Georgia added three commitments to the 2018 tally over the last week. That included three prospects that totaled up nine stars for UGA recruiting for this year’s cycle.
Those additions saw the Bulldogs creep up to No. 56 nationally. Georgia is now just behind Vanderbilt. We’ve now somehow arrived at a very weird place in the universe where Georgia is ahead of Alabama but just behind Vanderbilt in the SEC recruiting rankings.
Not sure that has really ever happened in June. Ever.
The Bulldogs had 10 commitments at this time a year ago. So this year’s tally is now half of what Georgia’s count was for last year at this time. The key thing to remember here is UGA doesn’t have a pair of 5-star pledges like Jake Fromm and Richard LeCounte III on board like it did at this time last year. Or another U.S. Army All-American OL in Netori Johnson either.
Yet here’s another way to look at it: Those that bemoan the current recruiting effort should also look at what the Bulldogs have committed for 2019. That class already has its way early 2019 5-star pledges in WR Jadon Haselwood and DE Nolan Smith II.
Georgia only had 11 total commitments at this time a year ago in the 2017 and 2018 classes. Big Tennessee 4-star OT Max Wray was the only commitment the Bulldogs had for the next cycle. He’s since de-committed and chosen to play at Ohio State.
The current 2018 and 2019 tally for UGA stands at nine commits. That’s something for everyone to keep in mind with all the perception about there being something wrong with UGA recruiting.
Alabama only has five total commits for 2018 and 2019. Bet that none of their fans are the least bit nervy about that.
Funny trend to note with UGA recruiting
I pointed this out back in February. Not sure if Kirby Smart likes Bone Thugs-N-Harmony or not, but somebody in the UGA recruiting office has to. That’s the only way I know how to explain the weird coincidence when it comes to the “First of the Month” commitments for UGA under Smart.
- Kirby Smart was hired in early December of 2016. The Bulldogs got four commitments on the 1st, 2nd or 3rd of the month across the rest of that recruiting cycle.
- The Bulldogs picked up commitments from 10 of their 25 eventual 2017 signees on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd of the month.
- UGA now has garnered commitments from three of their five commitments on the 1st, 2nd or 3rd of the month. (Jaevon Becton actually committed three hours shy of the first of the month on May 31.)
The easy takeaway is to think about that the next time the bills or the mortgage or rent might be due. That’s no fun to think about, but it might be the time when UGA lands another commit.
The latest on Channing Tindall
Channing Tindall is a 4-star LB in the Class of 2018. He’s extremely explosive, but I’ve never seen Georgia having the same chances at earning his commitment as others have.
My SEC Country colleagues have continually gotten the impression he was much more likely to choose South Carolina than Georgia. There was never anything said or told to keep on the low there. This was simply reading basic body language.
This was simply reading basic body language. Sometimes it is just that easy.
Tindall seemed to perk up and show more emotion when he spoke about the Gamecocks. That’s even though he’s told me in the past that he grew up in a House Divided home as the Georgia fan mixed in with some home cooking for the home-state Gamecocks.
Tindall took a recent visit to Auburn for Big Cat Weekend. He spoke with SEC Country’s Ben Wolk and laid out where his recruiting stands at this time.
Tindall has South Carolina as his leader, but Auburn would be a close second.
“I love coach Muschamp,” Tindall told Wolk. “If I go to South Carolina, I could help change the culture and be with family.”
Tindall currently plans to make his decision in mid-September after the first two games of the college season. It is close, but the Gamecocks do have that lead.
“I’d say it’s a one-second win if it was a track meet,” Tindall told SEC Country.
He also added that Florida and Georgia would be the other schools with a chance.
“Probably going to take a visit to Georgia next week for one of their camps,” Tindall said. “Florida, I don’t know when I’ll visit them. My next visit I know I’ll take will be to Notre Dame on June 8 before I go to the 5-star challenge in Indianapolis.”
Why has UGA fallen back?
“I still have to get to know them more,” Tindall said. “I feel like Georgia is a great school, but they’ve been having some off-the-field issues with their players, which set me back a little bit. Also, I have to build a better relationship with [Georgia inside linebackers] coach [Glenn} Schumann. They could come up. Just right now, at this point, they’re a little below the others.”
