The COVID-19 pandemic has not slowed down UGA football’s effort on the recruiting trail. Kirby Smart and staff are still hard at work recruiting top high school players.
Several recruits on UGA football’s target list plan on making their commitments by the end of June. The 2021 recruiting class is currently ranked No. 20 in the nation, but that is sure to change, especially if a few of these prospects chose to play football in Athens.
The most notable prospect is linebacker Smael Mondon. He hasn’t set a date yet, but he recently told 247Sports that he plans on announcing his commitment in June. Georgia’s defensive system fits Mondon like a glove. Georgia’s coaches love inside linebacker who can play all over the field and Mondon is exactly that kind of player. Mondon is a five-star prospect according to 247Sports Composite and he’s the No. 2 ranked player in the state of Georgia.
On May 27, tight end Moliki Matavao makes his commitment. Matavao six the best player from the state of Nevada and the No. 4 ranked tight end in the nation. Georgia is competing with Oregon and Penn State for Matavao’s pledge.
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North Carolina is one of the most underrated talent producers in the nation and UGA football knows this and does a great job signing the Tar Heel State’s best players. One of the best prospects in this class is defensive end Jahvaree Ritzie. The four-star prospect is announcing his commitment on June 12. Ritzie is choosing between North Carolina, Georgia, Ohio State, South Carolina and Tennessee.
Three-star linebacker prospect Andrew Jones originally planned on making his commitment on May 23, but he recently changed his date to after June. Jones is a talented and skilled linebacker, but his lack of size (6-0 and just 200 lbs.) is why he’s ranked outside the top 300.
Over on the hardwood, UGA basketball gained a graduate transfer. Andrew Garcia, a shooting guard from Stoney Brook chose to end his college basketball career in Athens. Garcia is a pretty good shooter, but he’s an excellent defender and rebounder. At 6-5 and 218 lbs., Garcia adds more size to Georgia’s roster, which was a huge need.
Other recruiting news
Georgia 4-star pledge David Daniel climbs in updated Top247 [Jake Rowe – Dawgs247]
Top247 DB Corey Collier Jr. includes Georgia in top six [Jake Rowe – Dawgs247]
Georgia target Tyrion Ingram-Dawkins rises in new Top247 [Kipp Adams – Dawgs247]
Favorites have emerged for Georgia DE Khristian Zachary [Chad Simmons – UGASports]
Brock Bowers: The nation’s No. 3 TE knows what he would like to do before his decision [Jeff Sentell – Dawgnation]
Georgia WR Kearis Jackson recruiting fellow Peach County star to UGA [Joe Vitale – UGA Wire]