UGA recruiting: The 2018 class represents historic run on 5-star prospects
Want to attack every day with the latest UGA recruiting info? That’s what the Intel will bring at least five days a week. The play sheet for Thursday calls for a big-picture review of just what the Bulldogs did on the first day of the new early signing period.
Georgia signed six prospects who had earned 5-star ratings on the first day of the early signing period on Wednesday.
That was quite a day. And others have taken notice. DawgNation is hearing stories about how impressed other coaches in the SEC are by what Georgia is doing.
Let’s take a step back and look at just how truly historic the signings on Wednesday were for Georgia.
For the sake of brevity, the choice was made to combine multiple classes to see just how truly special this class appeared to be on signing day. These players will need to develop, but this is a sufficient measure of the groceries the UGA staff now has in the kitchen to cook up a very special team.
5-star prospects signed by UGA this century
(As rated by the 247Sports composite)
- 2000-2003: 5
- 2004-2007: 5
- 2008-2009: 5
- 2010-2011: 4
- 2012: 4
- 2013-2015: 5
- 2016: 3
- 2017: 3
- 2018: 6
I need to serve as my own ombudsman on one point. That’s in reference to the 2012 class of Josh Harvey-Clemmons, Keith Marshall, Jordan Jenkins and John Theus. I had thought the previous high for Georgia in the 5-star tally was three in any one single signing class.
The correct answer is actually four.
Let’s not forget this point: The Bulldogs signed six prospects with that 5-star rating on Wednesday and are chasing a few more. UGA also has three elite 5-stars committed for 2019. If the 2019 commits stay on board, that makes at least nine 5-star prospects headed to Georgia in the next two seasons.
This tweet by Kirby Smart was a pretty good “mic drop” moment at the end of the day.
— Coach Kirby Smart (@KirbySmartUGA) December 21, 2017
What do the signees think about UGA recruiting?
DawgNation reached out to a couple of members of the 2018 class for their perspective early Thursday morning.
The question was simple: How do they feel about signing and being a part of this class?
Owen Condon: “It is crazy man,” Condon said, adding he “never thought I’d get to be a part of a No. 1-ranked class.”
Kearis Jackson: “It feels great and I’m ready to start winning some national championships when we start putting in the work on the field as a team.”
Chris Smith: “It feels great. This class is very talented.”
Who are the remaining targets in the 2018 class?
This list won’t take long. The Bulldogs currently have 18 signees and five commits for 2018.
The short list starts with 4-star TE Luke Ford. He made a big announcement this morning.
Stay Tuned 💬 Signing at Carterville High School at 3 pm ‼️‼️‼️
— L U K E F O R D™ (@lukeredx97) December 21, 2017
Ford, in my mind, will choose between Auburn and Georgia. Coming into the week, he was a candidate to possibly commit and sign. He’d been telling DawgNation he might sign this week. His grandmother passed away this week, and that has been difficult.
It puts all this chatter about recruiting football prospects into the proper perspective.
Who’s left for the Class of 2018?
The DawgNation projection is the Bulldogs cannot sign more than 24 prospects this year unless they plan to greyshirt or to blueshirt a player and honor a scholarship in the 2019 cycle.
UGA commits Aaron Brule’, Tramel Walthour and Rachad Wildgoose told DawgNation they do not plan to sign in the early period. I don’t know where Jordan Davis stands. He was planning to sign during the early period.
Channing Tindall committed to UGA last night and also could sign before the 72-hour early signing period window closes on Friday.
The rest of the board will look like this.
5-star CB Tyson Campbell: Alabama, Miami and Ohio State will challenge Georgia. Campbell’s recruiting and his commitment will be won in January. That’s when he will take all of his visits.
5-star CB Isaac Taylor-Stuart: Look for Alabama, Texas A&M and Southern California to be the major contenders. That last reports from his hometown of San Diego indicated he planned to take an official visit to UGA in January.
4-star OLB Otis Reese: He’s a Michigan commit who has made many visits to Athens. Let’s see what happens. It does not seem he plans to play for Michigan.
4-star LB Quay Walker: This was a hot name to watch at UGA this time a year ago. Much has changed since then. Could his recruitment come full circle, back to UGA? He is a true three-down linebacker, but he is also still committed to Alabama.
Also: I spoke with Stockbridge, Ga., wide receiver Marquez Ezzard yesterday. He once was a big UGA target who wound up committing to, and then de-committing from, Florida State. It sounds as if he will take a visit to Georgia in January.
The opportunity play with his good friend and high school teammate, Brenton Cox, at Georgia seemed to appeal to Ezzard.
You will hear the name Rick Sandidge mentioned as a potential candidate for UGA, but I do believe the Bulldogs trail SEC East rival South Carolina. The 4-star defensive tackle plans to take an official visit to UGA in January. This will be a wait-and-see situation.
How does Bush feel about what the Bulldogs did yesterday?
“I kinda saw it coming as we were chilling last weekend,” Bush said, admitting that there were a couple of surprises for him. “The coaches really put on a great class for 2018.”
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