UGA has made a concerted effort to recruit and keep its talent at the top of the class, with head coach Gus Malzahn recruiting his best talent to join the program.
The Bulldogs, however, are looking to improve the overall recruiting class by recruiting a few recruits with high potential.
One of those recruits is Florida International receiver Rashard Higgins.
A former walk-on who played basketball and football at Florida, Higgins had his best year at Florida in 2016 and was ranked as the No. 1 recruit in the country by 247Sports.
Higgins’ senior season saw him catch 77 passes for 1,058 yards and seven touchdowns, adding 25 receptions for 739 yards and four touchdowns as a junior.
The junior played sparingly in his senior season, catching just eight passes for 83 yards and two touchdowns, but did contribute to the team’s defense, recording eight tackles for loss.
The 6-foot-2, 175-pound Higgins is ranked as a top-100 prospect by Rivals, as well as the 247Sports Composite and ESPN 300.
Higgins’ recruitment comes as UGA continues to try to shore up the secondary, where it has struggled over the past several years.
Head coach Mark Stoops has been the most vocal about the Bulldogs’ need for depth in the secondary and has been recruiting Higgins for several years, with multiple high-profile visits.
“When you’re trying to recruit for two years, you’re really going to see the best players on the field,” Stoops said.
“You want to get as many of them as you can.
But we’ve been able to get a couple guys that we feel are really going, and then it’s just a matter of finding a way to make sure they get the best opportunities.”
The Bulldogs have two scholarship quarterbacks in DeAndre Washington and Alex Fabbro, who have both been considered highly touted in recent years.
Washington is considered a likely top-40 prospect nationally and could be a Top 20 player nationally, while Fabbo is considered the No .
1 quarterback prospect in the state of Florida.