Fresh off a solid commitment on Thursday the Georgia staff is hosting one of its biggest recruiting weekends of the year starting today. The big headline is that Kennesaw quarterback Justin Fields, the newly-minted top quarterback in the country for the class of 2018, will be in town following an abbreviated visit to Auburn yesterday.
Fields had been expected to be joined on the Plains by his good friend Peach County wide receiver Kearis Jackson. That, however, did not materialize. While Jackson and Fields are not a package deal, they’re interested in playing together. The fact that Jackson will be in Athens this weekend rather than metropolitan Opelika certainly isn’t a bad sign.
Various reports have had current Red and Black commits Zamir White, Owen Condon, Chris Smith, and John FitzPatrick all in town. Other major 2018 Bulldog targets who appear set to be in town include:
Azeez Ojulari, OLB, Marietta. Georgia offered the 6’4, 225 pound outside linebacker in June, rght before he began a meteoric ascent up the recruiting rankings. 247Sports now lists him as the #3 weakside defensive end in the nation, the #25 overall prospect in the country (other services have him lower, but are likely to adjust their rankings following his standout performance at Nike’s Opening prospect camp). Olujari’s recruitment looks like a Georgia/Alabama battle at this point.
Jamaree Salyer, OL, Pace Academy. The top offensive lineman in the state and arguably the top guard/center prospect in America will be back in Athens, as the ‘Dawgs look to hold off Clemson for his services.
Josh Vann, WR, Tucker. A speedy slot receiver, the 5’11, 175 pound Vann seems to favor the South Carolina Gamecocks right now. Georgia may or may not have room for him in the class of 2018, but I think he has the potential to be a very productive player if given the opportunity. He flashed great speed and excellent hands during a junior campaign that saw him haul in 63 catches for 1286 yards and 13 touchdowns.
While Vann’s size isn’t the Platonic ideal for a college receiver, I think he’s going to be a perennial contributor somewhere in the SEC. I’m inclined to believe we need a Tucker Tiger or two on the squad at any given time under what I call the “Thomas Brown Principal.”
Tommy Tremble, TE, Wesleyan School. Tremble appears to favor the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, but the Bulldog legacy has also made clear that Georgia holds a special place in his heart.
Rick Sandidge, DT, Concord (NC). The 6’5, 290 pound Sandidge is ranked the #11 defensive tackle in the 2018 class and appears to be at the top of Georgia’s board. South Carolina looks like the leader here, with Sandidge telling interviewers how impressed he is with Will Muschamp’s ability to get defensive linemen into the NFL. Florida, Florida State, and Michigan are also among his suitors.
Channing Tindall, ILB, Columbia (Spring Valley), SC. Four star Tindall is ranked by 247Sports as the #9 linebacker in the 2018 class and also appears to be a South Carolina lean* (also considering Auburn and Florida among others).
*You may be sensing a pattern here, but yes, Will Muschamp seems to be having a fairly solid 2018 so far having reeled in 11 commitments. Boom.