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Nakobe Dean will be a top target for Georgia on Wednesday.

Early Signing Day: Projected Georgia football 2019 signees, commitments, live updates

Georgia coach Kirby Smart has met with the media and given an update on freshman quarterback Justin Fields. Smart said that they do want to keep Fields but that he is exploring his options.

The Early Signing period starts on Wednesday and ends on Friday. Over the next three days, prospects in the 2019 recruiting class can sign with a letter of intent, and thus locking them in with a school.

Georgia enters the early signing period with the nation’s No. 2 overall class in the country.  Below is a list of announcement times, commitments and signees regarding Georgia’s 2019 recruiting class. There is also a positional breakdown, geographic breakdown and live updates throughout the day.

Early Signing Day: Georgia football live updates

6:30 p.m. — Kirby Smart has met with the media and discussed what is going on with Justin Fields. Smart said that the freshman quarterback is exploring his options but that Georgia would like him to remain with the program.

“We have been very open and honest that we want him to stay,” Smart said.

Smart added that defensive back Deangelo Gibbs is not currently with the team either. Gibbs was a highly-sought after recruiting target, but he has not lived up to his 4-star billing as he has played sparingly.

5:25 p.m. — DawgNation’s Jeff Sentell caught up with 5-star linebacker Nakobe Dean for a very interesting Q&A on why he ended up picking UGA.

It’s also worth mentioning at this point that despite committing hours ago that 5-star running back Trey Sanders and 5-star OT Evan Neal have not yet sent in their letters of intent.

Also, Georgia coach Kirby Smart is set to meet with the media at 6:15 p.m. ET. He will answer a number of questions about today’s signees as well as Justin Fields.

4 p.m. — After committing earlier in the day, 5-star linebacker Nakobe Dean made it official and signed with Georgia. This is a massive win for the Bulldogs.

3:30 p.m. — Georgia misses on 5-star offensive tackle Evan Neal but that was to be expected. As of right now, 19 of Georgia’s 21 recruits have signed, with only Nakobe Dean and John Rhys Plumlee yet to send in their letters of intent. Georgia has the No. 2 class in the country, behind only Alabama. Georgia is still waiting to hear on recruits like Tyrique Stevenson and Jadon Haselwood, who will announce at the All-American game on Jan. 5.

2:30 p.m — Talk about a big win for Georgia. Georgia landed another 5-star prospect in linebacker Nakobe Dean. He is the nation’s No. 1 linebacker, and it now gives Georgia five 5-star commits. 

2 p.m. — 5-star linebacker Nakobe Dean is set to announce his decision at around 2:20 p.m. ET. DawgNation will carry the announcement live on its Facebook, Twitter and Youtube channels. DawgNation recruiting reporter Jeff Sentell will also be providing live coverage from the scene.

1 p.m. — 5-star running back Trey Sanders committed to Alabama. This is a tough blow for Georgia for a number of reasons. For one, Georgia won’t be able to catch Alabama for the No. 1 spot in the 2019 recruiting rankings. Secondly, it loses the nation’s No. 1 running back in the country to a rival in Alabama.

4-star quarterback Dwan Mathis is now officially signed and in the class. DawgNation’s Mike Griffith caught up with Mathis, who discussed why he picked the Bulldogs.

12:30 p.m. — Trezmen Marshall is officially in the class, as the 4-star linebacker’s letter of intent has been faxed in. The only two Georgia commits that have not signed yet are 4-star quarterback Dwan Mathis and 4-star quarterback John Rhys Plumlee.

12:00 p.m. — Not much movement in the past hour. One time Georgia target Noah Cain did commit to Penn State. The Bulldogs did not finish as a finalist for Cain, as Texas and Tennessee were the hats on the table for the 4-star running back from IMG Academy.

We are quickly approaching a decision, though, for 5-star running back Trey Sanders. He is set to announce at around 1 p.m. ET and DawgNation will be there to cover his recruitment. Many believe it is down to Georgia and Alabama.

11:00 a.m. — Three more signees, as 4-star safety Lewis Cine, 4-star linebacker Rian Davis and 4-star athlete Makiya Tongue have all officially become Bulldogs. Tongue is listed as an athlete, but he is expected to be a wide receiver to start at Georgia.

