Joshua Wyatt  - class of 2019 linebacker -  C.E. King High School  (photo from Joshua Wyatt / Twitter)

Joshua Wyatt
– class of 2019 linebacker –
C.E. King High School
(photo from Joshua Wyatt / Twitter)

 

 

Today on Bulldawg Illustrated’s UGA Recruiting Daily we take a look at Georgia’s linebacker recruiting.

 

Currently, Georgia has one inside linebacker, Spring Valley High School’s Channing Tindall, committed and signed for 2018 along with one outside linebacker, Rome High School’s Adam Anderson. Marietta’s Azeez Ojulari could be also considered a hybrid OLB/WDE at 6 foot 4 and 235 lbs. On the 2018 table are undeclared prospect Solomon Tuliaupupu out of Mater Dei High School in California, and then, there is the potential to flip OLB Quay Walker from Alabama or OLB Otis Reese from Michigan.

 

If the Georgia coaching staff doesn’t sign another linebacker in the 2018 recruiting class, they could always look to the 2019 class. The Bulldogs have Blessed Trinity High School linebacker J.D. Bertrand already committed and are in a good position with Grayson phenom Owen Pappoe, who looks like he could be the next incarnation of Roquan Smith. Clinch County 6 foot 1 and 236 lbs athlete Trezmen Marshall just released his top three schools which included Georgia along with Alabama and Clemson. Marshall plays at RB and MLB in high school and likely will play at ILB at the collegiate level. Also, keep your eye on Pappoe’s teammate at Grayson, linebacker Kevin Harris.

 

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TODAY’S FEATURED PROSPECTS

If position ranking is noted, unless otherwise stated, it is 247 Sports latest composite ranking of the player.

 

OTIS REESE

CLASS: 2018

POSITION: S/LB – No. 5 OLB

HT, WT: 6 foot 4, and 206 lbs

SCHOOL: Lee County High School

CITY, STATE: Leesburg, GA

STATUS: Committed to Michigan

UGA OFFER: Yes, offered on 12/07/2016

# OFFERS: 17

NEWS & NOTES: Otis Reese was offered back at the end of last year in December by UGA. He visited Georgia in the spring in March and was back in Athens for the Bulldogs’ season opener vs. Appalachian State on Sept. 2nd. Reese has been committed to Michigan for over a year, since 06/18/2016, but I’ve put him on flip watch along with every other recruiting analyst.
 
He would be a big-time flip for Georgia, too, as the talented Lee County football player is very much in the mold of current UGA linebacker Roquan Smith and former backers/safeties, Thomas Davis and Alec Ogletree. And if you are following the visits, Reese was back in Athens again for Georgia’s homecoming game versus Missouri on Oct. 14th, and he also made a third trip back to The Classic City during the fall on Nov. 4th for UGA’s game versus South Carolina.
 
Otis Reese did not sign during the early signing period and will likely wait till Wednesday, Feb. 7 to put his name on the dotted line of his LOI. Reese will be a normal enrollee; so, this is not a surprise. Until he signs his LOI or enrolls, UGA has a shot of flipping Reese as long as there is still a spot left to flip him too in the 2018 class. He released a list of official visits he plans to take but did not talk about dates or give a specific order of visits. The five schools he will take officials too are Central Michigan, Clemson, Georgia, LSU, and Michigan.
 
2017 SENIOR HIGHLIGHTS – CLICK HERE
 
2016 JUNIOR HIGHLIGHTS – CLICK HERE
 
 

SOLOMON TULIAUPUPU

CLASS: 2018

POSITION: LB – No. 3 ILB

HT, WT: 6 foot 2.5, and 230 lbs

SCHOOL: Mater Dei High School, Santa Ana, CA

CITY, STATE: Santa Ana, CA

STATUS: Undeclared

UGA OFFER: Yes, offered on 04/26/2017.

# OFFERS: 32

NEWS & NOTES: Solomon Tuliaupupu didn’t commit or sign during the early signing period and he decided not to announce his decision during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Jan. 6th; so, it looks like he will be a Feb. 7th decision. This would be a big recruiting coup for the Georgia coaching staff, but it is likely a long shot for the Bulldogs toy pull him across the country to Athens. Tuliaupupu is a big lean towards Southern Cal at the moment, but keep your eye on Oklahoma as the coaching staff made a couple of inhome visits with Tuliaupupu in December. He also took an official to Notre dame on Oct. 21st
 
 
2017 SENIOR HIGHLIGHTS – CLICK HERE
 
2016 JUNIOR HIGHLIGHTS – CLICK HERE
 
2015 SOPHOMORE HIGHLIGHTS – CLICK HERE
 
 

QUAY WALKER

CLASS: 2018

POSITION: LB – No. 3 OLB

HT, WT: 6 foot 3.5, and 224 lbs

SCHOOL: Crisp County High School

CITY, STATE: Cordele, GA

STATUS: Committed to Alabama

UGA OFFER: Yes.

