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."
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."
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."
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