Even on short notice, Tyson Summers has set up the Georgia Southern Eagles to continue their winning ways for at least the next four years.
On the job for less than two months, Summers and Co. have signed what is easily the Sun Belt's top class and likely the best class ever in Statesboro.
The 247 composite score has the Eagles listed at 76th nationally with 13 three-star commits, four more than any other SBC school. Though the ground won't settle completely for another few days, a look at past recruiting classes is a strong endorsement for this one.
The 2015 class came in at 91st in the nation, 2014's class ranked 89th, and 2013's was 140th. If this is any indication of what Summers will do going forward, the new coach will win sooner rather than later.
GS didn't quite get everyone they were after. Wide receiver commit Ty Lee flipped to Middle Tennessee at the last minute, tight end Shaun Bonner switched to Indiana and offensive lineman Cade Stewart ended up at Clemson. The defections leave the Eagles with just three offensive linemen in the class, but in almost every other category, they cleaned up.
I've already put together two posts on this class which you can check out here and here. Each highlights a few of the new studs.
Of the guys we haven't already focused on, here are some of the noteworthy signees from today.
Brinson was a late addition to the class and a strong one at that. His offer list includes the SEC's Kentucky and Mississippi State, and the ACC's Wake Forest and Louisville, plus Georgia State, App State and Tulane. He's a three-star cornerback out of Atlanta's Mays High, and stands 5-11, 167 pounds. Check out the highlights:
A local guy from Hinesville, Washington is a three-star safety with offers from Wake Forest and South Carolina. He's 6-2, 195 pounds, and both Summers and Chad Lunsford deserve a lot of credit for convincing him to join the class.
He's more than just a familiar name. A 5-10, 169-pound wide receiver out of Lake City Florida, Jackson is one of several big-time WRs who could make an early impact.
It was big news when Newberry, South Carolina-based quarterback Shai Werts picked Georgia Southern, but he wasn' the only quarterback to join the class. Shuman played his high school football in title town and looks to replicate his success at Valdosta High along with his former head coach.
A three-star linebacker from Decatur, Cooper chose Georgia Southern over Georgia State and Mississippi State. He's 6-3, 240.
Really, the only bad news is we won't get to see any of them play competitively until next fall. Can't win 'em all I guess.
Here's the full class per 247Sports. Again, they aren't finished updating things just yet: