UGA recruiting: Weekend visit by nation’s No. 5 RB John Emery Jr. caps week

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John Emery Jr. is expected to be one of the big-name uncommitted targets at UGA this weekend.

A number of big recruiting targets will be in Athens for an unofficial visit weekend that will carry some weight.

Look for a mixture of commits and top targets to show up. Perhaps one of the biggest targets will be 4-star running back John Emery Jr. of Destrehan, La.

Here are a few quick things to know about the Emery visit:

  • Georgia could be in a sprint to the finish with LSU for the nation’s No. 5 RB for 2019 on the 247Sports composite. He also rates as the nation’s No. 68 overall prospect.
  • The Bulldogs sent receivers coach and area recruiter Cortez Hankton and running backs coach Dell McGee to see him take four snaps at his spring game on Wednesday night. There were coaches from at least five staffs on hand to watch Emery.
  • He is expected to bring at least one key member of his immediate family along with him on the trip.
  • The 5-foot-11½, 200-pound rising senior took an earlier visit to UGA this year.

Want a speed read on the week? These were the major UGA recruiting storylines over the last seven days:

IMG spring game coverage on social media

IMG Academy held its spring game on Thursday night in Florida. It was an intrasquad pairing, offense against defense. The game featured a few big players, such as 5-star UGA commit Nolan Smith and major 2019 RB targets Noah Cain and Trey Sanders.

Lejond Cavazos, a speedy safety in the 2020 class, was also on display. He still has UGA as his top school. The defense “won” the game by a 52-50 margin based on a unique scoring system that former coach Butch Jones once used at Tennessee.

Here are a few moments from that game that DawgNation shared on Twitter. The first of those is an explanation of that unique scoring system from Smith.

Georgia has eight commitments for 2019. The most recent came from 4-star athlete Trezmen Marshall, who committed on April 27. Marshall, the nation’s No. 8 athlete and No. 98 overall prospect, had made a silent pledge to the program a few weeks prior to the public reveal.

UGA sits at No. 7 nationally in the 247Sports composite team recruiting rankings. The Bulldogs have seen Florida State and Miami eclipse them in those rankings of late.

It is worth noting that Georgia is the only team in the nation’s top 15 that has fewer than nine commitments. Georgia has an average rating of 95.78 per commit. That’s the highest average per pledge in the nation.

Alabama has 13 pledges and has taken over the top spot. Texas A&M and its 12 pledges rank No. 2 in the SEC and chart at No. 3 nationally.

Jadon Haselwood, a 5-star wide receiver (Cedar Grove H.S./Ellenwood, Ga.), is the highest-rated Georgia commit. He is the No. 5 overall player in the nation, according to the composite. Haselwood is ranked as the nation’s No. 1 receiver prospect for 2019.

The Bulldogs have two commitments for 2020. The latest is tackle Broderick JonesHe committed to the Bulldogs twice earlier this year and revealed that decision to DawgNation last month. The 4-star prospect drips with 5-star potential and rates on 247Sports as the nation’s No. 35 prospect for 2020.

How the 2019 UGA recruiting class is being built:

June 11, 2016: 4-star tackle Luke Griffin (North Murray/Chatsworth, Ga.) commits to UGA

Jan. 29, 2017: 5-star DE Nolan Smith (IMG Academy/Bradenton, Fla.) commits to UGA

Feb. 18, 2017: 4-star DT Rashad Cheney Jr. (Washington High/Atlanta) commits to UGA

Trezmen Marshall actually aspires to try to play both ways for the Bulldogs. His initial and long-term fit will be at inside linebacker. (Trezmen Marshall/courtesy)

March 16, 2017: 5-star WR Jadon Haselwood commits to UGA

July 15, 2017: 4-star LB J.D. Bertrand (Blessed Trinity/Roswell, Ga.) commits to UGA

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