Which college football teams have been recruiting the best on defense?

Kirby Smart has done a tremendous job at recruiting in the secondary over the past few cycles, including with Lewis Cine, the No. 2 safety in the 2019 recruiting class who helped the Dawgs win a national title and became a first-round NFL draft pick. Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

With 213 ESPN 300 recruits committed, quite a few college football recruiting classes are starting to take shape and fill needs.

Some highly ranked and highly sought-after players have come off the board over the past few months, making big impacts on future rosters. We recently highlighted some of the teams that are recruiting the best on offense, and now we're looking at the teams recruiting the best so far on defense.

Of the five defensive recruits ranked as five-stars, only defensive lineman Peter Woods has made a commitment (Clemson). There are still a lot of big names on the board, but plenty have already made a decision.


Georgia Bulldogs

The Dawgs have had success at this position under Kirby Smart, signing seven ESPN 300 corners over the past three classes. That includes Kelee Ringo, the No. 1 corner in the 2020 class who sealed last season's national championship with a pick-six.

Ringo returns this season, and while the staff lost Derion Kendrick, Ameer Speed, Lovasea Carroll and Jalen Kimber, it brings in Nyland Green, a former ESPN 300 prospect in the 2021 class; Jaheim Singletary, a top-25 recruit in the 2022 class; and Marcus Washington, a top-100 recruit who reclassified from 2023 to 2022.

In the 2023 class, Georgia currently has three ESPN 300 cornerbacks: A.J. Harris (No. 4 CB), Justyn Rhett (No. 18) and Daniel Harris (No. 23).