The season is here. What will the on-field results mean for UGA recruiting in 2018? The first glimpse of that takes place on Saturday.
The Georgia coaching staff is now also able to go out on the road to check on their top targets tonight. The dead period has ended and there is a flurry of recruiting activity.
UGA picked up its latest 2018 commitment on Aug. 19 when 4-star WR Kearis Jackson (Peach County H.S./ Fort Valley, Ga.) chose the Bulldogs over strong late interest from Alabama.
With 12 spots filled, the Bulldogs have half of their projected class available for 2018. Look for UGA to sign 23 or 24 players this year. The recent decision made by redshirt freshman Chauncey Manac will impact that number.
That figure will also be impacted by the number of early departures to the 2018 NFL Draft and transfers to other programs. Which recruits could be next? Tramel Walthour, an in-state 3-star DT, recently told DawgNation where things stand with his decision.
There’s also 4-star Florida RB James Cook and the timeline of 5-star QB Justin Fields will also be on everyone’s mind. Fields is the No. 1 topic for UGA recruiting and will continue to be until he decides between FSU and UGA.
Auburn could also wiggle its way back in there with a hot season and a year that would propel transfer QB Jarred Stidham to the NFL in 2018.
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.
Here’s the first September glance at where things stand for the 2018 class:
Where the UGA class ranks
Georgia’s 2018 class is ranked No. 24 nationally and No. 9 in the SEC. UGA has the fourth-most 4-star commits in the SEC for this cycle. The current commit board has 50 percent of the class rated with at least 4 stars.
UGA has just 12 pledges for this cycle and the SEC teams ahead of them have 23, 17, 16, 19, 18, 19, 22 and 13 players on their boards, respectively.
Latest news on UGA recruiting
In case you missed anything from this week, here are the latest headlines:
- What does the visitor list look like for the Appalachian State game?
- Why 3-star DT Tramel Walthour still has UGA out in front?
- Getting to know 4-star DT target Trevor Trout
- 5-star Justin Fields discusses the progress of his decision
- The untold recruiting story of how UGA held onto Garrison Hearst
- Receivers coach James Coley has been a force on the trail
- Harrison WR Steven Peterson receives a preferred walk-on offer from UGA
- Under-the-radar WR Steven Peterson has been the go-to guy for Justin Fields
- 4 angles on why 5-star QB target Justin Fields is special
- Watch: Major UGA 4-star target Adam Anderson has a highlight night
- Watch: 5-star UGA target Justin Fields puts on a show in Week 2 loss
- 2017 signee Devonte Wyatt details his path to sign with UGA next semester
- Watch: Pilot episode of “The Season” featuring 5-star target Jamaree Salyer
- Coachspeak: What is UGA getting in 4-star commitment Elijah Moore?
- Georgia recruiting rankings: The Peach State’s Top 30 for 2018
- Why the UGA commitment means so much to Kearis Jackson and his family
- EXCLUSIVE: 4-star SEC target Kearis Jackson slides into his college decision
The 2018 Georgia offers by the numbers
Note: There have been no new reported offers to Class of 2018 prospects this week.
- Reported offers: 284
- 5-star offers: 21
- 4-star offers: 160
- 3-star offers: 100
- In-state recruits offered: 46
- 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
- Pro-Style Quarterbacks offered: 8
- Dual-threat Quarterbacks offered: 14
- All-purpose Running Backs offered: 5
- Running backs offered: 15
- Wide receivers offered: 47
- 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: 27
- Inside linebackers offered: 9
- Outside linebackers offered: 13
- Cornerbacks offered: 38
- Safeties offered: 18
- Athletes offered: 9
- Kickers offered: 1
- Punters offered: 1
(no 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.
- 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.
- OT Owen Condon, 3 stars, Oklahoma City
- 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, Kennesaw, Ga.
It would be a shock by now if any UGA fan didn’t know this young man’s name. 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 FSU and Georgia. Auburn is also in there somewhat. It seems like the Bulldogs do have a lot of momentum here.
It seems like the Bulldogs do have a lot of momentum here.
5-star OG Jamaree Salyer, Atlanta, Ga.
