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5-star prospects Dominick Blayock (left) and Justin Fields (right) were not alone in a constellation of talent that showed up for Georgia's 31-3 thumping of Mississippi State.

UGA 5-star recruiting: Photos from Mississippi State win look very promising

Want a daily lap through Georgia football recruiting? That’s what the Intel will bring at least five days a week. The blog for today will be a photo review of what it looked like for UGA 5-star recruiting on Saturday against Mississippi State. 

Has UGA ever had more talent in town for a big game? That big win against Mississippi State certainly belongs in that discussion. 


ATHENS, Ga. — Starstruck.

That’s the best word to describe what both observers and the recruits themselves had to say about the staggering amount of talent in town for Georgia’s 31-3 thrashing of Mississippi State.

What was the mood? It seemed like everyone was smiling.

It also looked like, at least to this observer, that everybody had a look that said they knew something the rest of the world did not. Everyone looked like they were already best friends.

Back slaps. Big hugs. Bigger smiles. Lots of laughs. No introductions were necessary. Yes, these players see each other all the time at prospect camps. But this looked a lot different than that.

There were also two phrases that stood out.

“We getting everybody.”

“We are on the verge of something special.”

That’s how two different sources described the scene to DawgNation.

If so, and that is a very big if, then Georgia’s future will resemble a rerun of the showing Saturday night. Lots of skill talent. Big, fast, physical defenders. A suffocating effort.

DawgNation would most likely enjoy seeing a lot of Saturdays like that.

The Bulldogs, according to the industry-generated 247Sports composite, had a whopping eight recruits on hand for the game who carried 5-star ratings.

That’s not including a lot of promising 2020 and 2021 recruits who look like they will have that same ranking when their time comes.

The 5-stars (per the 247Sports composite) that DawgNation saw on hand:

  • Justin Fields, 2018, Harrison HS — Rated the nation’s No. 1 QB/No. 1 overall prospect
  • Zamir White, 2018 UGA commit, Scotland County HS (N.C.) — No. 1 RB/No. 6 overall
  • Jamaree Salyer, 2018, Pace Academy — No. 1 OG/No. 7 overall
  • KJ Henry, 2018, West Forsyth HS (N.C.) — No. 2 weak-side DE/No. 16 overall
  • Jadon Haselwood, 2019 UGA commit, Cedar Grove HS — No. 1 WR/No. 3 overall
  • Owen Pappoe, 2019, Grayson HS — No. 1 OLB/No. 5 overall
  • Nolan Smith, 2019 UGA commit, IMG Academy (Fla.) — No. 3 weak-side DE/No. 6 overall
  • Dominick Blaylock, 2019 UGA commit, Walton — No. 2 WR/No. 11 overall

There was a very funny moment when 5-star prospect Nolan Smith was rounding up all the players he saw for some interesting photo ops for their social media accounts.

Maybe the funniest was when he tried to get a snap with 5-star QB Justin Fields. Smith, who is usually always laughing, said prior to the pose that it felt like he was getting his picture taken with the president.

Check out DawgNation’s collection of some of the best moments from all the 5-stars below.

We could share a lot of words like we usually do every morning, but these images effectively convey the mood.

Justin Fields and Dominick Blaylock-UGA recruiting
5-star junior Dominick Blaylock (left) is already committed to Georgia. 5-star senior Justin Fields has yet to make his decision. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)


5-star DE/OLB KJ Henry looked to have had a very good time on Saturday on his official visit. (Jeff Sentell/ DawgNation)


5-star OG Jamaree Salyer was back in Athens for the second time this year on Saturday. He has yet to make his college decision. Salyer is the nation’s No. 1 guard for 2018. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)


5-star RB Zamir White seemed like a totally different guy during his first visit for a UGA game as a commit. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)


The chat that Zamir White had with KJ Henry (left) and Trey Hill, the nation’s No. 2 OG, sure made it seem like they knew each other very well. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)


When White (center) first saw Trey Hill (right) he gave him a big hug. (Jeff Sentell/ DawgNation)


Zamir White seemed like he had his Richard LeCounte III recruiter hat on at the UGA game on Saturday. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)


Justin Fields was on hand for his second straight UGA home game of the season. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)


Justin Fields (center) spent some time with undecided 5-star Owen Pappoe (left) and 5-star UGA commit Nolan Smith on the sidelines before the game. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)


Owen Pappoe and KJ Henry seemed to enjoy one another’s company. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)


Zamir White also enjoying chatting with the undecided RB James Cook on Saturday. Cook is the nation’s No. 3 RB prospect for 2018. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)


Cook called 5-star Zamir White (left) the thunder in their potential pairing in the backfield at UGA. The speedy Cook would provide the lightning. He’s also rated as a 5-star recruit by some services. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)


5-star UGA commit Jadon Haselwood is rated as the nation’s No. 1 WR for 2019. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)


Owen Pappoe even wore a bright red UGA shirt on Saturday. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)


Dominick Blaylock is rated as the nation’s No. 2 receiver for 2019. The 5-star has already committed to Georgia. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)


KJ Henry ranks as the nation’s No. 16 overall prospect for 2018. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)


Zamir White made his rounds up and down the UGA sideline chatting with every big potential UGA target. (Jeff Sentell/ DawgNation)


5-star WR commit Jadon Haselwood spent a lot of time talking with major target Justin Fields again on Saturday. (Jeff Sentell/ DawgNation)


Justin Fields sat with Harrison High teammate Steven Peterson in the recruit section inside Sanford Stadium. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)


Owen Pappoe-UGA recruiting
5-star Owen Pappoe is rated as the nation’s No. 1 OLB and No. 5 overall prospect for 2019. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)


Owen Pappoe (left) also received a lot of attention from 5-star UGA commit Nolan Smith. Smith is the nation’s No. 6 overall prospect for 2019. He only got three hours of sleep on Saturday morning so he could catch a flight from Florida for the UGA game. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)


Nolan Smith-UGA recruiting
Nolan Smith (right) had a very strong game against Miami Central for IMG Academy on Friday night. (Jeff Sentell/ DawgNation)


Jadon Haselwood, the 5-star UGA commit for 2019, was one of eight prospects that have a 5-star rating in Athens on Saturday. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)


5-star Jamaree Salyer is rated as the nation’s No. 1 OG guard for 2018. He is also the nation’s highest-rated OL prospect this year. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)


KJ Henry-UGA recruiting
5-star DE/OLB KJ Henry has UGA among his Top 5 schools. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)


5-star RB Zamir White is rated as the nation’s No. 1 RB for 2018. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)


Miss any Intel? The DawgNation recruiting archive will get you up to speed faster than Georgia All-American candidate Roquan Smith can find the football after the snap.

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