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Kirby Smart Innovates with Freshman Weekend

Kirby Smart
Kirby Smart at Georgia’s Pro Day 17-Mar-16
Photo: Greg Poole/Bulldawg Illustrated

While biding his time as defensive coordinator at Alabama, Kirby Smart must have been thinking through some innovative recruiting techniques that he would try when the right head-coaching opportunity finally came. Georgia’s Freshman Weekend, beginning tomorrow is a great example.
Fifty class of 2019 football recruiting prospects will the entertained and enlightened by Georgia’s recruiting infrastructure at an event that is first of its kind nationally. You can bet that Georgia’s competitors will be chasing Kirby’s idea in short order.
Here is a list of the attendees:
ATH Owen Pappoe, 6-1/207, Grayson High School (26 offers)
OT Keiondre Jones, 6-3/265, Callaway High School (UGA, Alabama, Auburn and Tennessee offers)
ATH Jashawn Sheffield, 6-2/175, Frederica Academy (5 offers)
WR Dominick Blaylock, 6-0/175, Walton High School (13 offers)
ATH Jaylen McCollough, 6-1/165, Hillgrove High School
ATH KJ Wallace, 5-10/165, Lovett School (Auburn, South Carolina and Vanderbilt offers)
OL Jakai Clark, 6-0/265, Grayson High School
OL Wanya Morris, 6-5/265, Grayson High School
OG Chilton Tolliver, 6-0/265, Grayson High School
QB Knox Kadum, 6-1/180, Rome High School
DT Tru Thompson, 6-2/300, Griffin High School (FSU and Miami offers)
OL Quentin Skinner, 6-0/235, Buford High School
WR Adrian Crompton, 6-2/180, South Gwinnett High School
OL Ty Murray, 6-3/270, Carrollton High School
DE Derek McClendon, 6-3/240, Tucker High School
OL Michael Brooks, 6-2/270, Cedar Grove High School
OL Harry Miller, 6-5/300, Buford High School
DE Nolan Smith, 6-2/200, Calvary Day School
LB Trevon Salter, 5-9/205, Grayson High School
CB Kenyatta Watson, 6-1/168, Grayson High School
CB Malik Fleming, 5-10/170, Creekside High School (Louisville)
RB Jeremy Smith, 5-11/185, Jenkins High School
QB Ross Malmgren, 6-1/180, North Paulding High School
RB Jamious Griffin, 5-9/180, Rome High School
OL Riley Simmonds, 6-3/250, Buford High School
QB Jkori Jone, 6-1/165, Grayson High School
ATH Paris Brown, 5-10/180, McEachern High School
DB Malik Washington, 5-9/175, Parkview High School (Auburn)
WR Jaden Hazelwood, 6-3/190, Cedar Grove High School (Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Louisville, West Virginia)
ATH Justin Shelly, 5-8/155, Tucker High School
LB Kameron Brown, 6-0/215, Lanier High School
LB Kareem Hobbs, 6-0/186, North Paulding High School
OL Jake Winskie, 6-4/255, Brookwood High School
CB Jaylen Alexander, 5-11/165, Grayson High School
OL Trente Jones, 6-4/250, Grayson High School
DE/TE JD Bertrand, 6-1/215, Blessed Trinity High School
RB Steele Chambers, 6-0/198, Blessed Trinity High School (Vanderbilt offer)
DL/TE Christopher Hinton, 6-5/265, Greater Atlanta Christian (Michigan offer, son of former NFL great OL Chris Hinton)
QB Zach Gibson, 6-1/175, Johns Creek High School
OL Warren McClendon, 6-5, 275, Brunswick High School (Alabama offer)
OL David Bowman, 6-4/260, West Forsyth HS
DB DJ Turner, 5-11/150, North Gwinnett HS
LB Charles Thomas, 6-0/205, Langston Hughes High School
TE Ryland Goede, 6-5/210, Kennesaw Mountain High School
LB Xavier Billingsley, 6-1/180, Columbus High School
ATH Zion Hawkins, 5-11/170, North Paulding High School
OL Justin Eboigbe, 6-5/230, Forest Park High School
ATH Munir McClain, 6-2/160, Mays High School
QB Nathan Presnell, 6-5/195, Hiram High School
SS Kenny Edwards, 5-10/170, Grayson High School
WR Nance Hill, 6-3/180, Westminster High School
WR Anthony Edwards, 6-2/190, Therrell High School
WR Nick Manson, 6-2/175, Mundy’s Mill High School
DB Jahquez Evans, 6-1/160, Mays High School
RB/LB Raylynn Thornton, 6-2/185, Columbus High School
LB Kevon Glenn, 6-1/205, Riverdale High School*
RB/DE Kamonty Jett, 5-10/190 Roswell High School
DE/LB Travon Walker, 6-4, 240, Upson-Lee High School

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Greg is closing in on 15 years writing about and photographing UGA sports. While often wrong and/or out of focus, it has been a long, strange trip full of fun and new friends.