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Georgia football and basketball have a shot at unprecedented recruiting feat

Georgia football and basketball have a shot at unprecedented recruiting feat

Georgia football and basketball have a shot at unprecedented recruiting feat

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Georgia football and basketball have a chance to pull off rare recruiting accomplishment

Georgia football has never had a problem attracting top players. The Bulldogs have routinely finished in the top 10 in the country in recruiting rankings, including three consecutive top three rankings under Kirby Smart. The same could not be said for the basketball program. But that be might changing for Tom Crean and the Bulldogs, as they landed a commitment from 5-star prospect Anthony Edwards on Monday.

Edwards — a 6-foot-5 guard from Atlanta whose game compares to James Harden — is the highest-rated prospect to ever pick the Bulldogs. He’s rated as the No. 2 player in the country in the 247Sports Composite rankings, sitting behind only future Memphis Tiger James Wiseman. He’s got a chance to ascend to the No. 1 overall ranking with a strong performance in the McDonald’s All-American game in March.

Related: Anthony Edwards’ commitment a potential ‘game-changer’ for Georgia basketball and Atlanta AAU

Should Edwards rise to the No. 1 overall spot in the 247Sports composite rankings, it would give Georgia the No. 1 overall player in both basketball and football, as Nolan Smith signed with Georgia in December. If that happens, Georgia would be the first program since recruiting rankings came about back in 2003 to sign the nation’s No. 1 player in both basketball and football.

Even if Edwards isn’t able to finish as the top prospect in the class, Georgia is already in rarefied air when it comes to landing elite talent in both basketball and football. Since basketball recruiting rankings began back in 2003, only four times has a school signed a top-5 player in both basketball and football: Alabama in 2017 (Collin Sexton in basketball, Najee Harris in football), Ohio State in 2008 (BJ Mullens in basketball, Terrelle Pryor in football),  USC in 2007 (OJ Mayo in basketball, Joe McKnight in football) and Texas in 2006 (Sergio Kindle in football, Kevin Durant in basketball).

The closest a school has come to signing both the No. 1 player in basketball and football was USC, when Mayo was rated as the nation’s No. 2 basketball recruit and McKnight was the No. 1 player in football.

Georgia has actually landed the No. 1 overall player in the country twice in the past 5 seasons, as Trent Thompson was the No. 1 player in the 2015 cycle. And if you’re looking ahead, Georgia is recruiting the No. 1 player in the 2020 cycle, Bryan Bresee, very hard.

As for Georgia, Edwards said he hopes to add 5-star small forward Precious Achiuwa and 4-star guard Lester Quinones to Georgia’s 2019 recruiting class. The Bulldogs have the No. 12 class in the 2019 basketball recruiting rankings. Georgia also signed 4-star prospects Jaykwon Walton and Toumani Camara. Edwards can officially sign with Georgia on April 17, which he said he very much intends to do.

Related: College basketball world reacts to Georgia landing 5-star prospect Anthony Edwards

Edwards did play football growing up, and mentioned that if he could, he’d theoretically play wide receiver for the Bulldogs. But he doesn’t have any plans of pulling a Julius Peppers and playing both football and basketball. Edwards just hopes to bring the Georgia basketball program to the same level as the football program.

S&P+ has Georgia football has the No. 2 program heading into 2019

Georgia football has high expectations for itself heading into 2019, given how close the Bulldogs have come to winning a national title in each of the past two seasons.

And it seems those expectations are valid, as Bill Connelly’ S&P+ has Georgia as the No. 2 team heading into the 2019 season, behind only Alabama. The preseason projection is based on three factors: recent history, returning production, and recruiting.

Clemson comes in at No. 3, followed by LSU at No. 4 and Oklahoma at No. 5. As for where Georgia ranks in each individual category, the Bulldogs rank No. 2 in both recruiting impact and returning projection. Georgia is No. 7 in recent history, which takes into account the Bulldogs’ performance over the past five seasons.

