Not all incoming freshmen football players are created equally. Just look at Isaiah Wilson and Andrew Thomas in the 2017 recruiting class. Wilson was a 5-star prospect and the highest-rated signee in the class. But coming from New York, he wasn’t ready for the rigors of the SEC right away, which is why he redshirted.
Thomas, who played the same position as Wilson, started literally from his first game in Athens and was a stalwart at both tackle spots. It’s a big reason why he was taken with the No. 4 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.
Since that 2017 class, Georgia has continued to bring in wave after wave talented recruiting class, meaning there are elite freshmen in each class. But not all of them will be Andrew Thomas out of the gate. Some of them will need time to reshape their bodies and adjust to the speed of the game.
And given how unique this season figures to be due to COVID-19, it figures to be even more apparent which players will be able physically ready to contribute right away, and which might take a while.
Georgia has been cleared to hold voluntarily workouts starting on June 8. The Bulldogs did not have a chance to hold any spring practices in March and April due to COVID-19. And the prospects that are more advanced and finished products, figure to be the next Andrew Thomas or George Pickens for the Bulldogs.