As for the commitments who have not yet signed, only 4-star linebacker Trezmen Marshall, 4-star quarterback Dwan Mathis and 4-star quarterback John Rhys Plumlee are the only ones left. Mathis committed to Georgia today. DawgNation’s Jeff Sentell reported earlier this week on why Plumlee might not sign today.

10:00 a.m. — Well, Georgia found its quarterback in the form of Dwan Mathis. Mathis is listed at 6-foot-6 and 205 pounds and hails from Belleville, Mich. He is high school teammates with 2020 5-star offensive guard Justin Rogers at Oak Park High School. Rogers is also a major Georgia recruiting target for the 2020 class.

Mathis now gives Georgia 20 commits in the 2019 class. Georgia still has the No. 2 class in the country, but it’s been a better start to the day for Georgia than it has for Alabama. Mathis is also teammates with 5-star 2020 offensive guard Justin Rogers, who is a major Georgia target. And as you’ll see in the tweet below, Rogers was pretty happy that Mathis picked the Bulldogs.

Related: Georgia flips 4-star quarterback Dwan Mathis from Ohio State

9:30 a.m. — Georgia has its first running back of the day in the class as Kenny McIntosh has signed with Georgia. The Bulldogs are looking to add a second running back later in the day, with Trey Sanders being the No. 1 target.

9:15 a.m. — All six of Georgia’s defensive line commits are now signees as Tymon Mitchell, Bill Norton, Zion Logue and Tramel Walthour have all sent in the letter of intent in the past hour. Earlier in the day, Georgia signed 5-star defensive tackle Travon Walker and 5-star defensive end Nolan Smith. Walthour is already at Georgia and participating in practice.

 

Also, DawgNation caught up with 5-star wide receiver commit Dominick Blaylock. You can hear what Blaylock had to say about becoming a Bulldog in the video below, and why he is still recruiting 5-star wide receiver Jadon Haselwood.

One other interesting development is that Michigan was able to flip 5-star safety Daxton Hill from Alabama. This does help close the gap between Georgia and Alabama for the No. 1 overall class. Georgia could end up finishing the day with the No. 1 class if the Bulldogs land Nakobe Dean, Trey Sanders and Evan Neal. All three of those players are also considering Alabama. If the Crimson Tide land one of those players, it will likely finish the day with the No. 1 class, barring any surprises, which do tend to happen on this day.

8:10 a.m. — Georgia announced two of its JUCO signees in Jermaine Johnson and D.J. Daniel along with 5-star prospects Clay Webb and Dominick Blaylock. Webb, the No. 1 center in the country, is already on campus and practicing with Georgia. Johnson and Daniel are also already practicing with Georgia. Blaylock, a 5-star wide receiver, fills a huge need for Georgia. He will enroll in May.

7:45 a.m. — Three more names are now official as 5-star defensive tackle Travon Walker, 4-star offensive tackle Xavier Truss and 4-star offensive tackle Warren McClendon are now officially in the class. Walker is a massive get for Georgia, as he fills a massive need at the defensive tackle position.

And with two more offensive linemen in the class, Georgia offensive line coach Sam Pittman let out a big “Yessir.” Georgia could possibly add one more offensive lineman on Wednesday, as 5-star offensive tackle Evan Neal is set to announce his decision. He is picking between Georgia, Alabama and Miami at 2:45 p.m. ET.

7:15 a.m. — The first recruit to send in his letter of intent is none other than 5-star defensive end Nolan Smith. He is the nation’s No. 1 overall player according to the 247Sports Composite rankings and was also Georgia’s first commitment in the 2019 class. He did take a look at other programs, such as Alabama, but he remained committed to Georgia throughout the process. The IMG Academy standout could be the first of several IMG players to land with Georgia today, as 5-star prospects Evan Neal and Trey Sanders announce their decisions.

For more on Smith, here’s what DawgNation recruiting reporter Jeff Sentell had to say on Georgia’s top signee.

Tight end Ryland Goede has also sent in his letter of intent. Like Smith, Goede was a long-time Georgia commit and never waivered. The 4-star tight end is from Acworth, Ga., and will also join Smith as an Early Enrollee. The addition of Goede is particularly big given that tight end Luke Ford also added his name to the NCAA Transfer Portal this week.

Related: How does the potential of a Justin Fields transfer affect this year’s recruiting class?

