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Georgia’s Kirby Smart proving masterful at the ‘Art of the Flip’
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Georgia’s Kirby Smart proving masterful at the ‘Art of the Flip’

Georgia’s Kirby Smart proving masterful at the ‘Art of the Flip’

Georgia’s Kirby Smart proving masterful at the ‘Art of the Flip’

ATHENS – Flip That Recruit.

That would be a great reality show for Kirby Smart. Smart and his wife Mary Beth could host it on the SEC Network each week and explain how they’re going to take this prospect, who has long since been committed to State U, and convince him he needs to come to Georgia instead.

Maybe he could follow that up with a book, like, The Art of the Flip. And then they could produce a sequel called, say, Flipping the Script.

Clearly “flipping” is something Smart is very good at. That’s a term given for changing a recruiting prospect’s mind about going to a school he has already committed to another.

Depending on how one quantifies it, Smart and his Georgia coaching staff executed at least five flips in putting together the 2018 signing class that was finalized on national signing day Wednesday. You might have heard, that class ended up with a consensus national ranking of No. 1.

It’s no wonder, considering two of those “flips” came from Alabama commitments. One was from defensive back Nadab Joseph from Miami, who signed with the Bulldogs during the early period. The other one came Wednesday when longtime Bama commitment Quay Walker, a linebacker from Crisp County, chose the Bulldogs at his signing ceremony in Cordele.

Georgia also flipped Otis Reese of Leesburg on Wednesday. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound 4-star safety went from being the highest-ranking member of Michigan’s 2018 class to maybe the 11th or 12th for the Bulldogs. Add those names to a list that also includes quarterback Justin Fields of Kennesaw, a one-time commitment to Penn State, and Divaad Wilson of Miami, once pledged to the Florida Gators.

Smart, as one might imagine, downplays the whole phenomena of the flip. He was asked about it at least twice, once during a nationally-televised interview on ESPNU and again during his news conference Wednesday at Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall.

He said it’s more about sustained effort than it is about changing a prospect’s mind.

“It’’s great for the fans and they all want to make a big deal about it,” Smart said. “But, ultimately, it’s really about the relationships we’ve built with that kid all along. The fan thinks that Otis Reese decided last night that he was going to go to Georgia. That wasn’t the case. There was a relationship that was developed over the last year. Same thing with Quay.”

Ah, Quay Walker. His announcement was one to behold. The versatile linebacker who Smart says could play any one of the four linebacker positions Georgia currently has an opening for had been committed to the mighty Crimson Tide since last June. But neither the Bulldogs nor the Tennessee Vols ever relented in their pursuit.

In fact, Tennessee gained considerable traction for Walker once it made Jeremy Pruitt its coach. Pruitt had convinced Walker to commit to Bama as the Crimson Tide’s defensive coordinator. As the Vols’ coach, he went hard after Walker, and many projections had Walker heading for an orange-clad career heading into national signing day.

Not sure what kind of conversations Walker and Pruitt might’ve had before Walker’s announcement Wednesday, but Walker probably didn’t endear himself much with the Big Orange when he pretended like he was going to put on a Tennessee cap, then he flung it across the Crisp County gymnasium floor as he stood up and ripped off his warmups to reveal Georgia black Georgia garb underneath.

Smart cringed when he was asked about that move.

“I didn’t see it,” Smart said.  “I was watching 2019 and 2020 (prospect) tape at the time, so I didn’t actually see it. I did get a text from my wife that she was scared to death when he did that. That’s their moment in the sun, and some kids know how to handle it and some don’t. To each his own.”

And that’s the thing. Smart insists he’s not trying to burn opposing teams or certainly not trying to hurt opposing coaches when he changes a prospects’ mind. Obviously he has a close relationship with Alabama’s Nick Saban and with Pruitt and with Florida’s Dan Mullen. It’s simply a matter of them all being in the market for the same pedigree and position of player.

Like many veteran recruiters often say, a verbal commitment only means rival recruiters now knows who they have to beat.

“Coaches in the profession understand I have tremendous respect for the guy on the other side of that flip,” Smart said. “A lot of those guys are my friends. A lot of those guys I’ve worked with.”

