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Georgia garners commitment from talented 2017 in-state receiver

ATHENS, GA - OCTOBER 12: UGA IX, mascot of the Georgia Bulldogs, looks on during the game against the Missouri Tigers at Sanford Stadium on October 12, 2013 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

ATHENS, GA - OCTOBER 12: UGA IX, mascot of the Georgia Bulldogs, looks on during the game against the Missouri Tigers at Sanford Stadium on October 12, 2013 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

As many have said over the course of time, "There's no place like home."

Feeling this sentiment wholeheartedly, 2017 receiver Xavier Jenkins pledged to the Georgia Bulldogs late on Thursday night. A native of Valdosta, Jenkins opted for Kirby Smart's program over offers from East Carolina, Louisville, and Mississippi State.

Well it's safe to say UGA is the WAY! #CommitttotheG #DAWGS 🐾🐾❤️❤️ pic.twitter.com/hyMlUceZIO

— •Queen Lindy•✝ (@LindyHowell) February 19, 2016

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Jenkins is a long and athletic pass-catching prospect. While he's not (yet) regarded as a top prospect within the state, he possesses a nice upside -- particularly when it comes to making big plays downfield.

The 6-foot-3 receiver is the fifth commitment for Georgia in the class of 2017. Smart and his staff appears primed to reestablish recruiting ties within the state, and essentially put a virtual fence up around the Peach State.

This premise is evidenced by the fact all five pledges currently in the '17 class hail from Georgia.