Georgia football pushes for strong recruiting close to 2018

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 01: Head coach Kirby Smart (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
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Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images
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IMG Academy (Bradenton, FL) 5-star running back Trey Sanders – #5 Overall, #1 RB

Sanders has long been considered an Alabama lean according to 247Sports’ crystal ball feature, where analysts predict a player’s eventual college choice. Bulldogs running back coach Dell McGee can never be counted out, though, and he has developed quite the relationship with Sanders. The dynamic runner is also teammates with the Dawgs’ most vocal commitment, defensive end Nolan Smith. Sanders will make his college decision on December 19th.

Cedar Grove HS (Ellenwood, GA) 5-star wide receiver Jadon Haselwood #6 Overall, #1 WR

Haselwood, who made the game-winning catch to help Cedar Grove win a state championship Tuesday afternoon, was once committed to Georgia but reopened his recruitment in October. Since that time, he has taken a high interest in the Miami Hurricanes, with Canes head man Mark Richt reportedly selling the explosive playmaker on being the next AJ Green. Haselwood will visit Georgia this coming weekend and will make his final decision on January 5th. Oklahoma, Tennessee and Florida State could also be considered contenders.

Horn Lake HS (Horn Lake, MS) 5-star linebacker Nakobe Dean – #14 Overall, #1 Inside Linebacker

This one has been a bit of a whirlwind for all teams involved. Both the Mississippi schools are trying to stay in the race for this physical hitter that any front seven needs. LSU is trying to make a late push, but once again this appears to be another Georgia-Alabama battle. The team that lands Dean could be getting an instant-impact player as soon as he arrives on campus.