Georgia football: Will D.J. Daniel bring the Bulldogs back to number 1?

Alabama recently stole the lead in the recruiting battle from Georgia football, but the Dawgs might regain the lead Thursday afternoon.

The war between Alabama and Georgia football on the recruiting trail is just heating up. In 2018, Kirby Smart and the Dawgs stole the Tide’s thunder by flipping commits and taking the no. 1 recruiting class, ending the Tide’s seven-year reign at the top.

A couple of weeks ago, Georgia leapfrogged several schools, including Alabama with four commitments for 2019. The cherry on top was Jermaine Johnson, a junior college star from Minnesota. But Alabama isn’t going to go down easily. Last week, they received a commitment from four-star offensive guard Darrian Dalcourt. He was enough to push the Tide back to no. 1.

That might not last long however. This Thursday, the no. 5 JUCO player in the nation D.J. Daniel is going to announce where he plans on continuing his college football career. 247 and other sites expect Daniel to commit to Georgia. He’s only taken one official visit and that was to Athens, although he’s taken unofficial visits to Alabama and Auburn, and he attended a camp at South Carolina.

Daniel could be a landmark commitment for Georgia. He’s the no. 1 JUCO player in the state of Georgia and the no. 5 cornerback nationally. He’s currently a force in the defensive backfield at Georgia Military College. Last year, he made 26 tackles and intercepted three passes. Before GMC, he was an underrated player from Spalding High School.

DeAndre Baker exhausts his eligibility after this season, and behind him is a crop of talented but young cornerbacks. Signing Daniel means Georgia might be able to replace Baker with another mature, talented cornerback. By the time he’s finished in Athens, the Dawgs won’t have to turn to an underclassmen to take his place.

Daniel announces his decision this Thursday at 2:00 p.m. On his Twitter last week, Daniel revealed that his decision is between Georgia, South Carolina and Kentucky. He’s making his commitment on campus in Milledgeville, but he’s not said if his announcement will be showed online. Although members of the media will probably be there to live-stream the event.