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Former UGA OL Isaiah Wilson told a funny story this week about getting rejected for a hug by Alabama coach Nick Saban.

DN90: Kirby Smart was willing to give former 5-star recruit what Nick Saban wasn’t

Brandon Adams

Georgia football fans can get a quick update on the latest news involving the Bulldogs each day with DN90. DawgNation’s Brandon Adams provides all the latest UGA happenings on video in about 90 seconds. So follow along as Kirby Smart and the rest of the Bulldogs attempt to lead UGA to a national championship, and get up-to-the-minute UGA recruiting news as well. On this edition of DN90, the discussion focuses on some remarks from former UGA right tackle Isaiah Wilson about Alabama coach Nick Saban’s reluctance to give him a hug when Wilson was a five-star recruit, and some photographic evidence that UGA coach Kirby Smart apparently doesn’t share those reservations about physical contact.

DN90: Kirby Smart was willing to give former 5-star recruit what Nick Saban wasn’t

Former Georgia right tackle made an appearance with Barstool Sports this week and told some funny stories about his recruitment — one of them involved one of the Bulldogs’ SEC rivals, Alabama.

Wilson said he had hoped to get a hug from Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban, but Saban rejected him and offered only a handshake instead. Wilson said that was enough for him to strike Alabama off his list of potential college choices.

The Crimson Tide’s loss was UGA’s gain. Wilson was a two-year starter for the Bulldogs, earning Freshman All-American honors in 2018 and getting an All-SEC nod last year. Wilson also became a first-round pick of the Tennessee Titans this past spring.

Wilson was one of two offensive linemen from UGA in 2019 to become first-round picks. The other was his bookend on the other side of the line, left tackle Andrew Thomas.

Smart acknowledged during the season the value of having Thomas and Wilson playing together.

“When you line up with two tackles that have played in this league, you’re very fortunate,” Smart said last October. “Tackles are hard to come by, and good ones are hard to come by.”

The affection Smart showed with his words was also demonstrated by his actions as well.

There’s photgraphic evidence that the hug in which Saban was reluctant to give Wilson, Smart was more than happy to oblige him with in what turned out to be Wilson’s final UGA home game.

For proof of the touching moment between Smart and Wilson, and more of what Wilson told Barstool Sports, check out the latest edition of DN90 linked above.

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