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What was the commitment for 4-star RB Kenny McIntosh like behind the scenes?

What was the big ‘welcome to the family’ moment for new UGA commit Kenny McIntosh?

Want to attack every day with the latest UGA football recruiting info? That’s what the Intel brings at least four days a week. The play sheet today calls for a recap of why 4-star RB Kenny McIntosh chose the Bulldogs on Wednesday. 

Last weekend was a blur to Kenny McIntosh. The newest UGA commitment for the class of 2019 chose the Bulldogs on Monday and let the world know on Wednesday morning.

But it is hard for him to remember what went down from the day he began his official visit to UGA.

That was last Friday. The South Florida RB knows he committed to Kirby Smart. He was also thrilled he was able to speak to Sony Michel over the phone.

Yes, that Sony Michel. That “RBU” fraternity on the depth chart at Georgia runs that deep.

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Kenny McIntosh has a cool little story to share about how his commitment went down. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)

He was already overwhelmingly leaning to UGA, but that cinched it.

Michel, like McIntosh, was a young RB from South Florida was feeling the Bulldog. But he also thought of the distance away from home.

“He was really just telling me how Georgia really is,” McIntosh said. “He was telling me how his mindset was when he first went there. Then he told me that if I did go there then I would be part of that family and how Georgia was a great school. It just made me feel better about all that.”

“He said that Georgia would definitely get me prepared to play in college and to play in the NFL.”

Todd Gurley, an even bigger NFL sensation, also swapped messages with McIntosh via Instagram after his decision.

It does make it seem like that RB fraternity at UGA is a real thing.

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Kenny McIntosh was not going to commit but then what …..

McIntosh told DawgNation leading up to the visit that he was not going to commit over the weekend or right after the weekend. No matter what.

But then he did. He might have even committed about 12-16 hours earlier if the edits and the graphics for his tweet were already in place.

Why? What happened there?

“I know,” McIntosh said. “That was crazy. I just felt very comfortable talking with the coaches and the players. Even Sony Michel was talking to me after all of that. It just made me feel really comfortable and feel like that was the place for me. I [felt] might as well just get it over with.”

“There was no use waiting. It just relieved a lot of stress.”

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Kenny McIntosh chose UGA over heavy interest in Auburn and Oklahoma. (Kenny McIntosh/Twitter)

He wasn’t planning to commit right after that UGA visit. But he wasn’t expecting to hear from a South Florida product who became a part of that “family” at UGA either.

The conversation crystallized everything.

“I feel in love with everything at Georgia on the visit,” he said. “But talking to Sony made it even more special. Talking to him was something special. It made me feel part of a brotherhood and a family. When he said ‘once you are a part of the family you are really a part of the family’ it meant something. Just looking at what he did at Georgia, I feel like I can be a part of that tradition, too.”

Michel is an interesting footnote to this commitment.

“Sony was really the first one to know,” McIntosh said.

How that commitment went down for Kenny McIntosh

McIntosh had a lot of favorites on his visit. He was feeling the crowd. The gameday energy. He was really hype after talking to Scott Sinclair.

The strength and conditioning coach at UGA already has him excited about workouts.

“Really everything caught my attention but I will say talking with the strength and conditioning coach,” McIntosh said while naming what really opened his eyes. “I like how their strength program is. I feel that they got something different going on there and they can really make me better.”

He was thinking about committing before he left UGA that Saturday.

“I want to say it was Sunday on the day I went home,” McIntosh said. “It was me and all those coaches in the room. I just felt great and I felt comfortable. I felt like it was meant for me. It felt like Georgia was just meant for me.”

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South Florida RB Kenny McIntosh now says he will recruit for UGA in his area. (Tom Hauck/Student Sports)

“But I didn’t say anything until I got home.”

McIntosh mentioned it was hard to get his days right. But he said he committed to Smart on Monday night over the phone.

“I called Kirby two nights ago and told him I wanted to be a Dawg,” McIntosh said on Wednesday. “He just started screaming on the phone. He said ‘I can’t wait for the Dawg fans to receive you and welcome you’ and he’d been waiting on me to do that.”

McIntosh said he will still take an official visit to Miami on Dec. 14. That will be right before the early signing period.

He did cancel a previously-planned official to Alabama for “The Iron Bowl” next weekend. That’s the only official he is planning at this time.

“I’m solid, man,” he said. “My commitment to Georgia is solid.”

Kenny McIntosh will now recruit for UGA in South Florida 

Divaad Wilson, a freshman defensive back from South Florida, was his host. McIntosh said he was also a gracious ambassador.

“He kept saying ‘What are you waiting on?’ about committing to Georgia,” McIntosh said. “He has been telling me that for a while, though. That was exactly what he said.”

That is now what McIntosh also plans to do. He will recruit for the Bulldogs.

“I’m bringing everybody from Florida,” McIntosh said. “We have got to win a ‘natty’ at Georgia.”

He brought up the name of 4-star safety (on the 247Sports Composite) Josh Sanguinetti in regard to that. The 6-foot-2, 175-pounder is currently committed to Miami. He rates as the nation’s No. 20 prospect for his position off the composite.

