Top teams and top prospects in 2019 recruiting

From ESPN - February 9, 2018

Recruiting never stops. The 2018 class is officially in the books and attention has turned to 2019. While the coming months will be an introductory period to the class for some, teams have already been hard at work, with a few off to fast starts.

Georgia Bulldogs

The Bulldogs just signed the top class for the 2018 cycle and are already showing that they will be a serious contender to do so again in 2019. The group includes six players ranked in the ESPN Junior 300 with three ranked in the top 10. They include the top two ranked wide receivers in the class in Jadon Haselwood, a long and smooth target, and Dominick Blaylock, who is an explosive player with quick hands. Georgia just signed seven of the top 10 players within their home state and Kirby Smart is again demonstrating that it will not be easy for other programs to lure away top Peach State players. All seven commitments are from inside the state lines, with ESPN Junior 300 pass-rusher Nolan Smith (a Savannah native) attending school in Florida at IMG Academy.

Texas A&M Aggies

The Aggies were able to close well and finish with a top-20 class in 2018, but with a full year to work on this 2019 class, Jimbo Fisher and his staff could very likely be competing for a top-10 finish next year. Of the handful of commitments, four are ranked in the ESPN Junior 300, including top-ranked safety Brian Williams, a potential playmaker in the secondary. While Fisher was able to land ESPN 300 QB James Foster on signing day, he already has another top QB prospect on board for 2019 in No. 2 pocket-passer Grant Gunnell. The class also includes a pair of in-state receivers in Kameron Brown and Chase Lane.

Miami Hurricanes

The Hurricanes were among the fast starters a year ago and are again for 2019. They have one of the biggest classes at this point, but it's not just about numbers. Miami is filling some key needs on defense with ESPN Junior 300 defensive tackle Denzel Daxon and linebackers Jesiah Pierre and Diamante Howard. The same can be said on the offensive line, led by quick guard Renato Brown. The skill talent is headlined by local ESPN Junior 300 receiver Brieon Fuller, who has a good blend of length and speed and can also create yards after the catch.

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