Georgia Football: Top 3 recruiting targets for Bulldogs in 2022

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You can never look too far ahead when it comes to recruiting. There are several talented players Georgia football should focus on in 2022.

Recruiting is the life-blood of a team. The reason teams such as Alabama, Clemson, and Ohio State have stayed at the top of college football over the last few years is their excellent recruiting of top athletes across the country.

The Georgia football team finished the 2021 recruiting cycle with the no. 4 ranked class according to 247 Sports. The Bulldogs have finished in the top three every year since 2017.

Coach Kirby Smart and his staff are excellent recruiters, and Smart even had this to say about his enjoyment of recruiting in his 2015 press conference where he was introduced as UGA’s new head coach:

"“The greatest satisfaction I’ve received as a coach is going into a 17, 18-year-old’s home and, recruiting that young man, and then watching them walk out the door as a graduate five years later.”"

Looking ahead to 2022, here are three recruits that Georgia should target over the coming months.

3. Gunner Stockton

Stockton is already committed to Georgia, which is why he is “low” on this list. Nonetheless, he is still someone with whom the Dawgs should continue to keep in contact with because schools will continuously try to get him to flip before the official signing day.

Stockton plays at Rabun County High School in Tiger, GA. He was committed to South Carolina for a few months but decommitted shortly after Mike Bobo left to become the offensive coordinator at Auburn.

The commitment to Georgia football came as a surprise to many. Georgia received a commitment from former five-star QB Brock Vandagriff in 2021, so many thought Stockton would follow Bobo to Auburn since the former Georgia QB and offensive coordinator was his primary recruiter at South Carolina.

Stockton had a phenomenal 2020 season for the Rabun County Wildcats. He put up 3,128 yards through the air with 45 passing touchdowns while also running for 1,581 yards and 26 rushing touchdowns.

Oh yeah, and he also defeated Vandagriff head to head last year, as Rabun County topped Prince Avenue Christian in a 38-31 classic.

Not too shabby.

With his mobility out of the pocket and ability to throw passes in tight coverage, Stockton looks poised to carve up SEC defenses as a starter for Georgia like Johnny Manziel and Tim Tebow, respectively.