# OFFERS: 18

NEWS & NOTES: Quay Walker has been committed to Alabama since this past summer on June 8th, and he has been a solid verbal to the Crimson Side since announcing his decision. However, with defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt leaving Bama to take over as head coach of the Tennessee Volunteers, there is a good chance Walker will likely reopen up his recruitment. If that happens, would Georgia be in a position to have a shot at taking Walker?
 
Yes. The Georgia coaching staff have stayed in communication with Walker, and he took an unofficial visit to UGA on Nov. 18th. But Auburn and South Carolina could also be likely candidates for Walker to flip his commitment to, and he has also taken unofficial visits to both programs this fall. Walker could also follow Pruitt to Tennessee. He’ll finalize his decision and sign his National Letter of Intent on Feb. 7th, but before he does so, he will take official visits to Tennessee on Jan. 12th, Georgia on Jan. 19th, Auburn on Jan. 26th, and Florida on Feb. 2nd.
 
2017 SENIOR HIGHLIGHTS – CLICK HERE
 
2016 JUNIOR HIGHLIGHTS – CLICK HERE
 
 

TREZMEN MARSHALL

CLASS: 2019

POSITION: No. 4 Athlete – MLB, RB

HT, WT: 6 foot 1, and 236 lbs

SCHOOL: Clinch County High School

CITY, STATE: Homerville, GA

STATUS: Undeclared

UGA OFFER: Yes, offered on 06/11/2016.

# OFFERS: 12

NEWS & NOTES: Georgia offered Trezmen Marshall last June. The talented Clinch County athlete visited the Bulldogs during the fall for Georgia’s homecoming game versus Missouri. Marshall just released a top-three on Saturday, Dec. 30 that included Alabama, Clemson, and Georgia. The Bulldogs are considered a leader at the moment; although, it is a long way off until NSD 2019.
 
So what position will Trezmen play in college? While he is a talented running back, he looks to be a playmaker on defense at linebacker and seems to be a natural fit in the middle of the defense at ILB or MLB.
 
2017 JUNIOR HIGHLIGHTS – CLICK HERE
 
2016 SOPHOMORE HIGHLIGHTS – CLICK HERE
 
2015 FRESHMAN HIGHLIGHTS – CLICK HERE
 
 

OWEN PAPPOE

strong>CLASS: 2019

POSITION: LB – No. 1 OLB

HT, WT: 6 foot 1, and 207 lbs

SCHOOL: Grayson High School

CITY, STATE: Loganville, GA

STATUS: Undeclared

UGA OFFER: Yes, offered on 06/05/2015.

# OFFERS: 41
 
NEWS & NOTES: Owen Pappoe has held an offer from UGA for a couple of years. The Peach State 2019 OLB phenom has also visited Athens a number of times and back last spring on May 4th, he released a top 10 that included UGA, Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, FSU, LSU, Nebraska, Ohio State, and Tennessee. This past fall, he narrowed those 10 down to three which include Clemson, Georgia, and Nebraska.
 
Pappoe was able to visit Georgia during the fall as well and was in Athens for the Sept. 23rd game against Mississippi State and their Oct. 14th homecoming game against Missouri. Georgia has impressed Pappoe this year and should be considered to be the front-runner here.
 
2017 JUNIOR HIGHLIGHTS – CLICK HERE
 
2016 SOPHOMORE HIGHLIGHTS – CLICK HERE
 
 

JOSHUA WYATT

CLASS: 2019

POSITION: LB – Safet/OLB

HT, WT: 6 foot 1, and 205 lbs

SCHOOL: C.E. King High School

CITY, STATE: Houston, Texas

STATUS: ???

UGA OFFER: Yes, offered on 11/21/2017.

# OFFERS: 1

NEWS & NOTES: The Georgia coaching staff offered Joshua Wyatt back during the fall on Nov. 21st, and the Houston, Texas recently posted on his Twitter account on Sunday, Jan. 7th, that he announced his decision to commit to UGA. But there has been no official word from UGA announcing his commitment or public response from the coaching staff that we normally see; nor, have there been any commitment articles from sites like 247 or Rivals. So, that is the reason for the “???” regarding his status. Regardless, he does hold a UGA offer and the staff is interested in Wyatt.
 
2017 JUNIOR HIGHLIGHTS – CLICK HERE

 


 

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Bob Miller