Georgia recruiting: A quick look at where the Bulldogs currently stand for 2017
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Alabama currently has the nation’s No. 1 class. The Crimson Tide surged ahead of Ohio State over the back end of the season and seem primed to claim the program’s seventh mythical recruiting national championship.
Nick Saban and his staff have garnered 25 commitments. Georgia still stands third overall in the national rating with its 23 pledges.
The recent additions of 4-star JUCO offensive tackle D’Marcus Hayes, 4-star ILB Nate McBride, 4-star S DeAngelo Gibbs, 4-star ATH Tray Bishop and 3-star ILB Monty Rice have pushed UGA closer to No. 2 overall behind Ohio State.
The Bulldogs should still sign at least 2-3 more players than Ohio State this year, so that’s why I could see them eventually taking over that No. 2 spot.
This is the next-to-last official visit weekend for the 2017 recruiting cycle. Here’s a very comprehensive look at all this weekend’s big official visitors.
Let’s take a quick fly-by overview of the class.
— This class rates No. 3 overall by the 247Sports composite
Alabama’s class totals up 311.63 points. Ohio State follows at 307.27. Georgia is in third with a 299.25. The Bulldogs now hold a 299.25-283.78 lead over No. 4 Michigan.
The Bulldogs trail only Ohio State in the average ranking per commitment this year. The Buckeyes have an average rating of 95.19 for each of their 2017 commitments. Georgia’s average pledge is at 93.32.
Georgia’s Top 5 commitments are:
- 5-star OT Isaiah Wilson (Poly Prep Country Day School / Brooklyn, N.Y.)
He’s rated as the nation’s No. 5 OT and as the No. 16 player overall.
- 5-star S Richard LeCounte III (Liberty County HS/ Riceboro, Ga.)
He’s rated as the nation’s No. 2 safety and as the No. 22 prospect overall
- 4-star RB D’Andre Swift (St. Joseph’s / Philadelphia)
He’s rated as the nation’s No. 4 RB and as the No. 33 player overall.
- 4-star OT Andrew Thomas (Pace Academy / Atlanta)
He’s rated as the nation’s No. 9 OT and as the No. 42 player overall.
- 4-star QB Jake Fromm (Houston County / Warner Robins, Ga.)
He’s rated as the nation’s No. 3 pro-style QB and as the No. 47 player overall.
Quick point about those Top 5 commits
DeAngelo Gibbs is rated as the nation’s No. 3 safety and as the No. 47 player overall.
When a player like Gibbs is among the nation’s Top 50 overall prospects and he’s the sixth highest-rated guy in a single signing class, then that is a very very good haul.
Which schools have snagged the most commitments from those Top 50 prospects?
- Ohio State: 7
- Alabama: 6
- Georgia: 6
- FSU: 4
- Stanford: 4
The Buckeyes actually have five commitments from the top 25 in this cycle.
Georgia’s Top 6 remaining targets
(presented in order of perceived value)
- 5-star DT Aubrey Solomon — The Lee County standout seems to be trending away from Georgia toward Alabama and Michigan at this time.
- 4-star CB Jamyest Williams — The Athens native will be at UGA this weekend on an important official visit. He’s committed to South Carolina, but it will come down to those two SEC East rivals.
- 4-star DE/OLB Markaviest “Big Cat” Bryant — He took his official visit to UGA last weekend and the Bulldogs still appear to be the team to beat.
4-star WR Nico Collins — The Clay-Chalkville big-play target will take his final official visit to UGA next weekend. The 6-foot-5 senior is seen as the nation’s No 23 WR for 2017.
- 4-star ILB Leonard Warner III — He visited Stanford last weekend and Georgia Tech is up this weekend. The Bulldogs still would love to add the smart and versatile 6-foot-4 linebacker to the class.
- 3-star CB Ameer Speed — The mutual interest here has spiked over the last two months. Speed will take his official visit to UGA this weekend. The 6-foot-3 senior from Jacksonville would bring much-needed size and length to the Bulldogs’ secondary.
ALSO CHASING: 3-star CB Latavious Brini; 3-star junior college DT Larrell Murchison; 4-star OL/DL Tedarrell “T.D.” Slaton; 3-star CB Eric Stokes
Be the smart guy at the water cooler with this:
The current tally of 4-star/5-star recruits that are currently committed to SEC East schools.
- Georgia: 20
- Florida: 7
- South Carolina: 5
- Tennessee: 5
- Kentucky: 4
- Missouri: 0
- Vanderbilt: 0
The current big picture tally looks like this:
- The rest of the SEC East: 21
- Georgia: 20.
Who was the last prospect to commit to Georgia?
That was Alabama 3-star LB Monty Rice. He committed, enrolled and showed up on campus in one big swoop.
That’s a pretty long story, but Rice had been a silent commit to UGA for almost all of the 2016 season. But when it was time to make a public decision, he chose LSU.
Heads scratched over that one. Yet the coaching staff and the current 2017 commitments kept right on recruiting him.
Who was the last de-commit?
That was 4-star Texas RB Toneil Carter. That was a tough situation for all parties.
When Nick Chubb and Sony Michel returned for their senior seasons, the Bulldogs likely didn’t have any room in the class for a second running back. Especially not to enroll early, like Carter desired to do.
He wound up enrolling early at Texas. The fact the Under Armour All-American was snapped up so quickly when he didn’t take any other official visits and basically shut down his recruiting after he committed to Georgia says something.
That was back in July. Carter was talented enough to land at one of the nation’s top 10 programs almost immediately.
Class Breakdown: 2017 by position (so far)
- QB: 1 (4-star Jake Fromm)
- RB: 1 (4-star D’Andre Swift)
- WR: 4 (4-star Trey Blount, 4-star Jeremiah Holloman, 3-star Matt Landers, 4-star Mark Webb, Jr.)
- OT: 4 (4-star D’Antne Demery, 4-star D’Marcus Hayes, 4-star Andrew Thomas, 5-star Isaiah Wilson)
- OG: 2 (4-star Netori Johnson, 4-star Justin Shaffer)
- TE: 0
- PK: 0
- DT: 1 (3-star Devonte Wyatt)
- DE: 2 (4-star Robert Beal Jr., 4-star Malik Herring)
- ILB: 2 (4-star Nate McBride, 3-star Monty Rice)
- OLB: 2 (4-star OLB Walter Grant, 4-star OLB Jaden Hunter)
- CB: 1 (4-star CB William Poole III)
- S: 2 (5-star Richard LeCounte III, 4-star DeAngelo Gibbs)
- ATH: 1 (4-star Tray Bishop)
- P: 0
- Georgia: 17
- Pennsylvania: 2
- Alabama: 1
- Florida: 1
- Mississippi: 1
- New York: 1
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