How many five-stars will Georgia football play on defense against Kentucky?

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After Georgia defeated South Carolina 40-13 back on Sept. 18, South Carolina Coach Shane Beamer was asked what was the Georgia defense doing that gave the Gamecocks so much trouble. Beamer’s response went viral.

“Uh, they’ve got like 100 five-star football players on their defense,” said the first-year head coach, who was once a Georgia assistant. “They have a defensive lineman that weighs 340 pounds and runs better than anybody on this call. They’ve got five-star defensive backs. They’re big, physical and fast. Other than that, they’re really freakin’ good. That’s why they’ve got the top defense in the country. They’re hard to run the football on. There wasn’t some magical scheme they came out with tonight. They’ve got five-star recruits everywhere and they play really physical.”

When No. 11 Kentucky travels to No. 1 Georgia on Saturday, will the Bulldogs be putting 100 five-star football players on the field? Not quite. But Georgia’s outstanding defense — “Their defense is playing at a ridiculous level,” UK Coach Mark Stoops said this week — boasts more than its fair share of blue-chip recruits.

Here are the major players on Kirby Smart’s defensive depth chart, with their star ranking, overall national ranking, position ranking and state ranking as recruits, according to Rivals.com.

Travon Walker: The defensive end from Thomaston, Ga., was a four-star recruit. He was rated the 34th-best recruit in the class of 2019. He was ranked fourth for his position and fourth in the state of Georgia. Rivals rating: 6.0.

Jordan Davis: The 340-pound defensive lineman of whom Beamer spoke was a four-star prospect out of Charlotte, N.C. Davis didn’t have an overall national ranking and was rated 20th nationally at his position for the class of 2018. Davis was considered the 14th-best prospect in North Carolina. Rivals rating: 5.8.

Devonte Wyatt: The defensive tackle transferred to Georgia from Hutchinson Community College. He was rated the ninth-best junior-college prospect in 2018. Rivals rating: 5.8.

Adam Anderson: The Sam linebacker was a five-star prospect out of Rome, Ga. Anderson was rated as the 12th-best prospect in the class of 2018. He was ranked second nationally at his position and was considered the fourth-best prospect in Georgia. Rivals rating: 6.1.

Nolan Smith: The Jack linebacker came to Georgia from IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. Smith was a five-star prospect ranked as the No. 2 player nationally in the class of 2019. Smith was rated as the best prospect at his position and in his state. Rivals ranking: 6.1.

Quay Walker: Playing the “money” position for the Bulldogs, Walker was a four-star prospect out of Cordele, Ga. Walker was ranked No. 38 in the class of 2018. He was ranked third nationally at his position and was considered the sixth-best prospect in Georgia that season. Rivals rating: 6.0.

Nakobe Dean: Playing the “mac” position, Dean was a four-star prospect out of Horn Lake, Miss. Dean was ranked 32nd in the class of 2019. He was rated No. 1 at his position and the No. 2 prospect in the state of Mississippi. Rivals rating: 6.0.

Ameer Speed: The cornerback from Jacksonville, Fla., was a three-star prospect when he signed with the Bulldogs. Speed was not ranked nationally overall in the class of 2017, but was ranked 36th at his position. He was rated as the 71st-best prospect out of Florida. Rivals rating: 5.7.

Kelee Ringo: The cornerback is listed as an “or” alongside Speed on the Georgia depth chart at cornerback. Ringo is a five-star prospect in the class of 2020 out of Scottsdale, Ariz. Ringo was ranked as the No. 7 prospect overall nationally, No. 2 at his position and No. 1 in the state of Arizona. Rivals rating: 6.1.

Christopher Smith: The strong safety was a four-star prospect out of Atlanta. Hill was ranked No. 185 nationally in the class of 2018. He was ranked 18th at his position and 22nd in the state of Georgia. Rivals rating: 5.8.

Lewis Cine: The free safety came to Georgia as a four-star prospect out of Cedar Hill, Texas. Cine was ranked 54th overall and fifth at his position nationally in the class of 2019. He was considered the 10th-best prospect coming out of Texas. Rivals rating: 6.0.

Derion Kendrick: A transfer from Clemson, the cornerback was a five-star recruit as a wide receiver when he signed to play for Dabo Swinney out of Rock Hill, S.C. Kendrick was considered the 30th-best prospect in the class of 2018 and was ranked sixth nationally at his position. He wast the top recruit in South Carolina that year. Rivals ranking: 6.1.

Latavious Brini: The Hialeah Gardens, Fla., native is listed at the “star” position. Brini was a three-star prospect who did not receive a national ranking in the class of 2017. He was ranked 39th at his position and 77th in the state of Florida.

Tykee Smith: Smith is listed as the “or” at the “star” position. A four-star prospect out of Philadelphia, Smith was a four-star prospect who transferred to Georgia from Virginia. He did not receive an overall national ranking in the class of 2019 and was ranked 27th at his position. He was also considered the seventh-best prospect coming out of Pennsylvania.

So there, you have it, among the group list above Georgia boasts four five-star recruits, seven four-stars and two three-stars.

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