“He’s really thinking about it, too,” McIntosh said. “That’s who I am really on now. That’s who I am really trying to get to come to Georgia now.”

“He plays safety and there are not many safeties there. I feel like he would be a very good fit and a great part of the team. Especially with his athleticism and his hand-eye coordination.”

Detour from Kenny McIntosh: What school is the real “RBU? 

Here’s a little insight into the general way the average high school football player thinks.

In my experience, the majority of Joe and Harry 5-star do not have a lot of recall linking names and jersey numbers with highlights from more than 10-15 years ago. Maybe a few icons like Bo Jackson and Barry Sanders and Herschel Walker spark the memory.

But it is uncommon, even with YouTube these days, to hear them go way down the list of the all-time greats.

Do they know about all-time college greats like Marcus Allen, Ron Dayne, Edgerrin James and Ricky Williams? Those might not transcend.

What they do know is the now. They live in it. With that, it is hard to dispute the lineage of recent tailbacks that Georgia has produced. Knowshon Moreno. Isaiah Crowell. Todd Gurley. Nick Chubb. Sony Michel.

Now add the current crop of “Show Dawgs” at UGA with D’Andre Swift and Elijah Holyfield. The Georgia brand at the running back spot is very strong.

Ask yourself this: Is there another university that can lay claim to the title of “R.B.U” over the last 10 years? Can any other school make that claim over the last 10 years? Why, yes. If we’re being objective here, a few really can.

RBs selected in the NFL draft

(Since 2013 with draft rounds in parentheses)

  • Alabama (6): Bo Scarbrough in 2018 (7th); Derrick Henry in 2016 (2nd); Kenyan Drake in 2016 (3rd); T.J. Yeldon in 2015 (2nd); Jalston Fowler in 2015 (4th); Eddie Lacy in 2013 (2nd).
  • Auburn (4): Kerryon Johnson in 2018 (2nd); Cameron Artis-Payne in 2015 (4th); Tre Mason in 2014 (3rd); FB Jay Prosch in 2014 (6th).
  • FSU (4): Dalvin Cook in 2017 (2nd); Karlos Williams in 2015 (5th); Devonta Freeman in 2014 (4th); Chris Thompson in 2013 (5th).
  • Georgia: (3): Sony Michel in 2018 (1st); Nick Chubb in 2018 (2nd); Todd Gurley in 2015 (1st).
  • LSU (6): Derrius Guice in 2018 (2nd); Leonard Fournette in 2017 (1st); Kenny Hilliard in 2015 (7th); Jeremy Hill in 2014 (2nd); Alfred Blue in 2014 (6th); Spencer Ware in 2013 (6th).
  • Miami (4): Mark Walton in 2018 (4th); FB Marquez Williams in 2017 (7th); Duke Johnson in 2015 (3rd); Mike James in 2013 (6th).
  • Ohio State (2): Ezekiel Elliott in 2016 (1st); Carlos Hyde in 2014 (2nd)
  • Oklahoma (3): Joe Mixon in 2017 (2nd); Samaje Perine in 2017 (4th); FB Aaron Ripkowski in 2015 (6th); FB Trey Millard in 2014 (7th).
  • Stanford (3): Christian McCaffrey in 2017 (1st); Tyler Gaffney in 2014 (6th); Stepfan Taylor in 2013 (4th).
  • USC (2): Ronald Jones in 2018 (2nd); Javorius Allen in 2015 (4th).
  • Wisconsin (4): FB Derek Watt in 2016 (6th); Melvin Gordon in 2016 (1st); James White in 2014 (4th); Montee Ball in 2013 (2nd).

It is a highly debatable topic. Alabama, Georgia and LSU are the only programs with three RBs that have been picked in the first three rounds over that span. Georgia is the only program with a pair of first-round picks, too.

But the Bulldogs are a little top-heavy there with not as much depth as those two SEC peers over the last five years.

Georgia still represents itself well in that discussion. I’m pretty sure no program can remove its all-time greatest RB (Walker here) from its resume and still hold their ground in that debate the way the Bulldogs can.

That’s another reason why Kenny McIntosh was thrilled to receive that phone call from Michel.

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A few more quick hits on UGA recruiting for today

  • Why is UGA suddenly in it big for 4-star RB Noah Cain? He told me this week about another big reason. That’s the offensive line that is already in place in Athens. “UGA’s offensive line is really dominant,” Cain said. “[That is] another reason why I’m considering them so hard again.”
  • Auburn, Penn State and Texas seem to be the other clear contenders for Cain. LSU is also expected to get an official visit.
  • Let’s take a look at the elite OL commits (Top 10 prospects at their positions) or signees for each of those programs over the 2018 and 2019 recruiting cycles: Auburn: 3 (1 OT, 2 OGs; Georgia 8 (4 OTs, 3 OGs, 1 at center); Penn State 7 (3 OTs, 2 OGs, 2 at center) and Texas 3 (3 OTs.)
  • Did you see this “Ask DawgNation” story today about the early enrollee forecast for UGA in 2019? That’s pretty interesting stuff. 
  • 4-star OT Trevor Keegan, who just took his official to UGA, told me for that piece that he will not enroll early. He said that he still plans to make his commitment decision on December 14.

 

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