryland. Seymour is the adopted son of former Georgia and NFL defensive tackle Richard Seymour.
"We got some beef, there's no doubt about that," Richt said during a question-and-answer session with fans.
Richt said later the day included "a lot of emotions."
Linebacker Roquan Smith of Montezuma, Georgia announced on ESPN he would sign with UCLA over the Bulldogs. Georgia lost wide receiver Darius Slayton of Greater Atlanta Christian to Auburn and safety Deontai Williams of Jacksonville, Florida to Ohio University.
Georgia signed Shaquery Wilson, a wide receiver from Coral Gables, Florida who last week changed his commitment from the Bulldogs to West Virginia.
Top 25 Class: Yes
Best in class: Trent Thompson, DT, Albany, Georgia.
Best of the rest: D'Andre Walker, OLB, Fairburn, Georgia; Rashad Roundtree, DB, Evans, Georgia.
Late addition: WR/DB Shaquery Wilson signed one week after flipping his commitment from Georgia to West Virginia.
One that got away: WR Darius Slayton of Greater Atlanta Christian, who had committed to Georgia, signed with Auburn.