Dylan Raiola is widely regarded as the most highly-touted high school football prospect in the nation.
The five-star quarterback originally committed to Ohio State, but ultimately opted to decommit in December.
Heading into this week Raiola had visits scheduled with four programs: Georgia Tech, Georgia, Nebraska and Oregon.
In addition, the Phoenix, Arizona-bred star also had offers on the table from Alabama, Michigan and Texas.
So who is the current frontrunner for his services?
At the moment, the defending champion Bulldogs seem to take the cake.
This week Raiola’s dad spoke to Steve Wiltfong of 247 Sports and couldn’t stop raving about what Georgia brought to the table.
“It was our sixth time being back in Athens,” he said.
“And it never fails to deliver. We got to take in meetings and their first padded practice. Everything about that place is elite. Coach Smart is the best in the business. It’s an ultra competitive environment and that excites Dylan.”
There has been no word on how Georgia’s cheerleaders have factored into this recruiting equation, but they probably don’t hurt.
There had initially been some chatter that Raiola’s familial Nebraska ties might pull him towards the Huskers. His dad formerly served as an offensive lineman for the program whose number eventually got retired. And his uncle is the current offensive line coach at Nebraska.
But at the moment, it doesn’t look like that will play too big of a role.
Obviously there is a lot of hype surrounding Raiola, but it’s nothing like the mania that surrounding Arch Manning last year. You will recall, a video of him in bed with some blonde talking about his future commitment nearly set the internet ablaze.
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Thus far, Raiola hasn’t had to deal with anything like that.
Sooner or later, though – Raiola will need to make a decision on his collegiate future. Where will he ultimately end up committing to when it’s all said and done? Time will tell.
A graduate from the University of Texas, Anthony Amador has been credentialed to cover the Houston Texans, Dallas Cowboys, San Antonio Spurs, Dallas Mavericks and high school games all over the Lone Star State. Currently, his primary beats are the NBA, MLB, NFL and UFC.