The kick off of college football season does not mean that recruiting season is over. If anything, now is when the groundwork laid over the past few months should finally pay off. We are now hitting the unofficial homestretch in recruiting for the class of 2018.
The top target for the Georgia Bulldogs in that class remains Harrison High quarterback Justin Fields. He is now the consensus top quarterback in the 2018 class, top player in the state of Georgia, and top recruit in the nation.
But he's not the only Harrison Hoya the ‘Dawgs are recruiting. Kirby Smart recently extended a preferred walk on invitation to Fields’ top target, wide receiver Steven Peterson.
This was called back for holding, but Steven Peterson made a bonkers grab. pic.twitter.com/ZcOz3iAlJN— Jake Reuse (@ReuseRecruiting) August 26, 2017
2018 WR Steven Peterson of Harrison is catching Fields passes all over the field! This kid has my attention now! pic.twitter.com/W0wLP11IEb— Junior Baker NLR (@SouthernSwagg4) May 20, 2017
At this point Peterson claims only one major college offer (Air Force Academy), but he will likely garner more attention as he keeps collecting passes from his gunslinging quarterback.
Of some note is the fact that big invitation came when both Peterson and Fields were visiting Athens this past weekend. While there is no indication that I am aware of that Fields amd Peterson are any sort of package deal, I cannot imagine landing one of his friends and high school/7-on-7 teammates would hurt the Bulldogs in the pursuit of their third five star quarterback prospect in three classes.
Another prospect whose recruitment could be affected by Fields’ decision is Illinois tight end Luke Ford. Ford is certainly one of the top three tight ends in the country, and he has made clear that he would like to play with Fields. Georgia is making sure Ford knows that he remains top of mind for the staff.
Thank you @FootballUGA ! Over a 100 letters just today! pic.twitter.com/WKOnxPUt3v— L U K E F O R D™ (@lukeredx97) August 29, 2017
The start of the season also heralds the beginning of on-campus game visits, which some recruits will be taking officially (the school will be paying their way) and unofficially (the players will be coming on their own dime). I’m putting together a complete list of visitors, but for now here’s a peak at the invitation sent to recruits courtesy of 2019 Savannah offensive lineman Dylan McMahon:
Pumped for the game invite. Can't wait to be in Athens. @CoachSchuUGA @RecruitGeorgia @ChadSimmons_ @Mansell247 pic.twitter.com/K9AgORF6tc— Dylan McMahon (@thedylanmcmahon) August 29, 2017
Be there or be square.