2018 receiver Chigoziem Okonkwo is a talented TE/WR for Hillgrove (GA) whose recruitment will start picking up soon. He's a big kid with reliable hands, and the junior was in Athens last weekend.
"It was a great visit." Okonkwo said. "I spoke with wide receivers coach James Coley before and after the game. He was telling me he was really excited about my highlights and that I had a really good season, and then he told me we would talk next Wednesday. My favorite part about coach Coley was just his attitude. He wasn't just talking about football, he was teaching me how I can get my 40 time up and told me he would come visit in December."
There is not a ton of depth at WR in the 2018 class, so it would not shock me at all to see Georgia and other schools start to show strong interest in Okonkwo down the road.
Another under the radar receiver in 2018 visited Georgia as well and that's North Paulding's Brian Mitchell, who also had a great time.
"We were able to interact with the coaches and check out the dawg-walk and watched videos and mingled with recruits." Mitchell said. "It was a good experience and the atmosphere was dope! The videos we watched were on how their practices and game day go. Kirby really had a lot of energy. Then after the videos he (Smart) gave a great speech on how GPA's are important and film is also a major aspect during the freshman, sophomore, and junior year."
Mitchell played with Chad Terrell this season, a South Carlina commit and one of the top receivers in Georgia for 2018. With Terrell gone next year, Mitchell will be the go-to guy his senior season, with the potential to put up some gaudy numbers. If he does not get noticed during the camp circuit this offseason, he will certainly be noticed next year as a senior. He is definitely a prospect to know going forward. His high school quarterback at North Paulding 2019 prospect Ross Malmgren, was also in Athens this past weekend.
"I always love being in Athens!" Malmgren said.I got to talk to offensive coordinator Jim Chaney and I really like him a lot. We talked about getting up there to throw sometime next year. He just seemed pretty laid back and I could tell he cares for his players and the program a lot."
Malmgren will be playing in the True19 classic against Texas in January, and will be throwing at multiple camps this off-season. He's only a sophomore, but his recruitment could start picking up as early in 2017 and through the summer going into his junior year. He has visited Georgia, Tennessee, Clemson, and Alabama so far this year, and admitted that Tennessee is the school showing him the most interest right now.