Dawg Post Mock Class of 2018 v 1.0

ATHENS - With the 2018 class heating up this summer, Dawg Post takes a look at what Georgia’s 2018 recruiting class could look like come February.

This is a very fluid list, and will be updated accordingly over the next few months. Note that this is version 1.0 - we plan on updating at least once a month and perhaps more often as the Signing Days grow closer... 

Quarterback: (Needs 1-2)

Matt Corral, Polytechnic (CA)

This 5-star signal caller just de-committed from USC, and things have been trending in Georgia’s favor ever since. Corral visited Georgia earlier this spring and will take an official visit to Athens in the future. Alabama is Georgia’s biggest competition for Corral, who is said to favor a decision this summer.

Other options include Justin Fields (Harrison), Cordel Littlejohn (Roswell) and Brayden Hawkins (Myers Park). Littlejohn and Hawkins do not hold UGA offers, but could get another look if Georgia misses on both Fields and Corral.

Running Back:  (Needs 1-2)

Zamir White, Scotland (NC)

Georgia seems to be the leader for the elite back who will announce his decision on June 27th. But North Carolina is also in the mix, and the Bulldogs will have to fight the Heels off. Still, all signs point to White choosing the Bulldogs later this month. White is a five-star prospect, and the top-ranked running back in the country.

Other options include Anthony Grant (Buford) and Andrew Cunningham (Tampa Cambridge Christian, FL). Cunningham earned a Georgia offer earlier this week, and the staff will likely turn up the heat if they miss on Teague. Grant goes not hold a Georgia offer, but he’s certainly deserving of one. It’s possible the Georgia staff could take a serious look at him down the road.

Wide Receiver:  (Needs 2-3)

Kearis Jackson, Peach County (GA)

An elite playmaker and top Georgia target, Jackson has visited Athens multiple times in the past year, and they are in a great spot to land him at this time. Auburn is also very much in the mix, and the Tigers are a serious threat for Jackson.

Marquez Ezzard, Stockbridge (GA)

Ezzard has become a top Georgia target since being offered in January, and Georgia looks to be the leader at this time. He admitted to Dawg Post in March that the staff has told him that he and Jackson are the top two targets at the receiver position. Southern Cal and Florida State are serious contenders as well.

Josh Vann, Tucker (GA)

The four-star prospect has always had Georgia high on his list, holds an offer, and is coming off a recent visit. With arguably the best hands in the state, Vann would be an excellent addition to this class. South Carolina is Georgia’s biggest competition at the moment.

Other options include Terrell Perriman (Miami Central, FL) and Jalen Jordan (IMG Academy, FL). Georgia looks to be the leader for both receivers and either one could make this list by February. Perriman is a speedy slot receiver while Jordan is a bigger receiver at 6-foot-5 who could be a dangerous option in the red zone.

Tight End:  (Needs 2)

John FitzPatrick, Marist (GA)

FitzPatrick has grown into one of Georgia’s top targets and has visited Athens multiple times this spring. UCLA, Vanderbilt and some Ivey League schools are also in the mix.

Tommy Temble, Johns Creek (GA) 

A UGA legacy, Tremble is a different type of tight end than FitzPatrick, and has also visited Athens numerous times since being offered. 

Other options include Kyle Pitts (Archbishop Wood, PA) and Luke Ford (Carterville, IL)

Offensive Line:  (Needs 4)

Warren Ericson, North Gwinnett (GA)

Already a Georgia commitment, Ericson has the size the staff is looking for at 6-foot-4 317-pounds, and will likely play guard and center in Athens. Likely a redshirt candidate, Ericson is a larger version of former Bulldog lineman Brandon Kublanow.

Jamaree Salyer, Pace Academy (GA)

The nation’s No. 8 overall prospect, Salyer has been a priority for the Georgia staff for multiple years now. Clemson and Stanford are right there with Georgia as the other finalist. This will be a very close race and a decision will likely come after the football season. Salyer is very close with offensive line coach Sam Pittman, along with 2017 signees Trey Blount and Andrew Thomas. 