He will be in Athens on Saturday. 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 center about 3-4 years down the road. The U.S. Army All-American is a close lifelong friend to promising UGA freshman OT Andrew Thomas.
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 Notre Dame for the Georgia game on Sept. 9.
Clemson, Ohio State and Stanford are the other primary contenders to sign Salyer. He is warming to the idea of making his decision during the early signing period between Dec. 20-22.
4-star OLB Adam Anderson, Rome, Ga.
We’ve re-rated Anderson’s worth for the Class of 2018. That’s how much we were impressed by his big night last week against Harrison and 5-star QB Justin Fields.
Anderson has de-committed from both UGA and LSU. Could the Bulldogs pull off a re-commit? Well, that’s the hope for Smart and the staff. Anderson ranks as the nation’s No. 2 OLB and also as the nation’s No. 43 overall prospect.
The 6-foot-4, 220-pound Anderson is a blur coming off the edge. He’s coy about what his true feelings are in regard to his top schools. DawgNation projects he has a top 3, Alabama, Clemson and UGA. Tennessee is also kicking up a lot of dust at this time.
What stands out here: Acceleration. Length. Explosiveness. Toughness.
— Junior Baker NLR (@SouthernSwagg4) August 29, 2017
Anderson is well-coached by a strong staff of savvy football men at Rome High.
4-star OG Trey Hill, Warner Robins, Ga.
Hill seems like an example of Georgia’s priority to stack up as many elite players up front as mathematically permissible by the 85-man scholarship cap. Hill, a former teammate of UGA freshman Jake Fromm at Houston County, rates as the nation’s No. 2 prospect at guard for 2018.
The 6-foot-3, 340-pound Hill has been told by UGA line coach Sam Pittman that he can contend for a spot at center right away. He rates as the nation’s No. 34 overall prospect for 2018.
He’s pretty tight-lipped about his favorites, but a sample size of Auburn, Clemson, FSU and UGA seems to be the perceived teams to watch out for here.
4-star DB Tyreke Johnson, Jacksonville, Fla.
He’s ranked as the nation’s No. 4 safety, but Johnson makes it clear he plans to be a cornerback on Saturdays. Johnson has a lot of ties to UGA, including invested relationships with coach Kirby Smart, defensive coordinator Mel Tucker and freshman safety Richard LeCounte III.
But he’s far from a sure thing. Johnson also cites heavy interest in schools such as Florida, Ohio State and UCLA. The 6-foot-1, 191-pound Johnson did recently say he wouldn’t mind being college roommates with Justin Fields. That was interesting. The Trinity Christian standout has long maintained he knows more about UGA and has fewer questions about UGA than any other program.
Look for his decision to come sometime in December. Johnson rates as the nation’s No. 38 overall prospect for 2018.
Just off this list: 4-star RB James Cook, 4-star DT Robert Cooper, 4-star TE Luke Ford, 5-star DE K.J Henry, 4-star OLB J.J. Peterson, 4-star OLB Otis Reese and 4-star DT Rick Sandidge
The 2018 UGA recruiting position breakdown
Here’s a breakdown of the number of commits by position and how many are projected to be signed:
- QB: 0/1
- RB: 1/2 (White)
- TE: 1/2 (FitzPatrick)
- WR: 2/2 (Jackson, Moore)
- OL: 2/5 (Condon, Ericson)
- DL: 1/2 (Becton)
- ILB: 0/1
- OLB: 2/3 (Ojulari*, Tannor)
- CB: 1/3 (Smith)
- S: 1/2 (Wildgoose)
- P/K: 1/1 (Camarda)
*-Ojulari ranks as a DE for this cycle, but he projects to play OLB at UGA.
Geographical UGA recruiting breakdown
Here’s a breakdown of the current UGA commits by state:
- Georgia: 7 (Camarda, Ericson, FitzPatrick, Jackson, Ojulari, Smith, Tannor)
- Florida: 2 (Moore, Wildgoose)
- North Carolina: 1 (White)
- Oklahoma: 1 (Condon)
- Virginia: 1 (Becton)
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