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Georgia football picks up another win over Florida, this time on the recruiting trail
Florida fans were feeling confident on Friday. That’s when 4-star defensive tackle prospect Warren Brinson announced his finalists. One of those schools was Florida, which he had visited just two weeks prior.
The other school was Georgia. You might remember that Brinson was a one-time Georgia commit, but he backed off his pledge to Georgia after picking a flurry of offers. Landing a player after the de-commit isn’t unheard of — Georgia did this in the 2018 class with 5-star linebacker Adam Anderson — but those prospects end up choosing a different school more often than not.
Factor in that shortly after Brinson announced his finalists, a number of recruiting analysts logged 247Sports crystal ball predictions for Brinson to end up picking the Gators. The crystal ball, while not always 100 percent accurate and indicative of what a player is thinking, allows plugged in recruiting analysts to offer their thoughts on where prospects might end up. So clearly it looked like Brinson was on his way to becoming a Florida Gator.
Except he wasn’t. On Saturday, Brinson announced that he was once again committing to the Bulldogs.
— WarrenBrinson™️ (@warrenbrinson17) June 1, 2019
It was just the latest recruiting win for the Bulldogs, while it was more disappointment for Florida during the offseason.
For Georgia, Brinson is the 11th commitment in the 2020 recruiting class and the fourth defensive tackle. He joins Jalen Carter, Jamil Burroughs and Nazir Stackhouse as the defensive tackle commits in the class. He’s the lowest rated Georgia commit using the 247Sports Composite rankings, yet still comes in as the No. 339 prospect in the class.
His commitment gives Georgia the No. 4 overall class in the 2020 recruiting cycle. The Bulldogs jumped ahead of the Miami Hurricanes and put further distance between themselves and the Gators, who have the No. 7 overall class. The three teams ahead of Georgia all have at least four members in the 2020 class. Only Clemson has a higher average commit ranking than Georgia.
As for how Brinson’s commitment pertains to the Georgia-Florida rivalry, it’s another stinging loss for the Gators. Florida had a lot of momentum early on in the offseason. The Gators had a resounding win over Michigan in the Peach Bowl and picked up a few solid commitments. Florida ended National Signing Day with the No. 9 class in the country — through well behind the No. 2 ranked Georgia Bulldogs.
But it seems as if ever since Florida coach Dan Mullen took a very public jab at Kirby Smart and Georgia for the Justin Fields situation, that momentum has been squandered. The Gators saw their highest rated signee — Chris Steele — transfer to Oregon, while two other members of the 2019 signing class will not be with the team this fall.
Florida also saw a number of its 2021 commits back off their pledges to the program. And while the Gators did add future games against Texas, its other big name scheduling addition came against Colorado.
Georgia meanwhile has now surpassed Florida in the 2020 recruiting rankings after a slow start. And the Bulldogs have become the most aggressive team in the country when it comes to scheduling future Power Five opponents, as the Bulldogs have games lined up against the likes of Oklahoma, Clemson, Texas and Florida State.
It’s pretty clear there’s a stark difference in the perception between Georgia and Florida right now. And that’s before even factoring how Georgia has owned the Gators on the field in the last two seasons.
Brinson may not be the biggest recruiting win for Georgia this cycle. But in terms of how much it must have stung Florida fans, it was a pretty sweet victory for the Bulldogs.
Georgia baseball season comes to an end
It had been a great season for Georgia baseball up until the Bulldogs took on Florida State on Saturday. Then, Georgia got drubbed 12-3 and faced the daunting task of having to win three games in two days to advance to Super Regionals.
The Bulldogs won the first game with ease, as Georgia stormed past Florida Atlantic 13-0. Georgia would next have to beat Florida State twice, once on Sunday and then again on Monday.
But instead of continuing the dream season — one in which the Bulldogs won 46 games and 21 SEC contests — Florida State once again snuffed out Georgia, beating the Bulldogs 10-1.
“I want to say that I’ve enjoyed coaching this team,” Georgia baseball coach Scott Stricklin said. “They had a ton of injuries this year, and the guys just kept stepping up one after another. It has been so enjoyable to be around them every day. I know our fans have loved watching them play. This is a fun team to watch, because we can do a lot of different things, and win in a lot of different ways. I just hate that it ended that way.”
For the second season in a row, Georgia lost as a regional host. Last season, the Bulldogs lost to Duke in regional play.
Coming into the weekend, Georgia had given more than 10 runs in a game just four times all season. The clear strength of this team lied in its pitching staff. All year-long, the Bulldogs had relied on timely hitting to pick big wins, as was the case against Arkansas and Texas A&M in the SEC tournament.
But Georgia fell behind big early in both losses to Florida State, depriving the team of those clutch situations. And when factoring the two defeats to Florida State, Georgia went 0-6 when surrendering more than 10 runs.
As for what’s next for the Bulldogs, a number of key contributors will likely hear their name get called in this week’s MLB draft. Seniors like John Cable and LJ Talley will be gone next year, while the likes of Tony Locey, Aaron Schunk and Tucker Maxwell will all have to make the decision on whether or not to return for their senior seasons.
Georgia’s pitching staff should once again be stout next year, as Emerson Hancock and Cole Wilcox both return. And it’s clear that Stricklin is capable of putting together a great team. The future for Georgia baseball is as bright as it has ever been in recent years. Unfortunately, there’s still a wait til next year feeling with this group.
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— Tom Crean (@TomCrean) June 2, 2019
FINAL: FSU wins the Athens Regional, 10-1.
— Georgia Baseball (@BaseballUGA) June 3, 2019
— AJ H3nning (@AJHenning3) June 1, 2019
— Cortez Hankton (@Coach_Hankton) June 2, 2019
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