Georgia has had another great year on the recruiting trail, currently ranking No. 2 in the country behind Alabama with 21 players signed and four already on campus going through bowl preparations. There are 5 5-star recruits in the class and 14 4-stars.
And it’s not over yet.
There are still several top players who are unsigned and still have Georgia under consideration, some more than others. There’s still a chance that Georgia’s 2019 could be much better than it is now. Here’s a quick wish list for the Bulldogs.
1. Get 5-star WR Jadon Haselwood back in the fold
Jadon Haselwood is a 5-star wide receiver from Ellenwood, Ga., a south suburb of Atlanta. He was committed to Georgia for months before deciding to decommit in October. He is still high on the Bulldogs and has visited Athens recently, but Oklahoma and Miami are serious threats.
CaneSport.com reported that Haselwood was going to have letters-of-intent prepared from Miami and Georgia this week and secretly sign one. But he won’t send it to the school of his choice until after he announces at the All-American Bowl on Jan. 5. “I personally think it’s UGA and everyone else,” close friend and mentor Darrin Hood said a few weeks ago. “UGA stands alone. That’s just my personal feeling because I know how he feels about the school, but he always says he doesn’t have a top school. Those are just my personal thoughts from being around him.”
2. Beat Miami for homegrown DB Tyrique Stevenson
Georgia is also battling Miami for 4-star defensive back Tyrique Stevenson, and this time it’s the Hurricanes who have the home field advantage. Stevenson, a Miami Southridge star, planned to make a move like Haselwood, signing secretly and then announcing at the Jan. 5 All-American Bowl. Those plans have apparently changed for the No. 38 overall prospect.
“Just last night, me talking to my mom, I decided to just hold it off for a little bit,” Stevenson said Wednesday. “I want to make sure everything is good, so we will be doing a little more research. Most likely, I will be silently signing Friday and just announcing it at the game.”
3. Move up CB Kaiir Elam’s list before he makes a decision
Kaiir Elam has shot up recruiting boards the past two years and the 4-star cornerback recruit from North Palm Beach, Fla., and is ranked No. 61 overall. He holds offers from Florida, Georgia, Miami, Ohio State and more than 35 other teams, and he seems to be trending toward signing in February. There are close family ties to Florida, but the Bulldogs could still be in the mix.
“I’m not sure,” Elam said last week when asked when he might make a decision. “I’m going to just take all the time I can just to make sure I get all the visits squared away and from there, whatever school just feels the best.”
4. Somehow get back in the mix for 5-star OT Darnell Wright
Darnell Wright is a 6-6, 320-pound offensive tackle from Huntington, W. Va., and he’s the top-ranked offensive lineman in the 247Sports team rankings, checking in at No. 10 overall. He let the Early Signing Period go by, so there’s still a chance. Not much of one probably, because Tennessee seems to be the favorite, with Alabama still making a hard push.
Sam Pittman just might be the best offensive line coach in the country though, so maybe Georgia could still make something happen here. It’s a long shot, but we can dream.
5. Justin Fields decides not to transfer after all
How about this for a curveball. And why not? These days, you still need to recruit your own players, too. Freshman quarterback Justin Fields has talked about transferring, but he was out there practicing with his Georgia teammates last week and he’s told coach Kirby Smart that he’s excited about playing in the Sugar Bowl against Texas. So how that this not be on the wish list? How about if he stays after all?
“He decided he wanted to play in the Sugar Bowl, and I told him ‘absolutely, we want you there,’” Smart said last week.
Smart said Georgia wants Fields to stay, but there’s a reality to him entering his name into the NCAA portal, which enables him to have contact with other schools.
“I don’t think there’s anything you can do (to convince him to stay),” Smart said. “We’ve been very open and honest that we would like him to stay. He’s worked really hard. He competed his tail off throughout the year and played a team role throughout the year. I am pleased with his work towards Texas,” Smart said. “When he’s out there with us he has a really good demeanor, he’s getting good reps.”
Georgia softened the potential blow by getting 4-star QB Dwan Mathis to flip from Ohio State. Mathis said he picked the Bulldogs because of the chance to play after Jake Fromm leaves for the NFL.