UGA recruiting: Army, Under Armour All-America games get rolling this weekend
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 Friday calls for a scene setter on all the happenings at the Under Armour and U.S. Army All-America games that get started this weekend.
Glance at that picture up top again. Has it just been 11-plus months since that day? A lot has happened since then.
That cadre of future Bulldogs from the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in early January 2017 is a time warp. Jake Fromm and Andrew Thomas were practicing with their All-America peers in Texas last January.
They will start for the Bulldogs in the Rose Bowl in the College Football Playoff on Jan. 1.
Players, man. The best ones can really make a difference.
There were nine future Bulldogs in that game, including three ― Fromm, Jeremiah Holloman and Thomas ― who enrolled early.
Flash forward to January 2018. There will be another nine future Bulldogs at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Jan. 6 (1 p.m. ET/NBC) in San Antonio.
Both of the brand-name All-America games crank up this weekend. The Georgia signees in the Under Armour All-America Game report tomorrow. Their first practices will be Sunday.
That game takes place on Jan. 4. (6 p.m. ET, ESPN) in Orlando, Fla.
Georgia’s nine signees selected to take part in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl are:
(All rankings are via the 247Sports composite)
- Adam Anderson/5-star/nation’s No. 1 OLB
- James Cook 4-star/nation’s No. 3 RB
- Luke Ford (West team)/4-star/nation’s No. 2 TE
- Trey Hill/4-star/nation’s No. 2 OG
- Azeez Ojulari/4-star/nation’s No. 8 weakside DE (injured but will attend)
- Jamaree Salyer/5-star/nation’s No. 1 OG
- Cade Mays/5-star/nation’s No. 2 OT
- Channing Tindall/4-star/nation’s No. 5 OLB
- Zamir White/5-star/nation’s No. 1 RB (injured but expected to attend)
Georgia also had four signees named to the Under Armour All-America Game. Kearis Jackson does not plan to attend. Five-star QB Justin Fields wasn’t certain he would be there, but an annual family trip is expected to place him in Florida during the first week of the new year.
- Brenton Cox/5-star/nation’s No. 2 strongside DE
- Jake Camarda/3-star/nation’s No. 6 K
- Justin Fields/5-star/nation’s No. 1 dual-threat QB (expected)
- Kearis Jackson/4-star/nation’s No. 23 WR (invited but will not attend)
Expect different recruiting coverage at All-America events
Looking for another ripple of how the new early signing period changes things? The first thing to consider is that Georgia has already signed 20 of the projected 24 members of its 2018 class.
It removes the intrigue away from the recruits at those All-American events. Those nine future Bulldogs at the Army game are now no longer commits, but actual signees.
They are not going anywhere or taking any other official visits except the one they might have saved for their future campus.
There isn’t any late intrigue from January official visits and the “How solid are you with School X?” questions. The large majority of these games will feature signed players.
That elite talents who chose not to sign during the early period will now be the subject of even greater scrutiny.
There will be five major UGA targets ― three at the Army game ― to watch out for during the All-American week.
- Tommy Bush/4-star/nation’s No. 37 WR (Under Armour All-America Game)
- Tyson Campbell/5-star/nation’s No. 3 CB (U.S. Army All-American Bowl)
- Leon O’Neal / 4-star /Nation’s No. 9 S (U.S. Army All-American Bowl)
- Isaac Taylor-Stuart/5-star/nation’s No. 2 CB (U.S. Army All-American Bowl)
- Quay Walker/4-star/Alabama commit/nation’s No. 3 OLB (Under Armour All-America Game)
Georgia’s three remaining unsigned commits ― Jordan Davis, Tramel Walthour and Rachad Wildgoose Jr. ― are not competing in either of the games.
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