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5-star RB John Emery Jr. rates as the nation's No. 2 RB for 2019 on the 247Sports Composite ratings.

WATCH: The DawgNation conversation with 5-star RB John Emery Jr.

How does 5-star RB John Emery Jr. feel about his connection to UGA? That’s all there for an interested reader and viewer in our latest DawgNation conversation.

This sitdown with Emery appeared first on the DawgNation’s “Before the Hedges” weekly live stream. That show goes live at 4 p.m. every Wednesday afternoon from the DawgNation Facebook page.

The 5-star recruit is as the nation’s No. 2 RB prospect for 2019 on the 247Sports Composite ratings. That places him as the nation’s No. 22 overall recruit.

The recent de-commitment of 5-star WR Jadon Haselwood now has Emery as the second highest-rated recruit for UGA in the class. Nolan Smith, the 5-star OLB prospect, is still the highest-rated Bulldog recruit for this cycle at No. 2 overall.

Emery chose Georgia over LSU and Mississippi State back on July 29. He didn’t plan to make his commitment at that time. It was the day after Georgia’s successful west end zone expansion and recruiting lounge “Reveal” event.

Emery just felt the fit and the time was right.

What else did John Emery Jr. have to say in our interview? 

It was interesting to hear the young man answer a specific question as to what he owes his success so far on the field to. Highly.

“My parents,” he said. “No doubt. But really I owe my success to all the doubters. When I was down and I got a lot of hatred you know with ‘You’re not good’ and ‘You’re not this’ and I just turned it on, man. Turned the grind on.”

Emery also shared his insight on the following elements of his life:

  • His experience visiting Georgia for the first time to see a game
  • What does it feel like when he scores a touchdown
  • Why he wears a pair of UGA wristlets basically all the time
  • What role his parents have played in his success
  • The inspiration behind his expanding collection of body art
  • What motivates him to excel?
  • How he feels about the recruiting process
  • What was his first trip to Athens like?

Emery shares some good insight into what makes him tick and also provides background why he felt that nothing changed for him with UGA after that unofficial visit to LSU to see that big win for the home team.