That’s why Smart said he didn’t get much sleep over the last couple of nights. He intimated that at one point Tuesday his staff was convinced they might sign only one of their uncommitted targets.

Instead, they went 4-for-4 on Walker, Reese, cornerback Tyson Campbell and wide receiver Tommy Bush. All but one was thought to be leaning in another direction 24 hours before signing their paperwork.

And, so, flips can be particularly hard on the recruits themselves.

“They’re torn,” Smart said. “It’s a tough decision. We make it hard on them. When they do the flip, I know there’s somebody on the other side of that. I’ve been on the other side of that. So I’m not one to get into enjoyment of that.”

Yes, but the fans certainly do. There is probably nothing greater for recruitniks than to see their team flip a high-profile prospect from a rival program, especially from one like Alabama, which is generally not in the business of losing recruits it really wants.

And that’s where this 2018 class in particular might signal some headway for Georgia in its quest to become a major player again on a national level in college football. Sure, everybody knows that the Bulldogs’ got hot this past season and won the SEC championship for the first time in 12 years and made a run to the national championship game in their first appearance in the College Football Playoff.

But Smart’s challenge and his goal is in making sure that magical run doesn’t end up as a blip on the radar screen. What he and Georgia currently are doing in recruiting is a substantial leap in that direction.

It was well-chronicled Wednesday that Georgia’s No. 1 national ranking in recruiting was its first ever. Well, that’s at least since it has been comprehensively calculated since 2000.

More importantly, though, was the Bulldogs finishing first in the SEC. And not by a little bit. With 323.31 points in 247Sports.com’s composite rankings – the third highest total in the poll’s history – Georgia finished 48.81 points ahead of Alabama. The Bulldogs had nine prospects in this class who were ranked higher than any on any of the other SEC East.

The Crimson Tide had finished with 247Sports.com’s the top-ranked class every year since 2010 before Wednesday. They were ninth, according to Wednesday’s tally.

And the strong recruiting continued a trend under Smart. His first three classes at Georgia have come in sixth, third and first nationally. That’s an average national ranking of 3.3. The Bulldogs’ average national ranking in the 16 seasons before Smart’s arrival was 8.8. But that also tended to be third or fourth among the SEC teams.

So, Georgia certainly seems to be moving into a position of sustainability. Alas, strong recruiting classes don’t guarantee anybody anything, so we’ll see.

But we do know that the Bulldogs did get pretty much anybody they wanted. Well, with the possible exception of Rick Sandidge Jr. The big defensive tackle from Concord, N.C., was really the only target of the second signing period during this recruiting cycle that Georgia didn’t get. Sandidge ended up at South Carolina, as many had predicted.

But Smart didn’t look like he was ready to go out on the town celebrating. He was admittedly worn out from another relentless of talent.

“Have you looked at my face?” he said. “I have not slept much lately. … It was a lot of work.”

Yes, it takes a lot of effort and energy to flip a kid and his parents who say they’ve already made up their mind. It’s a lot easier to say, “oh, well, that’s that. Let’s go find somebody else.”

But then Georgia wouldn’t really be getting who it wanted. And for one recruiting period at least, Smart and the Bulldogs got pretty much everyone they wanted, be it via flip or not.

“To me, there’s no great sensation in flipping a kid,” Smart said. “I think it’s more about what’s right for the kid and how is his future going to be best served by going to the University of Georgia academically so he can set himself up for success in life.”

