Decision Day: Some big UGA recruiting news will drop silently on Monday
Want to attack every day with the latest UGA football recruiting info? That’s what the Intel will bring at least five days a week. The top of the play sheet for Monday will be a quick overview on how this is actually the big day this week. That’s when UGA recruiting will know what should happen on National Signing Day.
This Monday is a lot bigger day than most might think: The UGA staff expect to learn the news about where at least two of its top targets plan to play their college football.
That’s what 4-star prospects Tommy Bush and Rick Sandidge have let DawgNation know that they plan to do. Keshia Sandidge, Rick’s mother, said her son plans to call his finalists ― Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina ― on Monday.
She said that her son will thank all the coaches and tell them he appreciates the interest they took in bringing him to their team.
When the Bulldogs know what Bush and Sandidge plan to do, that will allow them to piece together the remainder of the 2018 class in Athens.
Sandidge made his decision late Saturday night, according to his mother. They had planned to have a family discussion on Sunday, but that wasn’t necessary.
“He’d already made up the decision in his mind,” Keshia Sandidge said.
His parents know his decision. Younger sister Brittany, who has made it clear she favors UGA, does not know yet.
“I think he has been watching and listening, and that has allowed him to come to peace with his decision,” Keshia Sandidge said.
Last visit feedback from 4-star WR Tommy Bush
Bush also was expected to let the Bulldogs know about his plans Monday. Both Sandidge and Bush have indicated they will ask the coaches they speak with to keep the decisions under wrap until they make their announcements on Wednesday, which is National Signing Day.
Georgia coach Kirby Smart and wide receivers coach James Coley flew to Texas Friday to see Bush, a 4-star wide receiver who is listed as the No. 37 receiver in the nation by the 247Sports composite. Bush told DawgNation that visit lasted for about three hours before the Bulldogs hopped back on the jet to host 4-star outside linebacker Quay Walker and others on a “junior day”-type weekend.
“It went really, really well,” Bush said. “I really loved the time with Coach Smart and Coach Coley. We laughed and talked about the potential for next season if I was to go there.”
Some of those laughs came from talking about his bad luck with flights and airplanes during his official visits. Bush was one of those major UGA targets whom the staff hoped would sign during the early period.
He said he felt he had a spot in the class and was seen as a priority.
“We spoke about spots and timetable for my decision,” Bush said. “Monday was my time to let them know.”
What kind of chance did he say the Bulldogs would have on getting his signature Wednesday?
“Good shot,” he said. “They have been good with me in my top schools.”
He found the time and a burst of energy. The 6-foot-5 Texan went to see both Baylor and Texas ― two teams he’s repeatedly been tied to ― over the weekend.
— 11 (@TheTommyBush11) February 4, 2018
— 11 (@TheTommyBush11) February 4, 2018
If he chooses UGA, he will have done so without ever having visited Athens for a game. He has said he enjoyed his Georgia official visit with his family in December prior to the early period.
He also has shut down all communication with the media covering his choice until Wednesday.
Thank you.. pic.twitter.com/Lgf4QbxRVM
— 11 (@TheTommyBush11) February 5, 2018
Baylor, Georgia, Michigan State, Ole Miss and Texas should be seen as the contenders for Bush. The Longhorns picked up a commitment from Joshua Moore on Sunday. Moore rates as the nation’s No. 19 receiver for 2018.
Moore became the third top 20 WR prospect in the class for Texas. If he chooses Texas, Bush would be the lowest-rated member of that group. Baylor has four receivers signed for the Class of 2018, but Bush would be the highest-rated recruit of that lot.
Timeline for major UGA targets on National Signing Day
If you need to schedule your moments of non-productive time on National Signing Day, just be thankful there are only four or five spots left for the class this year.
Here is how everything stacks up so far on Wednesday. Bear in mind that UGA also has two commits who have scheduled ceremonies for that day, too. All times listed (Eastern time) are subject to change. The ceremonies for cornerback Tyson Campbell and Bush are set to air live on ESPNU.
Those are the times that DawgNation has confirmed. We’ll update this post as more information ― such as the ceremony time for 3-star defensive tackle commit Jordan Davis ― becomes available.
- 10 a.m.: 5-star cornerback Tyson Campbell (American Heritage, Plantation, Fla.), nation’s No. 2 CB
- 10 a.m.: 4-star linebacker Otis Reese (Lee County/Leesburg, Ga.), No. 5 OLB
- 11 a.m.: 4-star linebacker Quay Walker (Crisp County/Cordele, Ga.), No. 3 OLB
- 11:35-11:45 a.m.: 4-star wide receiver Tommy Bush (Samuel Clemens, Schertz, Texas), No. 37 WR
- Noon: 4-star junior tight end Ryland Goede (Kennesaw Mountain/Kennesaw, Ga.), No. 6 TE**
- 2:30 p.m.: 4-star defensive tackle Rick Sandidge (Concord/Concord, N.C.), No. 14 DT
** Goede will be making his commitment to the Class of 2019.
Another practice arm commits to UGA
Alpharetta, Ga., quarterback Matthew Downing committed as a preferred walk-on for the 2018 class during the weekend. The 5-foot-11, 180-pound senior will help UGA with the practice numbers going forward.
— Matthew Downing (@M_Down07) February 3, 2018
In Downing, the Bulldogs added a prospect who passed for 6,266 career yards at the varsity level.
According to Maxpreps.com, he finished his senior season with 24 touchdown passes and 5 interceptions. Downing completed 182 of 312 passes (58 percent) as a senior to finish with 67 career touchdowns and 16 interceptions.
He led Alpharetta for most of three seasons, which included an 11-2 mark in 2017.
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