ATHENS — Georgia coach Kirby Smart is excited about the Bulldogs’ list of early signees, ranked No. 4 at the time of this writing.
But Smart made it clear there’s plenty more to come, as far as great players that will end up in the Bulldogs’ 2019 signing class.
“We were able to address a lot of our needs today,” Smart said on Wednesday. “I really feel like when you talk about wide receiver and you talk about offensive line, what we’ve got leaving, and what we need on our roster, we were able to attack some of those areas.
“We still have work left to be done hopefully in both of those areas.”
Smart said he was limited on which players he could talk about because not all the signees’ paperwork was in at the time of his press conference.
“They both came to our camp over the summer and were as competitive of kids as you’ve seen,” Smart said. “Out there, one-on-ones, and both of them had good senior years. Both of them won state championships.”
The Georgia head coach was clearly encouraged about the speed incoming receiver Arian Smith will bring, too.
“It’s pretty obvious that he can run fast,” Smart said. “He wants to be able to run track here, which we’ve been very open to and had success with Mecole (Hardman) doing that. That was a big selling point for him.”
Smart said quarterback signee Carson Beck has been coming to camps since his freshman year of high school and continued to improve each season.
“He came this summer and hung out with our guys,” Smart said. “I can’t say enough about Carson and his family. The competitive nature that’s inside him. He’s been a winner.
“He won a state championship last year at Mandarin, which has probably never been done before, I think, at their school.”
Smart did not rule out adding another quarterback, via incoming freshman or transfer.
“We’ve taken graduate transfers in the past, that’s a constant study,” Smart said. “We’re looking at that for every position. Guys it’s simple, you want to make your roster as best as you can.”
Smart said early enrollee Kendall Milton is excited about his opportunity with the attrition at running back.
“We’ve got two the potential of three guys leaving, (Brian) Herrien being a graduate and being a senior, with the likelihood of (D’Andre) Swift coming out, he’s sitting there going ‘you know what, there’s an opportunity,’ “ Smart said.
“Kendall comes from a very strong family, they all formed a strong relationship, they came and visited all the schools across the southeast and really liked what Georgia had to offer. I’m super pleased to get him. He was one of the leaders for our class, and I’m excited about what he’s going to bring to the table.”
Smart, overall, seemed pleased with the early signing class, even with the miss on a few signing day targets.
“We have a good, good balanced class,” Smart said. “You could say linebacker, but we felt like there wasn’t a need to take a guy at inside linebacker.”
UGA bio release on early 2019 signees
CARSON BECK, QB, 6-4, 225
Jacksonville, Fla., Mandarin HS
High School: Mandarin HS, coached by Bobby Ramsay…invited to the 2019 Elite 11 Finals, the nation’s most prestigious quarterback camp for high school prospects…Joins Georgia quarterbacks Jake Fromm and D’Wan Mathis, as well as former Bulldogs Aaron Murray, Matthew Stafford, D.J. Shockley and five more Georgia alumni as Elite 11 participants…earned the “Best College Fit” superlative at the event…honored as the 2018 USA Today Florida Offensive Player of the Year…247sports.com composite four-star prospect, #204 prospect nationally and the #8 pro-style quarterback prospect…PrepStar Magazine four-star prospect, #101 prospect nationally…ESPN.com four-star prospect, #238 prospect nationally, #16 QB (pocket passer) prospect nationally…rivals.com four-star prospect, #219 prospect nationally, #10 pro-style QB nationally…as a senior, led the Mustangs to a 7-4 record and completed 136 of 278 passes for 1,843 yards and 20 touchdowns…also ran for 167 yards and six touchdowns…selected to represent Team Driplomats at The Opening 2019 Finals…clocked a 4.40 20-yard shuttle as one of the fastest quarterbacks at The Opening’s regional events…earned Florida’s Mr. Football by leading MHS to its first state title in program history and the second all-time by a Duval County public school…in the game, Beck went 25-of-36 for 329 yards and five touchdown passes, one shy of the FHSAA record in a title game…the team finished 11-4 (4-0 in District 1-8A) on the way to a championship in Florida’s highest classification…named to the 2018 MaxPreps Junior All-American Second Team offense, completing 209 of his 356 attempts for 3,546 passing yards and 39 touchdowns that year…faced Wekiva HS in the regional final but did not square off against Georgia linebacker Rian Davis, who was sidelined with a knee injury…transferred to Mandarin following his first two seasons at Providence School…passed for 994 yards and 12 touchdowns as a sophomore for the Stallions…talented baseball prospect as a first baseman/right-handed pitcher, earning high honorable mention for the 2019 and 2018 Perfect Game Preseason Underclassmen All-American teams…hit for a .354 average with 22 runs batted in as a sophomore at Providence.
AUSTIN BLASKE, OL, 6-5, 280
Bloomingdale, Ga., South Effingham HS
High School: South Effingham, coached by Nathan Clark…247Sports.com composite three-star prospect…ranked as the #42 offensive tackle prospect…PrepStar Magazine three-star prospect…rivals.com three-star prospect…ESPN.com three-star prospect…as a senior, helped lead the Mustangs to a 6-5 record and first round appearance in the Class 5A playoffs…played both offensive and defensive line for South Effingham…paved the way for a Mustangs offense that averaged 356.8 yards of offense per game in 2019…also notched 18 tackles, 11 solos and one tackle for loss on the defensive line…named to the 2018 Georgia Athletic Coaches Association South Class 5A All-State First Team offense as a junior…also selected to the All-Region 2-5A First Team offense that season…ranked as the No. 1 wrestler in Class 5A this season according to the Effingham Herald, with an 18-0 record to date in the 285-pound weight class…reached the Class 5A traditional championship match (285-pound), finishing with a 50-18 individual record in his junior campaign.