Trey Hill, Houston County (GA)

Georgia is in a great spot to land one of the top guards in the country. Florida State, Auburn and Clemson are also in the mix. He visited Auburn for their “Big Cat” weekend, but Georgia appears to be the frontrunner at this time.

Owen Condon, Bishop McGuinnes (OK)

Condon visited Georgia in the middle of March, and told Dawg Post he “absolutely loved” his visit. He visited Georgia again on June 10th where he made his commitment. Condon is a large tackle prospect who moves well and excels in the run game.

Other options include Daniel Faalele (IMG Academy, FL) and Dylan Wonnum (Tucker, GA).

Defensive Line:  (Needs 4)

Jaevon Becton, Ocean Lakes (VA)

Becton committed to Georgia on May 31 and will play outside linebacker and defensive end in Athens.

Stephon Wynn Jr., IMG Academy (FL)

Behind the scenes Georgia is in a great spot to land the versatile defensive lineman, and the Bulldogs would love to add someone of his caliber along the line.

Tramel Walthour, Liberty County (GA)

Walthour was recently offered by Georgia, and the Bulldogs are in a great spot to land the 6-foot-3, 280-pound defensive tackle.

Kinglsey Enagbare, Hapeville Charter (GA)

Another versatile defensive lineman who was recently offered, Enagbare was close to making a decision in May, but held off a little longer. He visited Georgia in late May, and the Bulldogs are high on his list along with the South Carolina Gamecocks.

Other options include Darnell Jefferies (Newton, GA), Malik Langham (Lee, AL), T.K Chimedza (IMG Academy, FL), Brenton Cox (Stockbridge, GA) and KJ Henry (West Forsyth, NC)

Linebackers:  (Needs 3-4)

Adam Anderson, Rome (GA)

Currently committed to LSU, there’s a chance the former Bulldog commit flips back to Georgia before February. Anderson is an elite pass rusher from the outside linebacker position, but can also move down to defensive end at the next level.

Caleb Tannor, Miller Grove (GA)

Tannor is likely to make a decision towards the end of the summer, with Georgia, Auburn, Tennessee, LSU and Florida in his top five. Tannor is coming off recent visits to Georgia and Auburn in the past few weeks.

Andrew Johnson, Columbus (GA)

An under-the-radar prospect, Johnson holds a Georgia offer and will likely play outside linebacker at the next level.

Other options include Channing Tindall (Spring Valley, SC), Azeez Ojulari (Marietta, GA), Quin Williams (Morgan County, GA) and Otis Reese (Lee County, GA)

Defensive Backs:  (Needs 4-5)

Chris Smith, Hapeville Charter (GA)

Georgia’s current leader in the 2018 class, Smith is a solid cover corner who continues to get better every day. Look for him to continue recruiting hard for Georgia until February.

Rachad Wildgoose, Miami Northwestern (FL)

The Miami native camped for Georgia on June 2nd where he latter committed. Wildgoose is a versatile player, but cornerback seems to make the most sense considering his size and ball skills.

Trey Dean, Dutchtown (GA)

One of Georgia’s top targets, Dean was in Athens for the first weekend of Kirby Smart camps in early June, and will make a decision on July 31st. South Carolina, Texas and Duke are Georgia’s competitors for one of the top safety prospects in the South.

Tyreke Johnson, Trinity Catholic (FL)

Johnson is a large defensive back at 6-foot-1 191-pounds who is as physical as it gets. He needs to sharpen his cover skills, but Johnson is a major Georgia target and many believe the Bulldogs are his leader at this time. He will likely play strong safety at the next level.

Other options include Kyler McMichael (Greater Atlanta Christian, GA) and Quindarious Monday (Carver-Atlanta, GA).

Special Teams:  (Needs 1)

Jake Camarda, P, Norcross (GA)

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