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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.
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