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Georgia quarterbacks coach James Coley has kept up the recruiting ties with California 4-star Joey Yellen since an offer late last month.

California QB Joey Yellen on G-Day: ‘I’ve never seen anything like it’

Want to attack every day with the latest Georgia football recruiting info? That’s what the Intel will bring at least five days a week. The play sheet today calls for a visit recap and offer overview with California 4-star QB Joey Yellen. 

Joey Yellen was at G-Day. Georgia quarterbacks coach James Coley was in California shortly thereafter.

It is no coincidence that Yellen quickly picked up an offer after those trips.

The obvious question first: What brings a guy from Cali to UGA for G-Day on an unofficial visit sans offer? He had exactly one offer at the time, from San Jose State. Yellen currently rates as the nation’s No. 13 pro-style QB, No. 302 player overall, for 2019 on the 247Sports composite.

He came because he was called.

“Basically I had been talking a lot with Coach Coley and we have been talking for a couple of weeks and he invited me out,” Yellen said. “I really wanted to see what 90,000 [fans] or something like that looked like at a spring game. I wanted to see that and see what Georgia was all about.

“I’m glad I did.”

He was so busy and so on the go that he forgot to take pictures. He will. Next time.

“It was unique and I’ve never seen anything like it,” Yellen said. “But that’s partly why Georgia is such a unique school. It is really a unique tradition that you guys have over there.”

Can he see himself crossing three time zones to play college ball?

“Yeah,” Yellen said. “For sure. It has always been a thing for me that I don’t really want to stay local. I’ve always kind of wanted to go somewhere else. It has never been a huge thing for me to stay in state. I have two brothers. Both of them went to college out of state. It has never been too much of an issue for me. I like an adventure.”

He even would strap it up for the adventure of trying to wrestle reps away from sophomore SEC champion Jake Fromm and heralded freshman Justin Fields.

“Honestly, you are going to have to go and compete where ever you go,” Yellen said. “I think [UGA offensive coordinator] Coach [Jim] Chaney said it best. He said you are going to have to go compete at any college and if you don’t have to, then you need to seriously look and that college and wonder why. Why go to a college you don’t have to compete for a spot at? Because every college should have good quarterbacks there you should have to compete with.

“That is kind of the first thing a good team gets. Good quarterback. Good quarterbacks.”

He’s not setting himself up to start all four years in college. He’ll be there to work. Join a team.

“I’ve never had a problem getting coached,” Yellen said. “If I’m there, then they are going to get the full me and I’m going to do whatever coach asks me to do.”

What Joey Yellen told his friends about UGA and G-Day

When Yellen got back to high school after G-Day, he had to play reporter to all his friends.

“I really just told them all that Georgia was just different,” Yellen said. “It is not like what we have over here. You don’t get 90,000 or so out for a spring game plain and simple.”

He says there are no college towns like that in California.

“Athens is a really cool college town,” Yellen said. “We got there at three in the morning and the town was still alive. That’s crazy.”

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James Coley has been the key recruiter so far between UGA and 4-star QB Joey Yellen. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)

As for his father, who also made the trip?

“He was in awe about it as well,” Yellen said.

His coolest moment? He laughs about it. It shows off his “football nerd” side — and did not make his Snapchat story.

“I was kind of watching film with Coach Coley and Jake Fromm walked in,” Yellen said. “He kind of started talking about the football stuff he did in high school. I thought that was cool. I got to meet him for the very first time. He seemed like a really good guy.”

Yellen said that the relationship with Coley is off to a strong start.

“I like Coley a lot,” Yellen said the day he got that offer. “We’ve been talking for over a month or so. It was really cool getting to watch film with him. We watched Georgia film and then we watched my film. We talked out theory and concepts. I think we see things pretty similarly. He has a great football mind and he’s worked with a lot of great coaches and players. I was really excited to get that offer.”

The Georgia offer was soon joined by Arizona State and Brown. He said that Georgia “definitely” will get an official visit.

“I’m really just now doing my research on every school,” he said. “Georgia is a place that I can really see myself at.”

He said he will be coming back out to Athens this summer, likely to camp. That will not be the official visit.

Yellen wants to make his commitment before the start of his senior season. He’s just not sure when. Not yet.

The 6-foot-2½, 211-pound rising senior will also enroll early.

A peer review of Joey Yellen

South Carolina commit Ryan Hilinski strongly considered UGA earlier this year. He has also had the chance to compete against Yellen in California.

Yellen’s Mission Viejo squad bested Hilinski and Orange Lutheran in the state playoffs last season.

Hilinski now rates as the nation’s No. 6 pro-style quarterback for 2019 in the 247Sports composite. What does he think about Yellen?

