It has been a good week for the University of Georgia on the recruiting trail and it got even better with the Bulldogs kicking off the weekend with two new commitments from Warren Ericson and Rachad Wildgoose, Jr. on Friday night.
Ericson was the first to pull the trigger just after 8:00 p.m. and Wildgoose followed shortly afterward.
— Warren Ericson (@warericson54) June 3, 2017
— Rachad Wildgoose Jr. (@Clamps_era) June 3, 2017
Both Ericson and Wildgoose are 2018 prospects, which gives Georgia commitments No. 4 and No. 5 for the recruiting class. Since Wednesday night, that makes three for the Bulldogs when 2018 defensive end/linebacker Jaevon Becton announced his commitment to Georgia on May 31st. Those three join kicker/punter Jake Camarda and defensive back Chris Smith II to round out the 2018 class for the Bulldogs.
And just who are these two new 2018 commits?
Ericson is a 6 foot 4 and 317 lbs offensive lineman out of North Gwinnett High School in Suwanee, GA and is rated a consensus 4-start OG prospect by 247, ESPN, Rivals and Scout. He is considered a top-15 guard nationally. The Georgia coaching staff offered Ericson on February 25, 2017, one of over 29 scholarship offers Ericson garnered from programs like Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, FSU, LSU, Michigan, Ohio StateSouthern Cal, and Tennessee to name just a few.
The Dogs are getting an aggressive lineman who plays with a mean and nasty streak in the trenches where he often drive blocks his man into the ground. Reminds me of former Georgia offensive lineman Max Jean-Gilles who just dominated the man in front of him and David Andrews in his intensity and tenacity; although, he is not as athletic as Andrews. He is further along than most high school o-linemen when it comes to pass pro, but that doesn’t mean he is ready to come in and start as a freshman as he needs to work on his flexibility in order to get that pad level lower. He can get away with playing higher in high school because of his strength and power, especially since he doesn’t see SEC caliber d-lineman every week.
Rachad Wildgoose, Jr.
First off, you have to love a defensive back with the last name of ‘Wildgoose.’ The 5 foot 11 and 190 lbs DB hails from Miami-Northwestern High School out of the Miami, Florida area where he plays cornerback for the Bulls. And don’t let his two-star rating by 247, Rivals and Scout mislead you. The ‘Goose’ can play. That fact is backed up by the number of scholarship offers he has received and from whom. He has over 16 offers from FBS programs that include Florida, Kentucky, Maryland, NC State, Ole Miss, Oregon State and Wisconsin. Rachad had committed to Rutgers back on April 15th but de-committed from the Scarlet Knights just over a month later on May 25th. Georgia offered on May 10th.
The ‘Goose’ can fly and has run a fast forty time of 4.45 seconds, which would put him in the top-15 for the 2017 NFL Draft. He has a jump in his step to boot with a recorded 37-inch vertical, which would put him in the top-10 for the most recent NFL Draft. Plus, Rachad shows some strength to go along with speed and agility, benching 275 lbs and squatting 405 lbs. All those numbers are great, but how does that translate on the football field?
Rachad closes in on the ball carrier in a hurry and is great coming from the secondary downhill in run support. The thing I like most about his game is that he tackles well. Not a lot of missed or broken tackles. If he gets his hands on you, he is not letting go and will bring the ball carrier down or stand him up till help arrives from the rest of the defense. He is a little raw in pass coverage, but I like Goose in a Maurice Smith or Aaron Davis type role in the Georgia defense. While he is not as tall and long as some of the recent defensive backs that Coach Kirby Smart and Defensive Coordinator Mel Tucker have gone after, he is versatile and could play at safety or cornerback in the secondary.
Kirby’s red and black, recruiting mean machine looks like it has picked up steam and is starting to roll down the track again, and for Bulldawg fans, that has to put a spring in their step and a smile on their face.
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