The 2018 Georgia Recruiting Class. The basic overview of the class, the relative strength, what you need to know if you don’t care about recruiting, the star, and the depth chart hole going into the season.
Georgia Recruiting Class Overview
As heartbreaking as the loss to Alabama in the College Football Playoff National Championship might have been, there was a bright side. With the talent Kirby Smart has been amassing with his recruiting classes, that seemed like the first of many regular trips to the CFP.
And then he comes up with something like this.
If it isn’t the best recruiting class in the country, it doesn’t matter – it’s more than close enough to be absolutely amazing.
It stars with the offensive backfield, landing QB Justin Fields relatively early in the process – and keeping him. The running back tandem of James Cook and Zamir White are almost the prospects that Fields is, and they’re more than good enough to potentially start right away.
Jamaree Salyer is a next-level guard, Cade Mays has NFL upside at tackle, and the stars just keep on coming.
From the defensive end twosome of Brenton Cock and Adam Anderson – both prototype pass rushing talents – to all of the excellent tackles, the line is going to be a killer again.
The defensive backs and linebackers are a wee bit light in terms of bulk prospects, but that’s like looking for the pimple on the beauty queen, especially after getting top corner Tyson Campbell for one of the jobs.
The Georgia Class Is Heavy On …
Yeah, Fields, Cook and White make the backfield the stars of the overall show, but Salyer and Mays are going to make them all look great.
All the expected big boys were after both of them – Salyer made a late visit to Florida, and Knoxville-native Mays was a devastating loss for Tennessee, Ohio State, Notre Dame and Clemson. But they’re hardly a lone.
330-pound Trey Hill was another great get at guard – getting him away from Auburn – and Warren Ericson can play several spots up front.
The Star of the Georgia Class Is …
QB Justin Fields, 6-3, 220
Everyone has the same line about him.
“He’s not Deshaun Watson, but … ”
He’s actually bigger.
It was the key to the recruiting season to get him back in October, and it was even bigger to sign him after Florida – among others – pushed really, really hard for his services. It’s all there to not only force Jacob Eason to take off for Washington, but to potentially push Jake Fromm out of a starting job.
The Georgia Biggest 2018 Depth Chart Hole Is …
The running back situation is more than fine despite losing Nick Chubb and Sony Michel, but the linebacking corps needs some parts to step up and shine right away after losing Reggie Carter, Lorenzo Carter, Davin Bellamy, and of course, Roquan Smith.
The depth was really, really young last year, and it’ll be asking for way too much to get the same sort of production right away from a slew of underclassmen.
Incoming linebacker Channing Tindal somehow got away from Auburn, South Carolina and Clemson, and soon he’ll be part of the mix. He needs at least a year in a college weight room, first.