Georgia Bulldogs Clearly Team With Most to Lose on National Signing Day | The Mark-Up

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Kirby Smart and Georgia have a ton to lose on National Signing Day | Sean Gardner/Getty Images

After ending their 2019 season on a high note with a Sugar Bowl win over the Baylor Bears, the Georgia Bulldogs look to put an exclamation point on the recruiting cycle.

National Signing Day is a mere two weeks away, and the Dawgs have plenty to gain in the form of 5-star prospects. However, their positioning for the likes of Broderick Jones and Zach Evans remains a question mark.

Jones, who remains a Georgia commit despite his recent visits around the SEC, is expected to stick with the Bulldogs even though he's mulling his options. Georgia's offensive line lost plenty of talent this offseason, and Jones could be slotted in right away. The 298-pound lineman is a Georgia native, and despite causing a stir, should stay with the Dawgs.

However, recent visits to Arkansas, Auburn and Illinois, all of whom are apparently still in the mix for his services, should make supporters of the football program in Athens slightly nervous. Losing Jones' services elsewhere, especially within the SEC, would be a disaster, especially considering former 5-star Cade Mays already transferred to Tennessee just weeks ago.

Evans, meanwhile, had been a Georgia signee until recently. Instead, Evans is now favored to head elsewhere, although his recruiting process remains a mystery for the time being. He's expected to be let out of that agreement, but this shows a rather surprising level of indecisiveness that, while annoying for Georgia fans, perhaps should be expected for a kid.

The Texas native was reportedly enrolled in A&M, although the validity of such rumors remains in question. Evans has taken a multitude of visits around the college football landscape of late in hopes of finding a permanent home, but he has yet to even fully rule out the Bulldogs despite the stunt he pulled.

The world of college football recruiting is a dangerous game, as schools are forced to rely on the whim of high schoolers to stick to a rather important promise. Georgia has found out the hard way what any parent (not me) could tell you in a heartbeat -- no adolescent knows what they want. With a large workload on their shoulders and the weight of potentially preparing for a professional career on their minds, picking the right college program is vital.

Evans and Jones are two of many who can't make up their minds. Georgia is just a victim of the process.