UGA recruiting: The weekly in-season update on the Bulldogs’ class

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What's the latest with UGA recruiting for the 2018 cycle? Check out the weekly DawgNation snapshot.

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.

DawgNation has compiled a list of top prospects that will be in Athens to see the Bulldogs host Appalachian State.

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. 

Kearis Jackson committed to UGA on Aug. 19. (Nate Gettleman/SEC Country)

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:

The 2018 Georgia offers by the numbers

Note: There have been no new reported offers to Class of 2018 prospects this week. 

(as published by 247Sports)

  • 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

(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: 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

Commits

(no new commits this week)

The 5 top uncommitted UGA targets

Justin Fields is rated as the nation’s No. 1 overall prospect by the 247SportsComposite. (Jeff Sentell/SEC Country)

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 is the nation’s No. 7 overall prospect for the Class of 2018 per the 247Sports Composite. (Jeff Sentell / SEC Country)

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.

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