Plenty of 2019 talent left in Georgia
Georgia is one of the most recruited states in the country and coaches will be all over the Peach State in January trying to lock up the unsigned 2019 prospects. We take a look at 10 prospects who have big offers and big decisions to make leading up to February 6.
Bell is considered to be an Auburn-lean heading into this final stretch and the Tigers will received official visit No. 1 January 11. Missouri will receive the second official visit January 18, so keep an eye on those Tigers too. Florida State recently jumped in the race for Bell and he is likely to be in Tallahassee January 25. Indiana, Oregon and Tennessee have been showing interest as well in recent weeks, but no other visits are scheduled at this time.
Griffin is an NC State commit, but he chose not to sign early. Georgia Tech hosted him for an official visit the weekend before the Early Signing Period and he has official visits to Auburn this weekend and USC (January 25) lined up for this month. The Yellow Jackets are an in-state school, Geoff Collins is going at Griffin hard, and they are one to watch. South Carolina is trying to get Griffin to visit as well. This one is not over.
At this time, it is a four-school race for Hill. Colorado, Oregon, Tennessee and USC will receive official visits and Hill expects to choose one of those schools in February. He has a connection with new Buffalo head coach Mel Tucker, so expect Colorado to make Hill a priority. The only school out of his four finalists that he has visited already is Tennessee. North Carolina offered after Hill announced his final four January 1 and the Tar Heels could receive a mid-week visit.
Linton has already taken official visits to Arizona State, South Florida and Syracuse. His top two schools at this time are the Sun Devils and Orange. Other schools are still in the mix though. Louisville, Rutgers and UCLA are three schools in contact with Linton, and official visits to two of those are possible. None are scheduled yet.
Nebraska and West Virginia were pushing for Tavian Mayo to sign in December, but he decided not to. The Huskers and Mountaineers are still high on his list, but Colorado, Georgia Tech, North Carolina and Iowa State are involved too. Official visits to North Carolina (January 11) and Iowa State (January 18) have been scheduled. Colorado or Louisville are fighting for the fifth official visit. This is likely to go to National Signing Day.
Randolph has taken a slower approach to recruiting. He was not out on too many visits during the season, but two SEC schools are expecting him in January. LSU and Ole Miss are the schools Randolph plans to visit officially this month. He has been in contact with North Carolina, Syracuse and UCLA too, so keep an eye on that trio as well. Randolph plans to wait until February to announce his decision.
This looks to be a Kentucky—South Carolina battle right now for four-star defensive back, but that could change as soon as this weekend. Auburn will host him for an official visit and he is very familiar with the Plains. His former teammate, Markaviest Bryant plays there. Keep an eye on Tennessee, and it is likely a few other schools will check in with Robinson soon. He has taken official visits to Lexington and Columbia, and each school impressed. He thought about signing early, but held off, so now each school has another month to close the deal.
Starks has already taken official visits to Nebraska, NC State and West Virginia. He has two official visits remaining and he knows one will go to Louisville. He still has not finalized that date. The last one may go to Colorado State, but that has yet to be decided. There was a lot of chatter around the Mountaineers before Dana Holgorson left for Houston.
Ward was at one time committed to Kentucky and the Wildcats are still being considered. Who else is in the mix? LSU hosted Ward on an official visit just before the Early Signing Period and the Tigers are considered the favorite. Florida State came in late with an offer and he will visit Tallahassee January 25. He also plans to visit Texas A&M January 18. Ward will be a very busy man leading up to a February decision.
Watts was planning to commit January 7 originally, but after thinking things over while during the holiday break, he decided to push the decision back to January 28. He has now scheduled two official visits — South Carolina January 18 and Oregon January 25. The one-time UCF commit is now focused on those two schools, so the official visits will be key in his decision.