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If Kirby Smart is going to land a 5-star quarterback in the 2018 class, it will be Justin Fields.

UGA football: Bulldogs lose 5-star QB Matt Corral to Gators

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Welcome to your one-stop shop for UGA football news and takes every Monday through Friday. In this edition, we look at four inductees into Georgia’s Circle of Honor, Dawgs at the British Open and a 5-star QB prospect who picked Florida over Georgia.

Florida lands 5-star QB Matt Corral: What does it mean for UGA football?

Even though two former 5-star signal callers already reside in Athens, Kirby Smart and his coaches still want another top quarterback talent to come to UGA as part of the Class of 2018. This late in the process, most top names are already committed and off the board. Over the weekend, another shoe dropped, as California 5-star QB Matt Corral chose the Florida Gators over Georgia and Alabama.

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It’s a double whammy for Georgia. The Dawgs missed on a prospect who projects well for college and lost him to a rival they play every season. But you can also read the tea leaves and see how Corral’s commitment to the Gators actually could mean good things for the Bulldogs’ recruitment of quarterbacks. Albeit with another prospect.

With Corral committed elsewhere, the only remaining top-tier QB prospect Georgia on Georgia’s board is Harrison (Kennesaw, Ga.) 5-star prospect Justin Fields, considered by many to be the best high school recruit in the country. Both Corral and Fields had a similar list of final schools, with UGA and Florida on each of their lists. It’s safe to say that with Corral headed to Gainesville, Fields won’t be following.

This, of course, doesn’t mean UGA is definitely going to get Fields. Georgia will still have to fight to land him, as Florida State looks like his most likely destination at the moment. But one less school to worry about is encouraging and should make you feel a little better about UGA’s chances. There’s no backup plan anymore, though. If Georgia is going to land a 5-star QB for the third consecutive year, it’ll be Fields.

4 names added to Circle of Honor

Georgia Circle of Honor is getting a little bit bigger. A group of four athletes that includes Carolina Panthers’ Thomas Davis and Olympian Reese Hoffa will be inducted on Feb. 12, 2018.

All-American softball player Nicole Barber, track and field standout Reese Hoffa, diving champion Chris Colwill and football All-American Thomas Davis will be inducted into the school’s circle of honor, the school announced on Sunday.

David Pollack for president

Count Georgia football great David Pollack among those who see bright days ahead for the program. He spoke with Seth Emerson of DawgNation and gave his thoughts on quarterback Jacob Eason, a number of Bulldogs defensive linemen and what he thinks the future holds for UGA football.

“I think there’s a lot to be optimistic about if you’re a Georgia fan, and I think great, great days are coming,” Pollack said. “It’ll be interesting to see how fast they come.”

Former Bulldogs swimmer wins gold medal

Former Georgia swimmer Olivia Smoliga won gold on Sunday as part of United States’ 4×100-meter freestyle relay team at the 17th FINA World Championships in Budapest, Hungary.

Dawgs at the Open

It was not a banner weekend for Bulldogs at the British Open. Bubba Watson finished as the low Dawg at Royal Birkdale, shooting 1 over after 72 holes, good enough to tie for 27th place. Russell Henley finished 2 over to tie for 37th, while Kevin Kisner finished in a tie for 54th at 4 over. Brian Harman missed the cut.

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