UGA recruiting: Which commitments will sign during the new early period?

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Kirby Smart and the Georgia staff will have a lot of recruiting work to do immediately after the SEC Championship Game on Saturday.

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 Thursday calls for a quick study about the new early signing period. Which commitments plan to sign early? Which ones still aren’t sure yet? 

This seems like a good day to delve into the early signing period. New for the 2018 cycle, recruits can make their college commitments official from Dec. 20-22, in addition to Feb. 7, 2018, which is National Signing Day.

Four-star WR Kearis Jackson (Peach County/ Fort Valley, Ga.) plans to sign with UGA during the early period and enroll in January. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)

There are a few things to know about the new early period:

  • Prospects who plan to enroll early now can use this date to sign instead of needing to use the financial aid form that had been prevalent in the past.
  • Recruits who do not wish to enroll early can still sign during the early period. They will not have to report until the traditional summer semester time frame.
  • The new period offers an off-ramp from the recruiting madness for those who are ready and see no need to draw things out until February.
  • The early period comes right after a dead period for recruiting that falls on Dec. 18. A potential storyline to watch out for will be the instant flip on the new early signing day. Prospects can change their path abruptly and not give the flipped school any chance to recover from a sudden de-commitment.

Which UGA commits will sign during the early period? 

Plans can change. That said, DawgNation surveyed the 2018 commits and got the following responses. The data in the table presented below has been gathered within the last five days.

Will he sign early? Enroll early? Do we see him as a freshman All-American? (Just kidding about that last one.)

  • — Indicates a recent update after publication

We can extrapolate the following from those findings:

Bulldogs commits who plan to sign early: 11* of 18 (with at least two undecideds)

Bulldogs commits who plan to enroll early: 4 (Justin Fields is still undecided)

The information in the table provides addresses only half of the equation about signing, and then enrolling, early.

There is also the matter of what several of UGA’s top targets plan to do.

Which UGA recruiting targets plan to sign and enroll early? 

It’s also worth looking at what those blue-chip players who aren’t committed to Georgia plan to do.

That is another matter. That also requires a snapshot of what those top UGA targets plan to do in regard to the new early signing period and mid-year enrollment.

Here’s a look at some of the top targets and their current plans:

  • — Indicates a recent update after publication

Zamir White scheduled to have surgery in Athens Thursday

5-star RB Zamir White (left) poses with his mother Shanee’ White on the day he committed to UGA. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)

Zamir White was bowling Wednesday night, the night before his scheduled knee surgery in Athens.

That might seem very much out of the norm, but that just sort of seems like something that the nation’s No. 1 running back would do.

This is the guy who owns a pair of horses, who barely sweats at all on the practice field and usually skips the water breaks during the hottest days of summer practice.

Remember the story about how he stood and signed autographs for about 15 minutes in the cold after the game in he tore his right ACL?

White told DawgNation that a helmet caught the side of his knee but he was going to be okay. He walked without any noticeable limp or even a grimace.

His injury wasn’t known at the time. It is now.

He opted to hit the lanes prior to his surgery. His mother’s tweet captured the moment.

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