Perspective. We bring up that term a lot when it comes to UGA recruiting.
The Bulldogs lost out on a prized 5-star commitment this week, but the program still has a trio of 5-star pledges. No other 2019 class in the nation has three 5-stars commits.
Owen Pappoe‘s decision to play for Auburn means that the rest of the SEC finally has more 5-star commitments (four) than the Bulldogs do for 2019.
Here’s a kicker: Georgia’s trio of 5-star recruits has been committed to playing between the hedges for an average of 390 days per pledge. That’s some staying power.
These were the major UGA recruiting storylines over the last seven days:
- 5-star WR Jadon Haselwood shares Rose Bowl joy, talks G-Day and Trey Sanders
- Is Grayson High School anti-UGA?
- Breaking down the ideal scholarship situation in Athens
- Why 5-star LB Owen Pappoe chose Auburn over UGA
- What will the rest of nation’s No. 1 class mean to 2018 team?
- Will Georgia grayshirt a 2018 signee?
- Trezman Marshall commits to UGA
Where UGA recruiting ranks in 2019
The Bulldogs have eight commitments in their 2019 class. The latest came from 4-star athlete Trezmen Marshall, who committed on April 27. Marshall, the nation’s No. 9 athlete and No. 98 overall prospect for this cycle, had made a silent pledge to the program a few weeks prior to the public reveal.
UGA sits at No.5 nationally in the 247Sports composite team recruiting rankings, but it is worth noting that the program has just eight commits for this cycle. Georgia is the only team among the top 14 that has fewer than nine commitments. Georgia has an average rating of 95.82 per commit. That’s the highest average per pledge in the nation this year.
Alabama now has 12 pledges and took over the top spot. The Crimson Tide picked up nine commitments in the last 30 days, including five in the last 12 days. Texas A&M and its 12 pledges rank No. 2 in the SEC and chart at No. 3 nationally.
Quick fact: Georgia has a trio of 5-star commits for this cycle. Those three guys have been committed to the Bulldogs for an average of 390 days.
Jadon Haselwood, a 5-star wide receiver (Cedar Grove H.S./Ellenwood, Ga.), is the highest-rated Georgia commit. He is the No. 5 overall player in the nation, according to the composite. Haselwood is ranked as the nation’s No. 1 receiver prospect for 2019.
The Bulldogs have two commitments for 2020. The latest is 4-star tackle Broderick Jones. He committed to the Bulldogs twice earlier this year and revealed that decision to DawgNation last month. The 4-star tackle drips with 5-star potential and rates on 247Sports as the nation’s No. 35 prospect for 2020.
How 2019 UGA recruiting class is being built:
June 11, 2016: 4-star tackle Luke Griffin (North Murray/Chatsworth, Ga.) commits to UGA
Jan. 29, 2017: 5-star DE Nolan Smith (IMG Academy/Bradenton, Fla.) commits to UGA
Feb. 18, 2017: 4-star DT Rashad Cheney Jr. (Washington High/Atlanta) commits to UGA
March 16, 2017: 5-star WR Jadon Haselwood commits to UGA
July 15, 2017: 4-star LB J.D. Bertrand (Blessed Trinity/Roswell, Ga.) commits to UGA
July 16, 2017: 5-star WR Dominick Blaylock (Walton/Marietta, Ga) commits to UGA
Oct. 30, 2017: 4-star CB Jalen Perry (Dacula/Dacula, Ga.) commits to UGA
Jan. 25, 2018: Rashad Cheney Jr. de-commits from UGA
Feb. 7, 2018: 4-star TE Ryland Goede (Kennesaw Mountain/Kennesaw, Ga.) commits to UGA
March 18, 2018: 4-star DE Bill Norton (Christian Brothers/Memphis, Tenn.) commits to UGA
April 1, 2018: Luke Griffin de-commits from UGA
April 27, 2018: 4-star ATH Trezman Marshall commits to UGA
Who are big 2019 misses so far for UGA recruiting?
Owen Pappoe made his college choice on May 1. That was a rare miss for a highly sought prospect. The Bulldogs have been getting their guys over and over of late.
But no college program goes 100 percent with its recruiting pitch. Who are the 2019 priorities that the Bulldogs have missed on so far? The new Auburn pledge tops the list, but he wasn’t the only one UGA would’ve liked to have seen on their board.
