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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.
Dominick Blaylock is rated as the nation’s No. 2 WR prospect for 2019 per 247Sports. (Jeff Sentell/SEC Country)
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.
Walton High rising junior Dominick Blaylock is the son of former NBA player Mookie Blaylock. (Jeff Sentell/SEC Country)
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.
Ryland Goede (far left) said he hopes to play with 4-star LB JD Bertrand (center) and 4-star WR Dominick Blaylock (far right) at the same school together in college. (Jeff Sentell / DawgNation.com)
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.