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UGA now behind only Ohio State and Bama in recruiting rankings after big moves

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Robert Beal
Robert Beal
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Georgia picked up a commitment from four-star Florida cornerback Latavious Brini. Brini is only the second commitment in Georgia's 2017 class that hails from outside the Peach State. The Bulldogs also picked up five-star pass rusher Robert Beal, who is from Georgia but is transferring to the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.

The Bulldogs now have 10 four- or fives-star commitments. Only Alabama and Ohio State have more, and those are the only two ahead of UGA in the overall rankings. Kirby Smart's staff is doing a great job with in-state talent.

Clemson got a huge commitment on Monday from five-star wide receiver Tee Higgins. Higgins is rated as the 15th-best overall player and the third-best wide receiver according to the 247 Composite Index, and he picked Clemson over Tennessee, Ohio State, Ole Miss and Florida State.

Higgins made the announcement through this video from Bleacher Report.

One impact of this is that Florida four-star receiver James Robinson may be headed to the Gators as Clemson is quickly filling up at receiver.

Florida State has enjoyed a strong run of success against Florida and Miami under Jimbo Fisher, and those wins are really paying dividends on the recruiting trail. For example, just this past year, the Gators and Hurricanes signed a combined 19 blue-chip recruits, while the Seminoles brought in 18 by themselves.

Could Maryland be in line to add a four-star cornerback this week?

Ohio State is recruiting like gangbusters so far, and could be in line to land one of the best defensive tackles in the country for the class of 2018 as well.

Our man Bill Connelly doesn't think last fall's player strike at Missouri has significantly impacted the Tigers' recruiting efforts.

A quarterback recruit used the Fourth of July as the time to announce his commitment to Air Force, ahead of both Army and Navy.