Georgia will see four teams ranked in the top 13 in 2019. Georgia plays No. 6 Florida(!), No. 8 Auburn, No. 12 Notre Dame and No. 13 Texas A&M. The Bulldogs also play No. 16 Missouri, No. 18 South Carolina and No. 21 Tennessee, meaning Georgia will play seven of the top 21 teams in the S&P+ rankings.

ESPN has Georgia pegged as the No. 3 team in its Way-Too-Early Top 25, behind Alabama and Clemson. The Bulldogs finished 2018 ranked No. 7 in the AP Poll, following Georgia dropping its last two games of the season to Texas and Alabama.

The Bulldogs begin the 2019 season on Aug. 31 when they take on Vanderbilt in Nashville.

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  • INDIANAPOLIS Brian Herrien was explaining earlier this week how Kirby Smart held a combine-like workout last spring to give players an idea how they stacked up. On Thursday and Friday at the NFL combine at Lucas Oil Stadium and the Indianapolis Convention Center, it was the real thing for 10 Bulldogs. Projected first-round Georgia picks D'Andre Swift and Andrew Thomas held their own in key drill work, and Herrien and redshirt sophomore Isiah Wilson posted some eye-opening numbers. Swift ran a 4.48-second 40-yard dash a tenth of a second off the 4.39 ran by Wisconsin's Jonathan Taylor on Friday. D'Andre Swift vs Nick Chubb and Sony Michel Who will have the best NFL career when all is said and done? pic.twitter.com/yOhGKokeVj PFF Draft (@PFF_College) February 29, 2020 But Swift's time was a tick better than the 4.52 and 4.54 times run by former UGA stars Nick Chubb and Sony Michel at the 2018 combine, which qualifies him as plenty fast enough when one considers his unique cutting abilities. Former Georgia running back Keith Marshall holds the mark for fastest 40 time run at the NFL draft, turning a 4.31-second time in 2016. Todd Gurley ran a 4.52-second 40-yard dash, and last year Elijah Holyfield ran a 4.78. Thomas ran the fourth-fastest 3-cone drill among the offensive linemen and 6th fastest 20-yard shuttle, his quick feet and athleticism on display to compliment his celebrated technique. Wilson, whose impressive 6-7, 350-pound frame attracts attention even in a room full of 300 pounders, did a broad jump of 9 feet, 2 inches. That was 13th among the offensive linemen, and 2 inches better than Thomas'. Impressive combine numbers have been known to convince teams to take another look at prospects they may have passed over. Herrien certainly proved his explosive abilities with his 10-foot, 6-inch, broad jump and 38.5-inch vertical jump on Friday 'UGA prepared us pretty well,' Herrien said at his NFL combine interview drill. 'We even had a couple of days during the spring where we had a little combine, like a junior day, a combine day. So we kinda did all this stuff before. 'I just want to show my ability to run, jump, be explosive in my lower body and catch the ball.' Herrien managed to do all that, and and and his teammates will have another opportunity to impress NFL scouts when Georgia holds its pro day in mid-March. Georgia offensive linemen Solomon Kindley is expected to perform there after decided not to compete in the drills at the NFL combine. Several other Bulldogs' players who didn't get invited to the NFL combine will also have their chance to shine. Players like defensive linemen Tyler Clark, Michael Barnett and David Marshall, along with linebacker Tae Crowder, tight end Eli Wolf and receiver Tyler Simmons will take part. Georgia football NFL Combine 40-yard dash D'Andre Swift, 4.49 (6th among running backs) Brian Herrien, 4.62 (Outside Top 15 running backs) Charlie Woerner 4.78 (12th of 15 tight ends) Jake Fromm 5.01 (13th of 13 quarterbacks) Andrew Thomas 5.22 (Outside Top 15 offensive linemen) Isaiah Wilson 5.32 (Outside of Top 15 offensive linemen) Bench press (repetitions of 225 pounds) Isaiah Wilson 26 (outside of Top 15 offensive linemen) Charlie Woerner 21 (4th of 13 tight ends) Andrew Thomas 21 (Outside Top 15 offensive linemen) Brian Herrien 18 (15th of 15 running backs) Vertical jump Brian Herrien 38.5 inches (7th among running backs) D'Andre Swift 35.5 inches (15th among running backs) Charlie Woerner 34.5 inches (6th among tight ends) Andrew Thomas 30.5 inches (10th among offensive linemen) Jake Fromm 30 inches (8th among quarterbacks) Broad jump Brian Herrien 10 feet, 6 inches (4th among running backs) D'Andre Swift 10 feet, 1 inch (Outside Top 15 RBs) Charlie Woener 10-0 feet (5th among tight ends) Jake Fromm 9 feet, 3 inches (9th among quarterbacks) Isaiah Wilson 9 feet, 2 inches (13th among offensive linemen) Andrew Thomas 9 feet, 1 inch (Outside of Top 15 offensive linemen) 3-Cone Drill Charlie Woerner 7.18 seconds (7th among tight ends) Jake Fromm 7.27 seconds (9th among quarterbacks) Andrew Thomas 7.58 seconds (4th among offensive linemen) Isaiah Wilson 8.26 seconds (Outside of Top 15 offensive linemen) 20-yard shuttle Charlie Woerner 4.46 seconds (10th among tight ends) Jake Fromm 4.51 seconds (7th among quarterbacks) Andrew Thomas 4.66 seconds (6th among offensive linemen ) Isaiah Wilson 5.07 seconds (Outside Top 15 offensive linemen) DawgNation NFL Combine WATCH: J.R. Reed has something to prove at combine Andrew Thomas in first-class form at NFL combine How Jake Fromm is handling NFL combine spotlight Isaiah Wilson sheds light on 2020 Georgia O-Line Jake Fromm, Jacob Eason reunite anf NFL combine Lawence Cager message at NFL combine high ceiling' D'Andre Swift draft stock makes Georgia football RBU' again Jake Fromm evaluation, comparison, per former Super Bowl scout Brian Herrien shares Nick Chubb story at NFL combine Is Jake Fromm hand size really a thing? Georgia football Mauler' Solomon Kindley on Atlanta Falcons radar The post WATCH: D'Andre Swift step ahead of Nick Chubb, Sony Michel in NFL combine 40 appeared first on DawgNation.
  • INDIANAPOLIS J.R. Reed's time at Georgia has come and gone, but the departing 2019 team captain made it clear the Bulldogs still have plenty of household names. 'You guys saw it out there in the Sugar Bowl, there was no drop-off,' Reed said at the Indianapolis Convention Center on Friday during his podium interview at the NFL combine. 'Those guys prepared, I'd taught those guys how to watch film, just the rules to follow,' Reed said. 'The standard has been set in the defensive room, so the standard does not change at all.' Georgia brings back nine of the 11 starters from the Sugar Bowl team that beat Baylor 26-14. The Bulldogs' defense led the nation in 2019 in run defense and scoring defense, and it ranked No. 3 in total defense and No. 8 in pass efficiency defense. WATCH Richard LeCounte: New leadership role is bigger than football UGA defensive coordinator Dan Lanning referred to it as the 'No-Name Defense' in the days leading up to the win over the Bears in New Orleans. Reed said Georgia will likely need a new nickname for its defense with so many players on the verge of break-out seasons. 'The net defensive star, if he's not already a star, is Richard LeCounte,' Reed said. 'After him, you have Azeez Ojulari, and a bunch of guys that are going to step up. RELATED: Azeez Ojulari semifinalist for FWAA Freshman of the Year 'You've got a great corner in Tyson Campbell, Eric Stokes, Malik Herring and Monty Rice,' he said. 'I don't think it's going to be a no-name defense any more.' RELATED: Georgia football DC Dan Lanning explains No-Name Defense' moniker Reed, meanwhile, is intent on making a name for himself in Indianapolis this weekend after his draft stock inexplicably plunged this season. 'I don't know why expectations have changed, they have changed in my mind,' said Reed, who contemplated turning pro after his junior season. 'I truly, firmly, know I'm the best safety here; I can play in the box, I can play the middle of the field, I can come down and cover your best tight end, whatever you want me to do in that secondary, I can do.' Reed finished fourth on the team with 54 tackles, despite missing the Sugar Bowl while recovering from a turf toe ailment that cropped up during the bowl preparation in Athens. Reed is healthy now, and he's expecting to open some eyes with his physical testing and interviews. 'I've seen what some people think I'm going to test, and I'm going to blow those things out of the water,' Reed said. 'Just show a lot of people I'm a lot better than what they think I am, and a lot more athletic.' Reed indicated he's not the only one the NFL talent evaluators seem to be underestimating. 'We had one of the best defenses in the nation,' Reed said, before referencing some of the UGA seniors who didn't get NFL combine invites. RELATED: Top-notch Georgia football defense shut out on AP All-SEC first team 'We've got Tyler Clark missing, Tae Crowder missing, you've got Michael Barnett, guys like that that played a pivotal role in our defense. 'They're going to shock the world, they're going to work hard, they're going to do a great job at their pro day, and I believe in all of them.' Georgia is expected to hold its NFL pro day on March 18, with the NFL draft scheduled April 23-25 in Las Vegas. DawgNation Georgia at NFL combine Georgia football Mauler' Solomon Kindley on Atlanta Falcons radar Andrew Thomas in first-class form at NFL combine How Jake Fromm is handling NFL combine spotlight Isaiah Wilson sheds light on 2020 Georgia O-Line Jake Fromm, Jacob Eason reunite anf NFL combine Lawence Cager message at NFL combine high ceiling' D'Andre Swift draft stock makes Georgia football RBU' again Jake Fromm evaluation, comparison, per former Super Bowl scout Brian Herrien shares Nick Chubb story at NFL combine Is Jake Fromm hand size really a thing? The post WATCH J.R. Reed: Georgia football defense won't be No-Name' unit much longer appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Want to attack every day with the latest UGA football recruiting info? That's what the Intel brings. This entry previews the upcoming March 1 visit for Raneiria Dillworth to UGA. 'RaRa' is quite a talent coming out ofNorth Carolina. His given name is Raneiria Dillworth. That's the official first and last name. Yet he'd like for college football fans to start calling him something else. RaRa Dillworth would be his preference. That goes back to his Pee Wee and Pop Warner footballer days. 'It has been my nickname for awhile now,' he said. 'But my mom says that nowadays just to give the crowd something to RaRa' about. That's what she has always been saying, though.' Just make sure to say that name fast. It is only fitting since Dillworth states he has been timed at a combine with 4.35 speed in the 40. That was a laser time. 'It was in the middle of my sophomore year,' he said of that feat. 'So I may be even faster.' That might cause some skeptics to roll their eyes with a high school linebacker. It should. That type of speed is quite rare for any position at the varsity level. Consider taking a look at him on film first. Does he play that fast? The tape certainly says he plays with an impressive level of speed. That would be at any position, but most definitely as an inside linebacker. This 4-star LB right here certainly plays like he's a 4.4 on film. That's what really matters. He's got a rare bust and it carried him to another lofty feat. Dillworth was credited with 203 tackles in 14 games last fall. That stat line will include 29 stops for losses and four touchdowns. He's rated by the 247Sports Composite as the nation's No. 19 OLB and the No. 225 overall prospect for 2021. While we are on the topic of head-shaking information, let's also share that he just turned 17 on December 26. Let that soak in. It is highly impressive to note that all of those plays, including that kickoff return TD, were made by a 16-year-old junior. That's a little nuts. But if proves the notion that whatever Dillworth is going to do, it will be fast. He even grows up fast. 'Every school that I talk to they basically tell me that I am one of the fastest linebackers they have ever seen,' he said. 'They said I move fast on film.' He plans to make a silent commitment on April 17th. That will honor the birthday of his grandmother Rhonda Jackson, but hewill not announce that choice until May 9. 'My grandmother thankfully is still living with us,' he said. 'But I love my grandma. Just want to do it on her birthday. I feel like it is a good time. It is already around the time I had planned on committing. I can do it before the season with this, too. So I can actually focus on my senior season.' 'I'm trying to win a ring.' #AGTG #FMF 'COMMITTING' April 17 ANNOUNCING IT MAY 9 @Tre4Edits pic.twitter.com/0Qx3R8yb8U RaRa Dillworth (@Raneiria8) February 28, 2020 A frenzied March to a decision for RaRa Dillworth The 6-foot-2, 195-pound rising senior outlined a specific visit schedule with DawgNation earlier this week.It will be quite fast. Of course. 'Hold on a second,' Dillworth said. 'Let me get go to my phone to pull up all the dates right.' March 1 Georgia (first trip) March 7 Alabama (first trip) March 20 N.C. State March 21 South Carolina March 28 North Carolina April 1 Oklahoma April 4 Tennessee April 11 FSU April 17 Silent commitment May 9 Public decision release If that's not enough of a busy schedule, he will also compete on at least one weekend in the midst of all of that at a 7-on-7 event. That will be in Virginia Beach. RaRa Dillworth: The things to know here In his early 'RaRa' days, he was the kid nobody could hawk down on those Pee Wee fields. When he was playing defense, he was the one chasing everyone else down. It has just been a constant. Kind of like his No. 8 jersey. Dillworth played on both sides of the ball last fall. Look for him to get more use in the backfield as a senior for Glenn in 2020. Why has he primarily been a linebacker on the varsity level? With that speed, it is a natural question. He says he fell in love with the linebacker position as a freshman. 'But my favorite part of football is my aggressive nature,' he said. 'I just love to hit people.' When looking at that top 5 edit that ended the last passage, that was interesting. Especially given the recent change. But it is important here to add several layers of context to his recruiting process. He has never been to Athens before, but the Bulldogs still made his top 5 North Carolina State is no longer in his top 5. That spot was taken by Tennessee. Those dates up above are all unofficial visits. When he commits on April 17 and then releases it on May 9, then he will look to take his only official visit to check out his future school. He released that top 5 back on February 3, but he says he now has two extra schools that he will be considering. Those schools are N.C. State and Oklahoma. What do these schools tell him? 'They say that I am versatile and I can play sideline-to-sideline,' he said. 'I can actually cover in space. A lot of linebackers can't turn their hips and stuff but I can cover in space. I can make plays.' South Carolina is recruiting him as an outside linebacker. Alabama is looking at Dillworth as a walk-up or roll down safety. North Carolina is pretty much the same there. 'Most teams want me as a little rover who can come down,' he said. 'Come down to the box. Maybe even come over and cover the tight end.' He's been to North Carolina the most out of those schools. Dillworth has already visited Tennessee. When he competes at 7-on-7 events, he will line up at cornerback and at safety. Dillworth told DawgNation that his grade-point average hovers right around the 3.0 mark. 'I have to get mostly all As and Bs now,' he said. 'My mom don't play that.' This will not be a shock. Dillworth plans to enroll early in January of 2021. Was there any doubt about that? RaRa Dillworth: What's the fit feel like with Georgia? Georgia has its own view of Dillworth and his unique skill set. 'Georgia actually has got me as an inside backer but I feel like I'm good with linebacker but I am actually all good with safety. I just want to play. That's all.' Glenn Schumann is recruiting him. He was recruiting him and his family long before that offer from Georgia even came. 'When I first spoke to coach Schumann he told me that I was different man,' Dillworth said. 'He said I was different and my speed is out of the world. Some people don't believe that I have got the size and that speed, though.' Blessed to receive an offer from Georgia #GoDawgs #uga #AGTG #FMF pic.twitter.com/Fh93DuJUIQ RaRa Dillworth (@Raneiria8) January 29, 2020 As stated before, this visit on March 1 will be his first trip to Athens. How did they make his top 5 without a visit? 'The coaches were showing me real love,' Dillworth said. 'He was texting my mom before I even had an offer. I already knew so much about them. They already cared about me before I even had that offer. Then after that, the coaches were FaceTiming me a lot. I just couldn't get down there because I had a lot of stuff planned.' 'It was just that they were always showing love. My mom was telling me I really like this school' and she already looked into their program and said it would fit me real well.' Dillworth is already on a 'Coach Schu' basis with Schumann. 'With coach Schu' a lot of coaches don't tell you the real,' he said. 'He was just like real straight-forward and telling me this is how I would play you. This and that. He's wasn't sugar coating it and just speaking me like it was real. He was telling me the ins-and-outs of Georgia. Just you know, the facts.' He also said his mother considers Schumann 'to be a great man' and noted that she frequently texts him. Let's take note of an interesting sub-plot here. That's the connection that Georgia has to both Dillworth and his high school teammate. Jahvaree Ritzie. Ritzie is a remarkably athletic 4-star DL in the 2021 class. 'He plays hard and he's my boy,' Dillworth said. 'We might be going to the same college. 'It just depends. He's just always a hard worker on and off the field. Track. The classroom. He does it all.' The 247Sports Composite has Ritzie as the nation's No. 14 strong-side DE and No. 210 overall recruit for 2021. He made it to Athens first back in January for a 'Junior Day' weekend. Ritzie then made sure to share what he saw with Dillworth after that trip. 'He told me Rah Rah I'm not going to lie to you but you need to get down there to Georgia because it is something different down there about Georgia' and that's what he told me,' Dillworth said. Dillworth said he wants to see everything this weekend about Georgia. 'I want to make sure if I am going to go to Georgia that it is home,' he said. 'I don't want to go play anywhere I don't feel comfortable.' Academics will be large here. So will a true family feel. 'If my Mom doesn't like it, then I won't like it,' he said. 'I want to make sure my Momma likes it. Top facilities? I am not even worried about that. I want to go somewhere they can build me into a man. On and off the field. I want to grow into a man somewhere and be close with my coaches and my teammates. Just make sure we have a real good relationship.' Distance from home will not be a concern. So will playing for a championship program. His teammates call him 'Alligator' but he is not being courted by the Florida Gators. 'My friends and teammates call me Alligator' because I am always taking and snatching up all their tackles,' he said. 'I'm always taking all of their tackles away.' The post Raneiria Dillworth: Hyper fast LB gears up for his first big visit to UGA appeared first on DawgNation.
  • INDIANAPOLIS For the most part, there have been a lot of great moments and memories for the Georgia football program over the past four seasons. The Bulldogs won a lot of games, three straight SEC titles and a College Football Playoff game. There have also been some memorable trips and environments, such as the 2018 Rose Bowl win over Oklahoma or either of the two Notre Dame games. So when we asked some of the 10 Georgia football players participating int he 2020 NFL Combine this week what their favorite memory was from their time at Georgia, they had a lot of great options to choose from. Some, like both Andrew Thomas and D'Andre Swift, went with the Rose Bowl given the epic ending as well as the overall environment around the game. Others such as Solomon Kindley and Jake Fromm picked out a specific play from one of the first games in their collegiate careers. Both were key members of Georgia's 2017 team that played in the national championship game against Alabama. Offensive tackle Isaiah Wilson gave a very specific example and why one win carries more weight than others. 'It felt like all of our hard work had paid off again,' Wilson said of Georgia's 34-17 win over Kentucky in 2018. 'In 2017, everyone just thought it was because we had a bunch of seniors and had a lot of old talent.' That win clinched the SEC East for Georgia for the second straight season. A long D'Andre Swift touchdown run put the Bulldogs up 28-3 in the third quarter, paving the way to a Georgia victory. 'In 2018, we woke everybody up again and said we're still here to fight,' Wilson said. Related: D'Andre Swift and his Georgia football offensive linemen all agree on his best run Only LSU and Ohio State sent more players to the NFL combine than the 10 Georgia sent. That number could've been even higher but a number of Bulldogs like Richard LeCounte and Eric Stokes elected to return to Georgia for the 2020 season. The Bulldogs figure to once again be one of the top teams in 2020 when they open the season against Virginia on Sept. 7. Georgia football players share their favorite memories More Georgia football stories from around DawgNation Former Georgia football running backs on Zamir White: He has to be ready to go early' Brian Herrien shares a perfect Nick Chubb story that captures Georgia football culture Georgia football podcast: Alabama insider floats conspiracy theory about Scott Cochran hire Nation's No. 2 LB Smael Mondon Jr. sees national championship' future for Georgia How college friends Jacob Eason and Jake Fromm didn't let competition ruin their NFL hopes Details of Georgia defensive lineman arrest emerge in UGA Police Department field case report Jake Fromm takes center stage at NFL combine, some experts already believers The post From Notre Dame to the Rose Bowl, Georgia football players recount their favorite moments appeared first on DawgNation.
  • INDIANAPOLIS Solomon Kindley says the Atlanta Falcons like his game, and he's ready to show them even more in the Friday workouts at the NFL combine. Kindley, who measured in at 6-foot-3 and a trimmed down 336 pounds, could see his draft stock take a jump now that he's healthy. 'I'm really ready to show them who I am and what I'm about,' Kindley said at his podium interview at the Indianapolis Convention this week. Kindley suffered an injured ankle in the Bulldogs 23-17 win over Notre Dame on Sept. 21 and missed three starts before being cleared to play. 'It really didn't feel right none of this season,' Kindley revealed. 'I played through the bowl game with a jacked up foot. So when I went to Pensacola (Fla., to train), I tried to get a lot of rehab and do things like that.' Kindley cut nine pounds off the 345 he played at this season, clearly a step slower than he was during a healthy sophomore campaign in 2018. Kindley said he's known for a while he was going to turn professional after his junior season. 'I wasn't close (to returning), to be honest, I already knew I was going to leave,' Kindley said. 'I felt like all I had to do was play pretty good, and the rest was history.' The Sugar Bowl, Kindley said, was a chance to close out his Georgia career in the right way. 'During the bowl game, I knew I was going pro,' Kindley said. 'The reason I wanted to play in that game was I wanted to end on a good note, because we'd lost to LSU in the SEC Championship. 'And I wanted to play with my brothers, with Trey (Hill) and George Pickens, because they're gonna be a really good team this year. I wanted to have one more hard-fought game with them boys.' Kindley said his talk with Atlanta went well. 'They say they like how I play, love how I play,' Kindley said. 'They say I'm a mauler, they love my game, and I have an informal (interview) with them. Kindley said he's also met with Green Bay, Seattle, Arizona, Carolina, Los Angeles Rams, New York Giants and Jacksonville. The offensive line workouts begin at 4 p.m. on Friday (TV: NFL Network). Georgia offensive tackles Andrew Thomas and Isaiah Wilson will take part in the workouts, as will tailbacks D'Andre Swift and Brian Herrien. Georgia OG Solomon Kindley DawgNation Georgia in NFL Draft Andrew Thomas in first-class form at NFL combine How Jake Fromm is handling NFL combine spotlight Isaiah Wilson sheds light on 2020 Georgia O-Line Jake Fromm, Jacob Eason reunite anf NFL combine Lawence Cager message at NFL combine high ceiling' Why Jake Fromm is not for everybody, per NFL Network analyst D'Andre Swift draft stock makes Georgia football RBU' again Jake Fromm evaluation, comparison, per former Super Bowl scout Brian Herrien shares Nick Chubb story at NFL combine Is Jake Fromm hand size really a thing? The post WATCH: Georgia offensive line mauler' Solomon Kindley on Atlanta Falcons radar appeared first on DawgNation.