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Kirby Smart and Georgia landed a commitment on Thursday.

UGA can’t win every recruiting battle, but Thursday proved it’s going to try to anyway

Connor Riley

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Even when Georgia misses out, it still comes out on top

As Jeff Sentell and I drove down to Milledgeville yesterday to cover D.J. Daniel’s announcement, we thought Georgia was going to get a commitment And in the end it did, it just wasn’t Daniel, as the 4-star cornerback ended up picking South Carolina.

But just minutes before Daniel announced his rather surprising decision, Georgia was still able to snag another recruit, in the form of defensive tackle Tymon Mitchell.

Well begin with focusing on Mitchell, who is rated as a 3-star prospect and the No. 24 defensive tackle in the 2019 class per the 247Sports Composite. While he might not be a sexy commitment or pick-up, Georgia still adds a player at a position of need. Mitchell also scored a 25 on his ACT, carries a 3.6 GPA and those are some of the things that impressed Kirby Smart.

“He just told me that ‘You are a defensive lineman and you have a 25 on your ACT’ and he said ‘That doesn’t exist’ in college football all that much,” Mitchell told DawgNation’s Jeff Sentell. “He said that I was a completely different profile guy for them and that I still played great football. That was kind of his biggest thing. He just said that Georgia needs more guys like me in their locker room.”

Mitchell also comes from strong blood lines, as his father played at Vanderbilt and his great uncle was the first African-American football player at Tennessee. And with the addition of Mitchell, Georgia now has three of the top 15 players in the state of Tennessee for the 2019 cycle. Tennessee, led now by widely-respected recruiter Jeremy Pruitt, has just one of the state’s top 15 players.

As for the Daniel news, it’s worth pointing that while most expected him to pick Georgia, South Carolina was the first school that was in on him and that type of early belief can carry a lot of weight. And while missing out on a 4-star cornerback might sting, there are plenty of other major defensive back targets still out there, including 4-star safety Lewis Cine and 4-star cornerback Tyrique Stevenson.

Lastly, some have floated the idea that Smart or the staff told Mitchell to announce his commitment as a way to offset the bad news of missing out on Daniel. But what if the Georgia staff thought instead that it was going to get two players on the same did, as a way to send an even bigger message to the college football world. It happened in July when Georgia got three recruits in one day, so there’s no reason not to think that it couldn’t happen again.

Sentell will have much more on both players on Friday, so be sure to look out for that on DawgNation. Also you can check out our special Thursday where break down and react to all the recruiting news.

Little Cook, Future star

On just about any other team, James Cook would be a crown jewel and one of, if not the most hyped up freshman in the country. He’s gotten off to an incredibly strong start at Georgia already, and hinting that he’s more than capable of living up to his high recruiting ranking and last name, as he is the younger brother of former Florida State star Dalvin Cook.

But alas, Cook isn’t even the most-hyped freshman running back on his own team, as Georgia also landed Zamir White in its 2018 recruiting class. But the presence of White hasn’t stopped Cook from turning heads early on at Georgia.

The latest to praise Cook’s is sophomore linebacker Monty Rice.

“I’ve never played against a running back like Cook before, he has his own little style, and it’s very unique,” Rice told reporters. “He’s very tough to cover …  you can’t be looking at the quarterback when you cover him, or you’ll watch them complete the pass.”

Related: Georgia linebacker Monty Rice raves about ‘Little (James) Cook’

Rice added that, “Little Cook never stops running, he’s fast, I mean, just fast.” Hopefully the Little Cook nickname doesn’t stick because a. he could end up being as good if not better than his brother and b. it’s just not that good of a nickname. Maybe something like Chef James, similar to Lebron’s “King James”, or fast food, given his much talked about speed.

Either way, it looks like Cook has the potential to become the next star running back from the University of Georgia.

Speaking of running backs, let’s not forget about Todd Gurley

Yesterday on their The Ringer’s Instagram story, a number of staffers were asked who was the best running back they ever saw. I never saw Herschel Walker but my answer is still a Georgia Bulldog. It’s Todd Gurley, specifically the first five games of his junior year.

Most Georgia fans already remember how awesome he was, but for a quick refresher, in those first five games(against Clemson, South Carolina, Troy, Tennessee and Vanderbilt) he ran for 773 yards on an outrageous 8.22 yards per carry. He had 8 rushing touchdowns in those games before his untimely suspension. He also returned a kickoff for a touchdown against Clemson and threw a 50-yard bomb that ended up being the longest passing play of Georgia’s season.

Oh and one his first touch back against Auburn after said suspension, he did this. Sanford Stadium got real loud for this play even if it didn’t end up counting.

I’m sure I am not alone in saying that I believe Gurley would’ve won the Heisman Trophy that year and possibly led Georgia to an SEC Championship. He was that special.

And don’t forget about next Thursday

As the season inches closer, let’s not forget that next Thursday you will have the chance to hang out with the DawgNation team and hear them discuss all things Georgia for the 2018 season.

Brandon Adams, Jeff Sentell and the DawgNation team will be at the Kroger on Bethelview Road in Cumming, Ga., next Thursday, Aug. 23 from 6-8 p.m. to preview the upcoming season. Come hang out and chat with the DawgNation experts, as they’ll also talk off air about everything Georgia Football.

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