By Joe Vitale:
After putting together a stellar 2017 freshmen class, Georgia finds itself trailing most of its SEC competitors in the 2018 recruiting race. With just two commitments (four-star OLB Adam Anderson from Rome and three-star ILB Donovan Georges from Hialeah, FL), the Dawgs currently have the 12th-ranked class in the SEC and 49th-ranked class in the country.
However, with G-Day approacing this Saturday, the coaching staff entering it second season together, a new indoor practice facility to show off and renovations in work for Sanford Stadium that will enhance the recruiting process and game day experience, prospects look good for the Dawgs to secure another top 10 class.
Many of the state’s top prospects will be in Athens on Saturday for the annual G-Day game. Hopefully 93,000 UGA recruiters will be in attendance to give the high school athletes the full Georgia game day experience. Kickoff is 2pm at Sanford Stadium and admission is free.
Following are the Dawgs’ top recruits for the 2018 class:
Marquez Ezzard –The 6′ 1″ 205-pound prospect rates as the nation’s No.16 athlete and the Peach State’s No. 24 player overall. The Stockbridge High receiver ended the 2016 season with 50 receptions for 1,015 yards and 12 touchdowns. He averaged 20 yards per reception and added another three rushing scores. The 4-star athlete has been offered by every bigtime program but appears to be a Georgia lock.
Master W. Teague III – The 5’10”, 210- pound running back from Blackman High (Tennessee) is a strong South Carolina lean but the Georgia coaches feel they can persuade the 3-star athlete to commit to the Dawgs. Teague is the nation’s No. 28 running back prospect and after his April 14 visit to Athens, UGA’s chances have improved.
Gerry Bohanon Jr. -The West Memphis, Arkansas 3-star prospect is the nation’s No. 13 dual-threat quarterback. The 6’3″ 214 pound playmaker visited Athens last weekend and hopes to return for camp this summer. Ole Miss, Auburn, Mississippi State and Tennessee are also in the hunt.
Jamaree Salyer – The Pace Academy (Atlanta) offensive guard is the nation’s No. 1 guard and No. 7 overall prospect. The 5-star athlete can be a difference maker for the Dawgs. Salyer has visited Georgia more than ant other campus and Sam Pittman has been recruiting him hard for the past year and a half. The 6’4″, 342-pound Salyer is a strong Georgia lean but Clemson is in the picture.
Zamir White – Is the Scotland County (Laurinburg, NC) 5-star athlete the next great North Carolina running back to suit up for the Dawgs? The experts think to believe so. The 5’11’, 195-pound prospect is the nation’s No. 1 rated running back andNo. 4 overall prospect. White visited Athens April 8 and Ohio State last weekend.
Alabama and then Clemson are the biggest threats to Georgia but the allure of playing close to home in the SEC bodes well for the Dawgs.
Kearis Jackson – The 4-star receiver is a strong Georgia lean and is envisioned as a slot receiver. The 6′ 203-pound Peach County High prospect has all the tools and is the nation’s 25th rated wide receiver and the state’s No. 15 overall recruit. Auburn and Florida State appear to be the Dawgs’ main competition for Jackson.
Brenton Cox – The 4-star defensive end from Stockbridge High is the nation’s No. 3 strong-side end and No. 56 player overall. Cox is simply scary good. 6’5″, 240 pounds, fast and powerful, he has been offered by everybody. Cox was at Ohio State last weekend and will be at G-Day on Saturday. He is a life-long Georgia fan and right now the Dawgs have a slight edge over the Buckeyes.
Tyreke Johnson – The Trinity Christian (Jacksonville, FL) 5-star prospect is the nation’s No. 2 safety and No. 18 player overall. All the usual big name suspects are vying for the talents of the 6’1″ 191-pound athlete. He says all the right things about Athens and Georgia but the Dawgs will have to overcome Clemson, Florida, Ohio State and UCLA, among others.
Trey Hill – The 4-star prep from Houston County is the nation’s No. 2 guard and the state’s No. 6 overall rated player. Hill is a 6’4″ 345 pound blocking machine. It is rare to see a guard so highly rated among the state athletes, but Hill is that good. He is a strong Georgia lean with Auburn, Clemson and Florida State in the mix. UGA quarterback Jake Fromm is his former teammate and will be putting his formidable recruiting skills to work as well.