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UGA recruiting: What has one emerging recruit been told about the early signing period?

Want to attack every day with the latest Georgia football recruiting info? That’s what the Intel will bring at least five days a week. The play sheet for Monday calls for a quick jog through several pressing topics regarding UGA recruiting. 

Tommy Bush wanted to take his official visit to Georgia this weekend. But that was before the wintry mix and that “dusting” happened.

The top 200 prospect is an emerging option. Especially with those goo-goo eyes, it seems, that 4-star ATH Alontae Taylor seems to be making back toward Rocky Top at this time.

Bush brings 4.4 speed in the 40 and a frame that would fit the sport coat of departing senior playmaker Javon Wims. The 6-foot-4½, 191-pound Texan rates as the nation’s No. 37 wide receiver for this cycle on the 247Sports composite metric.

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Four-star WR Tommy Bush should be seen as a legitimate target for UGA in 2018, but he says will not sign early. (Tommy Bush/Twitter)

Promising redshirt freshman Matt Landers is the only “big” receiver on the UGA roster. The Bulldogs have commitments from a pair of higher-rated receivers in Kearis Jackson and Elijah Moore for 2018.

But those players both fit the profile of an ideal inside or slot receiver type. Jackson and Moore are each under the 6-foot-1 mark.

What does the rescheduled plan look like for Bush?

“Most likely next week, God willing,” Bush told DawgNation.

If so, that would only add to the momentum next week for the Bulldogs, who are looking to make a big official-visit splash before the new early signing period occurs Dec. 20-22. Look for 5-star defensive end Brenton Cox to head to Athens along with other key 5-star targets such as Cade Mays and Jamaree Salyer.

That group plans to sign on Dec. 20. Bush does not. How would he fit into the plan at UGA?

Offensive coordinator Jim Chaney had briefed him about that.

“Basically [Chaney] told me that after watching my hips he definitely saw me as an ‘X’ wide receiver in his offense,” Bush said.

The Georgia class seemingly has about as much room as a Sam Pittman offensive line class in a Prius, but Bush said he has heard otherwise.

“He basically said that after Dec. 22 they were probably only recruiting four guys and I was one because he doesn’t have my size in this class,” Bush told DawgNation.

Pro tip: You might want to re-read that last item again. Go ahead.

RELATED: Check out the DawgNation.com 2018 Big Board for UGA 

So what exactly did Tommy Bush mean by that? 

There is what the daily DawgNation.com readers think that statement means. And there is also what they hope it means. Let me translate that into exactly what you should take away from that.

  • Georgia’s class is indeed wedged like the top of a Pittman OL board into a Prius.
  • There is room for Bush.
  • Taylor also is scheduled to make his decision known Dec. 22. The majority of the 2018 early targets for UGA all plan to make their decisions known Dec. 20. It was very interesting phrasing.
  • DawgNation has been pointing to a 24-man class for 2018 for quite some time. If that is the true limit for the class, then the staff does indeed plan to have about 18 to 20 members signed up into #Rarebreed18 by the end of the early signing period.

Chaney has kept up regular contact. So has receivers coach James Coley.

Bush described the way Chaney recruits as “funny” and “non-pressure.”

“But you have to respect the fact that he’s been calling plays for many years,” Bush stated. “If he’s taking time as the OC to come see me play now at my home I really respect and appreciate it.”

There’s a long way to go with Bush. I’d venture to say that he hasn’t even figured out much more than his top 10 schools at this time.

That could change if he takes that official visit to UGA this weekend.

Big announcement imminent from 4-star OG Trey Hill

Trey Hill, the nation’s No. 2 offensive guard for 2018, is set to announce his college decision this evening.

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Houston County’s Trey Hill is the nation’s No. 2 OG for the Class of 2018. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)

If his recent visit history is to be believed ― and that is usually the case ― the decision is going to come down to Auburn and Georgia.

Auburn has definitely made him feel wanted. He’s probably been to see the Tigers more than any other school.

The 4-star prospect also would be one of the cornerstone recruits in the 2018 class for the Tigers.

Hill rates as the nation’s No. 2 guard for this cycle. He told DawgNation last week that he has felt like a priority for UGA since the beginning of his junior year.

That was when the Bulldogs always were checking up on his teammate at Houston County, quarterback Jake Fromm. There have been lots of opinion on Hill’s senior tape of late.

The DawgNation.com message board has had a lot of comments regarding Hill. It seems that everyone is quick to forget the work he did on a state-contending team that was led by Fromm during his junior year.

I saw how he stalemated future 5-star Michigan signee Aubrey Solomon on multiple occasions.

Hill, it should be noted, still has an outside chance at a 5-star ranking for this class. If he elevates his play at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, then he could rise to that lofty status.

He currently ranks on the 247Sports composite as the No. 38 overall prospect and the No. 6 player in Georgia for 2018.

https://twitter.com/hilldeontrey/status/939178974248390657

You’d probably like to know that …

Let’s cover a lot of ground. This is a week where the hurry-up version will just have to do in some cases.

  • The recent turn of events with Cox has got me thinking about how good the Bulldogs can finish with the state of Georgia’s top 10 recruits, as ranked by the 247Sports composite, for 2018. The trend with Cox puts the Bulldogs in a much better place among the state’s elite.
  • Robert Cooper tweeted recently that he is now “1,000 percent” committed to Florida State. That was a big target for UGA in the middle for the 2018 class. He would’ve been an ideal replacement for big John Atkins in the middle of the Georgia front.

 

  • Troup junior outside linebacker prospect King Mwikuta came out with his top 3 over the weekend on Twitter. It was interesting to see that Alabama had fallen out of his top group since many thought he would wind up there. The 6-4, 232-pound player ranks as the nation’s No. 6 OLB and No. 61 overall prospect for 2019. He said in the same tweet that he will announce his decision on Friday.

  • Curtis Fann, another highly regarded defensive lineman in the Class of 2019, also has established his top 4. The long-ime UGA fan did not place the Bulldogs in his final group. That, to me, is e a sign that he was not made a priority by the Bulldogs staff.

  • Taylor told me recently that he would much rather play on the offensive side of the ball on Saturdays. It has been reported by several outlets that he took his official visit to Tennessee this weekend and will return next weekend.
  • Tyler Fromm, the younger brother of Jake Fromm, picked up his first SEC offer from South Carolina on Sunday. The 6-4 junior tight end/wide receiver 2019 prospect meshes well with the Gamecocks. South Carolina does not plan to take a tight end in 2018. Georgia has not offered the younger Fromm, and the Bulldogs hope to sign a pair of TEs for 2018. Ryland Goede, the nation’s No. 5 TE for 2019, has been a clear UGA priority at that position for that class.
  • It seemed as if 4-star CB Divaad really enjoyed his official visit to UGA. The combined talents of Bush and Wilson would check off a few of the remaining boxes for the Bulldogs in the 2018 class. Wilson does plan to sign and enroll early. The former Florida commit ranks as the nation’s No. 31 CB for 2018.

Miss any Intel? The DawgNation recruiting archive will get you up to speed faster than Georgia All-America linebacker Roquan Smith can find the football after the snap.

 

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