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Want to know a secret to UGA recruiting this time of year?

Jeff Sentell

Want to attack every day with the latest UGA recruiting info? That’s what the Intel will bring at least five days a week. This play sheet calls for a quick little tip about college football recruiting coverage heading into March. 

Let’s ring the school bell for the first section of the nightly blog.

It seems like a good day to share a little secret when it comes to college football recruiting coverage when the March winds start blowing. It might be pulling the curtain back a little bit, but … the player evaluation cycle for the 2019 class has really yet to get underway.

Well, for the most part. That is not even a nod to all the upcoming evaluation camps on the showcase circuit.

That is just the natural order of things. A lot of work will be done on that front during spring practices when high schools across the nation start up their work. But here is a little insight: Most of the big boys really don’t know who they want yet. Seriously.

They need to evaluate a lot of players and set their boards the same way the recruits need to go fact-finding about their choices, too.

Some of the major schools (cough, SEC) extend offers that are really camp offers. Those are V.I.P. tickets to some extent for those prospects to show they deserve a spot in the class competing with the other 17 highly rated campers at their position.

There is a quick qualifier to add here: There are about 100-125 players nationally every Power 5 school in the nation would happily add to their commitment tally. They probably would have done that four months ago. But there aren’t really that many to go around.

Georgia already has several of those among its 2019 class. But rather than just share a shoot-from-the-hip take that has been time-tested through the years, I will offer a fact.

The Bulldogs finished with the nation’s No. 1 recruiting class in 2018. Guess how many members of that prized 26-man recruiting class even had offers from UGA by National Signing Day in 2017?

Twenty-six? Yeah, right.

Twenty? Try again.

Fifteen? Close.

The answer is 16. If we flipped the calendar to Feb. 1, 2017, that is how many members of the #RareBreed18 class already had their offer from Georgia. The Bulldogs actually offered five members of their future class in February 2017.

They offered another five members of that class after March 1, 2017.

Let’s check the dates of when they picked up their Georgia offers:

Early enrollees

  • Justin Fields (5 stars) — Nov. 18, 2016
  • Zamir White (5 stars) — March 6, 2015
  • Cade Mays (5 stars) —  His first SEC offer was Tennessee in 2014
  • Brenton Cox (5 stars) — July 17, 2016
  • Trey Hill (4 stars) —  June 3, 2016
  • Kearis Jackson (4 stars) — April 25, 2016
  • Divaad Wilson (4 stars) —  April 12, 2017
  • Warren Ericson (4 stars) — Feb. 26, 2017
  • Devonte Wyatt (4 stars) — (April 2016; initially signed with UGA in 2017)

    2018 signees

  • Jamaree Salyer (5 stars) — May 7, 2015
  • Tyson Campbell (5 stars) — Oct. 31, 2015
  • Adam Anderson (5 stars) — Feb. 20, 2016
  • Quay Walker (4 stars) — June 4, 2016
  • James Cook (4 stars) — Jan. 7, 2016
  • Luke Ford (4 stars) — Feb. 24, 2017
  • Otis Reese (4 stars) — Dec. 7, 2016
  • Channing Tindall (4 stars) — Feb. 11, 2017
  • Azeez Ojulari (4 stars) — April 26, 2017
  • Nadab Joseph (4 stars) — June 14, 2016
  • Tommy Bush (4 stars) — Feb. 12, 2017
  • Chris Smith II (4 stars) — Nov. 16, 2016
  • John FitzPatrick (4 stars) — April 18, 2017
  • Jordan Davis (3 stars)  — June 12, 2016 (Scott at North Carolina)
  • Owen Condon (3 stars)  — March 16, 2017
  • Tramel Walthour (3 stars) — May 15, 2017
  • Jake Camarda (3 stars)  — Feb 11, 2017

Sources: DawgNation archives; 247Sports, Twitter 

Those charts also reflect how elite some of those players were. Three future Bulldogs garnered their offer from their future school in 2015. Cade Mays, the Tennessee legacy, actually was offered by that program in June 2014.

Another thing to bear in mind is that is when those offers first were extended. A lot of those offers also did not even become committable until after a spring practice or a summer camp evaluation.

A few UGA recruiting quick hitters for the night

  • Spoke to UGA target Curtis Fann Jr. briefly the other night. The ECI standout took an unofficial visit back to Athens last weekend. It was an important visit for both parties. The Bulldogs recently have gotten back into the picture for Fann. He was hoping to really connect with the staff. Fann told me that he spent some good time with the outside linebackers coaches during the trip.
  • Winder-Barrow bruiser Logan Cash also made the trip. The state’s reigning sack champion (23½ as a junior) really wants to get a chance to play in Athens. He is hoping for that offer, but it didn’t come on this visit. Cash told me that he was measured at 6-foot-2 and 251 pounds. I think Cash has a bright future here. He has the tape and ball get-off, and he also is very explosive with a power clean that probably maxes out now about 325-330 pounds.
  • The more I think about, the more I can really see the Bulldogs adding at least one running back to their already very well-stocked stable in the Class of 2019. At least.
  • Did you see the latest offer from Georgia on Tuesday night? The Bulldogs offered Demon Clowney — the second cousin of former South Carolina great Jadeveon Clowney. Demon definitely will make the all-name team because of that first name alone. (His first name really is Demon.) He shared his thoughts on the offer with DawgNation. 

Miss any Intel? The DawgNation recruiting archive will get you up to speed just as fast as former Georgia All-America linebacker Roquan Smith found the ball after the snap.