Last weekend, Georgia football welcomed a large group of rookies from different cycles, but most importantly, the 2023 group, and it looks like the Dawgs have done a great job across the board.
The hopefuls had a big weekend of scavenger hunts, bonding with the coaching staff and getting to know Athens better.
It wasn’t just the 5-stars who enjoyed their time, but the rookies across the board who got some love showed their way. Georgia isn’t just about signing all 5 stars, it’s about finding kids who want to grow as players and are ready to be part of the top-flight Georgian football culture.
Even though that person was not on campus, there was an announcement that seemed to have spurred the whole weekend. When these coaches have the time to recruit and put all their effort into it, be careful because there is no other coaching staff that can do better.
Georgian football has seen strong recruitment momentum as they have welcomed a large group of prospects.
The Dawgs don’t care if a player comes to them unranked, 1-star, 2-star, 3-star, 4-star or even 5-star – they want players who have what it takes to represent the G.
High-level players are the priority because these children are usually among the most talented, even if they are not always the highest ranked. These recruiting rankings help fans better understand what’s going on there, and as someone who’s one of those obsessed with recruiting year-round with coaches, Smart and his team prove that it doesn’t always have to be. of importance.
Having a consistent recruiting class is key to battling every year. Still, Georgia is developing three stars as first-round picks, which shows that sometimes those rankings aren’t the most accurate.
While Jayden Wayne was one of the more high-profile names on campus last weekend for his official visit, a few other names are worth mentioning. Georgia may even have gained ground on a few of them.
Dashawn Womack is a 4 star defensive lineman from Maryland who came for his official visit. He is a 4-star from St. Frances Academy in Baltimore who ranks on the 247Sports Composite rankings as Maryland’s No. 25 defensive lineman and No. 4 player.
He’s got a certain size going for him at 6-foot-4 and 255 pounds, and the Dawgs seem to have done a great job on their official visit. Georgia could use a guy like him because of his size, and Chidera Uzo-Diribe seems to like his style a lot.
Another defensive lineman on campus this past weekend was 2023’s Kamran James from Olympia High School in Orlando, Florida. He has some weight to gain at 6-6.5 and 265 pounds, but his height alone makes him someone to remember.
He’s not on the 247Sports composite rankings, but on their normal rankings, he’s Florida’s No. 28 defensive lineman and No. 34 player. Georgia offered it on April 19, and it was good to see it on campus this past weekend.
James also appears to be someone the Dawgs are pushing for, as the coaching staff visited him earlier in May.
Grayson Howard announced his top schools after visiting Georgia last weekend, and while the South Carolina Gamecocks still hold the edge on his 247Sports profile, the Dawgs have moved the needle with this guy.
According to the 247Sports composite rankings, Howard is a 4-star who ranks Florida’s 29th-ranked linebacker and 68th-ranked player. He’s another Sunshine State kid that Georgia is looking for and will likely land.
Howards’ top five schools include Georgia, Texas A&M, South Carolina, Clemson, and Florida. The Jacksonville native is one of Glenn Schumann’s top targets, and the Dawgs need him at that size.
As a rising high schooler, he weighs 6-3 and 223 pounds, so Howard already has what the Dawgs are looking for in that area. Schumann could make Howard special if he chooses the Dawgs, and after last weekend, I like Georgia’s chances even more.
Another big man on campus was Sydir Mitchell, who came over from New Jersey for a visit. He ranks on 247Sports as a 4-star, and in the composite ranking he is the 32nd defensive lineman and the 3rd player in Jersey.
At 6-5 and 335 pounds, he’s a big man Georgia could use to plug holes on the defensive front. He will be needed to help stop the run, and that appears to be between the Dawgs and the Aggies.
There were only a few guys on campus last weekend. There were a few guys in 2024 and more in 2023, but the biggest news didn’t come from a visitor but from someone who announced their official visit schedule.
Arch Manning and his team announced that his first of three official visits would be to Georgia from June 3-5. This weekend went from decent to probably one of the biggest of the summer. With Manning’s arrival in Athens, it will also bring other top players to campus.
Alabama will receive the second official visit and the last will be with Texas. Manning has visited these programs many times before, but this official visit will see the red carpet rolled out in all three locations, so Georgia will have to sell him.
Georgia football is in full recruiting mode as the Dawgs look to build momentum as the summer continues and into fall camp. Can the Dawgs land a top-five class again?
Sounds like a safe prediction to say yes, and it could include some of 2023’s best prospects.