Today on Bulldawg Illustrated’s UGA Recruiting Daily we look at Georgia’s defensive back recruiting focusing in on safeties.
Georgia has three DBs committed for 2018 and two of those are safeties in Aaron Brule and Rachad Wildgoose, Jr. The coaching staff have offered 18 total safeties in this recruiting class and have also offered 9 in the 2019 class. The question here is whether or not UGA will take another safety in the current class or are they going to concentrate on adding another CB?
A lot of that will depend on who they have as a priority on their target board and also Brule is the type of player that they could bring in as a safety but then move to ILB a-la Thomas Davis or Alec Ogletree. If they do add another safety in this class, Georgia may try to flip Trey Dean, who is currently committed to Tennessee. I am also looking at Tyreke Johnson, but it seems that UGA has backed off here in the last couple of months. That could be telling in that they may not be looking at another safety or have several DBs higher on their target board that they feel good about.
I also want to look at a couple of 2019 prospects – Grayson High Schools Kenyatta Watson II, who is currently committed to Florida State and Hillgrove High School’s Jaylen McCollough, who is undeclared. Keep your eye on Watson. Georgia has really impressed the Grayson players and coaches and he is definitely on flip watch.
TODAY’S FEATURED PROSPECTS
If position ranking is noted, it is 247 Sports latest composite ranking of the player.
POSITION: DB – No. 21 Safety
HT, WT: 6 foot 2.5, and 190 lbs
SCHOOL: Dutchtown High School
CITY, STATE: Hampton, GA
STATUS: Committed to Tennessee 08/02/2017
UGA OFFER: Yes, offered on 02/11/2017.
# OFFERS: 37
NEWS & NOTES: Dean was offered back in February and visited Georgia a couple of times in the month of April on 04/04 and for G-Day on 04/22. Dean was back in Athens over the summer, attending the Kirby Smart Football camp at UGA on June 1st and then again on July 15th. After Dean stated Clemson, FSU, and Georgia were his top choices, he ended up committing to Tennessee on August 2nd. Dean also visited UGA for homecoming versus Missouri on Oct. 14th.
2017 MIDSEASON SENIOR HIGHLIGHTS – CLICK HERE
2017 RIVALS CAMP HIGHLIGHTS – CLICK HERE
2016 JUNIOR SEASON HIGHLIGHTS – CLICK HERE
POSITION: DB – No. 4 Safety
HT, WT: 6 foot 1.5, and 191 lbs
SCHOOL: Trinity Christian High School
CITY, STATE: Jacksonville, FL
UGA OFFER: Yes, offered on 07/18/2014.
# OFFERS: 25
NEWS & NOTES: T. Johnson has held an offer from Georgia since his freshman year in 2014. He visited UGA back on May 20th and again in August on the 18th. He was considered a heavy Bulldog lean, but it looks like Johnson and Georgia have cooled down recently. So when will the talented 2018 DB make his decision? He has said it will likely be before the December early signing period and he plans to be an early enrollee.
93-YARD PICK SIX vs. RIBAULT – CLICK HERE
TYREKE JOHNSON’S ULTIMATE HIGHLIGHTS – CLICK HERE
HUDL HIGHLIGHTS – CLICK HERE
POSITION: DB – No. 3 Safety
HT, WT: 6 foot 1, and 190 lbs
SCHOOL: Hillgrove High School
CITY, STATE: Powder Springs, GA
UGA OFFER: Yes, offered on 11/02/2016
# OFFERS: 16
NEWS & NOTES: The Bulldog coaching staff offered McCollough last fall on November 2nd. He visited UGA back at the end of spring on May 20th. McCollough also visited and camped at Alabama and Clemson over the summer. Although many consider him a FSU lean at the moment, I think his recruitment is wide open with Bama, Clemson, FSU, Ohio State, and Georgia all in the race. McCollough was back at UGA for the Dawgs’ game versus Mississippi State on Sept. 23rd. The talented 2019 prospect also plays at RB for Hillgrove.
2017 HIGHLIGHTS vs. WEST FORSYTH HS – CLICK HERE
2016 SOPHOMORE SEASON HIGHLIGHTS – CLICK HERE
2015 FRESHMAN SEASON HIGHLIGHTS – CLICK HERE
KENYATTA WATSON II
POSITION: DB – No. 17 Safety
HT, WT: 6 foot 1.75, and 177 lbs
SCHOOL: Grayson High School
CITY, STATE: Loganville, GA
STATUS: Currently committed to FSU 04/08/2017.
UGA OFFER: Yes, offered on 04/16/2017.
# OFFERS: 32
NEWS & NOTES: Georgia offered Kenyatta Watson on April 16th a week after he committed to FSU. The talented Grayson safety has over 32 offers, and even though he is currently committed to the Seminoles, the Bulldogs have positioned themselves to potentially flip Watson. He has visited UGA several times this season including the Samford game on Sept. 16th and the Mississippi State game on Sept. 23rd.
2017 JUNIOR SEASON HIGHLIGHTS SO FAR – CLICK HERE
2016 SOPHOMORE SEASON HIGHLIGHTS – CLICK HERE
WATSON’S BORN TO COMPETE VIDEO – CLICK HERE