Georgia Football: 3 freshmen who’ll have biggest impacts in 2021

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Georgia football brought in the fourth-ranked recruiting class in the nation this year, continuing a trend of top-five class finishes that head coach Kirby Smart has had since coming to Athens in 2016.

There are several big names from this class that could turn out to be greats at Georgia, including quarterback Brock Vandagriff, offensive lineman Amarius Mims, and linebacker Smael Mondon. Some players, however, will have to wait their turn to lead the Dawgs on gamedays (we are not going to see Vandagriff start over JT Daniels this year).

Some recruits from the 2021 class will see the field more often this year due to recent injuries, players taken in the NFL Draft, and other transfers.

Here are just three that you should expect to see increased playing time as the season rolls on.

3. Adonai Mitchell, WR

Dawg fans everywhere took a gut punch when star wideout George Pickens suffered a torn ACL in practice this spring. Some silver lining was taken knowing that UGA is returning one of its most talented receiving corps in years, a group that includes Jermaine Burton, Kearis Jackson, Darnell Washington, and new transfer Arik Gilbert.

One guy that has received a lot of praise is 2021 signee Adonai Mitchell. The former three-star recruit had seven catches for 105 yards and a touchdown in the G-Day spring game back in April, which led all Georgia receivers on both the red and black teams.

Just don’t take my word for it though. Listen to what former Georgia great Terrance Edwards had to say about Mitchell in an article written by Jeff Sentell of DawgNation back in February:

The most productive WR in Georgia football history broke down what he sees in Adonai Mitchell for DawgNation. We’ll start with a pretty big name drop. Edwards compared what he saw on Mitchell’s film to NFL Pro Bowler Justin Jefferson. Jefferson just finished a historic first year in which he set the NFL rookie record with 1,400 receiving yards.

“One thing I notice about Adonai is he’s very twitchy to be 6-foot-3 and 190 pounds,” Edwards said. “He runs routes. When you talk about being able to drop your weight and for a big receiver he is able to drop his weight and get in and out of breaks.”

That is some pretty big hype for Mitchell, but seeing him play in the G-Day game, I think UGA could have a star receiver developing on its hands.

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