Tonight, UGA fans will get to watch three former Bulldogs help kick off the NFL season as the Steelers and Patriots will play on Thursday.

New England has rookie center David Andrews on the roster. He’s listed as a second-teamer. Pittsburgh has cornerback Brandon Boykin and linebacker Jarvis Jones on its roster. Both players should see the field often.

Perhaps the players below will be future NFLers representing UGA one day.

Today’s must-reads

1. Nation’s No. 1 athlete changes his silent commitment timetable

Mecole Hardman, Jr. (Chris Kirschner/AJC)/Dawgnation)

Mecole Hardman, Jr. is making it public that he plans to silently commit to his school of choice. For a while now, the nation’s No. 1 athlete has said he would do it around October, but his timetable has changed.

The 5-star athlete from Elbert County told that he now plans to silently commit around October or November. Hardman has an official visit scheduled for Nov. 28 to Michigan for the Ohio State game, and he said his commitment could come shortly after that trip, which will be his final official.

It ultimately doesn’t matter when Hardman makes up his mind. College coaches will wait until National Signing Day if they have to because he is an elite prospect that is going to be a game-changer at the next level.

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2. 4-star CB says UGA is his top school

Despite playing his high school ball a short car distance away from Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Malcolm Askew considers UGA his top school.

Askew, a 4-star 2017 cornerback from McAdory, Ala., almost committed to UGA this summer and says because of that, the Dawgs are still on top.

UGA reached out to Askew on Sept. 1, which was the first day 2017 recruits could receive Twitter direct messages, and told him that he is one of the team’s biggest priorities in next year’s class.

But Askew did say that UGA may drop from his top spot if THIS happens. Read about it here.

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3. High school coach compares player to UGA star

UGA’s Lorenzo Carter is one of the best linebackers in all of college football. So when a high school coach says one of his players may wind up being better than Carter, you listen.

Norcross junior defensive end Robert Beal will be an elite national recruit next fall. (Rob Saye / Special)/Dawgnation)

That’s what happened when DawgNation’s Jeff Sentell caught up with Norcross coach Keith Maloof.

Maloof said 2017 linebacker Robert Beal may wind up being a better player than the UGA star.

Good news for UGA: he’s highly considering the Bulldogs.

Read about that here.

4. One of the Southeast’s top recruits says UGA is getting back in it

LeAnthony Williams, Jr. will be one of the nation’s top prospects in next year’s recruiting class, but UGA has some catching up to do.

Williams, a 4-star cornerback from Roswell, told DawgNation that UGA is starting to get back into the mix.

The 6-foot-1, 180-pounder said since Sept. 1, Clemson, Florida State and Tennessee have shown him the most attention.

5. UGA OL target returns from official visit

Tremayne Anchrum (Chris Kirschner/AJC)/Dawgnation)

Tremayne Anchrum is one of UGA’s targets on the offensive line. After naming UGA his lone leader a month ago, Anchrum told DawgNation this past Friday that Nebraska and Colorado are now tied at the top with UGA.

After his first official visit to Nebraska this past weekend, his father said the experience was great, even though the Cornhuskers lost on the final play of the game to BYU.

“It helped him a lot more when he saw the team when they lost,” his father, Tremayne Anchrum, Sr., told the AJC. “Everyone is all pats-on-the-back when the team wins, but when you have a tough loss like that, you see the character of the players and how they react.”

The McEachern standout told another news outlet that his visit was eye-opening, but his dad said fans shouldn’t read into those comments too much.

Anchrum is rated as the No. 41 recruit in the state. One of his best friends is McEachern’s Julian Rochester, the 4-star defensive tackle who is committed to UGA.