UGA recruiting: Latest updates on the Bulldogs’ class

Georgia’s 2018 recruiting class has surged over the last half of this month to 12 commitments.

That spike has arrived now that UGA is less four months away from the early National Letter of Intent signing period Dec. 20-22. 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.

The Bulldogs have been able to land three commitments and two in-state pledges in August.

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. That number will be impacted by the number of early departures to the 2018 NFL Draft and transfers to other programs.

Which recruits could be next? Look for in-state DT Tramel Walthour to be mentioned frequently here.

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 has become the No. 1 topic for UGA recruiting and will continue to be until he decides between FSU and UGA.

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 a late August 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

(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

The 5 top uncommitted UGA targets

5-star QB Justin Fields, Kennesaw, Ga.

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Justin Fields is now the No. 1 overall prospect in the nation per 247Sports and the 247Sports Composite. (Tom Hauck/ Student Sports)

Do you know this name yet? It would be a shock by now if any UGA fan didn’t know this young man’s name. Fields now rates as the nation’s No. 1 overall prospect for 2018. The 6-foot-3, 221-pound Fields can run a 4.51 laser time 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 School.

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.

5-star OG Jamaree Salyer, Atlanta, Ga.

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.

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Jamaree Salyer is the highest-rated OL prospect in the nation for 2018. (Jeff Sentell/ DawgNation)

Salyer, the highest-rated interior line prospect by the 247Sports composite since 2006, will take an unofficial visit to UGA on Sept. 2 against Appalachian State. His first official visit will be to Notre Dame for the Georgia game on Sept. 9. Clemson, Ohio State and Stanford are the other primary contenders to sign Salyer. He is warming to the idea of making his decision during the early signing period between Dec. 20-22.

4-star OG Trey Hill, Warner Robins, Ga.

Hill seems like an example of Georgia’s priority to stack up as many elite players up front as mathematically permissible by the 85-man scholarship cap. Hill, a former teammate of UGA freshman Jake Fromm at Houston County, rates as the nation’s No. 2 prospect at guard for 2018.

The 6-foot-3, 340-pound Hill has been told by UGA line coach Sam Pittman that he can contend for a spot at center right away. He rates as the nation’s No. 34 overall prospect for 2018.

He’s pretty tight-lipped about his favorites, but a sample size of Auburn, Clemson, FSU and UGA seems to be the perceived teams to watch out for here.

4-star DB Tyreke Johnson, Jacksonville, Fla.

He’s ranked as the nation’s No. 4 safety, but Johnson makes it clear he plans to be a cornerback on Saturdays. Johnson has a lot of ties to UGA, including invested relationships with coach Kirby Smart, defensive coordinator Mel Tucker and freshman safety Richard LeCounte III.

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Tyreke Johnson’s college decision now includes a lot more schools. UGA is no longer the main school he’s considering in the South. (Jeff Sentell / SEC Country)

But he’s far from a sure thing. Johnson also cites heavy interest in schools such as Florida, Ohio State and UCLA. The 6-foot-1, 191-pound Johnson did recently say he wouldn’t mind being college roommates with Justin Fields. That was interesting. The Trinity Christian standout has long maintained he knows more about UGA and has fewer questions about UGA than any other program.

Look for his decision to come sometime in December. Johnson rates as the nation’s No. 38 overall prospect for 2018.

4-star OLB Adam Anderson, Rome, Ga.

Anderson has de-committed from both UGA and LSU. Could the Bulldogs pull off a re-commit? Well, that’s the hope for Smart and this staff. Anderson ranks as the nation’s No. 2 OLB and also as the nation’s No. 43 overall prospect.

The 6-foot-4, 220-pound Anderson is a blur coming off the edge. He’s coy about what his true feelings are in regard to his top schools. DawgNation projects he has a top 3, Alabama, Clemson and UGA. Tennessee is also kicking up a lot of dust at this time.

What stands out here: Acceleration. Length. Explosiveness. Toughness.

Anderson is well-coached by a strong staff of savvy football men at Rome High.

Just off this list: 4-star RB James Cook, 4-star TE Luke Ford, 5-star DE K.J Henry, 4-star OLB J.J. Peterson, 4-star OLB Otis Reese and 4-star DT Rick Sandidge

The 2018 UGA recruiting position breakdown

Here’s a breakdown of the number of commits by position and how many are projected to be signed:

  • QB: 0/1
  • RB: 1/2 (White)
  • TE: 1/2 (FitzPatrick)
  • WR: 2/2 (Jackson, Moore)
  • OL: 2/5 (Condon, Ericson)
  • DL: 1/2 (Becton)
  • ILB: 0/1
  • OLB: 2/3 (Ojulari*, Tannor)
  • CB: 1/3 (Smith)
  • S: 1/2 (Wildgoose)
  • P/K: 1/1 (Camarda)

Totals: 12/24

*-Ojulari ranks as a DE for this cycle, but he projects to play OLB at UGA.

Geographical UGA recruiting breakdown

Here’s a breakdown of the current UGA commits by state:

  • Georgia: 7 (Camarda, Ericson, FitzPatrick, Jackson, Ojulari, Smith, Tannor)
  • Florida: 2 (Moore,  Wildgoose)
  • North Carolina: 1 (White)
  • Oklahoma: 1 (Condon)
  • Virginia: 1 (Becton)

Miss a day of Intel?  Well, the DawgNation recruiting archive  will get you up to Mecole Hardman speed before your tailgate crew can worry anymore about all the freshman offensive linemen who will have to play this fall.

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