Former Tennessee Volunteers commit Cade Mays was set to choose between the Clemson Tigers and Georgia Bulldogs. At the start of the Early Signing Period, Mays decided to sign with Kirby Smart and the ‘Dawgs, giving UGA a huge boost for their class of 2018.
With Mays aboard, Georgia now has the second-ranked offensive tackle in the country and the first-ranked offensive guard in the country aboard for next year. Fellow five-star Jamaree Salyer signed with the ‘Dawgs earlier Wednesday, which was quite the coup as he’s an Atlanta native. Landing Mays is a heck of a haul as well to say the least, especially with the work that Clemson has done over the past few years.
Furthermore, Georgia also has the second-ranked offensive guard in the country in tow, too. That being Warner Robins’ Trey Hill, who also officially signed with UGA on Wednesday. Hill verbally committed back on December 11. The ‘Dawgs also have Suwanee native Warren Ericson, the fifth-ranked center in the nation, and Owen Condon, who ranks 37th among all offensive tackles.
Needless to say, there’s a lot of beef in this class now. And Kirby Smart is building up the trenches for the future with a stockpile of A-grade talent. It will come as no surprise in a few years when Georgia has one of the best offensive lines in the country, assuming all goes well, and everyone pans out. That’s very good news for D’Andre Swift and top-ranked running back Zamir White, who also joins the signees next year as well as third-ranked tailback James Cook, who signed with UGA over Florida State (James being Dalvin Cook’s younger brother). Oh, and whomever is at QB, too. Whether it’s Jake Fromm, Jacob Eason or top-ranked dual-threat Justin Fields.
Mays ranks 16th overall nationally in the class of 2018. Georgia has five players ranked in the Top 20, with the aforementioned Fields, White, Slayer, and Mays joining five-star outside linebacker Adam Anderson of Rome, Georgia. So, basically, there’s a lot of blue-chip talent here.
We’ll have more on UGA’s big-time class, which ranks second overall in the nation right now, later when our own Bryan Manning dissects the day that was.