An elite Peach State quarterback is back on the market as Justin Fields has de-committed from Penn State. It was somewhat expected, but a big deal nonetheless. Look for the Florida, Auburn and Georgia to get a closer look moving forward. We’ve been told he has an event at IMG Academy in a couple weeks with his 7-on-7 team, so a visit to Florida is certainly possible.
In addition, late-night phone calls last night allow us to report that the Gators are likely in the driver’s seat right now. Auburn and Georgia are certainly going to get a look from Fields, but the Gators “feel like they are in good position right now.” In addition, Auburn already has a commitment from a top-100 quarterback in this class. Also, from what we understand, the move away from Penn State didn’t have anything do to baseball or a future in it for Fields.
Georgia commit Chris Smith is working hard to be the leader of this 2018 class. Smith will camp with multiple UGA targets in Indianapolis this weekend, and admitted that he will be recruiting Justin Fields and Trey Dean as much as he can.
Speaking of Dean, the four-star target has gone quiet the last few weeks as a decision is coming this summer. South Carolina has made him a top priority, and the Gamecocks are very much in this, but we still feel Georgia is the team to beat for the Dutchtown product.
It should be a busy summer for Georgia targets, as many plan on making a decision in the next couple of months. Zamir White, Trey Dean, Darnell Jefferies, Marquez Ezzard, Caleb Tannor, John FitzPatrick, Master Teague and Kyler McMichael all plan on committing this summer, and the Bulldogs will likely land most of the prospects mentioned from what we are hearing. Most is not all, but UGA should feel good generally speaking.
As it relates to White: We still feel like UGA leads here, but we also understand that Ohio State is a recruiting force right now. And if anyone is going to take White away from UGA is going to be Ohio State. Then again, folks we trust on the ground in Laurinburg still think UGA is the team to beat. Clemson seems all but out. North Carolina, we don’t think, was in position to get White before now, and its virtually impossible for them to change that.
As it stands today, we expect White to commit to UGA later this month.
Carver (Atlanta) defensive back Quindarious Monday was in Athens this weekend, but we’ve been told it’s still an Auburn-FSU battle here with Oregon coming on strong. Monday plans to graduate early and plans to decide soon after his senior season. UGA has so work to do here.
With a major camp being held this weekend, many prospects have decided to take a visit or two during the week. Four-star target Darnell Jefferies has taken as many visits as anyone recently, and he will be in Athens Wednesday morning. He’s big defensive line target is coming off visits to LSU and Alabama, but Clemson and Georgia are still likely his top two at this time. We give Clemson the edge as of today, so Wednesday is a very big visit for Georgia.
2020 running back Cartavious Bigsby will also be in Athens on Wednesday. Bigsby is an elite talent who already holds offers from Georgia, Alabama and many others across the country. This will be Bigsby’s third visit to Georgia since G-day, and he has a close relationship already with Coach Dell McGee. Georgia has done a great job recruiting him early on.
Speaking of McGee, he’s been an unbelievably effective recruiter lately. We continue to hear his name more and more on the trial.
2019 target JD Bertrand plans to be in Athens this Friday, and he is a major target for Georgia. The hard hitting middle linebacker is one of the best in the South, and Georgia is in a great spot right now for the Blessed Trinity (GA) prospect. Bertrand is close friends with 2019 prospects Chris Hinton, Dominick Blaylock and Ryland Goede, who are all major Georgia targets as well. A commitment date is not set, but it could come sooner than later.
West Forsyth (GA) tight end Ben Bresnahan is a prospect to know in the 2018 class. He camped at Georgia last weekend, and sat down with Shane Beamer and Jim Chaney for “a while”, but left without an offer. An offer down the road would not be surprising.
As the tight end group goes, the Bulldogs plan on taking two in the 2018 class, and are in a great position with Johns Creek TE Tommy Tremble, and Marist TE John FitzPatrick. Tremble visited Georgia last weekend, and said Tennessee and Notre Dame are recruiting him hard also.
Tremble plans to make a decision after his senior season. UCLA and Notre Dame are Georgia’s biggest competition for John FitzPatrick, and he plans to make a decision later this summer.
2018 OT Owen Condon plans to be in Athens on June 10th. The Oklahoma native has ties to Georgia, and hears from Sam Pittman and Kirby “at least once a week”. Condon also plans on committing at the end of the summer, and is looking closely at Georgia, Arkansas, Vanderbilt, TCU and Oklahoma State.
New addition to the UGA support staff Scott Fountain will earn $115,000 a year for his help at Georgia this year. But why was he moved off the field at Auburn? We asked a trusted Tigers source.
“To hire another black coach for recruiting is what I was told,” they responded. “Scott is a good coach and good guy.”
Fountain coached special teams and tight ends at Auburn since 2009. Before that he was Iowa State, Georgia Southern, Middle Tennessee, UCF and Florida State.