Bulldogs land four-star WR — what does it mean for the 2015 recruiting class?

When is the last time Georgia went into Louisiana and pulled a top prospect away from the in-state Tigers and programs from neighboring Texas?

It hasn’t happened in Coach Mark Richt’s 13 seasons of recruiting kids to Athens.

The timing of four-star wideout Michael Chigbu’s exit from the Bayou is made more significant because the Bulldogs desperately need receivers in this class.

Seniors Chris Conley and Michael Bennett will be gone after this season and Malcolm Mitchell could turn pro, leaving plenty of space and production to be filled.

From a recruit’s perspective, that means early playing time will be up for grabs soon after hitting campus. That’s good incentive for kids like Chigbu, already an imposing target at 6-foot-2, 210 pounds, to say yes to Richt and jump on board.

The Bulldogs currently have three wide receivers on the 2015 commitment list. Chigbu joins Griffin’s Christian Owens and Coral Cables, Fla., standout Shaquery Wilson as players expected to sign with Georgia in February.

Don’t anticipate offensive Mike Bobo to stop recruiting wideouts, either. Georgia could add as many as three more in the coming months. Keep an eye on in-state prospects Preston Williams and Jayson Stanley. Williams, ranked the best wideout in the state by Scout.com, stars at Lovejoy and is committed to Tennessee. Stanley helped Creekside to a state title last season. Georgia is pursuing both and others around the South.

Should Chigbu follow through and sign with Georgia, he’ll be the first Louisiana native on the Georgia roster since Terreal Bierria from 1999-2001.

For Richt and his 2015 recruiting class, it’s another step in the right direction. The Bulldogs have the 10th ranked class in the country, according to Scout. Already with 16 commitments in the fold, Georgia’s recruiting haul is only half full.