2022 college football recruiting class rankings: A new No. 1 shakes up top 10

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Georgia not only has its sights on a national title but is aiming for the top recruiting class in the nation as well. In the driver's seat for a spot in the College Football Playoff, the Bulldogs have also ascended to the top of the class rankings with several big pickups in October.

Successfully executing the tough task of fending off national competition and keeping top in-state talent at home, they now have commitments from five of the top seven players in the state, including recent pickup ESPN 300 DT Mykel Williams. They ultimately kept Williams, a onetime USC verbal, closer to home and landed an explosive defender with good flexibility. They also added more talent to their D-line unit by bringing back into the fold former Georgia commit Bear Alexander, one of the top 10 defensive tackles in the class.

Oklahoma pushed closer to cracking the top five after adding more defensive talent with the commitment of No. 3 ATH Gentry Williams. A key in-state ESPN 300 pickup, he projects to the secondary, where he could offer immediate help as a fluid player with great ball skills.

North Carolina moved into the top 10 after adding five-star OT Zach Rice, who brings a big frame, good feet and a physical style of play, and can anchor the Tar Heels' offensive line for multiple seasons.

Missouri was another class that rose after a five-star addition, as the Tigers scored big with a commitment from No. 1 WR Luther Burden, who has the tools to be an immediate impact player for them.

1. Georgia Bulldogs

ESPN 300 commits: 11 | Previous ranking: 6

SEC rank: 1 of 14
Top offensive commit: RB Branson Robinson (No. 21)
Top defensive commit: ATH Malaki Starks (No. 10)

Georgia has strung together five straight top-three classes and is working to extend that streak to six. The strength of the class is built with in-state talent -- the Bulldogs have commitments from five of the state's top seven prospects, including Gunner Stockton, a strong-armed passer who was once a South Carolina verbal and will join 2021 four-star QB Brock Vandagriff in Athens. Having fielded some of the top running backs in the nation in recent years, the Bulldogs are poised to keep that position a strength with two ESPN 300 commits, led by Robinson, the No. 2-ranked RB. The class includes a solid foundation of talent on defense as well. LB C.J. Washington posted impressive testing numbers at the Under Armour Atlanta camp this past spring, including a 4.21 5-10-5 shuttle, and can be a sideline-to-sideline presence for the Bulldogs. They further boosted an already strong D-line with commitments from a pair of ESPN 300 big men in October with in-state DL Mykel Williams, who at one point was committed to USC, and Bear Alexander, who rejoined the class after decommitting from the Bulldogs for a period of time. In-state projected defensive back prospects Starks and Marquis Groves-Killebrew give Georgia a pair of ESPN 300 commitments in the secondary.