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RaRa Dillworth said that Georgia made him feel like a priority.

RaRa Dillworth: ‘Priority’ LB target slices remaining trips in half after UGA visit

Want to attack every day with the latest UGA football recruiting info? That’s what the Intel brings. This entry is about the first Georgia visit for speedy North Carolina LB RaRa Dillworth. Raneiria “RaRa” Dillworth is a 4-star prospect in the 2021 class. 

Raneiria “RaRa” Dillworth took his first and likely last unofficial visit to UGA over the weekend.

He did so with several family members along. That traveling party included his little sister, niece, big brother, big sister and his mother.

“My mom and everybody else they loved it,” he said of the group impression from their UGA trip.

The biggest takeaway from that visit was he has a new plan in motion.

Dillworth told DawgNation.com heading into the visit his recruiting calendar looked like this for the month of March and early April. 

  • March 1 – Georgia (first trip)
  • March 7 – Alabama (first trip)
  • March 20 – N.C. State
  • March 21 – South Carolina
  • March 28 – North Carolina
  • April 1 – Oklahoma
  • April 4 – Tennessee
  • April 11– FSU
  • April 17 – Silent commitment
  • May 9 – Public decision release

That is not happening anymore.

Dillworth shared his revising visit plan after that Georgia trip. He’s basically chopped that in half.

“I’m not going to see all those schools anymore,” he said. “I’m just going to go where I feel I can actually play and I feel comfortable.”

The new visit tour and decision timeline:

  • March 1 (Georgia) ✅
  • March 8 (Alabama)
  • March 21 (South Carolina)
  • March 28 (North Carolina)
  • April 17 (silent commitment)
  • May 9 (public decision release)

It appears that Georgia did make an impact on his first visit. When he left UGA on the way back home, he had something certain in his mind about that trip.

“How they were showing so much love,” Dillworth said. “All the coaches were just saying ‘RaRa’ and ‘RaRa this’ and ‘RaRa’ that and that really proved first that they knew about me as a whole coaching staff and they were just showing love to the fam.”

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RaRa Dillworth told DawgNation he has been timed with 4.35 speed in the 40-yard dash. That’s fast and he certainly plays like it on film. (RaRa Dillworth/Courtesy photo)

RaRa Dillworth: The takeaway quotes from his UGA visit

The Intel is always searching for alternative storytelling methods. Here’s a way to quickly inject some of Dillworth’s own insight about that Georgia trip worked out for him.

DawgNation picked out some select interesting things from his recap of the trip.

  • “It checked all the boxes. They told me how I would fit in and how they would use me. It was nice to see that and then I saw that they start a lot of freshmen so that was actually even better.”
  • “[My visit] was most around the family. Everything I did was around the family. They did not just talk to me. They talked to my family a lot, too. So that’s what I really liked. Because it is really all about the family.”
  • “It actually did feel like an official visit.”
  • “I mean I went in there really serious and all about it but [Georgia] really showed up. They showed up for us. It shocked me.”
  • What opened my eyes was there are a lot of different formations they play. They move people in and out. They have a lot of substations. It was mostly freshman and sophomores. So that really opened my eyes like ‘man they really give people a chance.'”
  • “I think of Georgia as a high priority now.”

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RaRa Dillworth said that his first trip to UGA was a great visit and it elevated his interest in the program. (RaRa Dillworth/Courtesy photo)

How Georgia was able to personalize the RaRa Dillworth visit

Dillworth made a point to note how Georgia coaches already seemed warm and inviting over the phone and over FaceTime with him and his family. He’s noted in the past how well Glenn Schumann communicated with his mother. That was even before he had the Georgia offer.

But the face-to-face vibe elevated that previous impression.

“It was way different because you know I’m actually looking at them as a person,” he said. “I’m trying to see them. You know? You know you can tell. You can tell how they are looking at you in the eye and your eyes. You can tell like the truth. Some coaches be sugarcoating it over the phone but in person you can see them and actually know that they mean it.”

Did he leave Athens feeling like a priority for the 2021 class? Did it seem like “Coach Schu” hopes to add a linebacker who stacked up 203 tackles as a junior?

“Yes sir,” he said. “They definitely said I am a priority. So that felt good. That felt real good.”

He enjoyed trying on the red Georgia jersey. That was one of his favorite parts of the visit.

“But mostly the academics and the part where I spoke to coach [Kirby] Smart privately,” he said.

What was that conversation with Smart about?

“He was telling me the part about life after football,” Smart said. “He was telling me if football didn’t work out what I can do after football.”

Dillworth said that Georgia elevated its standing in his mind after that visit.

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RaRa Dillworth’s niece, Serenity Clement, had fun posing for this photo with the chopping wood axe at Georgia over the weekend. (RaRa Dillworth/Instagram)

“Yeah, they helped themselves,” he said. “I still have to look into those other schools but the way they did it, well they treated me like home.”

He said that former Georgia linebacker Juwan Taylor was with him on his unofficial visit.

Taylor was acting like a do-it-all host. The graduate assistant was able to share his experiences of being a linebacker for Georgia.

The Dillworth family did have an eight-year-old having so much fun during the photo shoot that she posed with Smart’s team staple “chopping wood” axe in their photo shoot.

Taylor was with them during the day. He made sure that Team Dillworth kept smiling. Even when the youngsters might have grown a little cranky.

“He was real cool,” Dillworth said. “He was real real cool. My mom even said he was cool. He was helping with my niece and everybody. He was helping with everybody overall. He was just a good man.”

Dillworth plans to be an early enrollee in the class of 2021. When he makes his college decision known, he will then save his only official visit for the school he intends to play for.

That will allow him for focus fully on his senior season.

He plans to make a silent commitment on April 17th. That will honor the birthday of his grandmother Rhonda Jackson, but he will not announce that choice until May 9.

“My grandmother thankfully is still living with us,” he said last month. “But I love my grandma. I just want to do it on her birthday. I feel like it is a good time. It is already around the time I had planned on committing. I can do it before the season with this, too. So I can actually focus on my senior season.”

“I’m trying to win a ring.”

RELATED: Get to know RaRa Dillworth: The first DawgNation feature story 

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RaRa Dillworth ranks as the nation’s No. 19 OLB and the No. 225 overall prospect for the 2021 cycle on the 247Sports Composite ratings. (RaRa Dillworth/Instagram)

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