Key Georgia Targets For The Class of 2018
After putting together a stellar 2017 freshmen class, Georgia finds itself gaining momentum in the 2018 recruiting race.
With two commitments this week (four-star WR Elijah Moore from Fort Lauderdale and four-star Marietta, GA WDE Azeez Ojulari), the Dawgs currently have the 11th-ranked class in the SEC and 31st-ranked class in the country.
However, with the 2017 football season rapidly approaching, the coaching staff entering its 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.
Several of the top uncommitted state and national prospects have Georgia high on their lists and will be visiting Athens in the coming weeks.
Following are the Dawgs’ top targets for the 2018 class:
James Cook – The 5’11”, 185- pound running back from Miami Central (Florida) is a strong Georgia lean. The four-star athlete was de-committed from Florida State and visits to Athens has Georgia on his mind. Cook is the nation’s No. 3 running back prospect and 6th-rated prep prospect in the Sunshine State.
Gerry Bohanon Jr. -The West Memphis, Arkansas 4-star prospect is the nation’s No. 13 dual-threat quarterback. The 6’3″ 214 pound playmaker has visited Athens and the Dawgs will be trying for a return visit this fall. Baylor is the favorite with Ole Miss, Auburn, Mississippi State and Georgia 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 any 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.
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.
Adam Anderson – The 4-star linebacker from Rome High is the nation’s No. 2 outside linebacker and No. 8 player in Georgia. Anderson, who has de-committed from both LSU and Georgia, is simply scary good. 6’4″, 214 pounds, fast and powerful, he has been offered by everybody. He now appears to be ready to re-commit to the home-state Bulldogs.
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. Leaning the Dawgs’ way, he says all the right things about Athens but Georgia will have to overcome Clemson and Florida State.
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.
Josh Vann – The 4-star wide receiver from Tucker High (Georgia) is the nation’s 34th-rated wideout and the Peach State’s 20th- ranked recruit. He’s a strong Gamecock lean but James Coley and the Bulldogs are looking to get the 5’11”, 175-pound Van to Athens.
Justin Fields – The 5-star prospect from Kennesaw High (Georgia) is a difference maker. The 6’3″ 220-pound dual-threat quarterback is the nation’s No. 1 overall recruit. Speed, arm strength, accuracy and leadership, Fields has it all. Without a quarterback committed for 2018, his decision is huge for the Dawgs. Currently, it’s a tough race between Georgia and Florida State.