BIG 2019 MISSES
Owen Pappoe, 5-star OLB, Grayson High/Loganville, Ga: Pappoe committed to Auburn. The Bulldogs recruited him to play ILB and that’s a better fit for him than out on the edges of an SEC defense. Auburn’s pitch also included more of a role at the Star or Money position in their defense. Truth be told, that’s probably the best fit for a 6-foot-1, 209-pound speedster with rare acceleration and explosiveness plus tenacity.
Chris Hinton, 5-star SDE, Greater Atlanta Christian/Norcross, Ga.: Hinton chose Michigan last August. The 5-star DE is the son of longtime NFL offensive line great Chris Hinton. He ranks as the nation’s No. 15 overall prospect for 2019. Hinton and his family really stressed academics in his recruiting process. The Bulldogs will continue to recruit him until he signs.
Kyle Hamilton, 3-star S, Marist/Atlanta: Hamilton chose Notre Dame shortly after G-Day. Don’t let that 3-star rating fool you. The 6-4, 188-pound prospect starred as an all-state performer for a state finalist team last season. We’re told Kirby Smart only needed to see the first 2-3 plays of his tape to offer. Hamilton spent a lot of time with UGA freshman Justin Fields on his unofficial visit for G-Day. He also values the academic fit, having scored a 30 on his ACT.
OTHERS TO CONSIDER: 4-star OLB Stephen Herron Jr. (Michigan); 4-star T Amari Kight (Alabama)
UGA recruiting by position in 2019
Which positions are the major priorities for 2019? Well, the receiver spot was one, but that has been checked off, kind of like the Atlanta Braves have found marketable young talent.
Here’s the wood left to chop in terms of positional priorities for the class:
- Defensive tackle (3 or 4 more)
- Tackle (2)
- Safety (1 or 2)
- Quarterback (1)
A little extra pinch of UGA recruiting perspective
It is worth noting the Bulldogs had only one member — two if we count Adam Anderson, who de-committed and eventually re-committed — of their top-ranked 2018 class on the board at this time a year ago. That would be eventual 4-star CB prospect Chris Smith II.
That class wound up No. 1 in the nation to break a seven-year run for Alabama at the top spot. Georgia will not sign as many prospects as it did in the 2018 class (26) and that might prevent it from successfully defending that ranking in 2019.
After securing the nation's top-ranked recruiting class in 2018, will the #Dawgs be able to return to the peak of the recruiting world in 2019?@jeffsentell says that will be a tough task #GoDawgs pic.twitter.com/nGVQRZw78H
— Bulldogs Game Day (@WSBbulldogs) May 4, 2018
Latest news on UGA recruiting
In case you missed anything from this week, here are the latest headlines:
- 5-star commit reacts to Kirby Smart’s big contract
- UGA coach Kirby Smart gets pay bump to $7 million per season
- Owen Pappoe chooses Auburn
- Prized Alabama DT Jayson Jones is down to Alabama and Georgia
- Get to know new commit Broderick “Big Silly” Jones
- Kirby Smart will always derive max benefits from his roster
2019 UGA recruiting offers by the numbers
- Reported offers: 240 (+3)
- 5-star offers: 24
- Florida recruits offered: 52 (+1)
- In-state recruits offered: 42
- Texas recruits offered: 34
- Mississippi recruits offered: 13
- California recruits offered: 16 (+1)
- Louisiana recruits offered: 12
- Receivers offered: 33 (+2)
- Cornerbacks offered: 26 (+1)
- Tackles offered: 22
- Safeties offered: 18
- Defensive tackles offered: 18
- Quarterbacks offered: 15
- Running backs offered: 11
- Inside linebackers offered: 3
- Athletes offered: 22
2019 UGA recruiting position breakdown
Here’s a breakdown of the number of commits by position and how many are projected to be signed:
- QB: 0/1
- RB: 0/1
- TE: 1/1 (Goede)
- WR: 2/3 (Blaylock, Haselwood)
- OL: 0/3
- DE: 1/2 (Norton)
- DT: 0/3
- ILB: 2/3 (Bertrand, Marshall)
- OLB: 1/1 (Smith)
- CB: 1/2 (Perry)
- S: 0/2
- Scenario to watch out for: UGA takes one less safety and adds another versatile OL that could play both guard and tackle on Saturdays in the SEC.
Geographical UGA recruiting breakdown
Here’s a breakdown of the current UGA commits by state:
- Georgia: 6 (Bertrand, Blaylock, Goede, Haselwood, Marshall, Perry)
- Florida: 1 (Smith)
- Tennessee: 1 (Norton)