Trevor Lawrence, 2018, QB, Cartersville (GA)
I've said it many times and I'll say it again. Trevor Lawrence is the best high school quarterback in the country regardless of class. I've been able to watch him throw for a long time now, and you just can't create a better quarterback. He's got the size, intelligence, moxy, accuracy, arm strength, pocket awareness, everything coaches look for in a quarterback. He led his Cartersville team to a state championship as a sophomore, and has high expectations again for the 2016 season.
When it comes to recruitment, a source close to the situation told me Trevor is "likely to commit before school starts." That could be tomorrow, next week, the end of July, or the night before school starts. I don't know when Trevor will make his decision. What I do know is that Georgia and Clemson are the two schools that still have a chance to land the top ranked player in the 2018 class. I believe Clemson had a lead this past fall, but the Bulldogs have made a strong impression this spring and summer. The Georgia staff has made him a priority, and has shown him exactly how he can succeed in Georgia's offense. The Bulldogs took momentum after his visit last month, but Clemson is not far behind. I think it's a tighter race than people think between the Bulldog and the Tigers, but I believe the Bulldogs have a slight edge as of today. Again a decision could come this month, or it could come in early August for the best quarterback in America.
Jeremiah Holloman, 2017, WR, Newton (GA)
Holloman is a prospect I mentioned on DawgPost back in February of 2015, over a year before he started getting major offers. He looked very impressive at the Elite Junior Showcase at McEachern on that cold February afternoon, and I'm shocked other media members left the showcase without noticing him. After an impressive 7 on 7 performance in Athens during June of 2015, people finally started noticing how good he was. Holloman had a monster junior season last fall, and was named the MVP of the Lovejoy MVP camp back in March of this year. Over the next few days teams like Georgia, Auburn, South Carolina, among others started offering the 6-foot-3 190-pound Newton star.
Holloman has great size, hes got long arms, good hands, he's a great blocker on the outside, and has recently proved the can make the tough grab in tight coverage. He was very consistent during the Atlanta Opening Regional earlier this year, and proved why he is arguably the top receiver in the state of Georgia for the 2017 class. Tennessee and Georgia came on strong early, but Holloman admitted to me last month that Auburn has really come on strong. The Tigers have known to come into Georgia to land top receivers, and they have made Holloman a priority. Tennessee has recruited Holloman hard as well, and have recently received a verbal commitment from Holloman's teammate Jaquan Henderson. The Georgia Bulldogs are also recruiting Holloman as hard as anyone, and will keep a spot open for him until Signing Day. Fortunately for the Bulldogs, a decision might not be too far away. There is no set decision, but one could come tomorrow, or one could come sometime right before the season. Either way, Holloman is a top Georgia target who could be committing soon and the Bulldogs are sitting in a good spot right now,
Andrew Thomas, 2017, OT, Pace Academy (GA)
To be quite honest, this kid is a monster. I saw a Pace Academy scrimmage early last fall and was so impressed with Thomas and 2018 guard Jamaree Salyer. Thomas has the ideal look of a true tackle prospect at 6-foot-5 318-pounds, and is very polished already. I saw him dominate in run blocking during games, and saw him impress during pass protection in multiple camps. He's a big guy who moves well and can be an immediate help wherever he decides to go.
When speaking with him, he doesn't share a ton of information, but he always talks highly of Georgia and Clemson, which has become a regularity with recruits all spring. The Bulldogs are looking for elite tackle prospects, and Thomas is certainly what the staff is looking for. With a decision to come this week at The Opening, the Bulldogs are in a very good spot to land the best tackle prospect in the state to go along with current commit D'Antne Demery.
Toneil Carter, 2017, RB, Langham Creek (TX)
The Bulldogs are looking to take two elite backs in the 2017 class, and they are sitting in a very good spot with the nations eighth-ranked running back. Toneil Carter is an elusive back from the lone-star state that can provide a big run on any given play. He has great speed and one-cut ability, but he can also throw a nice stiff arm or spin move when needed. He shows great balance on film, and the ability to throw on the jets once he finds a crease in the defense.
Carter planned to announce at the Opening this week, but tweeted today "Changed my commitment day. Stay tuned." Who knows what that means. I guess that could be tonight, tomorrow, later this week, or sometime later this year. I believe a decision will come soon, and the Georgia Bulldogs have a very good chance to land their first elite back of the 2017 class.