Which SEC school knocked UGA from the top spot in the 2019 recruiting rankings?
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Locked into the Masters all weekend? If so, then please allow me a few moments to recap what you might have missed over the weekend.
There were three stories that stood out to me on the UGA football recruiting beachhead over the weekend. The first couple will reference the ultra-important 2019 class in the state of Georgia.
The first topic will make my colleague Brandon Adams want to shake his fist at all things Florida and add to a distaste that already burns with the fire of a thousand suns. Consider this item to be sun No. 1001 on that temperature scale.
Florida had a big recruiting weekend which centered around its orange-and-blue game this weekend. The Gators picked up two commits and that knocked the Bulldogs from the No. 1 spot in the 2019 recruiting rankings.
If only for a time. Florida now has a quintet of 4-star commitments for the Class of 2019. That’s in stark contrast to the one 4-star commit and the five total commits the Gators currently have on the board for 2018. (Side note: That’s still better than the two commits UGA has for 2018 at this time.)
Jim McElwain also didn’t have much luck with 4-star recruits in 2017. The Gators only signed 11 prospects of the 4-star grade in 2017. That total was beefed up by a trio of 4-stars that chose the Gators on National Signing Day.
The Bulldogs currently have four commits for the Class of 2019 and still rank No. 2 overall. UGA also has a pair of 5-star prospects per the 247Sports Composite rankings.
FSU making its mark with 2019 in Georgia
Florida State now sits fourth among those aforementioned 2019 rankings. The Seminoles have built that class so far largely with the Peach State, too. FSU picked up commitments from 4-star Grayson (Loganville, Ga.) OT Wanya Morris and CB Kenyatta Watson II on Saturday.
Those were big additions. The not quite 6-foot-6 Morris currently rates as the nation’s No. 7 offensive tackle prospect for 2019. Morris, who will weigh in at 285 pounds, currently rates as the state’s No. 11 prospect for this cycle per 247Sports.
Morris has major upside. His ceiling and overall potential lead me to believe he will easily wind up as one of the state’s Top 5 players in that deep class. Alabama and Georgia had been recruiting him the hardest. Tackles of his caliber simply do not sprout up every year. He’s far better than any tackle in the Class of 2018 in the state right now.
Watson II is also a big, rangy and athletic corner. His father played at Boston College and has been an area coach for quite some time. Kenyatta Watson also did an expert job organizing the “True 19” game this year.
Morris had a UGA offer. Watson II did not. Grayson’s Tru Thompson, a big 300-pound defensive tackle with great promise, had already been committed to Florida State for 2019.
It brings to mind two important topics:
- Georgia cannot sign all the prospects in its talent-rich state footprint every year.
- These decisions should affect an even bigger prospect down the road.
The decision won’t be made anytime soon, but I have the feeling this affects the decision for the state’s top prospect in 2019 greatly. That’s Grayson 5-star prospect Owen Pappoe.
Pappoe and Watson II are very close. The two are basically inseparable.
We’ve stated this several times in this blog before but it bears a refresh. The top players in the Class of 2019 for the state of Georgia have a unique bond that’s been established through middle schools camps, all-star events, prospects camps and the like.
— Owen Pappoe (@opfreak15) April 9, 2017
It will also influence the decision of 5-star rising junior JaShawn Sheffield of Frederica Academy, too. Sheffield is a major UGA target for 2019 and the cousin of UGA freshman Richard LeCounte III.
Morris, who plans to major in computer engineering and or aerospace engineering, told me earlier this month about the urge for the top talent in the state to all play together in college.
“If it was my choice we would all be at the same school balling out,” Morris said. “Because we’re a family. We have already built that bond.”
Morris had been warming to the thought of playing for Georgia line coach Sam Pittman.
“That’s my guy,” Morris said of Pittman earlier this month.
A visit and then a counter visit with Zamir White
It is safe to say that Clemson might have made an impression on 5-star Georgia RB target Zamir White. The nation’s No. 1 RB prospect has been trending to choose UGA on June 27 when he makes his decision.
White took a visit to Clemson over the weekend to take in their spring game. The Tigers are on a recruiting high right now. Dabo Swinney and company picked up a commitment from the nation’s No. 2 overall prospect for 2018 over the weekend. That was IMG defensive line stalwart Xavier Thomas.
Thomas looks as good as any defensive tackle prospect that we’ve seen in at least the last three seasons. Clemson — as most know — already has a commitment from Cartersville 5-star QB Trevor Lawrence. That now gives the Tigers commitments from the nation’s No. 1 and No. 2 overall prospects for 2018.
Did they make up ground with the nation’s No. 1 RB for 2018?
— Zeus34 (@zeus1_34) April 8, 2017
If they did, it looks like the Bulldogs worked quickly to counteract any momentum. They were able to welcome White back in town later that evening.
— Zeus34 (@zeus1_34) April 9, 2017
Clemson hasn’t gotten White and his mother on campus a lot. It continues to fuel the perspective that Georgia’s biggest competition for White will prove to be Alabama in the end. Not the Tigers.
Significant legacy offer over the weekend
Georgia offered 3-star TE Tommy Tremble over the weekend. Tremble, the son of former UGA defensive back Greg Tremble, hails from Johns Creek High School.
Legacy offers are always significant. Especially this one.
God blessed me with a dream I've had since I was little, Honored to have received an offer from THE University of Georgia ??⚪️⚫️#GoDawgs pic.twitter.com/RDhZvLzVnE
— Tommy Tremble (@TommyTrem) April 8, 2017
Tremble measured 6-foot-4 and weighed 225 pounds at the Atlanta Opening regional. He also clocked a 4.63 laser time in the 40 on a day where others harped about their cleat selection and a slow track.
To put that in perspective, he timed faster than two of Georgia’s biggest targets at receiver that day. He also came through with a 35.8-inch vertical jump and a 4.2 showing in the short shuttle.
That effort was the 18th-fastest that day. There wasn’t a single player who weighed less than 208 pounds that bettered what Tremble timed in the short shuttle. He also had the best time of anyone who was measured in at 6 feet, 3 inches and above.
The rising senior also posted an overall 111.33 Sparq rating at the Nike event. That’s the 74th-best performance in the nation after eight regionals. It is significant to note two things here.
- The Sparq rating measures explosiveness and overall athletic ability. There are only four guys on the national leaderboard who weigh more than he does that posted a better number Tremble’s 111.33.
- He has the second-best rating of any tight end in the nation so far.
Tremble wears No. 24 at Johns Creek. That’s also the number his father wore at UGA.