There are visitors in March that come and go. A four-star linebacker here. An impact wideout there. An underrated three-star lineman from out in the country that no one has really seen yet.
This will not be one of those days.
UGA welcomes a 6-foot-1, 209-pound tailback on Thursday for an important unofficial visit. Zamir White, a five-star recruit and the nation’s No. 2 overall prospect in the Class of 2018, told DawgNation UGA was his runaway leader last season.
That was when Mark Richt still led the program, but new coach Kirby Smart would no doubt like to maintain that positioning in White’s recruitment. Smart has already told White he’s the program’s No. 1 back for 2018 and also gave him a strong evaluation of what he liked about his game.
White (Scotland County High School/Laurinburg, N.C.) has the skills to elevate a position room for three years. The young man carries the nickname “Zeus” and has game film that lives up to it. The nation’s top sophomore back has already drawn comparisons to fellow North Carolina product Todd Gurley, and his results on the field back up those claims.
White ran for 2,159 yards and 41 touchdowns last fall and is clocking 10.7s in the 100-meter dash during track season.
The 16-year-old said he does not have a current leader at this point, but revealed that Clemson and North Carolina have been recruiting him the hardest over the last few months.
“I haven’t heard from Georgia as much as those others,” he told DawgNation last week. “Georgia just pops in and pops out the last couple of months. But I can tell they are all real nice coaches and good people too, though.”
— Laura Bailey (@MrsLauraBailey) September 5, 2015
Unless otherwise indicated, player rankings and ratings are from the 247Sports Composite.
Jeff Sentell covers UGA football and UGA recruiting for AJC.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play Between the Hedges.