As signing day in 2018 approaches, let’s take a look back at the Bulldogs’ Class of 2017. The Class of 2017 was widely rated as a Top 5 recruiting class. It is too early to evaluate many of the players from the class, but many members of the Class of 2017 helped contribute to UGA’s National Title run.
Georgia’s biggest contributors last season from the Class of 2017 were:
1. QB Jake Fromm
2. RB Deandre Swift
3. OT Andrew Thomas
With Georgia losing 4 starters on offense and 7 on defense, so there will be plenty of opportunities for highly touted recruits from the Class of 2017 to step up. The members of the Class of 2017 with the best situations to make an impact on 2018 are:
1. OT Isaiah Wilson- With the loss of LT Isaiah Wynn, Isaiah Wilson is the next Isaiah up. Andrew Thomas is the projected starting LT in 2018, but there should be an interesting battle in spring camp to see who the RT will be. We project Wilson, the former Class of 2017 5-Star, will win the starting RT job.
2. S Richard LeCounte III- Lecounte III is another 5-Star recruit from the Class of 2017, who will have the opportunity to replace starting safety Dominick Sanders. LeCounte III did record 15 tackles in 2017, mostly on special teams. Expect for LeCounte III to get the bulk of starting reps in spring practice with fellow Class of 2017 S DeAngelo Gibbs not currently enrolled in classes.
3. ILB Monty Rice- With UGA losing all four starting linebackers from 2017, Rice will have a chance to become a starting MLB. We project him to be the starting MLB alongside Walter Grant. Rice is 6-1, 235 lbs, so he has the size to compete. One ongoing issue to keep tabs on this offseason is the status of LB Natrez Patrick. Patrick is by far the most experienced LB returning to UGA, but may face a suspension due to his arrest following the SEC Championship.