UGA recruiting: The September recap on the Bulldogs’ class

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What's the latest with UGA recruiting for the 2018 cycle? Check out the DawgNation snapshot of where the class currently stands.

The most important things the Bulldogs could do this fall to help build momentum for the 2018 signing class was simple: Get off to a great start on the field.

Aaron Brule, a 3-star senior ILB from Louisiana, committed to UGA on Sept. 24. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)

Let’s put a green emoji check by that one. Especially if the Bulldogs leave Knoxville this weekend with a 5-0 record.

But it has already been a September to remember for Georgia so far. The on-field results and an impressive 4-0 start have the Bulldogs trending with just about every top prospect they hope to sign in the 2018 class.

UGA picked up its latest commitment on Sept. 24 when 3-star Aaron Brule’ (Archbishop Rummel / Metairie, La.) chose the Bulldogs over strong late interest from Mississippi State.

With 15 spots filled, the Bulldogs have 63 percent of their projected class for 2018. Look for UGA to sign 24 players this year.

That figure will also be impacted by the number of early departures to the 2018 NFL Draft and transfers to other programs.

Zamir White, the 5-star running back (Scotland County H.S./Laurinburg, N.C.) ranks as the top UGA commit and is the No. 6 overall player in the nation, according to the 247Sports composite.

The Bulldogs picked up three commitments this month. The breakdown has been as follows:

  • April: 2
  • May: 2
  • June: 3
  • July: 2
  • August: 4
  • September: 2
  • Total: 15

Here’s the final September glance at where things stand for the 2018 class:

Where the UGA class ranks

Georgia’s 2018 class is ranked No. 14 nationally and No. 5 in the SEC. UGA is tied with Tennessee with the most 5-star commitments (1) so far in the conference. The Bulldogs also have the fourth-most 4-star commits in the SEC for this cycle.

The current commit board has 53 percent of the class rated with at least 4 stars.

UGA has 15 pledges for this cycle and the SEC teams ahead of them have 23, 17, 16, and 19 commits on their boards, respectively.

Latest news on UGA recruiting

In case you missed anything from this week, here are the latest headlines:

The 2018 Georgia offers by the numbers

Note: UGA sent one new reported offer to a Class of 2018 prospect this week. That was to Brookwood 4-star standout Matthew Hill. Hill is committed to Auburn. 

(as published by 247Sports)

  • Reported offers: 286
  • 5-star offers: 21
  • 4-star offers: 162
  • 3-star offers: 100
  • In-state recruits offered: 48
  • Florida recruits offered: 73
  • Texas recruits offered: 30
  • Louisiana recruits offered: 12
  • Alabama recruits offered: 12
  • California recruits offered: 11
  • Tennessee recruits offered: 11

Position-by-position offer breakdown

(as published by 247Sports)

  • Pro-Style Quarterbacks offered: 8
  • Dual-threat Quarterbacks offered: 14
  • All-purpose Running Backs offered: 5
  • Running backs offered: 15
  • Wide receivers offered: 48
  • Tight ends offered: 12
  • Offensive tackles offered: 24
  • Offensive guards offered: 10
  • Weak-side defensive ends offered: 16
  • Strong-side defensive ends offered: 18
  • Defensive tackles offered: 28
  • Inside linebackers offered: 9
  • Outside linebackers offered: 13
  • Cornerbacks offered: 38
  • Safeties offered: 18
  • Athletes offered: 9
  • Kickers offered: 1
  • Punters offered: 1

Commits

(1 new commits this week)

  • RB Zamir White, 5 stars, Laurinburg, NC
  • OLB Azeez Ojulari, 4 stars, Marietta, Ga. 
  • WR Kearis Jackson, 4-stars, Fort Valley, Ga. 
  • DT Devonte Wyatt, 4-stars, Decatur, Ga. (Hutchinson CC/Hutchinson, Kan.)
  • WR Elijah Moore, 4-stars, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. 
  • OLB Caleb Tannor, 4 stars, Lithonia, Ga.
  • OG Warren Ericson, 4 stars, Suwanee, Ga.
  • CB Chris Smith, 4 stars, Atlanta, Ga. 
  • LB/S Aaron Brule’, 3 stars, Metairie, La.
  • OT Owen Condon, 3 stars, Oklahoma City
  • DT Tramel Walthour, 3 stars, Hinesville, Ga.
  • DE Jaevon Becton, 3 stars, Virginia Beach, Va.
  • TE John FitzPatrick, 3 stars, Atlanta, Ga. 
  • S Rachad Wildgoose Jr., 3 stars, Miami, Fla. 
  • K/P Jake Camarda, 2 stars, Norcross, Ga.

The 5 top uncommitted UGA targets

5-star QB Justin Fields has a word with UGA coach Kirby Smart Saturday night prior to the Samford game. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)

Fields rates as the nation’s No. 1 overall prospect for 2018. The 6-foot-3, 221-pound Fields can run a 4.51 laser in the 40-yard dash. The Under Armour All-American also has a 29 on his ACT and a 3.9 grade-point-average at Harrison High.

His decision, which should likely be made in the next two months, should come down to Auburn and Georgia. FSU is also in there somewhat. Fields has visited UGA at least three times since the season began and at least five times since mid-July.

It seems like the Bulldogs do have a lot of momentum here.

Pace Academy 5-star OG Jamaree Salyer was an unofficial visitor at UGA this weekend for the Appalachian State game. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)

The Pace Academy senior ranks as the nation’s top offensive line prospect for this cycle. He’s a likely guard at the next level and DawgNation also projects his best Sunday position to be at center. The U.S. Army All-American is a close lifelong friend to promising UGA freshman OT Andrew Thomas.

Salyer, the highest-rated interior line prospect by the 247Sports composite since 2006, will take his first official visit to Florida for the LSU game on Oct. 4.

Clemson and Ohio State and Stanford are the other primary contenders. He recently told Dawgnation that Notre Dame and Ohio State will no longer get official visits. He will make his college decision known on Dec. 20. That’s the first day of the new NCAA early signing period.

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