A record six 5-star athletes join UGA’s 2018 recruiting class


The start of college football’s first-ever early signing period, which runs Dec. 20-22, was huge for the program.

The Bulldogs have landed six 5-star signees. According to DawgNation’s Jeff Sentell, the Bulldogs had never signed more than three 5-star recruits in a class before Wednesday.

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The 2018 group represents Kirby Smart’s second recruiting class and his first full recruiting cycle, this time able to pitch players to sign to play for the newly minted SEC champions.

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The majority of the Bulldogs’ current class is expected to sign national letters-of-intent as early as Wednesday.

3:35 p.m.: The Bulldogs aren’t slowing down any are they? They just landed Brenton Cox, a 5-star defensive end from Stockbridge. Cox is the No. 2 strongside defensive end in this class and the No. 22 player overall. He picked Georgia over Alabama. Cox is Georgia’s sixth 5-star prospect in this class.

2:40 p.m.: Georgia continues to pile up 5-star talent on its offensive line. The Bulldogs added 5-star tackle Cade Mays from Knoxville, Tenn. He is the No. 2 tackle in this class and the No. 16 player overall. 

2:15 p.m.: Georgia’s strong morning and early afternoon continued as Adam Anderson sent in his paperwork to officially join the program. Anderson is a 5-star outside linebacker. The 6-foot-5, 220-pounder helped lead Rome to back-to-back state titles.

12:31 p.m.: Justin Fields, a 5-star QB, has signed. Fields is 6-foot-3, 221 pounder who played at Cobb County’s Harrison High. He is ranked as the No. 1 dual-threat quarterback in the nation. 

11:57 a.m.: Christopher Smith II, a 4-star CB, has signed. Smith is a 5-foot-11, 175-pounder from Hapeville.

11:50 a.m.: Georgia added more defensive help with the addition of Azeez Ojulari. Ojulari (6-foot-4 224 pounds) is a 4-star defensive end from Marietta.

11:40 a.m.: The nation’s No. 1 running back has signed with the Bulldogs in Zamir White. White, who is still recovering from a torn ACL, is a 5-star prospect from Laurinburg, N.C. He is 6-foot-1 and 220 pounds and adds even more talent to that deep and dangerous Georgia backfield.

10:50: Some more news for the Bulldogs as Divaad Wilson picked Georgia over South Carolina. Wilson is a 4-star cornerback from Miami.

10:45 a.m.: Georgia’s deep running back group just got a lot more talented as James Cook signed. Cook is a 4-star, 5-foot-11, 181-pounder from Miami.

10:30 a.m.: The news continues to be terrific for Georgia’s offensive line, although this was expected. Trey Hill, a 4-star guard from Warner Robins, has signed. Hill is 6-foot-3 and 346 pounds. He committed earlier this month.

10:05 a.m.: The first big news of the day is in as Jamaree Salyer has picked the Bulldogs. Salyer is a 5-star guard from Atlanta. Salyer is the No. 1 guard in the nation and the No. 10 player overall.

10 a.m.: Kearis Jackson, a 4-star from Fort Valley, has signed. Jackson is a 6-foot, 203-pound athlete.

9:50 a.m.: John FitzPatrick, a 4-star recruit from Atlanta, has signed. FitzPatrick is a 6-foot-7, 225-pound tight end.

8:13 a.m.: Owen Condon, a 3-star offensive lineman from Oklahoma City, Okla., has signed. Condon is a 6-foot-6, 305-pound tackle.

7:43 a.m.: Elijah Moore, who was committed to Georgia has instead signed with Mississippi, according to David Furones.

7:30 a.m.: Jake Camarda, a 3-star K, out of Norcross has signed. Camarda is 6-foot-2, and 180 pounds.

7:25 a.m.: Warren Ericson, a 4-star G, who is 6-foot-4 and 290 pounds from Suwanee has signed. He’s the first new Bulldogs star in the building.

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