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  • BOSTON (AP) - A surprising roster shakeup didn't disrupt the power surge that has the Boston Red Sox back in first place. Hours after Boston designated Hanley Ramirez for assignment, Mookie Betts and three teammates homered as the Red Sox beat the Atlanta Braves 6-2 on Friday night. 'Offensively, don't get me wrong - we've done an outstanding job - but we feel that we're going to be better,' manager Alex Cora said. Betts hit his major-league leading 17th home run and J.D. Martinez slugged his 16th for the Red Sox, who had just seven hits in the game. Mitch Moreland, the newly anointed regular first baseman with Ramirez now gone, hit his seventh homer of the year, and Xander Bogaerts also went deep. 'I don't think we had a ton of hits, but the ones we did have counted,' Moreland said. 'It's nice to be able to never feel like you're out of the game. One swing of the bat can get you right back in it. It's a lot easier to put up crooked numbers that way.' Boston got its fifth win in six games and welcomed back All-Star second baseman Dustin Pedroia, who was activated from the DL earlier Friday but did not play. The Red Sox needed a roster spot for Pedroia, expected to make his season debut Saturday, and made the stunning and likely costly move to option Ramirez, the struggling slugger they signed to an $88 million, four-year deal before the 2015 season. One of the reasons the Red Sox cited for the move was wanting to get Moreland more time at first, where he's an improvement defensively, as well as at the plate, where he delighted Boston fans with a solo homer to center in the eighth. 'It felt good to add another run and join all the other guys that hit homers today,' Moreland said. Eduardo Rodriguez struggled early but managed to hold Atlanta to just a pair of runs on six hits with three walks in 5 2/3 innings. Rodriguez (5-1) struck out seven despite his early control issues and walked three. Nick Markakis hit a two-run double for the Braves, who have lost three of four. Julio Teheran (4-2) pitched six innings, allowing three runs on four hits, walking three and striking out four. 'I've seen him a lot sharper obviously, but he kept us in the game and kind of battled his way through it,' Atlanta manager Brian Snitker said. 'We kept the game manageable, just had a hard time putting anything together.' Martinez pulled Boston within 2-1 with a leadoff homer in fourth on a line drive that clipped the top of the Green Monster. Bogaerts tied it two batters later on a solo shot that left the ballpark entirely. Boston took its first lead in the fifth when Jackie Bradley Jr. tripled to center with one out and scored on Andrew Benintendi's sacrifice fly. 'There are certain guys that struggled in the first part of the season but they're working at it. They're getting better. You can see the progress with Jackie,' Cora said. 'Obviously with Dustin coming in, it's going to help.' Rodriguez appeared headed for a short night when he allowed two or more baserunners in each of the first three innings. Atlanta scored twice in the third when Ronald Acuna Jr. and Freddie Freeman started the inning with back-to-back singles and Markakis drove in both with a double to left. Atlanta didn't get another hit until Dansby Swanson's one-out double to left in the ninth. 'We're going to go through really good stretches, and through some tough ones like the last couple of games that we haven't been able to win,' said center fielder Ender Inciarte, who went 0 for 4. 'But we keep grinding at it and hopefully it's going to go our way the rest of the series.' FOND FAREWELL Ramirez, 34, was hitting .254 with six homers and 29 RBIs in 44 games this season while splitting his time between first base and designated hitter. He hit .163 with three homers and 12 RBIs in May after starting the season with a .330 average, three homers and 17 RBIs. He bid farewell to Boston in a Tweet. 'Thank you #RedSoxNation. It's been real. Love you always.' POWERFUL RELIEF Atlanta had just as many hits as Boston, but six of the seven came in the first three innings as Rodriguez struggled. Rodriguez was pulled after his 101st pitch. Heath Hembree finished off the Braves in the sixth, the Joe Kelly, Matt Barnes and Craig Kimbrel delivered one scoreless inning apiece. 'I've been pleased the whole season,' Cora said of his bullpen. 'If you look at them as a whole, they're great.' TRAINER'S ROOM Braves: Placed LHP Luiz Gohara on the bereavement list, allowing him to return to Brazil to spend time with his mother as she recovers from heart surgery. ... Atlanta recalled RHP Matt Wisler from Triple-A Gwinnett and he pitched the final 1 1-3 inning, allowing Betts' and Moreland's homers. Red Sox: Activated second baseman Pedroia (offseason knee surgery), but did not start him. Dave Dombrowski, president of baseball operations, said the Red Sox are going to let the four-time All-Star and 2008 AL MVP ease back into the lineup, likely starting Saturday. 'He feels good. He's not having any pain so we think that he'll be fine to go out there but we are going to be careful in that regard,' Dombrowski said. UP NEXT Braves: A rookie who grew up in Massachusetts, Sean Newcomb (5-1, 1.29 ERA) is 4-0 with a 0.36 ERA in four starts this month and is making his first appearance against the Red Sox. The Middleboro High School alum had a stretch of 21 consecutive scoreless innings before the Miami Marlins scored one on him in the second last Saturday in Atlanta's 8-1 win. Red Sox: LHP Drew Pomeranz (1-2, 5.97) lasted only four innings against Baltimore on May 18, allowing five runs - four earned - on seven hits while striking out a season-low two. ___ More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball
  • BOSTON (AP) - Mookie Betts hit his major-league leading 17th home run, J.D. Martinez slugged his 16th homer and the Boston Red Sox beat the Atlanta Braves 6-2 on Friday night hours after a surprising roster shakeup. Boston got its fifth win in six games shortly after announcing it had designated Hanley Ramirez for assignment. The move freed up a roster spot for Dustin Pedroia to be activated from the DL, and also created the chance for regular playing time at first base for Mitch Moreland, who had a solo homer in the eighth. The Red Sox fared fine without Ramirez, the struggling slugger they signed to an $88 million, four-year deal before the 2015 season. Xander Bogaerts also had a solo homer as Boston converted big time on its seven hits. Eduardo Rodriguez struggled early but managed to hold Atlanta to just a pair of runs on six hits with three walks in 5 2/3 innings. Rodriguez (5-1) struck out seven despite his early control issues and walked three. Nick Markakis hit a two-run double for the Braves, who have lost three of four. Julio Teheran (4-2) pitched six innings, allowing three runs on four hits, walking three and striking out four. Martinez pulled Boston within 2-1 with a leadoff homer in fourth on a line drive that clipped the top of the Green Monster. Bogaerts tied it two batters later on a solo shot that left the ballpark entirely. Boston took its first lead in the fifth when Jackie Bradley Jr. tripled to center with one out and scored on Andrew Benintendi's sacrifice fly. Rodriguez appeared headed for a short night when he allowed two or more baserunners in each of the first three innings. Atlanta scored twice in the third when Ronald Acuna Jr. and Freddie Freeman started the inning with back-to-back singles and Markakis drove in both with a double to left. Betts' and Moreland's homers came off of reliever Matt Wisler. TRAINER'S ROOM Braves: Placed LHP Luiz Gohara on the bereavement list, allowing him to return to Brazil to spend time with his mother as she recovers from heart surgery. ... Atlanta recalled RHP Matt Wisler from Triple-A Gwinnett. Red Sox: Activated second baseman Pedroia (offseason knee surgery), but did not start him. Dave Dombrowski, president of baseball operations, said the Red Sox are going to let the four-time All-Star and 2008 AL MVP ease back into the lineup, likely starting Saturday. 'He feels good. He's not having any pain so we think that he'll be fine to go out there but we are going to be careful in that regard,' Dombrowski said. UP NEXT Braves: A rookie who grew up in Massachusetts, Sean Newcomb (5-1, 1.29 ERA) is 4-0 with a 0.36 ERA in four starts this month and is making his first appearance against the Red Sox. The Middleboro High School alum had a stretch of 21 consecutive scoreless innings before the Miami Marlins scored one on him in the second last Saturday in Atlanta's 8-1 win. Red Sox: LHP Drew Pomeranz (1-2, 5.97) lasted only four innings against Baltimore on May 18, allowing five runs - four earned - on seven hits while striking out a season-low two. ___ More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball
  • It was close, but Georgia got the runs it needed early on Friday and held on to defeat Tennessee in Game 1 of the NCAA Super Regional at Jack Turner Stadium in Athens. An early outburst from the Bulldogs offense in the first three innings spotted an early 4-0 lead, but the Volunteers would make a comeback, scoring 2 runs in the 6th inning before putting up just 1 run in the 7th inning. The win gives Georgia a 1-0 lead in the NCAA Super Regional. Three who mattered Alysen Febrey – The sophomore had 2 RBI for the Bulldogs, including a solo home run in the 3rd inning that put the lead at 4 runs. Alyssa Dicarlo – The shortstop hit one over the fences right before Febrey in the 3rd inning. Mary Wilson Avant – Coming on in relief, Avant closed out the game for the Bulldogs, giving up just 1 run in an inning of work. What’s next The Bulldogs and Volunteers will meet again on Saturday at 3 p.m. ET in Game 2 of the NCAA Super Regional. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN. The post Georgia holds on to defeat Tennessee 4-3 in Game 1 of NCAA Super Regional appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS — A Georgia football player was arrested earlier this week for felony eavesdropping/surveillance due to an incident alleged to have occurred last fall. Bishop Detravion “Tray” Bishop, a redshirt freshman defensive back from Dawson, was booked into Athens-Clarke County Jail at 12:25 p.m. on Wednesday and released less than an hour later on $5,700 bond. The arrest came after UGA Police began investigating an individual’s complaint made on April 28 for an incident alleged to have occurred on Nov. 5, 2017. That was the Sunday after Georgia played South Carolina. “The complainant wished to report that there was a student going around showing people a sex tape of her … without her consent,” the police report said. “… A subsequent investigation into this incident led us into determining that the crime of unlawful eavesdropping occurred on 110517. The investigation showed that Detravion Bishop had recorded [victim’s name] inside his dorm room without her permission and without her knowledge.” A warrant was signed by Athens-Clarke County Magistrate Judge Patricia Barron on Tuesday and Bishop was contacted by police at 4:08 that afternoon. He turned himself into jail the next day. Georgia is aware of the situation. “Certainly it’s disappointing when a player or any other young person under our charge is arrested and we don’t condone any illegal or improper behavior,” Georgia coach Kirby Smart said through a UGA spokesman Friday. “That being said, we are investigating the matter and it’s important that we gather all information relevant to the situation before we determine what policies may come into play. Then we can take appropriate action if necessary. “ Bishop did not play for the Bulldogs last season. Primarily a quarterback at Terrell County High School, he was redshirted while making the transition to defensive back. He was competing for playing time at safety during spring drills. Bishop was named a U.S. Army All-American after his senior season at Terrell County High, where he also qualified for the state championship as a sprinter. He was the subject of a Next Generation profile last May. Bishop (6-foot-3, 210-pounds) is competing for playing time at safety. He had three tackles for the Red team in the G-Day Game last month. The post Breaking News: Georgia football player arrested on felony charge appeared first on DawgNation.
  • This is the weekend to not think so hard about those 5-star recruits. Please pour some of your mental energy and boundless appreciation toward our 50-star recruits instead. Those prospects signed a binding letter of intent to serve the United States of America. There were no reporters around when they did. Every signee also started out with the exact same ranking. I’m sure the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines made a lot of top 4s when those decisions were being weighed. When that commitment was made, there was no problem whatsoever respecting that decision. Take some time out this weekend to honor our military. The Josh Belk storyline will still be there. So will the most recent thoughts from 5-star ILB Nakobe Dean and his family. Yes, it looks as if Georgia will get a much-needed, methodical two-day visit from Derick “Rambo” Hunter early next month, too. Want a speed read on the week? These were the major DawgNation recruiting storylines over the last seven days: Elite 2020 safety Lejond Cavazos continues to tout UGA as his top school Mother of 5-star Nakobe Dean on UGA: ‘Best visit so far’ Georgia doesn’t seem to be in any ‘Trouble’ with elite LB Rian Davis Why the nation’s No. 2 RB Noah Cain still sees a possible future at UGA Report: Clemson transfer Josh Belk plans to visit UGA Nation’s No. 1 RB Trey Sanders still has a lot to say about Georgia Where UGA recruiting ranks in 2019 Georgia has eight commitments for 2019. Trezmen Marshall , a 4-star athlete, was the most recent  pledge back on April 27 . Marshall, the nation’s No. 7 athlete and No. 98 overall prospect, did extend a silent pledge to the program a few weeks prior to the public reveal. UGA sits at No. 6 nationally in the 247Sports composite team recruiting rankings. The Bulldogs actually moved up a slot in those standings after a recent de-commitment affected the ranking of another school. Georgia still is the only team in the nation’s top 14 that has fewer than nine commitments. Georgia has an average rating of 95.78 per commit. That’s the highest average per pledge in the nation. Alabama has 14 pledges and continues to hold the top spot . Texas A&M and its 12 pledges rank No. 2 in the SEC and chart at No. 3 nationally. Jadon Haselwood, a 5-star wide receiver (Cedar Grove H.S./Ellenwood, Ga.), is the highest-rated Georgia commit. He is the No. 5 overall player in the nation, according to the composite. Haselwood is ranked as the nation’s No. 1 receiver prospect for 2019. UGA also has two pledges for 2020. The latest is tackle Broderick Jones .  He committed to the Bulldogs twice earlier this year and revealed that decision to DawgNation last month. The 4-star prospect drips with 5-star potential and rates on 247Sports as the nation’s No. 36 prospect for 2020. Jones slots as the nation’s No. 6 tackle in his class, according to 247Sports. If you’d like to see the big picture on UGA recruiting each week, please join that Sentell guy on Facebook Live. That’s where we stream our Wednesday Night Live recruiting special every week. That program has been going strong for more than two years on Facebook. Did you see Before the Hedges earlier this week? Do you know the drill? Hannah Chalker hosts a weekly UGA recruiting show called Before the Hedges every Monday night on the DawgNation Facebook page . We did our own scavenger hunt this week on the program, looking for the missing pieces and the pieces to watch out for that might check off certain positions of need for the 2019 class. As a courtesy reminder, we will offer our regular Monday Before the Hedges program next week. That will be Memorial Day for all of us and our families, too. How the 2019 UGA recruiting class is being built June 11, 2016: 4-star tackle Luke Griffin (North Murray/Chatsworth, Ga.) commits to UGA Jan. 29, 2017: 5-star DE Nolan Smith (IMG Academy/Bradenton, Fla.) commits to UGA Feb. 18, 2017: 4-star DT Rashad Cheney Jr. (Washington High/Atlanta) commits to UGA March 16, 2017: 5-star WR Jadon Haselwood commits to UGA July 15, 2017: 4-star LB J.D. Bertrand (Blessed Trinity/Roswell, Ga.) commits to UGA Nolan Smith was the first UGA commit for the class of 2019. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation) July 16, 2017: 5-star WR Dominick Blaylock (Walton/Marietta, Ga.) commits to UGA Oct. 30, 2017: 4-star CB Jalen Perry (Dacula/Dacula, Ga.) commits to UGA Jan. 25, 2018: Rashad Cheney Jr. de-commits from UGA Feb. 7, 2018: 4-star TE Ryland Goede (Kennesaw Mountain/Kennesaw, Ga.) commits to UGA March 18, 2018: 4-star DE Bill Norton (Christian Brothers/Memphis, Tenn.) commits to UGA April 1, 2018: Luke Griffin de-commits from UGA April 27, 2018: 4-star ATH Trezman Marshall commits to UGA Which players are 2019 misses for UGA recruiting? Owen Pappoe chose Auburn on May 1. That was a rare miss of late of a highly sought in-state prospect. The Bulldogs have been reeling in the big fish for Georgia as of late. But no college program goes 100 percent with its top-tier targets. Which 2019 priorities have the Bulldogs have missed on? Pappoe tops the list, but he wasn’t the only one UGA would’ve liked to have seen join its 2019 class. BIG 2019 MISSES  Owen Pappoe, 5-star OLB, Grayson High/Loganville, Ga: Pappoe committed to Auburn. The Bulldogs recruited him to play ILB and that’s a better fit for him than on the edges of an SEC defense. Auburn hopes to see him play a role at the Star or Money position in their defense. That’s probably the best position fit for a 6-foot, 209-pound athlete with rare acceleration and explosiveness. Owen Pappoe chose Auburn over Georgia on May 1. