Following commitments from a graduate transfer offensive lineman, a 2017 instate high school offensive lineman, and a promising 2017 wide receiver, Kirby Smart and crew are just beginning their recruiting weekend in Athens. Among the players expected to be in the Classic City this weekend are 2017 linebacker commitment Jaden Hunter, Vidalia linebacker Nate McBride, 2018 Houston County offensive lineman Deontray Hill, Rome ‘backer Jaylen Griffin, Westlake safety/corner A.J. Terrell, and Archer athlete Jamyest Williams.
Hunter, the son of late Bulldog receiver Brice Hunter and former Bulldog basketball player Brandi Hunter, has emerged as an early leader on the recruiting trail for the ‘Dawgs. Hunter has built a strong relationship with Coach Smart, who you may recall was a teammate of his father’s in Athens. McBride missed most of his junior season due to injuries from an auto accident, but will likely be one of the top three to five players in the state for 2017 assuming his recovery goes as planned. Hill has been impressing so far on the camp circuit after a solid sophomore season for Coach Von Lassiter’s Bears. At 6’4, 320 pounds already, Hill could be a behemoth by the time he reports to college, and has surprising quickness for a young lineman of his size.
Griffin only claims an offer from Illinois so far, but the 6’2, 215 pounder has also garnered significant recent interest from Georgia, Florida, and Louisville. I expect he’ll end up with multiple SEC offers by August. Terrell already counts tenders from the likes of Auburn, Clemson, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Tennessee, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, South Carolina, and Virginia Tech. Unless something changes, I expect he’ll be a part of Dawg Sports’ forthcoming listing of the top 25 prospects in the state for the class of 2017 (in the media business they call that a teaser. Or an appetizer. I forget which).
While Auburn commit Kyle Davis got a lot of headlines for Archer last season it was often Jamyest Williams who prodiced the most explosive offense for the team that also featured USC commit E.J. Price. Georgia hasn’t done well securing players from the recently ascendant Archer program, and the ‘Dawgs will have to figt off FSU and Clemson among others for Williams, but he’ll be a priority for Georgia right up to Signing Day 2017.
As always, there’s a chance of commitments this weekend. If they happen, check back here at Dawg Sports for instant analysis on the newest Bulldog commits. Until later . . .