Nation’s No. 1 junior Kayvon Thibodeaux says he hopes for UGA offer

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5-star Kayvon Thibodeaux hope to earn an offer from UGA. He’s the nation’s No. 1 overall prospect for 2019 on the 247Sports Composite. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)

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 for Friday calls for an introduction to probably the highest-rated player in the nation who doesn’t have an offer from UGA. That’s 5-star defensive lineman Kayvon Thibodeaux from Southern California.

Georgia currently has the nation’s top recruiting classes for both 2018 and 2019.

The Bulldogs are still in the type of season that attracts attention. The success of the 2017 season will allow Georgia to recruit nationally at an even higher level than before. The interest from Isaac Taylor-Stuart of San Diego, for example, is especially noteworthy.

As we wrote earlier this week, the nation’s No. 2 cornerback prospect for 2018 has UGA among his top schools. But there’s another California 5-star who also is intrigued by what the Bulldogs have done this year.

That is 5-star defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux, who ranks as the nation’s No. 1 overall prospect for 2019, according to the 247Sports composite.

He doesn’t have an offer from UGA. Yet. But he would sure like one. Thibodeaux said he hopes to visit UGA this spring or summer as he makes the rounds.

The 6-foot-5, 235-pound prospect from Oaks Christian spoke to SEC Country’s Pete Scantlebury at the Future 50 on Thursday afternoon in Orlando, Fla.

A lot of the major power brokers in college football are on his favored list: Alabama. Clemson. LSU. Michigan. Texas A&M. UCLA. USC.

5-star Kayvon Thibodeaux works on a hand drill at the Under Armour Future 50 on Jan. 4 in Orlando, Fla. (Jeff Sentell/ DawgNation)

But he would like to hear more from Georgia and a few other schools. That’s interesting considering he’s the nation’s top-rated prospect for 2019. Things usually move a lot faster than that in the hyperdrive world of college recruiting.

“Yeah, there are,” he said of the schools on his wish list. “Like Georgia. Clemson. Oklahoma. Those are some nice schools. Those are schools that I don’t have offers by or scholarships by that maybe are looking at me and that I would consider.”

He said he hopes to add Alabama and Clemson to that visit list. But what is the communication like with Georgia?

“I haven’t talked to them,” Thibodeaux said. “But they are a great school. I am keeping my options open.”

When did he start to notice the Bulldogs?

“It has been all year,” Thibodeaux said. “They have been a great team. I haven’t proven myself yet [to UGA.] I’m still proving myself to be a great player. So I am just going to let it come to me. If it doesn’t, then it is not my path.”

Thibodeaux said he hopes to make his commitment before his senior season and expects to sign early.

Brenton Cox set to enroll at UGA on Friday

Looking for some more good news on a Friday? Well, how about a 5-star moving into the dorms in Athens and starting his life as a Georgia student-athlete?

Brenton Cox ― who picked up a couple of sacks in the Under Armour All-America Game Thursday night ― told DawgNation that he will move to Athens on Friday. That will be as soon as he gets back from Orlando.

The 6-foot-5, 250-pound prospect from Stockbridge (Ga.) High is a strong all-around defensive end who can attack the passer and also hold up against the big boys in the run game. At Georgia, he’ll be surrounded by the big boys, and he said he feels there is at least one more blue-chip recruit who could flip to the Bulldogs in this recruiting cycle.

“It feels good to be moving up to Athens tomorrow,” Cox said. “But that day starts the work. The hard work. Hard work is what it is going to take to get me to where I want to go, and all of that starts for me tomorrow when I get to Georgia.”

Cox ranks as the nation’s No. 2 strongside defensive end prospect for 2018. The nation’s No. 23 overall prospect, he finished his high school career with 6 tackles, 3 stops for losses and a pair of sacks at the Under Armour All-America Game.

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