As spring is rapidly approaching, high school football players from all over the country are making their way to college campuses, looking to see what each has to offer and to learn more about the schools.
But the high school juniors aren’t the only ones getting invites from the coaching staffs, as the next wave of high school players are also getting on campus and meeting and greeting with the top programs in the country.
Two weeks ago, we wrote about a large group of talented prospects from the class of 2020 who made their way to the University of Tennessee for a visit. Over this past week, while Georgia was hosting their innovating “Freshman Day”, a couple more top prospects got down to Athens.
Harrison Bailey and Jackson Ramey – two of Georgia’s leading prospects for the class of 2020 and members of the Youth1 Elite101 list – were in attendance and soaking up the SEC atmosphere that Georgia presents. The players got to do all of the same things that the 2019 kids did, including meeting the coaches, touring the facilities, and talking with other top players.
“The visit was great. UGA football has always been the home team for me growing up in Georgia,” said Ramey, who was visiting UGA for the second time. “To recruited by a team that I have grown up watching on Saturdays, it is very special.”
With Georgia head coach Kirby Smart in his first season after being a defensive coordinator at Alabama for years, he’s working hard to make a strong impression on the in state kids. It starts with getting to know the kids in middle school, and it’s clear he’s working to do that.
“The visit went really well,” said Bailey, who already holds a scholarship offer from The University of Miami. “I got to see the campus and got to sit down with some of the coaches.”
According to both of the players, the athletes got to see all of Georgia’s football facilities before getting together for lunch on campus. Then, the players were allowed to watch a portion of a live-padded practice from Georgia football’s spring practice session.
The recruiting staff made the kids feel right at home, and it was clear that both walked away impressed.
“Two things stuck out in my mind most about the visit – the first was coach Smart’s message to all of us, you could hear in his voice how passionate he was about Georgia football,” said the Youth All-American Ramey. “Second thing I liked was being able to see the first padded practice of the spring."
Bailey – who many feel could be the top quarterback from the class – also came away impressed with the visit.
“The coaches and the facilities were nice,” Bailey said. “We got to tour the facilities, watch spring practice, and talk with position coaches.”
Also in attendance from the class of 2020 was Georgia running back Jerrol Hines, who was a standout performer for GFL football in the FBU National Championship tournament this season. He was unable to be reached for comment on his visit.
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