EDITOR’S NOTE: DawgNation has learned since this was originally published that 5-star WR George Pickens does plan to enroll in Athens for Georgia football this week.
We can almost already picture what now seems like a traditional rite of passage tweet from the Georgia football account.
The parents and the luggage. The carts, the room furnishings and those flat-screen TVs. DawgNation will look for those smiles which seemingly hold no boundaries.
The smiles will not just be due to the notion that the University of Georgia will not be feeding these young men on their training tables.
It will include that stop at Tate to pick up that UGA student ID card, too. The rest of the 2019 signing class will largely arrive in Athens on Wednesday.
Travon Walker, the 5-star DT from Thomaston, was already packing on Memorial Day. He’s had a countdown clock on his Instagram for a while now. The same thing can be said for 4-star Tennessee DE Bill Norton.
“I just can’t wait,” 4-star RB Kenny McIntosh said, summing up the mood.
The remaining 10 signees from 2019 have had a long wait since they signed before they became Bulldogs. They saw their future teammates go through the motions of their first spring practices while they were still in high school classes. Still walking their high school halls.
It is their turn this week.
All told, DawgNation has confirmed that all but two members of the 2019 class (plus the two incoming graduate transfers) plan to move in at UGA on Wednesday.
The new faces around campus will include:
- 4 incoming defensive linemen
- 3 wide receivers (at least)
- 2 tight ends
- 1 RB
DawgNation.com projects that the Bulldog roster will now top out at 85 scholarship players when the entire class enrolls and is on campus.
The confirmations include:
Georgia football: HIGH SCHOOL SIGNEES
- DT Travon Walker: 5-star signee. Nation’s No. 2 DT from Upson-Lee High School in Thomaston. Finished up as the nation’s No. 22 overall prospect per the 247Sports Composite ratings.
- UPDATED: WR George Pickens: The No. 1 player from the state of Alabama from the 2019 class does plan to enroll this week. Pickens is the first 5-star WR to sign with UGA since Marlon Brown in 2009.
- WR Dominick Blaylock: 4-star signee. Nation’s No. 5 WR from Walton High in Marietta. Finished up as the nation’s No. 36 overall player for 2019.
- DE Bill Norton: Nation’s No. 9 strong-side DE out of Tennessee from Christian Brothers in Memphis. Final ranking as the nation’s No. 161 overall player in this class.
- RB Kenny McIntosh: The Florida signee was the nation’s No. 11 RB out of The University School in Fort Lauderdale. Wound up rated No. 187 overall for 2019.
- ATH Makyia Tongue: Very underrated signee out of Louisiana. The NFL legacy was signed out of Unversity Lab as the nation’s No. 9 ATH and No. 196 overall prospect. Should help UGA quickly on special teams and also challenge for reps wide receiver.
- DE/DT Zion Logue: A definite name to watch for this class. The 6-foot-6, 305-pound DL signee rates as the nation’s No. 25 strong-side DE for this class. Had tremendous growth over the last year. He was just a 245-pound rising senior some 15 months ago. Rates No. 343 overall and as the No. 11 player from the state of Tennessee.
- DT Tymon Mitchell: Mitchell is the third D-line signee for Tray Scott out of the state of Tennessee. He moves from Nashville and could anchor himself at NG and DT in Athens. The 3-star signee rates as the nation’s No. 32 DT and the No. 423 overall prospect in this class.
- TE Brett Seither: Seither became one of the hottest unsigned prospects in the last phase of the 2019 recruiting cycle after the early signing period window closed. He becomes just one of four scholarship players at his position. The 3-star signee rates as the nation’s No. 34 TE and as the No. 734 overall prospect nationally.
It must also be noted that some of Georgia’s vital preferred walk-ons for the 2019 class will also be moving to Athens as well. The Bulldogs could not practice the way they do or at the level that they do without those other valuable players in the program.
Georgia football: GRADUATE TRANSFERS
- WR Lawrence Cager: The 6-foot-5 big body transfers in for his final college season to the WR room at Georgia. He spent the last few seasons at Miami. Cager signed with the Hurricanes as the nation’s No. 45 WR recruit in the class of 2015. In 25 games, he had 45 catches for 681 yards and 10 touchdowns for the Hurricanes. That was good for a 15.1 yards per catch average.
- TE Eli Wolf: The 6-foot-4 Wolf comes to Athens from his time at Tennessee. He was rated as the nation’s No. 98 TE in the class of 2015. He had eight career catches for 78 yards in his three seasons with the Vols.
Xavier Truss, a 4-star OT from Rhode Island, also might not make it in this week. His class at Bishop Hendricken does not even graduate until June 12.
The highest-rated player in Rhode Island high school football history ended up as the nation’s 19 OT for this class. The near 6-foot-7 signee rates No. 214 overall for this cycle.
That said, Georgia coach Kirby Smart said at a caravan stop in Macon last week that he expects all the expected members of the team to be qualified and able to play this fall. That did cover all the incoming recruits from the 2019 signing class.
As a reminder, the Bulldogs already enrolled 14 members of the 2019 signing class back in January. Those guys have already acclimated to college life, a semester at UGA and life as a Bulldog.