This is the time of year when some very big targets set off on spring official visits. UGA recruiting will host a handful of those over the next month.
It appears 5-star WR Julian Fleming will be the highest-rated of those at this time. The nation’s No. 1 overall receiver prospect isn’t seen by the industry as a strong option to UGA at this time.
The popular 247Sports “Crystal Ball” feature reflects the following percentages of analyst predictions for the Pennsylvania resident:
- 57 percent to Penn State
- 21 percent to Clemson
- 21 percent to Ohio State
Yet for some reason, the Bulldogs keep hanging around among his top schools. Fleming has only taken one official visit so far. That was a trip to check out Alabama.
His trip to see the Bulldogs on May 31 is the only other one he has set in stone as of now.
“It was just the one that worked,” Fleming told DawgNation about that date recently.
The Bulldogs remain in contention for the 5-star because they hosted him last spring. It remains one of his best unofficials to date. When asked to describe the Bulldogs earlier this year, he used the term “great” six times during his 20-second response.
“Georgia was probably one of my best visits so far,” Fleming said. “Honestly. My whole family loved Georgia. Coach [Cortez] Hankton is a really cool real down-to-earth guy. He seemed like a great coach. He had NFL experience. Georgia is a great place. They are in the SEC.”
“They pushed Alabama to their limits,” Fleming. “It is a great team. Great program. Great coaching staff. Great history.”
This item about the date of his visit was first reported last week by 247Sports. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound prospect plays for a high school program which has won its last 32 games and back-to-back state titles.
He was named the 2018 Gatorade Player of the Year for Pennsylvania after catching 80 balls for 1,526 yards and 22 touchdowns. That equates to a strong 19.8 yards per catch as a marked man. It also meant he found the end zone on one out of every 3.6 catches.
The Southern Columbia Area (Catawissa, Pa.) standout added four interceptions on defense and returned three of those for scores. The notion that he made a big impact on both sides of the ball for a state championship team is a testament to his overall ability at the next level.
Julian Fleming is set to take an official visit to check out UGA on May 31. It will be his second official. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)
These are the major DawgNation recruiting storylines of late:
Want a speed read on the last week?
Georgia has seven commitments for 2020. Akinola Ogunbiyi was the most recent pledge to the class back on G-Day.
Jalen Kimber, a 4-star CB from Texas, also chose Georgia right before his official visit on April 17. Kimber then took his only official visit to UGA for G-Day.
It is interesting to note that Georgia has gotten four of its seven commitments of late in back-to-back fashion. Let’s make a note of that and see if that trend continues for the rest of this year’s class.
UGA sits at No. 11 nationally for 2019 in the 247Sports composite team recruiting rankings. That places the Bulldogs fourth in the SEC.
LSU and its 14 pledges rank No. 1 in the nation. Alabama has 16 commits and that is good for No. 2 in both the SEC and the country. The rest of the top 10 flows like this: Clemson, Miami, Florida, Penn State, FSU, Ohio State, FSU, North Carolina and Georgia Tech.
Yep, you read that right. Georgia Tech. (We’ll tip our hat to first-year head coach Geoff Collin a little bit later.)
NextNation’s No. 4 OG Andrew Raym places UGA among his top five schools