UGA recruiting: Which top targets remain for nation’s No. 1 class?
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 Tuesday calls for a check on the lifeblood of the program with its remaining top targets for the top-rated class in 2018.
Georgia didn’t finish the 2017 season ranked No. 1. The Bulldogs wound up No. 2 in the final national poll after the heart-stomping 26-23 overtime loss to Alabama Monday night in the National Championship Game.
The Bulldogs do have the distinction of being associated with a lot of other No. 1 rankings right now. Those would be on the recruiting trail. Let’s rattle those off:
- Georgia has the nation’s No. 1 class for 2018, according to the 247Sports team composite rankings.
- The Bulldogs have signed the nation’s No. 1 dual-threat quarterback for 2018.
- The red and black also signed the nation’s No. 1 running back for 2018.
- Georgia’s top-rated class also has the nation’s No. 1 offensive guard for 2018.
- The UGA class also includes the nation’s No. 1 outside linebacker prospect for 2018.
- Georgia has signed six 5-star prospects for 2018.
- While we are at it, the Bulldogs also signed the nation’s No. 2 prospect at offensive tackle, guard and strongside defensive end for 2018.
- The Bulldogs also have the nation’s No. 1 recruiting class for 2019.
- UGA has a commitment from the nation’s No. 1 receiver for 2019.
The Bulldogs have 20 signees for their 2018 class. They also have three public commitments. DawgNation projects the Bulldogs to sign four more players on Feb. 7, the traditional signing day.
Who’s left? That’s the next tally left for DawgNation to keep its eyes on.
Georgia’s top remaining targets for 2018
1. Tyson Campbell/5-star CB/American Heritage (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)/nation’s No. 3 CB prospect and the No. 27 overall recruit: Tyson Campbell was one to watch before the national title clash with Alabama, and the need hasn’t waned. The Crimson Tide had a definite edge when it came down to their receivers being shadowed by Georgia’s defensive backs.
Campbell, a 6-foot-2½, 180-pound prospect from South Florida, can help close that gap. He’s exactly the prototype corner the Bulldogs need going forward. Georgia hasn’t signed a 5-star cornerback since Branden Smith in 2009.
Campbell’s first official visit will be to UGA on Jan. 12. That one will be vital. He had scheduled only one other official visit as of late last week: a trip on Jan. 19 to visit Alabama.
The Bulldogs will go head-to-head with Alabama in that one. Miami also looms here.
2. Isaac Taylor-Stuart/5-star CB/Helix High (San Diego)/nation’s No. 2 CB prospect and the No. 26 overall recruit: Go ahead and re-read those paragraphs on Campbell. The same line of thinking applies here. Taylor-Stuart has never visited Georgia so that’s why he comes in just behind Campbell on this list.
The 6-foot-2, 187-pound Californian is a tick faster than Campbell in the elite speedster lane. He plans to take his official visit to UGA on Jan. 26.
The Bulldogs have been working Taylor-Stuart since this summer. The latest link for a DawgNation story on Taylor-Stuart can be found here.
He has said he wants to wind up playing in the SEC, but home-state Southern Cal is also a team to watch for here.
Alabama, Georgia and Texas A&M seem to be other programs on his mind.
3. Quay Walker/4-star LB/Crisp County HS (Cordele, Ga.)/nation’s No. 3 OLB and No. 65 overall: Quay Walker is committed to Alabama, but that is not expected to stick. Florida and Tennessee will give chase here, and Auburn also will be a factor. The moves by former Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt and former UGA outside linebackers coach Kevin Sherrer to Tennessee have caught his attention.
But Walker (6-foot-4, 228 pounds) has said he likes the ways that UGA would line him up on the inside and outside at linebacker. The latest link for a DawgNation story on Walker can be found here.
4. Tommy Bush Jr./4-star WR/Samuel Clemens HS (Schertz, Texas)/nation’s No. 37 WR and No. 193 overall: The 6-foot-5, 191-pound receiver fills a definite need for the depth chart in terms of size and raw speed.
Javon Wims will move on to the NFL after this season. That means freshman Matt Landers, who redshirted the 2017 season, is the only true “size” receiver in the program. The Bulldogs also have only one other receiver in the 2018 class. It seems that Bush is down to Baylor, Georgia and Michigan State. That’s not his official top 3 or final group, but those are the schools that come up the most consistently in his comments.
Georgia’s class essentially comes down to those four names, plus its three public 3-star commits in defensive tackles Jordan Davis and Tramel Walthour, plus safety Rachad Wildgoose.
I’d also expect to see 4-star DT Rick Sandidge and 4-star LB Otis Reese continue to give the Bulldogs strong consideration.
There’s another scoreboard for UGA fans to pay attention to
Alabama 26, Georgia 23 (2 OT)
That is how the final score 0f the 2017 college season will read on the web pages of history. Get used to seeing those two teams paired up. That’s the easy pick for the draw in the 2018 SEC Championship Game that’s only 11 months away.
Here are a few other head-to-heads to think about between the Bulldogs and the Tide.
- Alabama signed the nation’s top recruiting classes in 2015, 2016 and 2017. The Crimson Tide currently are rated No. 5 for 2018.
- Georgia signed the nation’s No. 6 class in 2015 and 2016. The Bulldogs landed the nation’s No. 3 class in 2017 and currently have the No. 1-ranked class for 2018.
- Alabama has signed 16 prospects with that elite 5-star rating since 2015.
- Georgia has signed 14 of those elite 5-stars since 2015, including a gap-closing six of them for 2018.
- The Crimson Tide’s recruiting history shows that they have signed 58 prospects with a 4-star rating since 2015. In comparison, the Bulldogs total up 52 of those elite players.
- Alabama has signed up just one 5-star prospect for 2018.
- The Tide have signed one player who was rated No. 1 in this class at his position for 2018. That’s junior college cornerback prospect Savion Smith.
- Alabama has landed only one signee among the nation’s top 50 prospects for this cycle. Georgia has signed nine prospects who are rated in the top 50 of the 247Sports composite rankings for 2018.
- The Crimson Tide have signed six players who rate among the nation’s top 5 prospects for their positions in 2018. In comparison, the Bulldogs have signed 12 of those players in their prized 2018 class.
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