3 Things to Know: Georgia football freshman WR AD Mitchell becomes key piece for Bulldog offense

Ryne Dennis
Athens Banner-Herald
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Georgia wide receiver Adonai Mitchell (5) celebrates with his teammates after scoring a touchdown during the first half of an NCAA college football game between South Carolina and Georgia in Athens, Ga., on Sept. 18, 2021.

Georgia freshman Adonai Mitchell hauled in his first touchdown pass on Saturday, a 38-yard seam route delivered on target from UGA quarterback JT Daniels.

Known by teammates as AD, Mitchell was an under-the-radar receiver out of Cane Ridge High School in Tennessee.

Here's three things to know about the electric freshman.

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Not a highly rated prep recruit 

Mitchell was widely considered a 3-star recruit by recruiting outlets and was rated by 247 Sports as the 365th overall recruit and 64th receiver in the 2021 class. Mitchell committed to the Bulldogs on July 13, 2020 and committed that same day, flipping from a prior commitment to Ole Miss. He enrolled at UGA in late December. He caught 49 passes for 795 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Breakout star of G-Day

Mitchell hauled in seven passes for 105 yards and a touchdown during Georgia's intrasquad scrimmage in April and gained the confidence of teammates and coaches throughout spring practice. After having two catches against UAB a week ago, Mitchell hauled in four for 77 in the first half against South Carolina.

Injuries have him playing more

Mitchell likely got more of a chance following a knee injury to George Pickens, the Bulldogs' top receiver who went down with an ACL tear in the spring. With lingering injuries to junior Kearis Jackson and tight end Darnell Washington, along with two knee ACL tears to Dominick Blaylock, the speedy freshman has answered for Georgia so far as the opportunities have risen.

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