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Georgia football recruiting: Another huge weekend of June officials brings in three 5-stars among a defensive-heavy group

Want to attack every day with the latest Georgia football recruiting info? That’s the Intel. This rep will preview the names that are set to take their official visits to Georgia this weekend in Athens. The Bulldogs are hosting another big group of key targets in the 2023 recruiting cycle.

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Earlier this month, the head coach of the national champions told a loaded group of official visitors that it was the most talented group that Georgia has hosted during his time in Athens. Kirby Smart made that point in reference to a weekend of official visitors.

This weekend isn’t that, but it does match that first weekend in June in terms of 5-stars in town. That first weekend had Arch Manning, Caleb Downs and new commitment AJ Harris in town.

Georgia will host 5-stars James Smith, Richard Young and Qua Russaw this weekend.

That said, the June 3-5 weekend group also went way heavy on top 100 guys with eight of those elite prospects in town.

As of this publication, we’re only expecting a mere five top 100 overall national prospects in town.

Yet there’s also the No. 1 junior college prospect in town, too.

There very well could be another name or two pop in, but those are the ones we have been able to confirm over the last two days.

Another big official visit weekend is already underway. 5-star Florida RB Richard Young has already posted a few clips from his hotel room in Athens.

OFFICIAL VISITORS SET FOR THIS WEEKEND (June 17-19)

2023 Georgia football Undecided TARGETS

  • 5-star DT James Smith (Montgomery, Ala.) - No. 13 overall
  • 5-star RB Richard Young (Lehigh Acres, Fla.) - No. 24 overall
  • 5-star EDGE Qua Russaw (Troy, Ala.) - No. 27 overall
  • 4-star WR Hykeem Williams (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) - No. 43 overall
  • 4-star WR Aidan “Early” Mizell (Orlando, Fla.) - No. 114 overall
  • 4-star OT Olaus Alinen (Windsor, CT) - No. 122 overall
  • 4-star CB Daniel Harris (Miami, Fla.) - No. 151 overall
  • JUCO: 4-star WR Malik Benson (Lansing, KS) - No. 1 JUCO prospect

COMMITS (1)

  • 4-star OT Bo Hughley (Fairburn, Ga.) -- No. 90 overall prospect

Here’s an overview:

  • 5-stars: 3
  • Top 50 overall recruits: 4
  • Recruits ranked among the nation’s top 5 at their position: 4 (Includes JUCO)
  • Out-of-state prospects: 8
  • In-state prospects: 1
  • Offensive targets: 6
  • Defensive targets: 3
  • Undecided prospects: 8
  • Commits: 1

There’s a lot of talent in town this weekend, but the visits from Russaw, Smith and Williams will be monitored closely. If the ‘Dawgs can stave off Alabama for Russaw and Smith, that’s a strong building block for another championship defense. Not to mention serious momentum for a No. 1 or No. 2 overall class in 2023.

With Williams, it feels like the Bulldogs will have to get in the ring with Texas A&M as a serious contender in his recruitment. Williams was at G-Day on an unofficial visit. He seemed so much at home that he sat with several of the 2022 signees, but he’s been to Texas a lot to check out the Aggies since.

If one wanted to find a sleeper visitor in the mix, take a close look at Harris. The Miami cornerback has great size and length at 6 feet, 2 inches and 180 pounds. The opinion here is he’s a lot better than his current ranking at No. 151 overall on the 247Sports Composite. On3.com has him at No. 39 nationally with its isolated ranking.

That’s a lot closer to the mark. Harris looks a lot more like a top 50 prospect nationally with everything he can do, if not higher than that altogether.

The Bulldogs, with their 10 commitments, find themselves slotted with the nation’s No. 5 recruiting class for the 2023 cycle on the 247Sports Composite Team ranking.

Look for that status to rise considerably over the next two months heading into the season. Especially if the Bulldogs can eventually close the deal with four or five of these big names in town this weekend.

That’s possible given the current momentum of where everything sits with this group.

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