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2018-2019 South Georgia Recruiting Class Comparison

By Barry Every
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This past year South Georgia had a record number of football prospects sign FBS scholarships, as 51 players inked their letters of intent in the class of 2018.

This past year South Georgia had a record number of football prospects sign FBS scholarships, as 51 players inked their letters of intent in the class of 2018. The SEC led the way for these prized gems south of the gnat-line with 13 total signees. They were followed by the ACC (10), Sun Belt (8), C-USA (6), Big 12 (4), Big Ten (3), AAC (3), MAC (2), PAC 12 (1) and MWC (1). Georgia and Georgia Tech landed the most with four players each from this region of the country.

As of August 15th, the class of 2019 already has an impressive 37 players verbally committed to FBS colleges, with at least 20 possessing FBS offers undecided. Again, the SEC tops the list with 10 verbal commitments from South Georgia, followed closely by the ACC (8), Sun Belt (7) and C-USA (5). Georgia Southern headlines the group in South Georgia with four commitments.

The question is whether or not the class of 2019 will surpass the accolades of 2018. There are still four months until the initial signing period, which takes place on December, 19. As colleges fill out their classes players inevitably lose their offers if still undecided.

The flip side to that equation is the fact that players can also change their minds prior to signing day. Last year Quay Walker and Otis Reese, the #1 and #2 players in South Georgia, chose Georgia on signing day after being long time commits to Alabama and Michigan, respectively.

Currently, the top four prospects in the class of 2019 have gone public with their college choices. Homerville (Ga.) Clinch County two-way standout Trezman Marshall, the #1-ranked prospect, has chosen the Bulldogs. Massive Brunswick (Ga.) offensive lineman Warren McClendon, the #2-ranked player has also indicated that he will be a ‘Dawg.

The ACC has garnered commitments from the #3 and #4-ranked players as Twin City (Ga.) Emanuel County Institute defensive end Curtis Fann Jr. chose the Noles and Savannah (Ga.) Savannah Christian center Dylan McMahon picked the Wolfpack.

There are currently nine players in the Top 30 that have yet to make a college choice, with the highest remaining uncommitted player being Albany (Ga.) Westover linebacker Jamie Pettway. Pettway has over 20 FBS offers from the likes of Kentucky, Louisville, Missouri, Ole Miss, Pittsburgh, South Carolina, Tennessee and Vanderbilt.

Right on his heels at #6, and yet decided, is former Cordele (Ga.) Crisp County safety Jammie Robinson who recently transferred to Leesburg (Ga.) Lee County. Robinson also holds over 20 FBS offers which include Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Tennessee.

Robinson’s teammate Tavian Mayo is the other top ten prospect still to decide. The true cover corner holds over 20 offers including Duke, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, NC State and Pittsburgh.

The other thing that sets South Georgia apart from the rest of the country is the fact that the size of the high school does not determine the quality of prospect. Of the 51 FBS signees in the class of 2018 only ten came from the highest classification; of course there are only four schools that play in GHSA-AAAAAAA in South Georgia. GHSA-AAAAAA led the way with 14 signees they were followed by GHSA-A (8), GHSA-AAA (8), GHSA-AAAAA (6), GHSA-AA (3) and GHSA-AAAA (2). The GISA schools in South Georgia did not produce an FBS signee this past recruiting cycle.

Of the 37 verbal commitments in the class of 2019 in South Georgia GHSA-AAAAAA   and GHSA-AAAAAAA lead the way with nine FBS commitments each. They are followed by GHSA-A (7), GHSA-AAA (3), GHSA-AA (3), GHSA-AAAAA (2) and GHSA-AAAA (0). The biggest difference from last year’s class is the fact that four players in the GISA have given verbal commitments to FBS Schools.

To give these numbers perspective only two players in Texas’ smallest classification for 11-man football (2A) signed FBS scholarships. Remember Texas produced the most FBS signees in 2018 with 360 while Georgia had 216.

Rural South Georgia produced more DI prospects in 2018 then states such as Virginia (44), New Jersey (40), Maryland (36), New York (35), Utah (36), Indiana (32) Missouri (27) and  Oklahoma (27).

At this time, my prediction for the class of 2019 is somewhere in the neighborhood of 55 FBS signees, setting yet another record from this region. I also predict that GHSA-AAAAAAA will end up the leader in the number of signees in South Georgia, thanks to a loaded senior class at Moultrie (Ga.) Colquitt County.

Also look for Georgia Southern to be crowned the ‘Kings of South Georgia’ in 2019 for the most signees. This, in turn, could push the Sun Belt Conference past the SEC for most South Georgia additions.

If college coaches are willing to trek the long distances between these out of the way schools they will be rewarded. South Georgia sets itself apart from the rest of the country when it comes to finding gridiron gems in remote places.