Georgia football: A pair of 5-stars highlight a robust official visit weekend
When Jordan Burch posted the Snapchat video of his Athens hotel room bright and early on Saturday, it was official. It was truly game on for the Georgia football official visitor weekend.
Georgia’s dance card of official visitors had brought in just about everyone it hoped it would. Or at least the players it absolutely had to have there this weekend.
Burch, the nation’s No. 5 overall prospect for 2020 on the 247Sports Composite, made another trip to Athens for his official visit.
Burch has taken officials this season to both Alabama and LSU. He’d also been to Georgia for a junior day appearance, for G-Day, for the scavenger hunt weekend, the July cookout and an unofficial visit for the South Carolina game.
The nation’s No. 2 strong-side DE prospect (Hammond School/Columbia, SC) has been a mystery across the entire recruiting cycle. The 6-foot-5, 270-pound senior does no media. He plays in the same city as South Carolina. His quarterback at Hammond is the son of Gamecocks coach Will Muschamp.
— DWooDy (@dwoody15) December 14, 2019
The Under Armour 2020 All-American plans to sign and make his decision known on Dec. 19. That event is not expected to take place at Hammond School, but in his hometown in Florence. Kirby Smart and select members of the Georgia staff made a trip to check out Burch this week.
They saw him pour in 10 points on the basketball court.
Burch’s visit was big. But the official visit that got started late at night from 5-star CB Kelee Ringo was just as big. Ringo ranks as the nation’s No. 1 CB for 2020 on that same composite. He has also been a frequent unofficial visitor to UGA this year, but not during the season.
Ringo is a rare athlete. He has the ability to match up with any receiver of any size in the secondary. He has the size to battle down the field with the 6-foot-5 giraffes, but also the 4.35 laser speed in the 40 to smother even the shiftiest slot receivers.
Those two visitors stand out, but so does the chance to recruit 4-star speed merchant Arian Smith over the weekend. He’s also now set to sign during the early signing period. Smith has been clocked at 10.31 in the 100 meters and is one of the fastest high school athletes in the country.
— DWooDy (@dwoody15) December 13, 2019
He’s also rated as the nation’s no. 14 WR and the No. 75 overall prospect for 2020. That would fill a big need for Georgia by adding more “fear factor” to the receiver room. Smith is down to Alabama, Florida and Georgia.
Dontae Manning is another priority official visitor in his own right. The nation’s No. No. 6 cornerback and No. 76 overall prospect is a bona fide playmaker in all three phases of the game. He has also been a special teams standout for his Raytown High School (Kansas City, Mo.) team for the last few seasons.
Manning is down to Arizona State, Georgia, Oregon, Oklahoma, Oregon and Texas A&M. The pure 247Sports rating has his mas the nation’s No. 2 overall cornerback for 2020.
Georgia football: Check out the notable officials
This has been a nouveau official visit weekend for the Bulldogs. The number of official visitors will be the biggest recruiting weekend of the year at least according to that count.
Ringo started off his official visit at a shooting range. Smith and his guests wound up at an ax-throwing establishment in the Classic City. Reed had a dinner plate that looked like a lobster farm.
This weekend was easily going beyond the normal cookie cake realm that has been an official visit UGA tradition. Combine that with the LED-heavy Sanford Stadium experience and the usual black SUV motorcades that whip those blue-chip recruits everywhere and it will be another painting the town red night for those potential Bulldogs in Athens.
Scan the list of names below for an unofficial list of visitors that are in town or are stil; expected to be in town this weekend. DawgNation is still looking for at least 2-3 other surprise visitors from this weekend that we could see show up in Athens.
Official visitors in town this weekend (10)
Jordan Burch/5-star DE/Hgt: 6-5/Wgt: 275 (Undecided)
Hammond School/Columbia, SC — Nation’s No. 2 strong-side DE and No. 5 overall prospect
Kelee Ringo/5-star CB/Hgt: 6-2/Wgt: 205/Undecided
Saguaro High School/Scottsdale, AZ — Nation’s No. 1 CB and No. 8 overall prospect
Jalen Carter/4-star DT/Hgt: 6-4/Wgt: 301 (Georgia commit)
Apopka High School/Apopka, Fla. — Nation’s No. 6 DT and No. 52 overall prospect
Arian Smith/4-star WR/Hgt: 6-1/Wgt: 175/Undecided
Lakeland High School/Lakeland, Fla. — Nation’s No. 14 WR and No. 72 overall prospect
Dontae Manning/4-star CB/Hgt: 6-0/Wgt: 185/Undecided
Raytown High School/Kansas City, Mo. — Nation’s No. 6 CB and No. 76 overall prospect
Major Burns/4-star S/Hgt: 6-2/Wgt: 176/Undecided
Madison Prep Academy/Baton Rouge, La. — Nation’s No. 12 S and No. 155 overall prospect
Eric Reed Jr./4-star S/Hgt: 6-0/Wgt: 195/Undecided
Calvary Baptist School/Shreveport, La. — Nation’s No. 16 S and No. 175 overall prospect
Aaryn Parks/4-star OG/Hgt: 6-4/Wgt: 320 (Oklahoma commit)
National Christian Academy/Fort Washington, Md. — Nation’s No. 6 OG and No. 198 overall prospect
Warren Brinson/4-star DT/Hgt:6-4.5/Wgt:295 (Georgia commit)
IMG Academy /Bradenton, Fla. — Nation’s No. 26 DT and No. 254 overall prospect
Devin Willock/3-star OT/Hgt: 6-6/Wgt: 345 (Undecided)
Paramus Catholic/Paramus, NJ — Nation’s No. 67 OT and No. 892 overall prospect
Tate Ratledge/4-star OT/Hgt: 6-6/Weight: 320/(Georgia commit)
Darlington School/Rome, Ga. — Nation’s No. 3 OT and No. 36 overall prospect
Nazir Stackhouse/4-star DT/Hgt: 6-3.5/Wgt: 306 (Georgia commit)
Columbia High School/Decatur, Ga. — Nation’s No. 27 DT and No. 257 overall prospect