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Class of 2024 QB prospect Dylan Raiola poses with former Georgia QB Matt Stafford, his father Dominic Raiola and NFL Hall of Famer Calvin Johnson at his enshrinement ceremony last fall. (Courtesy photo)
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Dylan Raiola: 5-star 2024 gunslinger QB will be visiting UGA today

Want to attack every day with the latest Georgia football recruiting info? That’s the Intel. This entry previews the latest visit from 5-star Arizona QB Dylan Raiola. Raiola is the nation’s No. 3 QB prospect (247Sports Composite) in the 2024 class.

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This will make five for Dylan Raiola and his family today. That’s one trip to Athens for every star in his current ranking.

The 5-star out of Arizona ranks as the nation’s No. 3 QB in the 2024 cycle. The Bulldogs were the first school to offer and they have been a standout school so far in his recruitment.

His father Dominic Raiola played 14 seasons in the NFL. That was after being named as the best center in college football back at Nebraska in 1999.

Raiola then was selected in the second round of the NFL Draft. That’s where he linked up with one of his closest friends in former Georgia great (and now Super Bowl champion QB) Matthew Stafford. Raiola hosted Stafford and his wife on their first Christmas in Detroit and was a part of his bachelor party.

Stafford has told young Raiola all about the best of times he had in Athens, but he wants him to go where he is comfortable. The trip today is another step in seeing just how cozy the fit continues to be in Athens for Raiola and his family.

For a detailed look at all things Dylan Raiola, check out this DawgNation profile. The effort goes very deep on his story. The stuff that Raiola’s powerful arm would find 75 yards downfield. That’s how far he has thrown a football in a game.

He joins a shortlist of 5-star QBs over the years that Georgia has prioritized as a recruit. Raiola, who also is a super baseball prospect at catcher, has as much raw talent as any of them. He’s only been playing quarterback since the summer right before high school.

Nobody will ever say this young fella’s hands aren’t large enough to play quarterback. That’s even though he’s only played that position for two seasons.

“I actually played d-end,” Raiola said. “I went from going to hit the quarterback to being the thing that d-ends want to hit. My body just kind of hit a growth spurt. It was all in the plan. God’s plan.”

How does he feel about UGA heading into today’s visit? That’s worth sharing here.

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Class of 2024 QB prospect Dylan Raiola is the son of longtime NFL OL Dominic Raiola. Raiola played his entire career with the Detriot Lions and his best friend is former Georgia QB Matthew Stafford. (Courtesy photo)
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Dylan Raiola: What he likes best about UGA right now

The Bulldogs will always be the first school to offer Raiola.

“Georgia was the first camp I went to,” Dylan Raiola said. “The love was definitely there. I felt the love right when I stepped into the indoor.”

He calls Stafford his “uncle Matthew.”

“He just wants me to be a kid and enjoy the process,” Dylan Raiola said. “He’s been very supportive. He’s been awesome. He’s been a great help.”

Dominic Raiola has been very impressed by Georgia’s consistent approach.

“They were to first to really recruit him, then they win the national title,” his father said. “They haven’t stopped recruiting him from the day they brought him in that first time. They haven’t stopped recruiting him and I’m in amazement. Georgia is the best team in the country and they recruit him like they are in last place.”

“That’s a big deal. It is hard to fake that. It is hard to spend time on a kid like that and fake all of that. There is a standard that they have set. It is really cool to see how they do things.”

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