It was another big day for Georgia recruiting.
It seems like that’s becoming a theme.
Earlier today Georgia landed Isaiah Wilson, a mammoth 6-foot-7 354-pound tackle out of Brookyln (NY). Wilson chose the Bulldogs over Michigan and Alabama after a successful official visit last weekend. He was initially planned to announce on Christmas, but it seems like Wilson knew where he wanted to go, and decided to move his decision back to today. This is big for a number of reasons. Wilson has the size and talent to play early at a position of need. Games are won in the trenches, and Georgia is getting dramatically better on both lines.
When I saw Wilson earlier this March at the Kirby Smart camp, I thought he was a former NFL player. He did not compete at the camp, but he was easy to notice as he watched the linemen who were camping go through drills. I asked offense graduate assistant DJ Looney who he was, and his face lit up immediately. Coach Chaney, Pittman, and Looney were giving Wilson tons of attention that day, and I could tell he was a top target. I was not sure what his interest was in Georgia at the time, but it was a great job by Kirby and the staff to get him on campus. I mentioned Wilson in a quick video with Dean right after the camp.
The offensive line has been a question mark for years, but it will turn into a strength very soon. The offensive line class was already damn good, but the fifth addition of Wilson easily made this Georgia’s best class of offensive lineman I’ve ever seen.
Fortunately for Georgia, it looks like it will stay that way for a while. The 2018 class, especially in Georgia, is loaded with offensive lineman. Warner Robins tackle Christian Armstrong and Tucker tackle Dylan Wonnum are both legit SEC tackles with interest in Georgia, but it’s the guards that stand out in the 2018 class.
Pace Academy Jamaree Salyer is a five star guard prospect who has been a Georgia lean for some time, but Ohio State and Clemson are closing the gap. Salyer visited Ohio State late in the year but I get the feeling that the Bulldogs are still in the lead. Woodland (GA) guard James Ohonba is the state’s second ranked guard, and while he has a Georgia offer, I believe other schools are ahead of Georgia at this time. Houston County (GA) guard Deontrey Hill is a major Georgia target, and someone I’ve seen multiple times in a camp setting. He has tree trunk for thighs and will be a force in the run game. Hill’s recruitment is wide open at this time, but Georgia is right there towards the top from what I’ve gathered. Florida State commit Christian Meadows is another prospect to know, but the four-star does not currently hold an offer. He did work out in front of the Georgia coaches earlier this summer, so he is at least on their radar. Stephenson guard Jalil Irvin is another guard prospect to know with a Georgia offer.
Either way, The Bulldogs signed an incredible offensive line class in 2017, and there are plenty of solid linemen to choose from next year as well. Georgia won’t sign them all, but expect them to sign two massive guard prospects in 2018.
As for Trevor Lawrence, there is no doubt that is a big loss for Georgia. The Bulldogs are in good hands the next few years with Eason and Fromm, but Trevor Lawrence is on another level. Fortunately, Georgia did not lose him because they didn’t recruit him hard enough. Kirby Smart and the staff gave Lawrence the VIP treatment when he was in Athens, and treated him different than all of the other recruits. Lawrence and his family did not travel with recruits around campus, but was shuttled around in a private black Escalade from what I was told. He knew he was a top priority, but in the end, the relationship with Clemson and Dabo Swinney won out. They had recruited Lawrence longer and harder, but you can’t blame Kirby Smart for this one. The staff went all out for Lawrence, but they came up a little short.
So where does Georgia go from here at quarterback?
The Bulldogs still need to take two quarterbacks in the 2018 class, with one of them most likely coming from the JUCO ranks. They could try to flip North Gwinnet signal caller Cade Fortin from Texas A&M, but I don’t see it happening. Jarren Williams is another option, but I don’t see that happening either. Again the Bulldogs are in good hands at the position for years to come, but injuries happen, and there needs to be depth. It will be interesting to see what quarterbacks Georgia goes hard after in the 2018 and 2019 class.