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Lewis Cine came very close to committing to Georgia this weekend. He said he was definitely tempted.

UGA recruiting: Why the nation’s No. 3 safety Lewis Cine was tempted to commit

Want to attack every day with the latest UGA recruiting info? That’s what the Intel has already delivered with one major story this morning. But there’s a lot more to report after Georgia’s huge “The Reveal” recruiting weekend involving elite safety Lewis Cine

We will lead this update off with two very intriguing points.

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Lewis Cine was tempted to commit to UGA this weekend. (Contributed photo)

Why Lewis Cine almost committed this weekend is a sensible headline for this blog.

The nation’s No. 3 safety prospect just took his second impactful trip to UGA.

“Georgia went great,” he said. “Eye-opener. It really made me realize a lot of things.”

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Cine, who rates as the nation’s No. 50 overall prospect on the 247Sports composite, did really ponder committing this weekend.

It would have been enough to push the Bulldogs past Alabama for the nation’s No. 1 class on the 247Sports team composite for 2019.

This seems a good time to drop a nugget that Cine said going into the visit there was no way he would commit over the weekend.

It was not going to happen. There was no way.

And then? Well, check out his Saturday afternoon Instagram story post.

“Man, it was very tempting,” he said. “I am not going to lie to you. Tempting. It was very tempting, man.”

He is already tight with those new commits.

“I’m very close with Rian Davis and I just got close with the running back John (Emery) this weekend,” he said. “I also got to know the new wide receiver Makiya (Tongue) as well. I got pretty close already with them three boys.”

But he chose to wait. Clear thinking won out.

Mr. Cine is on a plan.

“What held me off was I had to finish through my process and not to rush anything,” he said. “You will get caught up in the moment sometimes. They just make that quick decision but I am a thinker.”

Cine still wants to take his planned official to UGA for the Tennessee game.

He also plans another official to Florida.

When those are done by mid-to-late October, he will be ready to make his choice.

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What opened the eyes for Lewis Cine this weekend

Cine first visited the program for G-Day this year. He picked up an interesting pair of shorts but he still will describe it as a rushed visit overall.

“I sat down with coach Mel Tucker and coach Kirby (Smart) and they told me their backgrounds and what they can do for me coaching wise,” Cine said. “They can help put me in the league and also give me a great education in the process.”

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Lewis Cine ranks as the nation’s No. 3 safety prospect for 2019 on the 247Sports composite rankings. (Lewis Cine/Contributed photo)

He didn’t expect to camp, but the lure of competition seems to have brought that out.

Cine feels he was able to answer a lot of questions for the Bulldogs.

“I did some drills and camped some,” he said. “They loved it. They said I was fluid. I got out of my breaks and I was fast. They really loved it. Mostly coach Tucker. Coach Tucker really got the chance to coach me up. That was great.”

The 6-foot-3, 190-pound prospect hails from Trinity Christian in Texas. He’s being coached by a staff that includes a lot of former NFL veterans, including Hall of Famer Deion Sanders.

“I also saw the academic sides and strengths for Georgia,” he said. “I told the coaches that academics will be very important for me. That’s because I think football can make me rich, but I think that the knowledge and education can make me a billionaire. The knowledge I will gain at Georgia will help me more in life and more for the rest of my life than anything I will learn about how to play football.”

He describes himself as a thinker. But then he articulated the differences between the terms “rich” and “wealthy” during our conversation. He’s aware of the differences there and hopes to experiences those realities for himself one day.

“I’m not going to give you a number where Georgia stands with me right now,” he said. “I’m just saying that they stand extremely high for me right now. Very high.”

Georgia answered all of his questions this weekend.

“I gave those coaches some tough questions,” he said. “But I still have to take that official back to Georgia. I am not going to let it go to waste.”

What happens now with Lewis Cine?

Cine now places his focus on his two remaining officials. He has just added Florida to his plan.

“I have just got to set some dates up for Florida but after the official to Florida I am definitely shutting it down,” he said.

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Lewis Cine said that UGA has told him that he is the top safety on the board for the class of 2019. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)

He will visit Georgia for the Tennessee game on an official this fall. He has already taken officials to Michigan, Penn State and Texas.

It was important for Cine to visit with the Georgia players this weekend. Not just the prospects.

J.R. Reed shared a lot of insight with Cine about the whole experience of playing football and going to school at UGA.

“My favorite part was I got to chill with the players,” Cine said. “This visit was more chill and not as rushed. Connecting with those players. Laughing with all the recruits. It was all of that for me as my favorite parts and then including the reveal.”

Kirby Smart and Mel Tucker made sure he didn’t leave town without letting him know about how he fits onto the board for 2019.

‘They told me they are getting all the pieces of the puzzle fit in and that I am a missing piece they want,” Cine said. “They told me that I am a missing piece they really need and want.”

He felt it was important to camp this weekend. Cine wanted to show the Bulldogs what they could potentially be getting out of him at safety.

Recent 5-star commitment Travon Walker was one of several commitments recruiting him hard. Cine was also one of the recruits who got to cut the ribbon before checking out the new west end zone expansion.

Lewis Cine also dropped intel on 2021 QB Shedeur Sanders

Cine traveled to UGA with Trinity teammate Shedeur Sanders. Sanders, who led Trinity to a state title last fall at QB, picked up an offer from UGA this weekend.

He was more than excited about that. Animated even.

Who had the better UGA visit here? Cine or Sanders?

“Aw, man,” Cine said. “I can’t say 50-50 here but Shedeur was on another level. He got that offer. He was dancing. Going wild. That man was dancing. I am not going to lie to you. Shedeur is really liking Georgia.

“He’s loving Georgia. Not liking it. He’s loving it.”

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Lewis Cine does appreciate the fact that Kirby Smart is a defensive coach at heart. (Lewis Cine/Contributed photo)

What kind of fit does he see there?

“Shedeur is a great fit for Georgia but really his recruitment is just now blowing up,” he said. “Things says. There’s no saying where Shedeur will end up officially but he really really loved it.”

Cine feels that he is a “big brother” type for Sanders. He’s already sharing tips and advice with him about the recruiting process. He would love to play college football with him one day, too.

“Shedeur and I have gotten very close,” he said.

Cine transferred from Massachusetts to Texas this year to play for Trinity Christian and to develop under those elite former NFL players on the coaching staff.

Check out his junior film below. The term “physical” comes to mind early and often.

Miss any Intel? The DawgNation recruiting archive will get you up to speed just as fast as former Georgia All-American LB Roquan Smith found the ball after the snap.

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