Speed read time on 3 more UGA recruiting targets
- Let’s talk about unrated Class of 2018 Roswell QB Cordel Littlejohn.
Littlejohn stands to me as one of Georgia’s best remaining 2018 options other than chasing 5-star Penn State Justin Fields at that position.
Littlejohn told me he threw the ball well at the Kirby Smart Camp on Thursday, but he left without an offer. He left the Bulldogs with plenty of good camp tape to evaluate. He said it was a very good throwing day for him.
What happens next? It sounds like he will wait for UGA to get back to him.
Peterson told SEC Country Alabama still leads for him after the Big Cat Weekend visit. Auburn checks in at No. 2, followed by Oregon and then UGA.
He’ll head to Georgia on June 14. He’s also trying to get to Oregon and Michigan this summer. Colquitt County coach Rush Prospt told Kirschner that he thinks Oregon might get bumped off of Peterson’s top list by Florida State. The reason? Distance from home.
The nation’s No. 2 OLB prospect has his 5-month-old daughter, Allie, to think about in regard to his college choice, too.
He’s a life-long Ohio State fan. He’s told me to look for him to commit to the Buckeyes once he qualifies. Sure, the Teradja Mitchell pledge to OSU complicates the depth chart for him there.
He told Wolk that Auburn is his No. 2 school and that his relationship with linebackers coach Travis Williams is stronger for him than with any other recruiter in America.
3-star UGA target Master Teague III shines at Bama camp
Look for the Master W. Teague III “To the Max” action figure in stores soon.
I give God the glory 4 my performance 2day at Nick Saban Camp.
Long Jump=10ft 10in.
Short Shuttle=4.0O pic.twitter.com/h8BaV0TfTn
— Master W. Teague III (@MasterTeagueIII) June 5, 2017
He also can bench press more than 300 pounds and also power clean close to 350 by now. There are very few high school backs that can do that. There are a great many SEC backs that would like to be able to say they can match all those feats at 212 pounds.
We could go on and on about the fact he is woefully underrated as a 3-star recruit. Big deal. It really doesn’t matter. Teague has set his finalists and now has Auburn, Georgia, and Tennessee to choose from. Alabama and Ohio State are also showing interest.
His recruiting is working out just fine. That’s not a shame on Teague when he’s getting the big offers.
His film shows off the vision and the range of explosive plays. That’s Exhibit A that all those vast physical feats translate well to the football field.
Teague has also always had his head in the right lace. His outlook is to focus on his game and the more important things in life. The things he can control. He’s not going to worry one bit about where he’s rated at the end of the day.
To me, he’s the definition of an elite back. I’ve been covering high school football and elite prospects for about 15 years. I can’t think of 15 backs with the diversity of skills and the physical tools he brings to the table.
Why is he only rated by the 247SportsComposite as the nation’s No. 26 RB? I can’t figure that out.
- Somebody could bring up the “Well, he’s not a football player excuse” but then I can just point to the fact he ran for 24 touchdowns and more than 2,000 yards on 8.4 yards per attempt last fall.
- They could chime in that he’s tearing up the small schools. The knock there is he plays in Tennessee’s largest playing classification.
- Critics could note that he’s getting 30 carries per game, but that wouldn’t be right. He averaged 22 carries per game last year and only played in 11 games.
- Did he play on a juggernaut? Nope, his Blackman (Tenn.) team went 9-4 last year. It looks like he actually missed three games last fall and had four games where he carried it less than 20 times.
- He also excelled in the second season. Teague tallied up 20 of his 24 touchdowns from October on. Those totals included 11 rushing scores in his three playoff games.
- 247Sports has him rated as the nation’s No. 9 back for 2018. That’s about the only service that is within the right zip code in rating this guy.
He doesn’t hit the prospect camps and won’t be at The Opening this year. Pretty crazy that two of the nation’s elite backs for 2018 (Teague and 5-star Zamir White) won’t be at that headliner event in Oregon later this month.
I’ve waited until the last sentence to say this: Nick Chubb has been and is a special football player for Georgia. There is no debating that. But if Teague ends up choosing Georgia, a lot of people will eventually think that the Bulldogs just picked up the 2018 model of the same player and person they found in Cedartown back in 2014.