Sentell’s Intel: The latest on a pair of 4-star targets UGA has to sign in 2017

The next two weekends in Athens are going to be packed with recruits.

Want a daily lap through Georgia football recruiting? That’s what the Intel will bring at least five days a week. We’ll cover the news and which way this 4-star or 5-star might lean and add a dab of perspective to help fans figure out what it all means. __________________________________________________________________

It appears that 4-star receiver Jeremiah Holloman has reached the point in his recruiting when he is going to focus more on his upcoming decision rather than fielding interview requests.

The U.S. Army All-American hosted Georgia receivers coach James Coley and head coach Kirby Smart for an in-home visit on Monday.  The Hollomans also hosted Nebraska on Tuesday.

That visit with Coley and Smart went well.

“They feel I can be that guy who can come in and step up and make plays early on,” Holloman said. “They feel I can make a name for myself at Georgia.”

Holloman is rated as the nation’s No. 19 WR for the Class of 2017. (Jeff Sentell / AJC)

There have been a few recent developments with Holloman. He now plans to take an official visit to LSU this weekend. The current plan is for him to use his last official visit before the dead period on a trip to UGA.

“We just started talking about that like two weeks ago,” Holloman said. “I was talking to the guys and all the people who have been and keep trying to recruit me to Georgia are going to be up there. Those guys want me to come up one last time on (Dec. 9) and the coaches at Georgia do, too. So that’s the day we picked out.”

Holloman is a December graduate. He will enroll early at the school of his choice in January. He’s also planning to compete at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in Texas.

He’s not sure when he might make a decision.

“As of right now I am trying to just hang out with the coaches that come in this week and see how I feel about everything,” Holloman said. “Just trying to find the right and that comfortable feeling.”

He said that Georgia is now recruiting him the hardest of late. That distinction had been held by Tennessee for the longest time, but the 4-star receiver said that it feels like that program has backed off a little bit.

The Newton High senior also said he is no longer talking to Tennessee coach Butch Jones as much as he used to.

That said, I still feel like the Volunteers are right in the thick of it with Auburn, UGA, LSU, Miami and Nebraska.

Quick update on 4-star DE Malik Herring

Mary Persons senior DE Malik Herring told DawgNation that he plans to have an in-home visit Wednesday night with UGA defensive line coach Tracy Rocker. Herring and his Bulldogs are alive in the Class AAAA state playoffs this week against Cartersville.

Herring is rated as the nation’s No. 5 DE for the Class of 2017. (Rob Saye/ Special)

Yeah, that Cartersville. Herring will have to pin his ears back and harass 5-star junior QB (and major UGA target) Trevor Lawrence to give his Bulldogs a chance at reaching the state finals.

The 4-star defensive end also told DawgNation that Alabama has made quite a charge in his mind of late. The Crimson Tide seem to want to add Herring to their star-studded class. Alabama has regained the top spot in the latest team recruiting rankings.

LSU has also increased its push for Herring since the new coaching staff has settled in. DawgNation learned on Tuesday that Herring now plans to take an official visit to LSU in January.

What December will look like 

There are two official visit windows for UGA this month before the NCAA-mandated dead period kicks in.

It looks like the weekend of Dec. 9 will be the major one. There will be a host of elite targets in town (Cam Akers, Herring, Holloman, Stanford Samuels III, etc.) and there are going to be a host of 2017 commits in town to roll out the red carpet.

That’s going to include the likes of Jake Fromm and Richard LeCounte III, among others. Look for that to be the biggest recruiting weekend by far for the Class of 2017 in Athens.

The Bulldogs hosted very few official visitors (four by my count) during the season. That’s just another way that the program operates differently under the new coaching staff.

Quick word about a popular email and social media topic

The subject of UGA and E.J. Price comes up a lot.

Price was once committed to Mark Richt at Georgia, then de-committed and shocked some when he chose USC over Georgia back in February.

Georgia desperately needed tackles in that class and it was a significant recruiting miss. We’ll cut to the chase with the Price narrative and quickly summarize that he’s transferring from USC after leaving the football program back in September. He will have to sit out the 2017 season and then will likely have three years to play three seasons when he finally returns to the field.

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