ATHENS, Ga. (AP) Kirby Smart made quite a splash with his first recruiting class at Georgia.
Even though he got a late start on the job, Smart landed one of the nation's leading collection of prospects Wednesday. Most notably, the Bulldogs picked up top-rated athlete Mercole Hardman Jr., who announced his decision during a morning ceremony at Elbert County High School in Elberton, Georgia. He figures to break into the lineup right away on defense and could wind up playing offense, too.
Smart, the former defensive coordinator at Alabama, was hired shortly after Georgia fired longtime coach Mark Richt but wasn't able to take over right away, staying with the Crimson Tide through their victory in the national championship game.