Five-star quarterback Justin Fields — the top-ranked player in the 2018 class — committed to Georgia on Friday, giving the Bulldogs the top-ranked quarterback and running back in the 2018 recruiting class. And yet they still don't have one of the two best recruiting classes in the SEC.
Fields, 6-foot-3, 221-pounder from Georgia, originally committed to Penn State last December but decommitted in June, saying, "My decision to reopen my recruitment is in no way a reflection of any deficiencies of PSU, its coaches, players or fans."
He then "stopped looking at depth charts," according to 247Sports and picked where he wanted to go, which was just 85 miles down the road from his hometown of Kennesaw, Ga. Fields (below) becomes the 16th member of Kirby Smart's 2018 class and ninth player rated four stars or higher, among them five-star running back Zamir White from North Carolina.
Smart's first class (2016) was highlighted by three five-star players, including quarterback Jacob Eason, who started as a true freshman but appears to have lost his job to 2017 four-star quarterback Jake Fromm following an injury. That class ranked sixth in the nation and fourth in the SEC. Fromm was part of a 2017 group that ranked third in the nation and second in the SEC.
Where does their 2018 class rank thus far? Here are updated SEC recruiting ranking from 247Sports: