UGA recruiting: What kind of start have Bulldogs had in 2020 class?
Want to attack every day with the latest Georgia football recruiting info? That’s what the Intel will bring at least five days a week. This edition of the play sheet offers a window into where the Bulldogs stand with the classes of 2020 and 2021.
Georgia signed 20 of its 26-man Class of 2018 during the early period in December. With only a handful of serious targets to chase in January, the program got a good start on recruiting and evaluating some of the top prospects in the 2020 and 2021 classes.
The Bulldogs got their chance to work ahead. They are currently hosting visitors for multiple cycles at this time.
That, as we’ve noted before, is the sort of thing that Ohio State did in Georgia. Urban Meyer was always coming to Georgia or calling on elite in-state prospects a cycle or two ahead of the current class year.
UGA currently has one commitment in the class of 2020. That’s defensive tackle Nazir Stackhouse from Stephenson High in Stone Mountain, Ga. Stackhouse is still unrated on the 247Sports composite standard, but he has picked up seven other offers: Alabama, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Mississippi State, Ohio State and Tennessee.
Stackhouse chose UGA on Dec. 2. That’s the same day the Bulldogs took down Auburn for the SEC championship.
It is interesting to see how active Georgia has been in the Class of 2020. While the Bulldogs already have extended offers to 217 prospects in the current cycle, they have also offers out to 88 prospects for 2020.
That’s going to be a loaded class in the state. Especially on the lines of scrimmage. Check out the 247Sports position breakdown for those 88 offers in 2020.
- Pro-style quarterback: 2
- Dual-threat quarterback: 3
- All-purpose back: 2
- Running back: 13
- Receiver: 16
- Tight end: 0
- Tackle: 11
- Guard: 2
- Center: 0
- Strong-side defensive end: 6
- Weak-side defensive end: 5
- Defensive tackle: 7
- Inside linebacker: 2
- Outside linebacker: 4
- Cornerback: 4
- Safety: 3
- Athlete: 8
There are two things that quickly jump out. The first is those 13 offers at running back. Georgia has offered 10 RBs in the 2019 class. The second is the heavy lean on offense.
That seems logical given that skill players usually develop faster than their counterparts on the defensive side of the ball. We can tally up that the Bulldogs have offered 49 of those 80 offers ― not including those considered athletes ― on the offensive side of the ball.
The Bulldogs are working the state prospects first. There are 27 in-state prospects with offers out of those 88. The next-closest state is Florida with 19 of those Bulldogs offers.
Who are already the top targets for 2020?
UGA has offered 40 players within the national top 100. Defensive end Bryan Bresee, the nation’s No. 1 overall prospect in 2020 from Damascus, Md., was in town this weekend.
Jacolbe Cowan, a Charlotte, N.C., defensive end, already visited Athens for a game last season. Cowan rates as the nation’s No. 8 overall prospect for that cycle.
The Bulldogs are actively recruiting and building relationships with 4-star in-state receiver Kobe Hudson from Troup County (LaGrange, Ga.) and 4-star tackle Tate Ratledge from Darlington (Rome, Ga.).
UGA also is in good shape with defensive end BJ Ojulari (Marietta, Ga.). He’s the younger brother of signee Azeez Ojulari from the Class of 2018. Ojulari ranks as the nation’s No. 30 overall prospect for 2020. In-state linebackers Sergio Allen (No. 96 overall) and Kevin Swint (No. 62 overall) also are already highly interested in playing for the Bulldogs.
Georgia also has offered 12 prospects in the Class of 2021.
Owen Pappoe tells SEC Country where the Bulldogs stand
Pappoe and his 4-star Grayson, Ga., teammate, tackle Wanya Morris, were treated like princes on Saturday in Knoxville.
— Owen Pappoe (@opfreak15) March 3, 2018
Pappoe then visited Auburn on Sunday. The Tigers always have impressed Pappoe. He has stated that Auburn linebackers coach Travis Williams has been the recruiter he’s had the strongest relationship with for quite some time now.
But that’s not strong enough. At least at this time. Wolk’s report included the statement from Pappoe that Auburn was his No. 2 school. Georgia leads.
“That top three is gone. I’d say Georgia and Auburn are my top two. … Right now Georgia is my top school. I said Auburn and Georgia are my top two, but I would say Georgia is my number one right now. They really do have a good chance of landing me,” Pappoe told Wolk. “Clemson, I haven’t really been in contact with them. I wouldn’t say they’re out the picture, but we haven’t really been communicating that much.”
It was Pappoe’s second visit this month to Auburn. He’s also been to UGA during that time period, too.
Williams is a major factor behind the lastest re-rank from Pappoe.
“Shoot man, it’s just been hard recruiting. My relationship with coach T-Will is probably the best of any coach I’ve been recruited by since eighth grade. I could see myself coming in here and playing early, too. That’s a really big factor for me,” Pappoe told Wolk. “Him and my position coach in high school now, they’re the same people. They always keep it real with you, high-energy guys, run around with you in practice on the field. That’s the kind of coach I want to be coached by.”
It appears Georgia really started to make a move with the 5-star inside linebacker midway through last season.
Film to watch from 2020
The Bulldogs hosted Zachary Evans (North Shore H.S./Houston) on Sunday. Evans, the nation’s No. 4 running back prospect from 2020, posted three images from his visit on Twitter.
— Zachary Evans (@Runzekerun01) March 4, 2018
— Zachary Evans (@Runzekerun01) March 4, 2018
Evans ran for 1,461 yards and 26 touchdowns for North Shore as a sophomore in 2017.
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