Monday was a great recruiting day for Kirby Smart and the Georgia Bulldogs as the head coach was able to pry an elite talent from across the country in Justyn Rhett.
By Steve Wright
Justyn Rhett is a 4-star cornerback out of Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, NV) High School and the 6-foot-1, 195-pounder is highly thought of by recruiting analysts.
Rhett is ranked as the No. 107 player in the class of 2023 per the 247Sports Composite. He is seen as the No. 12 cornerback in the class and the No. 2 player in Nevada by the same metric. While there aren’t any Power 5 schools in Nevada, the best recruits from the region usually end up on the West Coast at a school like USC or Oregon. Georgia receiving the pledge of Rhett shows the power of SEC football and also speaks of how far the Pac-12 has fallen as a conference over the past decade.
Rhett was originally committed to Notre Dame, but after attending the Georgia Spring Game on April 16 he was moved to change the course of his college career. His recruitment puts Georgia at No. 2 early in the class of 2023 recruiting cycle, ironically only trailing Notre Dame in those rankings.
A look at the video below shows you what Rhett is all about. I love the first play. It isn’t flashy and it isn’t the generic “interception of a bad pass” that we sometimes see in these films. Instead, it is just an outstanding piece of coverage. The route is fantastic – it would abuse most cornerbacks – but Rhett is fluid in the hips and has a change of direction just as good as the wide receiver who tries to sell him a double move. It is as good as you will see.
Later plays show outstanding form tackling and an ability to step up and hit that is often missing from cornerbacks. Rhett is nasty in a good way and that edge is something he will be bringing to the Georgia defense as soon as he steps on the field.