If Kirby Smart did one of those fourth grade essays about how he spent his summer it would be five pages of this tweet.
Go Dawgs !!— Coach Kirby Smart (@KirbySmartUGA) July 7, 2023
For what seems like the seventieth time this summer the Top ‘Dawg this evening nabbed an elite prospect for the class of 2024. This time it was Conroe, Texas (Oak Ridge) defensive lineman Joseph Jonah-Ajonye.
First of all I want to Thank God and Thank all the coaches that recruited me and helped me throughout this process. I will be shutting down my recruitment and committing to The University of Georgia. 1,000,000% committed ‼️‼️‼️ #Godawgs @Hayesfawcett3 pic.twitter.com/znPLmbomNj— Joseph Jonah-Ajonye (@JosephAjonye99) July 7, 2023
Jonah-Ajonye picked the Red and Black over fellow finalists Oklahoma, Oregon, and Georgia Tech. He’s the #37 ranked player in the class and #6 defensive lineman according to the 247Sports composite rankings. In addition to his finalists he also counted offers from schools like Auburn, Florida State, LSU, Notre Dame, Texas and USC.
At 6’5, 275 pounds Jonah-Ajonye projects as either a bigger edge lineman or ultimately an interior tackle in Georgia’s system. He has exceptionally long arms which help him control the engagement with offensive linemen. While he pops up off the snap and plays a little high at times, he moves well for a guy of this size. Jonah-Ajonye’s frame is already pretty filled out but he has room to develop good weight and could easily play in the 295 range. He’s the kind of guy I could see Tray Scott polishing on the field and Scott Sinclair molding in the weight room to create a versatile All-SEC caliber player. It sounds crazy to say that a player already recognized as one of the top 50 prospects in America has a ton of upside, but somehow that’s precisely the situation with Joseph Jonah-Ajonye.
Also of note is that Georgia looks to be among the finalists for Jonah-Ajonye’s Oak Ridge teammate Justin Williams, the nation’s top linebacker. Oregon appears to be the favorite at this stage for Williams, the #13 overall prospect in the class. But you can never count out King Kirby.
Jonah-Ajonye’s commitment is the 24th for a class that is rapidly filling up and sits comfortably out front in 247Sports’ team rankings. Ohio State’s #2 ranked class only has 17 members thus far and could improve significantly if the Buckeyes can reel in a few of the elite prospects they’re still involved with. Inexplicably the Florida Gators have also been on a wild tear (with ten new commitments in the past four weeks) and find themselves #3 in the rankings. But it’s going to be hard for anyone to catch the Athenians at this point. Until later…