While Georgia’s 2018 class is moving at a slow pace, the 2019 class should be a little easier for Kirby Smart and company. The state of Georgia is loaded with talented sophomores, and many were in Athens this past weekend. Two of those targets include GAC (GA) lineman Christopher Hinton and tight end Ryland Goede.
“My visit was great.” Hinton said. “It was the same feel I always get. It was a great atmosphere and a great experience as always. I got to meet my defensive line coach Tray Scott and I talked with coach Kirby Smart, running backs coach Dell McGee, and defensive coordinator Mel Tucker. I pretty much got to see everyone. They are recruiting me to play on the defensive line and all those coaches are great competitors! They want the best from you and will get the best from you.”
Hinton is already one of the top sophomores in the country and is very familiar with Athens already. He’s been to Athens 4-5 times in his life, but this was the first time he was able to see the new facilities. This was also the first time he’s visited Athens with his close friends Ryland Goede, Dominick Blaylock, and JD Bertrand.
“The visit went really really well.” Goede said. “It’s always great to get back to Athens and just great to see the coaches. We just went and ate lunch in the indoor facility when we got there. I got a chance to talk with offensive coordinator Jim Chaney for a good bit in there and then we got to the field, we (Dominick Blaylock and JD Bertrand) talked with head coach Kirby Smart for a few minutes. It was fun because it was the first time Chris Hinton, JD Bertrand, Dominick Blaylock, and I had all been there together with each of us having an offer so it really was a fun day.”
Those four prospects, Hinton, Goede, Blaylock, and Bertrand are all some of the top 2019 prospects in the country. They are close friends, have played ball together for years, and each hold offers from across the country. The group has talked about playing together at the next level, but it’s not a definite decision as of today.