Pictures are worth a thousand words.
So let’s try to break down Georgia’s recruiting class into a handful of tweets. That makes sense with the Bulldogs zeroing in on a Top 3 class heading into National Signing Day.
DawgNation has been following several of these prospects for more than two years on Twitter.
They have vivid personalities and yet also offer up something from time to time that goes beyond the typical football and teenage dreams. Check out the following examples below and you might learn a great deal about this year’s class.
A few of the items below come from others close to their careers. Some are definitely the sort they wouldn’t mind seeing read by an NFL General Manger one day.
SICEM17 by the Tweets
1) 5-star Richard LeCounte III — Enrolled
— Jeff Sentell (@jeffsentell) January 4, 2017
Why: This tweet references a moment during U.S. Army All-American practices.
That’s when the hyperactive and physical LeCounte took former UGA commit Devonta Smith to the bench during a one-on-one matchup. He’s rated as the nation’s No. 2 safety for 2017.
2) 4-star Jake Fromm — Enrolled
I don't work to prove the haters wrong, I work to prove those I love right.
— JakefromStateFromm (@FrommJake) January 9, 2017
Nothing better than fishing and beautiful sunsets ? pic.twitter.com/VGlU0TAsqu
— JakefromStateFromm (@FrommJake) December 31, 2016
— JakefromStateFromm (@FrommJake) July 26, 2016
Why: Fromm’s work ethic — he typically watched at least 20 hours of film per week on his own during his season — will prepare him to excel at Georgia. He is also rated as the nation’s No. 3 pro-style QB.
The freshman QB is an avid outdoorsman plus that near 300-pound power clean clearly shows he’s used to the weight room.
3) 4-star Jeremiah Holloman — Enrolled
A year ago today I had 0 offers. Stay humble and on your grind ?? don't let nobody take anything from you ?
— Jeremiah Holloman (@Obey_Classics) April 11, 2016
Tell mama we home pic.twitter.com/Sjq01EdpqR
— Jeremiah Holloman (@Obey_Classics) January 14, 2017
I get those goosebumps everytime pic.twitter.com/wU6Dh1lAb0
— Jeremiah Holloman (@Obey_Classics) January 14, 2017
Why: Holloman went from having no offers to his status as one of the nation’s top receivers. He’s rated as the nation’s No. 18 WR.
“JJ” tried his best Denzel Washington act to hide it during his recruiting but it seemed like he was bound for Georgia for the longest time. That’s no matter how many times he was on the phone with Tennesee coach Butch Jones.
4) 4-star RB D’Andre Swift — Committed
I'm going to compete regardless!
— SWIFT7️⃣ (@DAndreSwift) December 16, 2016
— SWIFT7️⃣ (@DAndreSwift) September 5, 2016
— SWIFT7️⃣ (@DAndreSwift) October 24, 2016
Why: Swift tweeted that first example shortly after Nick Chubb and Sony Michel announced they would return for their senior seasons. The third and final item came after he returned from missing almost half of his senior season with a series of injuries.
He’s rated as the nation’s No. 4 RB. The 5-foot-9, 220-pounder still ran for more than 1,500 yards this season. Swift was named the MVP of the International Bowl over the weekend.
5) 4-star Jaden Hunter — Committed
— jadenhunter (@JadenHunter9) May 26, 2016
Why: The nation’s No. 11 OLB is a UGA double legacy. His mother Brandi Decker-Hunter was a women’s basketball standout. Her name still appears in the program’s record books.
This tweet references his late father, Brice Hunter, who ranks as one of the program’s all-time great receivers. Hunter was one of Kirby Smart’s first recruits to UGA.
6) 4-star OT D’Antne Demery — Committed
— Danielle S. Harold (@LadyDHarold) January 7, 2017
— Jeff Sentell (@jeffsentell) July 28, 2016
RIP Ms. Rochelle ? https://t.co/q9Bysb6hXU
— Richard LeCounte III (@LilEasy_35) July 28, 2016
Why: Demery, the nation’s No. 22 OT, was named a U.S. Army All-American this year. The 6-foot-6, 325-pounder tragically saw his mother pass away this season.
His Brunswick High School team dedicated the 2016 season to her memory.
7) 4-star S DeAngelo Gibbs — Enrolled
Athens is a special place. #GoDawgs
— Deangelo Gibbs (@TheHercules8) November 12, 2016
Why: The normally reserved Gibbs kept his college interests close to the vest for almost his entire recruiting. This was a rare moment of transparency. Gibbs is rated as the nation’s No. 4 safety for this year.
8) 4-star OG Netori Johnson — Committed
— Radi Nabulsi (@RadiNabulsi) June 29, 2016
— Jeff Sentell (@jeffsentell) September 16, 2016
— Jeff Sentell (@jeffsentell) December 9, 2016
Why: Check the red hair. The smile that will stretch from The Arch to the hedges. Check the dance moves.
The nation’s No. 6 OG is the type of guy you want in your crew for a fun night out on the town. Or in the huddle trying to convert a 4th-and-1 against Vanderbilt.
9. 4-star DE Malik Herring — Committed
— Radi Nabulsi (@RadiNabulsi) April 2, 2016
Why: Note the hops and the athleticism. This 6-foot-3, 255-pounder is rated as the nation’s No. 4 strong-side defensive end this year. The most committed undecided recruit in America finally made his public pledge to UGA with Holloman on Dec. 1.
10. 5-star OT Isaiah Wilson — Committed
This will be my pinned tweet until we retrieve all the savages? ||FLIP SEASON|| |UNDERDAWG|
— Z⚡️ (@_LayZay_) January 6, 2017
Wilson seemingly came out of nowhere to choose Georgia. He was thought to be a heavy lean to Alabama and Michigan at one time, but Bulldogs line coach Sam Pittman started reeling him in after a key summer visit.
Then he made sure to take a weekly trip up to Brooklyn to make sure he stayed committed to the G. As a result, the 6-foot-7, 350-pound prospect is now the one doing the recruiting for UGA.
That seemed to be a noteworthy play. Wilson has consequently became the highest-rated member of the recruiting class.
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