On March 28, 2017 when the Dawgs were sitting with only two commits and ranked with the 40th ranked the nation (10th in the SEC) I wrote an article saying there was no reason to panic. The main reason I gave was that the slow start was because the Dawgs loaded up on talent in the Class of 2017 and if they showed progress on the field things would take care of themselves. With the Dawgs off to a fantastic start in 2017 I began re-evaluating the Dawgs recruiting and have put together my annual Way-Too-Early projection for the Dawgs recruiting class. ENJOY!!
PART 1: QUARTERBACK, TAILBACKS AND RECEIVERS<
6’3 225 – 5 Star – Harrison HS – Kennesaw, GA
Despite the fact Jake Fromm is beginning to take hold of the QB job at Georgia, the situation in Athens, GA is ideal for Fields. Georgia has a deep, young offensive line loa ded with talent. The Dawgs will also surround him with an elite group of tailbacks that will take away the burden of being a run first quarterback. Add in the fact that the Dawgs have the #1 and #2 WR’s in the nation committed in the Class of 2019 and the situation couldn’t be any better. As a true freshman Fields would arrive without the burden of being deemed the “savior” of the program and play in specific packages designed for his skillset. As a sophomore, he competes for the starting job and has a legitimate shot to win the job. This not the Mark Richt era in Athens anymore – Coach Smart will play whomever gives the Dawgs the best chance to win. If Justin Fields is who I think he is I would be very surprised if that is not him.
6’1 220 – 5 Star – Scotland County HS – Laurinburg, NC
Georgia is Tailback U and it isn’t even close with any other school. The tradition continues with Zamir White’s arrival in Athens and he may be the most gifted runner of any tailback the Dawgs have recruited in recent memory. He will be the beneficiary of playing behind an offensive line with elite potential and alongside a talented stable of tailbacks allowing him to stay fresh. I’ve been asked to compare him to a recent UGA running back and there is no comparison – he has the potential to be the best since Herschel Walker. Speaking of Herschel – on Signing Day will he call Zamir White and tell him to continue using his high school jersey number which happens to be #34?
5’11 184 – 4 Star – Miami Central HS – Miami, FL
If landing Zamir White was not enough the Dawgs are also poised to land James Cook. Cook is a dynamic weapon that is a different type of back from most the Dawgs have recruited recently. He is not a between the tackles power back, but instead, he is a tailback/slot receiver hybrid. He is a mismatch nightmare for opposing defensive coordinators with his versatility. He won’t ever be a 20+ carry per game tailback, but instead an 8 carry guy to go along with 3 or 4 catches and a few punt returns. Cook is an excellent complement to Zamir White.
5’11 203 – 4 Star – Peach County HS – Fort Valley, GA
Kearis Jackson is one of the best pure football players in this class. When you watch his tape, the love and passion for the game jumps off the screen at you. Jackson is not a speed merchant but instead is a physical receiver that will go across the middle and make the contested catches in traffic with absolutely zero fear. Combine that with his dynamic run after the catch ability and he is another terrific skill position weapon for the Dawgs.
5’11 181 – 4 Star – St. Thomas Aquinas HS – Fort Lauderdale, FL
Moore reminds me a great deal of Terry Godwin when he was tearing it up at Callaway HS. He has hands like velcro and runs precise routes in comparison to most high school receivers. With the ability to play both in the slot and out wide he will get plenty of opportunities throughout his career in Athens.
6’1 185 – 3 Star – Harrison HS – Kennesaw, GA
Justin Fields teammate, Peterson, has been offered as a preferred walk-on opportunity and I think he ends up in Athens with that role. I feature him in this because I believe the way UGA has treated him and included him on the process during the recruitment of Fields is yet another reason why Fields ends up in Athens.
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