It was another big recruiting weekend for Georgia as the Bulldogs hosted many top targets in the 2018, 2019, and 2020 class.
A name to know on the offensive line in the 2018 class is Hewitt-Trussville (AL) OT Pierce Quick. The 6-foot-5 280-pounder was recently offered by Georgia, and was very impressive Sunday at the Atlanta Opening.
“UGA was great.” Quick said. “I got to talk to coach Pittman for a while and that was awesome and I got to see the facility and practice and that was also great. The coaches just told me they think I’ll fit in there and that they need more lineman by the time I graduate.”
Quick plans to visit Alabama and Tennessee within the next couple of weeks, and said Alabama, Auburn, and Oregon are recruiting him the hardest.
As you know by now, the 2019 class at Grayson (GA) is absolutely loaded. Two major prospects, LB Owen Pappoe and RB Ronald Thompkins originally planned to visit Ohio State, but visited Georgia instead on Saturday. Owen has been a major Georgia target for years now, and now Thompkins has his Bulldog offer.
“I got to watch practice, talk and eat with coach McGee and coach Smart on my visit.” Thompkins said. “Georgia is absolutely amazing and it’s close to home but I haven’t started building a relationship outside of football with nay of the coaches at UGA like I’ve done with other schools.”
Georgia jumped into the picture late with Thompkins and Grayson teammate Wanya Morris, but there is still a long way to go in their recruitment. Florida State, LSU, and Alabama have all done a great job here early in their recruitment. Thompkins, and most likely other Grayson prospects, plan to visit Tennessee, Auburn, and Alabama after spring break.
Another major target for Georgia in 2019 is Hillgrove ATH Jaylen McCollough. The DB/RB has been all over the place this year visiting schools, and admits he had a great time in Athens this weekend.
“It was a great visit like always.” McCollough said. “I talked with head coach Kirby Smart about where he wants to me to play and I watched spring practice. I also got to hang out with some of the players including Richard LeCounte.”
McCollough has great size and plays physical. He can start out at defensive back, but inside linebacker could be another option down the road as he grows. He plans to visit Alabama and Florida State “pretty soon”.
Marist (GA) tight end John FitzPatrick has seen his recruitment blow up the past few weeks, and while he didn’t pick up an offer, he enjoyed his visit to the Classic City.
“My visit to UGA was great. I loved it.” FitzPatrick said. “I was able to watch practice and I sat in the TE meeting so that was awesome. I was able to speak with coach Smart and coach Beamer as well. They said they want to see me run around this spring at practice and see me catch the ball.”
FitzPatrick has great size and was easy to notice Sunday at the Atlanta Opening. An offer from UGA down the road would not be surprising.
2020 quarterback Harrison Bailey was also in Athens last weekend and was able to speak with the coaches and watch practice. He doesn’t give up to much when it comes to recruiting, but Georgia certainly has his interest. He has great size at 6-foot-5 220-pounds, has a live arm, and will be an easy 5-star candidate when the 2020 rankings come out.