Jamaree Salyer (© Chad Simmons / Scout)

Where Does Georgia Stand with Top Targets?

Dawg Post takes a look at where the Bulldogs stand with some of their top 2018 targets.

Great spot:

Brenton Cox:

One of the top defenders in the south, Cox is an elite pass rusher who can play outside linebacker to defensive end at the next level. Cox visited Georgia twice this fall, attending games against Auburn and Georgia Tech. The 6-foot-5 242-pound has Georgia, Clemson, Tennessee, Auburn, and Ohio State in his top group. He has a great relationship with head coach Kirby Smart and outside linebackers coach Kevin Sherrer. Cox wants to be able to play earlier as a freshman, and Georgia will be able to offer that with Lorenzo Carter and Davin Bellamy graduated.

Kearis Jackson:

One of the top receivers in the south, Jackson has always been high on the Bulldogs, and they are one of the schools he’s favoring the most. He visited Georgia unofficially late last month, and the staff is really making him a priority in the 2018 class. Clemson and Florida are two other schools high on his list.

Quindarious Monday:

The hard hitting safety was ecstatic when receiving an offer from Georgia last month, and the Bulldogs could be tough to beat in the end. He has great size at 6-foot-3 185-pounds and has picked up multiple offers this past month. If Georgia recruits him hard they have a great shot with at him in the end. Auburn and Florida State are high on his list as well.

Darnell Jefferies:

One of the top rising defensive linemen in the south, Jefferies was recently offered by Georgia in late January and that was an offer he wanted badly. He is comfortable in Athens, he feels wanted, and will be visiting Georgia again shortly. The Bulldogs need multiple defensive lineman in the 2018 class, and Jefferies would be an excellent addition.

Good Spot:

Jamaree Salyer:

Georgia’s top offensive line target, Salyer has always had the Bulldogs high on his list. He has a great relationship with offensive line coach Sam Pittman, and played high school with 2017 Georgia signees Andrew Thomas and Trey Blount. Salyer knows he is a top priority for the Bulldogs and has been for a long time. Georgia is in a good spot here, but Clemson is a team that really has his attention. Ohio Sate is another team to watch with Salyer.

Zamir White:

White is an elite game-changing back and one of the top overall prospects in America. The Bulldogs were in a great position early in his recruitment, and the firing of Mark Richt didn’t help the Bulldogs moving forward. Head coach Kirby Smart is doing everything he can to land the elite back, and was successful in getting White on camps in late January. With a summer decision likely, the staff needs to get him on campus at least one more time. Georgia and Clemson look to be the two leaders at this moment.

Christopher Smith:

Smith is one of the top cornerback prospects in Georgia for the 2018 class. He visited Georgia twice this fall to attend the games against Tennessee and Georgia Tech. The four-star prospect out of Hapeville Charter (GA) was extremely excited when Georgia extended an offer this past December. Since then, Alabama, Oregon, Michigan State, and many others have offered.

Trey Hill:

Another top guard prospect high on Georgia’s board, Hill is a player who will be able to pick the school of his choice. Georgia is in a good spot, and he will be recruited hard by former teammate and current Bulldog quarterback Jake Fromm. Hill knows he’s wanted in Athens, but plenty of other schools are coming hard after him as well. Hill is wide open in his recruitment at the moment.

Josh Vann:

A prospect who will rise in the ranking soon, Vann is a smooth receiver with impressive quickness and agility. He has reliable hands, and followed his great junior season by impressing at Rising Seniors in December. He holds a Georgia offer, and that is the biggest one he has at the moment. If Georgia continues to recruit him hard, they will be tough to beat.

 

Needs to work on:

Myles Sims:

The impressive prospect from Westlake (GA) holds a Georgia offer, but the Bulldogs are not standing out to him as much as they are to other in-state defensive backs. Alabama is in a great position here, as is Notre Dame and LSU.

Derrik Allen:

Allen is another top safety prospect the Bulldogs seem to be behind on. He visited Georgia this past fall, but Clemson and Ohio State are two schools high on his list at the moment. He visited Clemson for their Junior Day at the end of January.

Christian Armstrong:

Armstrong likes Georgia, but the Bulldogs have to be very selective on how many tackles they take in this class. Max Wray is a talented tackle already committed to Georgia, so it looks like there might be only one tackle spot left. Armstrong is wide open in his recruitment at this moment, and others like Florida and Florida State seem to be ahead of Georgia at this moment.

Justin Mascoll:

A onetime Georgia lean, The Bulldogs have fallen off a little in Mascoll’s recruitment. He might be one of the highest rated outside linebacker prospects in the south, but with Adam Anderson already committed, and Brenton Cox becoming a top priority, it looks like Mascoll is leaning towards leaving the state. He has expressed interest in playing with South Gwinnett teammate Robert Cooper, who is committed to Florida State, but it is not a package deal between the two. The Seminoles and the Clemson Tigers are in a great position at the moment.

 

 


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