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UGA now recruiting nationally?
The recruiting Class of 2018 has only been in the books a little more than a week, but that doesn’t mean it’s too early to start looking ahead to 2019. A week into the 2019 cycle and college football coaches across America are already busy offering some of the best juniors in America, Kirby Smart and the Georgia staff included.
On Wednesday and Thursday, a slew of top recruits tweeted out the news that they’d been offered a scholarship by the University of Georgia. You’ll notice a national flair in this list. Most of these players fall outside the program’s typical recruiting footprint. Georgia has a higher national profile than it has ever had. Might it be able to capitalize on that and make it’s footprint a bit bigger?
It’s still extremely early in the process, but this list of players offered the last few days should give you an idea of the guys Georgia is targeting. For a full(ish) list of 2019 prospects Georgia has offered so far, you can check out the 247Sports database. (All rankings via 247Sports composite unless otherwise noted.)
- DE Kayvon Thibodeaux, Thousand Oaks, Calif. — No. 2 nationally, No. 1 WDE, No. 1 in California*
- DT Demarvin Leal, San Antonio — No. 93 nationally, No. 7 DT, No. 12 in Texas
- DE Derick Hunter, Fort Myers, Fla. — No. 180 nationally, No. 14 SDE, No. 29 in Florida
- WR Dylan Wright, Mesquite, Texas — No. 181 nationally, No. 34 WR, No. 22 in Texas
- ATH Steele Chambers, Roswell, Ga. — No. 327 nationally, No. 32 ATH, No. 39 in Georgia
- DE JJ Weaver, Louisville, Ky. — No. 404 nationally, No. 30 SDE, N/A
- ATH John Rys Plumlee, Hattiesburg, Miss. — No. 586 nationally, No. 56 ATH, No. 22 in Mississippi
- QB KJ Jefferson, Sardis, Miss. — No. 602 nationally, No. 21 pro-style QB, No. 23 in Mississippi*
- DE Jermaine Johnson, Eden Praire, Minn. (attending Independence C.C.) — N/A
*Rankings from 247Sports (non-composite)
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Question of the Day
Every day, Chip Towers or Seth Emerson of DawgNation answer one question on Georgia fans’ minds. On Thursday, Towers tackled the question of whether recent tailback signees Zamir White and James Cook can continue the standard set by Nick Chubb and Sony Michel.
To answer your question succinctly, yes, I believe Cook and White can continue the standard set by Chubb and Michel. But first they’ll have to get past those other three backs ― D’Andre Swift, Brian Herrien and Elijah Holyfield ― and that will be no easy task. Swift is a sophomore and Herrien and Holyfield are juniors, and all three have played extensively ― not to mention trained and studied extensively ― before Cook and White ever showed up. When spring practice begins next month, the new guys will be lining up behind those three veterans, plus a couple of veteran walk-ons) for every drill.
That said, as coach Kirby Smart ― and really any Power 5 coach worth his weight in salt ― has demonstrated, the Bulldogs are going to play the most productive players, no matter what year they are or what level of experience they have. And in Cook and White, Georgia has landed another pair of extremely high-pedigree backs.
Coach Billy Henderson, DGD
Billy Henderson, a former two-sport star at UGA and head football coach at Clarke Central, died Wednesday. He was 89. Between his time playing for the Dawgs and his 23 years coaching the Gladiators and beyond, Henderson was a prominent member of the Athens community for longer than most of us have been alive. If you haven’t already, take some time and read Towers’ remembrances of Coach Henderson. DGD.
Dawgs on Twitter
— Georgia Football (@FootballUGA) February 16, 2018
The first 750 fans at Foley on Friday will get a free UGA beanie.
— Georgia Bulldogs (@UGAAthletics) February 15, 2018
FINAL // #Georgia 65, South Carolina 77#Dawgs drop a tough one, but will be back in action Monday night in Oxford versus Ole Miss. Following another road game in Tuscaloosa on Thursday, #UGA has its home finale Sunday, February 25, when it faces Florida.#GoDawgs | #EarnYours pic.twitter.com/wFKEpYYvJH
— Georgia Basketball (@UGA_WBB) February 16, 2018
Have a good weekend, folks!
Rare footage😂 pic.twitter.com/y2KPAbgmGs
— A Dog’s Purpose🐕 (@Dogs_Purpose) February 15, 2018
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