“He’s a great kid,” Hilinski said. “Real good work ethic and wants to be great. He makes a lot of friends but takes care of what he has to do on the field.”

That links up with that football “nerd” stuff.

“I love to play the game,” Yellen said. “But even more than actually playing it, I love the background and preparation that goes into it. I love watching film. I am always looking to learn more and learning about concepts and new ways and the best ways to attack defenses. That study of it. I just love everything that goes into it and then once you start playing it, then football becomes the ultimate team sport.”

Get him to talk about the back-shoulder go route. He. Will. Not. Stop.

“You hit a back-shoulder go route and then you and your receiver are on the exact same page,” Yellen said. “You’ve put it there and put in the work to be great. You’ve prepared.”

The Bulldogs have continued to hold their end up on the communication chain with Yellen since G-Day.

“They’ve kept up,” Yellen said. “I talk to Coach Coley frequently and I texted back and forth with Coach [Kirby] Smart the other day.”

He is definitely planning to visit in early June. Yellen also said he was still working to plan out that official visit.

Speaking of QBs and UGA recruiting

The Bulldogs also sent out their 16th offer to a quarterback prospect in the 2019 class on Wednesday, to 3-star Ohio prospect Connor Bazelak.

The 6-4, 200-pound rising senior rates below Yellen as the nation’s No. 20 pro-style passer the 2019 cycle. That said, Bazelak actually has close to 30 offers.

Here’s a good look at why he has earned those 28 offers up to this point.

Recent UGA recruiting history in Metro Atlanta, Vol. II

We shared some paragraphs earlier this week about how the Bulldogs have been doing in Metro Atlanta. 

We shared some data, fired off some bullet points and came to a few conclusions. But there is an epilogue necessary to all of that data.

In years when the Dawgs could not lock down Metro Atlanta and the state of Georgia in recruiting, who did? Perhaps the better view on things would be to display the rival schools that had a hand in preventing that.

Here’s a look at that. (Reminder: The chief criteria in place here is the number of signees a school had from the top 10 players in Metro Atlanta and the state of Georgia. The rankings used here are from the 247Sports composite standard.)

Kirby Smart era

  • 2019 UGA (commits): 3 in Georgia/4 in Metro Atlanta
  • 2019 rivals (commits): No program has multiples in Georgia/No program has multiples in Atlanta
  • 2018 UGA: 6 in Georgia/4 in Atlanta
  • 2018 rivals: Clemson with 2 in Georgia/Clemson with 2 in Metro Atlanta
  • 2017 UGA:  5 in Georgia/6 in Atlanta
  • 2017 rivals: No program had multiples in Georgia/No program had multiples in Atlanta
  • 2016 UGA: 2 in Georgia/2 in Atlanta
  • 2016 rivals: Auburn with 3 in Georgia/Auburn with 3 in Atlanta

Mark Richt era

  • 2015 UGA:  5 in Georgia/4 in Atlanta
  • 2015 rivals: No program had multiples in Georgia/No program had multiples in Atlanta
  • 2014 UGA: 3 in Georgia/1 in Atlanta
  • 2014 rivals: Auburn, Clemson and South Carolina with 2 in Ga./South Carolina with 4 in Atlanta
  • 2013 UGA:  2 in Georgia/2 in Atlanta
  • 2013 rivals: Alabama and Auburn with 2 in Georgia/Alabama with 2 in Atlanta
  • 2012 UGA: 3 in Georgia/0 in Atlanta
  • 2012 rivals: Alabama with 3 of 10 in Georgia/Alabama with 4 of 10 in Atlanta

The data shows just how hard it is for the Bulldogs to totally shut out the other programs. Those guys can really recruit, too. But it should also be noted that sometimes there is a program preference to players along these ratings.

It also reflects the Bulldogs have gotten better both in-state and in Metro Atlanta since the 2015 class.

Georgia makes 3-star DB Warren Burrell’s top 7

North Gwinnett 3-star CB prospect Warren Burrell tweeted his top 7 on Wednesday. He also maintains his timeline from earlier this year about hoping to commit prior to his senior season.

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Warren Burrell left Georgia fans smiling with his top 7 on Wednesday. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)

Burrell ranks as the nation’s No. 38 cornerback, No. 410 overall prospect and No. 42 player in Georgia for 2019.

The veteran was North Gwinnett’s lockdown defender last season. He’s part of a trio of secondary prospects at that school that currently hold UGA offers. There are two predictions so far on the 247Sports Crystal Ball. Both are for Georgia.

Miss any Intel? The DawgNation recruiting archive will get you up to speed just as fast as former Georgia All-American LB Roquan Smith found the ball after the snap.

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