You've probably heard this more than once and you'll probably hear it a few more times. This historic matchup in Sanford Stadium featuring the #3 Georgia Bulldogs against the #1 Tennessee Volunteers is attracting a ridiculous amount of talent. In all honesty, it's probably the most highly rated recruits to ever be in Athens on a gameday..............and we've had some good ones.
So who are the most important visitors? Who are the ones to keep an eye on? Are there any who could be on commit watch? How about flip watch? We'll answer those questions and more:
SAMUEL M'PEMBA (5*/#29 overall/#4 edge)
It's not hard to put M'Pemba at the top of the list. Even with the class that UGA was able to bring in last year (Marvin Jones, Darris Smith, Carlton Madden), we need warm bodies at the position. Not only do we need numbers, we need prospects that will be able to contribute early. As if this wasn't known before, awareness has increased with Nolan Smith's season ending injury.
At 6'3 240 pounds, M'Pemba already has the size to compete at the college level. Georgia has been at the top or near the top of his recruitment for a good part of the year. While Tennessee is a top team and he did take his official visit to Knoxville recently, the Dawgs are going to be very hard to beat. This recruitment could be coming to a close soon and it wouldn't surprise me if he jumps on board after this visit.
DEANDRE MOORE (4*/#76 overall/#13 receiver)
To keep it short and sweet, Moore would be the perfect compliment to the current receivers that Georgia has committed. He would make the perfect dynamic 1-2 punch with Tyler Williams. Add this to the speed of Yazeed Haynes and the dependability of Raymond Cottrell and UGA has a receiver room teams would have to work ectra to prepare for.
Moore is currently a Louisville commit, but I doubt it stays that way. Georgia has gained a ton of momentum without him visiting yet. The playmaking receiver from powerhouse St John Bosco is very close with a current UGA staffer also from the west coast, assistant RB coach David Hill. Texas might also receive a visit, but I'll go ahead and put a prediction in for the Dawgs to get the big flip if everything goes well this weekend.
DAEVIN HOBBS (4*/#96 overall/#12 defensive lineman)
Like the two prospects above, Hobbs will be on his official visit this weekend. He recently took OVs to Tennessee and Alabama and will be announcing his commitment on November 25th. The 6'4 265 pounder seems to really enjoy his visits, so it doesn't hurt at all that UGA is getting his last official visit. The in-state North Carolina Tar Heels looked like the team to beat early on in his recruitment, until the big boys came calling. Now iit's a recruitment that could come down to the Dawgs vs the Crimson Tide.
Also like the two prospects above, Hobbs would be the perfect fit with who we have coming in this class. The Dawgs already have Jamaal Jarrett to anchor the middle of the defense like Jordan Davis did. I very much believe we're going to get Jordan Hall, who could easily play the Devonte Wyatt defensive tackle position. While there is only one Travon Walker, Hobbs is a very athletic prospect who also plays tight end. It's not fair to put expectations on him to play like the #1 player in the NFL draft, he has a variety of attributes to do a great job at the position.
There are enough important visitors scheduled to be in town to make every other team in college football jealous. Georgia or any other football program would be lucky to have any of the student-athletes on the visit list, but I have to pick someone. We could easily go with 2023 5* EDGE Qua Russaw or 2023 5* RB Justice Haynes for obvious reasons. The aforementioned Jordan Hall is also scheduled to be in town. I even thought about putting the #1 player in the 2025 class, 5* OT David Sanders. Instead I decided to go with two prospects from the 2024 class who can play both offense and defense at a high level:
MIKE MATTHEWS (5*/#3 overall/#1 athlete)
KJ BOLDEN (5*/#4 overall/#1 safety)
I almost always group these two together, because they are alike in so many ways. They're both explosive football players. They're almost the exact same size. They're both playmakers who will be able to change the dynamic of a college football team the day they step onto the practice field, even though they are only juniors in high school. While Bolden might be projected more on defense by some and Matthews projected more on offense, I could see either of them making a difference at UGA on whichever side of the ball they want to play on.
Georgia is in a good spot with both, but it's always a battle until the end for players with this skill level. Not counting the running back position for obvious reasons and the tight end position this season, I haven't seen a more dynamic duo in Athens on the same team if the Dawgs are somehow able to get these two on the field at the same time.
Also, if DAMON WILSON (2023 5*/#19 overall/#2 edge) decides to make the trip, we make this a top six and he automatically goes to the top of the board.