With the college football offseason comes a hidden battle for recruiting ground, and Kirby Smart just picked up a huge win over SEC rival Tennessee.


The Bulldogs, currently featuring one of the best classes in both 2020 and 2021, are already building for the future with the hope of usurping Alabama as the class of the conference. While that's easier said than done, this ought to help


Tate Ratledge is a Rome, GA native and therefore very much in Smart's territory. Losing an in-state target to Tennessee would've been a major victory for Jeremy Pruitt, but instead the Dawgs ensured they'll be adding another huge OL from the Peach State to their already-loaded group.


Per DawgNation, the Ratledge family are huge Tennessee fans, with the father even owning a Vols license plate. Safe to say he might have to trade in that burnt orange for black and red.


Ratledge is ranked as the No. 5 offensive tackle in the country as of this writing, but has the potential to leap into the top-three if given the opportunity. With 2020 early signing period rapidly approaching, Georgia locking down a key target with time to spare should pay dividends.