Georgia football recruiting targets and announcement times:

Below is a list of Georgia’s recruiting targets that are expected to sign and announce on Wednesday. Jadon Haselwood, the No. 4 player in the country and the No. 1 wide receiver, will publicly announce his commitment on Jan. 5. The same goes for 4-star cornerback Tyrique Stevenson, who is the No. 38 player in the country. Gabriel will also sign on Wednesday, but a time is not yet known.

Zach Calzada, 3-star quarterback, 9:30 a.m. ET: Calzada is a name to watch for Georgia fans interested in quarterback recruiting. He is from Buford, Ga., and played at Lanier High School. He is the No. 18 pro-style quarterback in the country. With news swirling about Justin Fields, this is a name Georgia fans should be watching for.

Noah Cain, 4-star running back, 11:05 a.m. ET: Cain is the No. 7 running back in the country and played at IMG Academy. Georgia has been recruiting him heavily, but is also battling Penn State and Texas for his services.

Trey Sanders, 5-star running back, 1:20 p.m. ET: Sanders is the nation’s No. 1 running back in the country and will announce his decision from Port St. Joe, Fla. DawgNation will be live on hand to broadcast the announcement. It is believed that Georgia, Alabama and Florida are the lead contenders for Sanders’ services.

Nakobe Dean, 5-star linebacker, 2:00 p.m. ET: Dean is the nation’s top inside linebacker and DawgNation will also be covering his announcement from Horn Lake, Miss. Much like Sanders, this is widely believed to be a Georgia-Alabama battle, though Ole Miss is also a contender.

Evan Neal, 5-star offensive tackle, 2:45 p.m. ET: Neal — who was teammates at IMG Academy with Sanders, Cain and Nolan Smith —  is the No. 20 ranked player in the country and No. 5 offensive tackle. He will be deciding between Alabama, Georgia and Miami.

Georgia football 2019 signees

  • Nolan Smith, 5-star defensive end, Bradenton, Fla., No. 1 player in the country per 247Sports Composite rating
  • Travon Walker, 5-star defensive tackle, Thomaston, Ga., No. 24 player in the country per 247Sports Composite rating
  • Dominick Blaylock, 5-star wide receiver, Marietta, Ga., No. 34 player in the country
  • Lewis Cine, 4-star safety, Cedar Hill, Tex., No. 66 player in the country
  • Rian Davis, 4-star linebacker, Apopka, Fla., No. 90 player in the country
  • Bill Norton, 4-star defensive end, Memphis, Tenn., No. 129 player in the country
  • Xavier Truss, 4-star offensive tackle, Warwick, RI., No. 139 player in the country
  • Kenny McIntosh, 4-star running back, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., No. 179 player in the country
  • Ryland Goede, 4-star tight end, Acworth, Ga., No. 196 player in the country
  • Warren McClendon, 4-star offensive tackle, Brunswick, Ga., No. 235 player in the country
  • Zion Logue, 4-star defensive tackle, Lebanon, Tenn., No. 344 player in the country
  • Tymon Mitchell, 3-star defensive tackle, Nashville, Tenn., No. 418 player in the country

Georgia football commitments:

These players are the ones who are committed to Georgia but have not yet signed. Wednesday is the first day that they can sign and officially join the Georgia football team.

  • Trezmen Marshall, 4-star linebacker, Homerville, Ga., No. 122 player in the country
  • Dwan Mathis, 4-star quarterback, Belleville, Mi., No. 261 player in the country
  • John Rhys Plumlee, 4-star quarterback, Hattiesburg, Miss., No. 265 player in the country

Georgia football 2019 signees already enrolled

These four players are already at Georgia and have begun practicing with the team.

  • Clay Webb, 5-star center, Oxford, Ala., No. 22 player in the country per 247Sports Composite rating
  • Jermaine Johnson, 4-star outside linebacker, No. 1 JUCO player in the country per 247Sports Composite rating
  • D.J. Daniel, 4-star cornerback, No. 2 JUCO player in the country
  • Tramel Walthour, No. 40 JUCO player in the country

Georgia football 2019 recruiting position breakdown

  • QB: 1
  • RB: 1
  • WR: 2
  • TE: 1
  • OL: 3
  • DL: 7
  • LB: 2
  • DB: 2
  • K/P: 0

Georgia football 2019 commits geographic breakdown

  • Georgia: 7
  • Florida: 3
  • Tennessee: 3
  • Alabama: 1
  • Louisiana: 1
  • Minnesota: 1
  • Mississippi: 1
  • Rhode Island: 1
  • Texas: 1

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