Georgia reportedly outbids Ohio State for 5-star recruit ahead of Peach Bowl

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Georgia and Ohio State will meet in the College Football Playoff semifinals in the coming weeks. The contest will happen in Atlanta at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, heavily favoring the Dawgs. UGA opened as nearly touchdown favorites over OSU in the Peach Bowl, but apparently, the former has already beaten the latter in a different matchup.

According to Dave Biddle, the editor of Bucknuts on 247Sports/CBS network and host of On The Money on 97.1 The Fan, Ohio State missed out on a 5-star recruit because of insufficient NIL funds, and Georgia offered the recruit significantly more.

Like it or not, this is a part of recruiting now. High schoolers are considering an array of opportunities and benefits between programs, and how much money the school is willing to pony up is certainly a factor. It’s not how collegiate sports traditionally operated, but it’s here now.

It’s honestly surprising that Ohio State couldn’t allocate enough funds for a particular recruit and Georiga could. Not saying the Dawgs can’t crowdsource with the best of them, but the Buckeyes should be able to keep pace with the highest-profile schools in the nation.

Georgia and Ohio State, among other programs, are competing for Damon Wilson, so he could potentially be the mystery recruit that got a bigger offer from Kirby Smart than Ryan Day. Regardless of who it is, the college football landscape is in a historical transition with conference realignment and NIL.

Jeffrey Vest/Icon Sportswire

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