Who is the most important prospect left on UGA’s 2018 recruiting board?
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Georgia’s most important remaining targets
We have about a week-and-a-half until the traditional National Signing Day on Wednesday, Feb. 7. Kirby Smart and the Georgia Bulldogs already have 20 players inked as part of the recruiting Class of 2018, including nine who are already on campus. That leaves only a handful of open spots for more than a handful of remaining targets. Make sure you check out everything from Jeff Sentell of DawgNation for all the latest UGA recruiting news.
With so few spots remaining, Smart and his staff will have to be selective with the players they sign. That’s the kind of problems you have when you recruit as well as Smart. So I asked myself, which remaining prospects are more important than the rest? Below I’ve ranked Georgia’s top remaining prospects based on who I think should be signed if Georgia had only one scholarship remaining and its pick of the litter. Luckily for Bulldogs fans, there should be more than one spot remaining, and more than one of these guys ready to play in Athens.
5. Tommy Bush, WR — Georgia has recruited well at receiver the last few years and established a solid base of talent at the position (and it’ll get even better in 2019). But tall, rangy receivers have been a rare commodity for the Dawgs. With the loss of Javon Wims, rising redshirt freshman Matt Landers at 6-foot-5 is the only long WR on the roster. Bush would fill that need, but there are more pressing concerns than adding another tall receiver.
4. Quay Walker, OLB — I would argue that Walker, an Alabama commit, is the second-most talented of Georgia’s remaining targets and has the potential to be a future star for Georgia at outside linebacker. So do signees Adam Anderson, Brenton Cox and Azeez Ojulari, as well as rising sophomore Walter Grant and rising redshirt freshman Robert Beal. Signing Walker is a luxury, not a necessity.
3. Leon O’Neal, S — I’ve established my opinion that Georgia needs better defensive backs if it ever wants to get on the same level as Alabama. But it needs corners much more than safeties. O’Neal isn’t the ideal DB for the Dawgs to land, but he would still be a heck of a player. It could also open up avenues to recruiting more in Texas, which is something every top program in college football wants to do.
2. Rick Sandidge, DT — Teams need a great defensive line to win a national title. Alabama’s Da’Ron Payne, Isaiah Buggs and Raekwon Davis proved that to every Georgia fan during the National Championship Game. The best way to build a great defensive line is to bring in a steady stream of big, athletic, talented defensive linemen. At 6-5 and 288 pounds, Sandidge is nothing if not big, athletic and talented.
1. Tyson Campbell, CB — Campbell is the most talented remaining target on Georgia’s board, and he would also fill Georgia’s greatest need. Smart needs a good corner to start opposite of Deandre Baker next season. Even though he would be a freshman, Campbell has the talent and measurables to start right away at Georgia. Of all the players on this list, Campbell is the most likely to make Georgia a better football team right now.
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Isaiah Wynn improves stock at Senior Bowl
He may be undersized, but, as all Georgia fans know, Isaiah Wynn is a fantastic offensive lineman with the potential to be a fantastic pro. NFL scouts got a look at that potential first-hand at the Senior Bowl, and they probably liked what they saw. At the end of a week of Senior Bowl practice, Wynn — who played tackle his final year at Georgia but projects as a guard in the pros — won offensive lineman of the week.
“I thought Wynn, the Georgia tackle who played guard this week, was the most intriguing guy here,” NFL draft expert Mike Mayock wrote. “He had a dominant week of practice. He’s helped himself a great deal.”
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Lady Dogs continue to dominate
Another day, another win for Georgia women’s basketball. The No. 20 Lady Dogs (19-2, 7-1 SEC) extended their winning streak to seven games with a 66-57 victory over Florida in Gainesville on Sunday. Georgia trailed by as many as 10 points in the third quarter, but put up 31 in the fourth to emerge victorious. Caliya Robinson led all scorers with 22 points.
“We go from scoring five points in the second quarter to 31 in the fourth, and I think that tells you a little about the flow of this game,” Georgia head coach Joni Taylor said. “This was a good lesson for us. We were not locked in like we have been during our shootaround, and it showed. [Florida head coach Cameron Newbauer] does a great job with his team and they made it tough on us today. If not for Simone Costa and Maya Caldwell down the stretch, I am not sure we are able to win this game.”
UGA men’s hoops continue losing streak
There is nothing if not balance in the Georgia basketball universe, because while the women are on one of their best runs in years, the men are on one of their worst.
The Georgia men traveled to Kansas State to take part in the SEC-Big 12 Challenge and left with a 56-51 loss. The third defeat in a row dropped the Dawgs’ record to 12-8. They’ll try to snap that streak against Florida on Tuesday.
A Way-Too-Early Look at 2018
If anyone missed my “Way-Too-Early Look at 2018” during the last few weeks, you can check out each and every post from the series below.
Schedule breakdown | Top 10 players | Early enrollee rankings | Top redshirt freshmen | Top rising sophomores | Top rising juniors | Top rising seniors | Potential breakout players | Most important games | Burning questions
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