Georgia hit the trifecta on Sunday with commitments from three of the nation’s top recruits.
The Dawgs added their fifth five-star recruit and moved into the second position behind Alabama for the nation’s No. 1 class in 2019. Five-star running back John Emery Jr. from Destrehan High, Louisiana was the first to commit, followed by four-star wide receiver Makiya Tongue (University Lab in Baton Rouge, La.) and Wekiva High’s (Apopka, FL) four-star linebacker Rian Davis.
Georgia now has 16 commits, 5 fewer than Alabama and 6 fewer than No. 3 Texas A&M. The Bulldogs’ recruits average a leading 94.5 rating. The Dawgs are expected to sign 20 to 22 recruits in this year’s class.
Emery led the hit parade. He ranks as the nation’s No. 2 running back, Louisiana’s No. 4 prospect and No. 31 overall prospect in the nation. He was a heavy lean to LSU with Mississippi State close behind. The 5-foot-11, 205-pound Emery missed five games last season after fracturing his hand, but still rushed for 864 yards as a junior. He averaged more than 7 yards per carry, helping Destrehan to a 9-3 finish and to the second round of the Class 5A playoffs.
Another Bayou State product quickly followed. Tongue was a Texas lean but his visit to Athens on Saturday for the Big Reveal recruiting weekend secured his commitment to the Dawgs. Tongue is the No. 13-rated player in Louisiana, the nation’s No. 211 overall prospect and No. 15 athlete. The 6’1”, 210-pound wideout has the speed to stretch defenses and the size Kirby Smart covets.
Davis closed out Sunday’s recruiting bonanza. He has been told he’ll get a look at both inside and outside linebacker. He ranks as the nation’s No. 68 overall prospect, Florida’s 7th-rated prep and the nation’s No. 5 outside linebacker. The 6’3”, 235-pound Davis’ nickname is ‘Trouble’, and with a powerful burst and safety speed, he’ll be trouble for SEC offenses.
The 2019 class includes-
•Five-star wide receiver Jadon Haselwood (Ellenwood, Ga./Cedar Grove)
•Five-star WDE Nolan Smith (Savannah, Ga./IMG Academy) •Five-star wide receiver Dominick Blaylock (Marietta, Ga./Walton)
•Five-star defensive lineman Travon Walker (Thomaston, Ga./Upson-Lee)
•Four-star offensive tackle Warren McClendon (Brunswick, Ga./Brunswick)
•Four-star offensive tackle Xavier Truss (Warwick, R.I./Bishop Hendricken)
•Four-star inside linebacker Trezmen Marshall (Homerville, Ga./Clinch County)
•Four-star defensive lineman Bill Norton(Memphis, Tenn./Christian Brothers)
•Four-star cornerback Jalen Perry (Dacula, Ga./Dacula)
•Four-star tight end Ryland Goede (Acworth, Ga./Kennesaw Mountain)
•Four-star quarterback John Rhys Plumlee (Hattiesburg, Miss./Hattiesburg)
•Four-star linebacker J.D. Bertrand (Roswell, Ga./Blessed Trinity)
•Three-star defensive lineman Zion Logue (Lebanon, Tenn./Lebanon)