It’s obviously a different time in Georgia Bulldogs recruiting. With so much success on the recruiting trail, numbers have gotten extremely tight in the 2017 class, leaving the staff with some tough decisions to make. One of those tough decisions was made yesterday, as the staff had to part ways with four-star running back recruit Toneil Carter. With the return of Nick Chubb and Sony Michel, the Bulldogs will have 5 capable backs on the roster for 2017, including freshman back D’Andre Swift.
o where do the Bulldogs go from here at the running back position?
It looks like Georgia will only take one running back in this class now, being Swift who is already committed. Cam Akers will have a spot open for him until Signing Day, but it’s still very doubtful he signs with the Bulldogs. That means Georgia will have to sign two running backs in the 2018 class, which could be tougher than expected. With Chubb and Michel gone after this year, playing time is something the staff will try to sell to the 2018 backs they try to recruit. Unfortunately, there are not a ton of elite backs in the class to choose from.
Scotland (NC) Zamir White is the prize of the 2018 class, and a prospect who knows Georgia well. Unfortunately for Georgia fans, Clemson looks to be the heavy favorite at the moment. He has stated publicly that he would like to play with Clemson commit Trevor Lawrence, and decided shortly after Trevor’s decision that he will announce his commitment on June. The Georgia staff will still recruit White as hard as ever, but pulling the 6-foot-1 210-pound White is going to be tough.
Bainbridge (GA) star Dameon Pierce is the top ranked running back in Georgia for 2018, but he is currently committed to Alabama. Look for Georgia to do everything they can to flip the 5-foot-11 203-pounder.
After White and Pierce, there’s a big drop-off when it comes to guys Georgia is in the running for. Universtiy (FL) back Lorenzo Lingard has a Bulldog offer, but it looks like Ohio State and Florida are the two favorites right now.
Hattiesburg (MS) back Fabian Franklin has a Georgia offer, but he also seems like a long-shot for the Bulldogs at this moment. Alabama, Ole Miss, and Mississippi State, Tennessee, among others have offered.
Another back in Georgia to know is Lyn-J Dixon. The Taylor County (GA) product had a sensational junior season, and is a player who could move up on the Georgia board at the position if needed. Buford’s Anthony Grant and Creekside’s Rico Frye are also names too know in 2018.
Again, 2018 is a long way off, but the staff needs to find a way to land two major backs in this class. It will be interesting to see where they try to go after Zamir White and Dameon Pierce.