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation) Chris Hinton, 5-star SDE, Greater Atlanta Christian/Norcross, Ga.: Hinton chose Michigan last August. The 5-star defensive end is the son of former NFL great Chris Hinton. He ranks as the nation’s No. 15 overall prospect in 2019. Hinton and his family stress academics. UGA will continue to recruit him until he signs. But things could get interesting if the Wolverines have another average season. Kyle Hamilton, 3-star S, Marist/Atlanta: Hamilton chose Notre Dame right after G-Day. Don’t let his 3-star rating fool you. The 6-4, 188-pound prospect starred as an all-state performer for a state finalist team last season. We’re told Kirby Smart only needed to see the first two or three plays of his tape to offer. Hamilton spent a lot of time with UGA freshman Justin Fields on his unofficial visit for G-Day. He also values the academic fit, having scored a 30 on his ACT. OTHERS TO CONSIDER: 4-star DL Antonio Alfano (Alabama); 4-star OLB Stephen Herron Jr. (Michigan); 4-star tackle Amari Kight (Alabama) UGA recruiting by position in 2019 5-star DT Travon Walker looks like the most important remaining uncommitted target for UGA in 2019. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation) Which positions are the major priorities for 2019? The receiver spot was one, but that has been checked off by a pair of 5-star prospects (Blaylock and Haselwood), who rate as the nation’s top two receivers. Here’s a look at the cupboards left to stock in terms of positional priorities for the class: Defensive tackle (2 or 3 more) Tackle (2) Cornerback (1 or 2) Safety (1 or 2) Inside LB (at least 1 more) Quarterback (1) The weekly pinch of UGA recruiting perspective Georgia’s 2019 class is ranked No. 6 nationally and No. 3 in the SEC. The Bulldogs had only one member — two if we count Adam Anderson, who de-committed and eventually re-committed — on the board at this time a year ago. That was eventual 4-star cornerback Chris Smith. Lest we forget, the Bulldogs wound up with the nation’s No. 1 recruiting class for 2018, according to the 247Sports team composite ratings. That class broke a seven-year run for Alabama at the top spot. Georgia will not sign as many prospects as it did in the 2018 class (26) and that should keep it from successfully defending the No. 1 ranking in 2019. Check out the UGA recruiting Question of the Day feature DawgNation answers a Recruiting Question of the Day on Tuesdays and Thursdays. You can ask questions on Facebook Live ,  Twitter  or the  DawgNation Message board forum .  Previous questions can be found on our question of the day archives page . You also can send your queries to jeffsentellajc@gmail.com. We do appreciate the supply of questions we get from our readers. The aim is for our audience members to feel engaged and that they can ask anything they might want to know about UGA recruiting. In case you have missed any, here are the most recent questions: Which non-border states could UGA do better recruiting in the future?  How will class size affect the final 2019 UGA team national ranking?  What will the late spring and early summer recruiting calendar look like for UGA?  Has the hyped in-state recruiting class for the state of Georgia lost a little steam?  Which top uncommitted targets can UGA sign in 2019? What do the stats say about UGA recruiting the elite prospects from Metro Atlanta?  Breaking down an ideal scholarship breakdown at UGA  What will be the instant impact from the No. 1 class on the team this year?  Who are the big targets fans aren’t talking about yet?  How were the UGA commits and targets affected in the latest rankings?  Is it fair to say that UGA has come up short on elite DT prospects? What is the OL recruiting snapshot for 2019?  2019 UGA recruiting offers by the numbers (as published by 247Sports) Reported offers: 259 (+3 since last week) 5-star offers: 31 Florida recruits offered: 59 (+1) In-state recruits offered: 42 Texas recruits offered: 37 Mississippi recruits offered: 13 California recruits offered: 16 Louisiana recruits offered: 13 (+1) Receivers offered: 33 Cornerbacks offered: 28 Tackles offered: 24 (+1) Safeties offered: 21 (+1) Defensive tackles offered: 22 Quarterbacks offered: 18 (+1) Running backs offered: 13 Inside linebackers offered: 3 Athletes offered: 19 2019 UGA recruiting position breakdown Here’s a breakdown of the number of commits by position and how many are projected to be signed: QB: 0/1 RB: 0/1 TE: 1/1 (Goede) WR: 2/2  (Blaylock, Haselwood) OL: 0/2 DE: 1/2 (Norton) DT: 0/3 LB: 0/1 ILB: 2/2 (Bertrand, Marshall) OLB: 1/2 (Smith) CB: 1/2 (Perry) S: 0/2 Totals: 8/21 Geographical UGA recruiting breakdown Here’s a breakdown of the current UGA commits by state: Georgia: 6 (Bertrand, Blaylock, Goede, Haselwood, Marshall, Perry) Florida: 1 (Smith) Tennessee: 1 (Norton) The post Take some time this weekend to focus on America’s 50-star recruits appeared first on DawgNation.