5-star showdown: Nation's top athlete visits Alabama and Georgia in three-day span
Arik Gilbert has yet to decide where he plans to go to college but based on his most recent recruiting visits, the Georgia native will have his choice of any program in the country to attend when it’s time to put pen to paper.
The 6-foot-5, 248-pound Marietta, Ga., native is rated as a five-star prospect, the top overall prospect from Georgia and the No. 1 athlete in the nation in the 2020 recruiting cycle by 247Sports Composite Rankings. Gilbert could play either side of the ball in college as he currently does for Marietta High School. There’s a good chance he ends up as a game-breaking tight end in college, a role he currently serves for the Blue Devils.
Gilbert has scholarship offers from basically every major college program in the country and has Auburn, Tennessee, Clemson, Miami, Penn State, Ohio State, Notre Dame and Duke among the teams contending for his services. However, based on his most recent unofficial visits, all those programs may be trailing Alabama and Georgia for his services at the moment.
The Georgia native publicly announced he was visiting Tuscaloosa over the weekend and did the same upon his arrival to Athens on Monday. It’s interesting on many levels that the nation’s top athlete would visit both schools in a three-day span but it’s not hard to imagine Kirby Smart and his Georgia staff inviting Gilbert to campus in order to cool any and all momentum Nick Saban and his Alabama staff may have gained over the weekend during Gilbert’s trip to Tuscaloosa.
When you consider Georgia signed the top two prospects out of the state of Alabama in 2019, where Georgia’s top prospect in 2020 lands will be interesting to watch. Can the Crimson Tide swing back in this new recruiting war or will the Bulldogs continue to steal momentum on the recruiting trail from Saban’s program?
It looks like the recruiting war between Alabama and Georgia is far from over after both programs have split the previous two recruiting “national championships” and Gilbert’s final decision could be the deciding factor in which program wins the next one come National Signing Day 2020.