UGA recruiting: Can the Bulldogs add 5-star Dominick Blaylock to the 2019 haul?
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Walton rising junior receiver Dominick Blaylock already has his five stars. He’s a 2019 U.S. Army All-American at that. He’s even been named to the MaxPreps All-American team after both his freshman and sophomore seasons.
Every bit of it is deserved. He started fast with 41 catches for 795 yards and eight touchdowns as a freshman to watch in 2015.
But he’s faced some adversity over the last few months.
Blaylock suffered a season-ending injury playing baseball for Walton this spring. He fractured his fibula, the talus shifted and his deltoid ligament was repaired.
That surgery was done by an ankle specialist in Charlotte. That surgeon was the same professional who has done similar procedures for NFL players like Danny Amendola, Julio Jones, Marcus Mariota and Steve Smith, among others.”
He’s had another busy summer but for the first time, it wasn’t on the travel baseball circuit. He’s been locked in recovery and rehab mode. The 6-foot, 185-pound prospect is trending to be back on the field in time for the Corky Kell Classic matchup with North Gwinnett at Georgia State in August.
His recruiting decision has also taken shape over these last few months. Blaylock has trimmed his final group down to Auburn, Clemson and Georgia.
He’s also not one to hog the spotlight by any stretch of that phrase. Look for Blaylock to eschew the long drawn-out process that other recruits use for their decisions.
A source close to the decision has told DawgNation that Blaylock should have his decision by sometime in August. If that decision was to be made today, it also appears that Georgia would be the team to beat.
Why? He’s had a lot of good visits and a lot of face time with head coaches. But it appears Georgia coach Kirby Smart has taken a personal involvement in his decision.
That has helped the cause out a great deal.
What Dominick Blaylock’s decision might mean for UGA
Georgia has gone through a drought over the last 10 years at the receiver spot. The current commitment from 5-star Jadon Haselwood is a reversal of that trend.
Haselwood is seen by many as the nation’s No. 1 receiver for 2019. Blaylock is also very much in that discussion.
If Georgia does secure Blaylock’s commitment, that would mean a program that hasn’t signed one of the nation’s Top 5 receiver prospects since 2010 would have commitments from the nation’s top two 2019 prospects at receiver per 247sports.
That would mean that Georgia would have three 5-star commitments in the Class of 2019.
It would mean a program that is known for its tailbacks is starting to stack up both elite quarterback and wide receiver prospects under second-year coach Kirby Smart.
That would also mean that the Bulldogs would have a strong shot at signing the nation’s No. 1 class for 2019.
Blaylock’s choice can also greatly influence the decisions of top in-state targets J.D. Bertrand and Ryland Goede. Those three elite prospects are life-long friends. They are constantly hanging out at one another’s houses when they are not training or working.
Bertrand and Goede are also grinders according to the textbook application of the term. When they have free time, they are in the weight room or working on their speed and agility training.
They have been making their rounds across the South over the last few weeks. Bertrand, a 4-star LB, has been to Clemson and LSU of late. Goede, who rates as the nation’s No. 4 TE for 2019, has been to Auburn and Clemson, among other stops.
When Smart saw the trio at G-Day back in April, he chatted with all three of them at the same time. There were a lot of smiles in that group.
Package deals are kind of like fidget spinners. Those seem like a lot of fun for folks to read about out of the gate. They just don’t last for very long.
This one could be different.
“I do think that there’s a good chance we will all end up going to school together somewhere,” Goede said earlier this spring. “I think that package deals can work to an extent. But for a high school kid to get to go to school with a couple of your best buddies is a big deal. It is a lot of fun to think about.”
Those three usually spends their weekends together. The spot rotates.
“JD, Dom and I love to work out, man,” Goede said. “We are always pushing each other and that would be a lot of fun. We all live about 45 minutes away from each other in like a triangular route away from one another. So once we do get to college together and get to room together, then it would be a lot of fun to get to do that and keep pushing each other on a more consistent basis.”
4-star CB Kyler McMichael makes his decision
Greater Atlanta Christian standout Kyler McMichael committed to Clemson on Friday morning. The nation’s No. 13 CB prospect for 2018 shared that decision through his Twitter account.
That was to be expected. The decision on McMichael came down to Alabama, Clemson and Georgia in the end. The Tigers — the school that McMichael felt was standing out this spring — held on to that distinction.
— Kyler J. McMichael (@kylermc22) June 23, 2017
McMichael is a smart and tough and fast. That’s another great get for Clemson and Dabo Swinney coming into the state of Georgia and reeling in an elite player. There’s no denying that the Tigers are hot right now in the state of Georgia.
The commitments from 5-star QB Trevor Lawrence and 4-star DE Justin Mascoll would be the core of a top-rated recruiting class for any team this cycle. Clemson has plucked all three of those guys from the state of Georgia. They’ve also secured the commitment from 3-star Newton DT Darnell Jefferies, too.
Jefferies had taken at least 10 or 11 trips to UGA while he was in high school.