Looking back at Kirby Smart’s history with previous 5-star quarterbacks

Kirby Smart picked up a massive recruiting win on Monday when he landed a commitment from quarterback Dylan Raiola. The 5-star quarterback is the No. 1 overall prospect in the cycle for the 2024 recruiting class.

This is not the first big-time quarterback recruit Smart has landed in his time at Georgia. In fact, he’s the fourth composite 5-star quarterback Georgia has landed since Smart became the program’s head coach back in December of 2015. That doesn’t include Gunner Stockton and Jake Fromm, who held 5-star rankings during the recruiting process, before ending up as a 4-star quarterbacks by the time they arrived on campus.

The Bulldogs also brought in a 5-star transfer quarterback, when JT Daniels arrived from USC in the summer of 2020.

Despite all the recruiting success though, it was Stetson Bennett who led Georgia to back-to-back championships. Lofty recruiting rankings have not been an indicator of success when it comes to the quarterback position at Georgia.






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