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Michael Carvell

Star-studded group of recruits show up at UGA

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UGA entertained some of the best prospects in the nation from Georgia this weekend.

It wasn’t an official Junior Day for the Bulldogs, which was a good thing because they were able to spend more quality time with each of the star-studded prospects.

As expected, UGA entered the sweepstakes for the state’s best prospect at wide receiver not named Preston Williams.

Jayson Stanley, a 4-star wide receiver from Creekside High School made an unofficial visit to UGA on Saturday, and came away with an early scholarship offer.

The 6-foot-3, 205-pound Stanley is a Georgia Tech legacy who has seen his value skyrocket with college scouts after being the best player at the RisingSeniors.com’s junior all-star game.

After holding offers from UNC-Charlotte and Marshall less than two weeks ago, Stanley has blown up on the recruiting radar while adding 10 offers, including Alabama, Auburn. Clemson and UGA. He doesn’t list any favorites.

UGA already had WR commitments from Griffin High School’s Christian Owens (possession guy) and 5-star Terry Godwin of Callaway High School (speedy game-breaker). Said one recruiting analyst, “If Georgia can add Jayson Stanley, they can close the books with one of the best class of wide receivers they’ve recruited in years, and move on to focusing on the next position.”

Williams is the 4-star from Lovejoy High School who is committed to Tennessee but visiting other schools. The 6-5 Williams has freakish talent but Stanley is preferred by some scouts because he is considered a “safer bet” than the high-risk, high-reward Williams.

Chuma Edoga, a 4-star offensive lineman from McEachern High School, made an unofficial visit to UGA on Saturday. You would have to think Edoga and Mill Creek High School’s Kaleb Kim are two of the top OL targets for the Bulldogs this year, and OL and WR are the biggest needs in this class. Edoga and Kim are both in-state kids and both potential 5-star prospects. Edoga had listed Tennessee as his No. 1 with UGA and USC tied for second, but he told Rivals he now has no leaders. Here’s Edoga with UGA offensive line coach Will Friend:

https://twitter.com/edogawd/status/439890870939451393

On Friday, Central Gwinnett High School “athlete” Adonis Thomas visited UGA on his birthday. Thomas got an offer on Feb. 16 from new UGA defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt, who had offered Thomas on Dec. 11 when he was still coaching at Florida State. It was the second time in a week that Thomas toured UGA.

Macon County High School 4-star linebacker Roquan Smith visited Alabama this weekend, but tweeted out this about Mark Richt on Friday:

The nation’s No. 7 overall prospect, defensive end CeCe Jefferson of Glen St. Mary, Fla., visited UGA over the weekend. Florida is considered the heavy frontrunner (actually the unanimous frontrunner with 100% of the votes on 247’s Crystal Ball predictions), but you always like it when a 5-star visits your campus. His coach told UGASports.com’s Jake Rowe that “wherever Jeremy Pruitt is will always be in it. Cece loves Jeremy …”

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