Georgia football saw a recruiting weekend full of promise

Luke Doty is brought down by MJ Sherman and Trezmen Marshall. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)
Luke Doty is brought down by MJ Sherman and Trezmen Marshall. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images) /

This past weekend, Georgia football hosted a large group of recruits from various cycles, but most importantly, the 2023 group, and it seems the Dawgs did a great job across the board.

Prospects had a big weekend of scavenger hunts, bonding with the coaching staff and getting to know Athens better.

It wasn’t just 5-stars that enjoyed their time, but recruits of all rankings that got some love shown their way. Georgia isn’t just about signing all 5-stars but finding kids who want to grow as players and are willing to be a part of Georgia football’s high standard culture.

Even though that person wasn’t on campus, there was an announcement that seemed to have boosted the whole weekend. When these coaches get time to recruit and put all their effort into it, watch out because there isn’t another coaching staff who can do better.

Georgia football saw a lot of recruiting momentum as they hosted a large group of prospects.

The Dawgs don’t care if a player comes to them unranked, a 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-character players are the priority because those kids are usually some of the most talented — even though they aren’t always the highest ranked. Those recruiting rankings help fans understand more about what goes into it, and as someone who is one of the obsessive people that recruit year-round with the coaches, Smart and his staff prove it doesn’t always matter.

Having a consistent recruiting class is key to contending yearly. Still, Georgia is developing three-stars into first-round draft picks, so it shows that sometimes those rankings aren’t the most accurate.

While Jayden Wayne was one of the more prominent names on campus this past weekend for his official visit, a few other names are worth mentioning. Georgia may have even gained some ground on a few of them.

Dashawn Womack is a 4-star defensive lineman out of Maryland that came down for his official visit. He is a 4-star out of St. Frances Academy in Baltimore that ranks on 247Sports Composite rankings as the No. 25 defensive linemen and the No. 4 player out of Maryland.

He has some size to him at 6-4 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 linemen on campus this past weekend was 2023’s Kamran James out of Olympia High School in Orlando, Fla. He has some weight to put on at 6-6.5 and 265 pounds, but his size alone makes him someone to remember.

He isn’t on the 247Sports composite rankings, but on their normal ones, he is the No. 28 defensive lineman and the No.34 player out of Florida. Georgia offered him on April 19th, and it was good to see him on campus this past weekend.

James also seems like someone the Dawgs are pushing for, as the coaching staff visited him earlier in May.

Grayson Howard announced his top schools after visiting Georgia this past weekend, and while the South Carolina Gamecocks still hold the advantage on his 247Sports profile, the Dawgs moved the needle with this guy.

According to 247Sports composite rankings, Howard is a 4-star that ranks as the No. 29 linebacker and No. 68 player out of Florida. He is another Sunshine State kid Georgia is after 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 primary targets, and the Dawgs need him at this size.

As a rising high school senior, he is 6-3 and 223 pounds, so Howard already has what the Dawgs are looking for in that area. Schumann could develop Howard into someone special if he chooses the Dawgs, and after this past weekend, I like Georgia’s chances even more.

Another big man on campus was Sydir Mitchell, who came down from New Jersey for a visit. He ranks on 247Sports as a 4-star, and on the composite rankings, he is the No. 32 defensive linemen and the No. 3 player out of Jersey.

At 6-5 and 335 pounds, this is a large man who Georgia could use to plug holes on the defensive front. He will be needed to help stop the run, and it seems to be between the Dawgs and Aggies.

These were just a few guys on campus this past weekend. There were a few 2024 guys and more 2023, but the biggest news didn’t come from a visitor but someone making an announcement of their official visit schedule.

Arch Manning and his team announced that his first of three official visits would be to Georgia on June 3-5. That weekend just went from decent to likely one of the biggest ones of summer. With Manning coming to Athens, that will also bring other top-rated players to campus.

Alabama will get the second official visit, and the final one will be with Texas. Manning has already visited these programs a couple of times before now, but this official visit will see the red carpet rolled out at all three places, so Georgia will need to sell it.

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Georgia football is in full recruiting mode as the Dawgs look to build some momentum as the summer continues and into fall camp. Can the Dawgs once again land a top-five class?

It feels like a safe prediction to say yes, and it could include some of 2023’s best prospects.