WARREN BRINSON, DL, 6-4, 305
Savannah, Ga., IMG Academy (Fla.)
High School: IMG Academy, coached by Kevin Wright…247Sports.com composite four-star prospect…ranked as the #24 defensive tackle nationally, the #42 prospect in Florida and the #254 prospect nationally…PrepStar Magazine four-star prospect, #342 nationally…ESPN.com four-star prospect, #232 nationally, #19 DL nationally and the #38 prospect from the state of Florida…rivals.com four-star prospect, ranked #236 nationally and the #21 defensive lineman nationally…helped lead IMG Academy to a 9-1 record in his 2019 senior season…finished his senior season with 30 total tackles, 15 solo tackles, 6.5 TFLs and three sacks…registered 27 tackles, 16 solo, with seven tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks as a junior alongside Georgia linebacker Nolan Smith…the pair led IMG with 21.5 tackles for loss and 9.0 sacks combined…like Smith, a native of Savannah, Georgia, who played his first two seasons at Savannah Christian…arrived there just after Georgia receiver Demetris Robertson graduated…notched 41 total tackles, 18 solo and 23 assists, with three tackles for loss as a sophomore.
MAJOR BURNS, DB, 6-2, 175
Baton Rouge, La., Madison Prep Academy
High School: Madison Prep Academy, coached by Landry Williams and Mike Roach…selected to play in the 2020 Under Armour All-America Game…247Sports.com composite four-star prospect…ranked as the #11 safety, #155 nationally and the #5 recruit out of the state of Louisiana…ESPN.com four-star recruit, ranked as the #6 cornerback, the #77 prospect nationally and the #4 recruit out of the state of Louisiana…PrepStar Magazine four-star prospect, ranked #215 nationally…rivals.com four-star prospect, ranked #238 nationally and #10 in Louisiana…as a senior, led Madison Prep to a 12-2 overall record and 7-0 record in conference play…helped the Chargers reach the second round of the 2019 LHSAA Class 3A playoffs, notching a 75-yard interception return for a touchdown, three touchdown passes and four catches for 32 yards in a loss to Union Church…averaged more than 35 yards a catch headed into the game…played defensive back, receiver and even quarterback at Madison Prep…made nine tackles and a sack as well as a couple receptions in a nationally-televised ESPNU game against Parkview Baptist…named to the MaxPreps 2019 Preseason Louisiana All-State First Team defense…invited to the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge in Atlanta in June…as a junior, he hauled in five touchdown passes at receiver, and made 47 tackles, eight pass breakups and five tackles for loss on defense…also played third base, shortstop and center field for the varsity baseball team at MPA…plays in memory of his father, Tony, who passed away suddenly in July 2018.
JERMAINE BURTON, WR, 6-0, 195
Calabasas, Calif., Calabasas HS
High School: Calabasas HS, coached by Chris Claiborne…selected to participate in the 2020 Under Armour All-America Game…247Sports.com composite four-star prospect…ranked as the #8 wide receiver nationally, the #52 overall prospect nationally and the #6 prospect from the state of California…PrepStar Magazine five-star prospect, ranked as the #41 prospect nationally…rivals.com four-star prospect, ranked #110 overall, the #22 WR and #15 in the state of California…helped lead the Coyotes to a 7-3 record, the #18 rank in the state of California and a 3-0 record in league play…named as the No. 9 wide receiver nationally in the preseason by MaxPreps…a rare two-time invite to The Opening Finals, playing for Team Pressure in 2019 and Team Elite in 2018 alongside Georgia’s Nakobe Dean, Clay Webb and Rian Davis…moved to Calabasas HS from IMG Academy after his sophomore year…helped lead the Coyotes to a 10-3 record as a junior…named to the USA Today 2018 All-USA California First Team offense…snagged 40 catches for 863 yards and 14 touchdowns, averaging 71.9 yards per game and a team-high 21.6 yards per catch…his coach, Chris Claiborne, was a consensus All-American and Butkus Award winner at Southern California in 1998…hauled in 14 passes for 332 yards and three touchdowns for a team-high 23.7 yards per catch for IMG in 2017…transferred to IMG Academy following his freshman season, playing his sophomore year with Georgia linebacker Nolan Smith…hails originally from Atlanta, playing at Hapeville Charter as a freshman with Georgia defensive backs William Poole and Christopher Smith…helped lead the Hornets to the Class 2A Final Four, a 10-4 record and an undefeated 6-0 record for the Region 6-2A title…hauled in 15 passes for 361 yards and two touchdowns, averaging a team-high 24.1 yards per catch.
JALEN CARTER, DL, 6-4, 305
Apopka, Fla., Apopka HS
High School: Apopka HS, coached by Jeff Rolson…selected to participate in the 2020 Under Armour All-America Game…247Sports.com composite four-star prospect…ESPN.com four-star prospect, ranked as the #36 prospect nationally, #3 DT nationally and the #5 prospect in Florida…ranked as the #53 prospect nationally, #6 defensive tackle nationally and the #9 prospect in Florida…PrepStar Magazine four-star prospect, ranked as the #65 prospect nationally…rivals.com four-star prospect, ranked as the #143 prospect nationally, #12 DT nationally and the #23 prospect in Florida…played defensive tackle, tight end and punter for Apopka, leading the Blue Darters to a 12-1 record, No. 5 state ranking, and appearance in the FHSAA Class 8A Championship Game in his senior season…ranked as the top prospect in Central Florida on the Orlando Sentinel’s Super60 list…registered 64 total tackles (38 solo and 26 assists) including 12 sacks in his senior campaign…has been compared to former Apopka product and Pro Football Hall of Famer Warren Sapp…also competed in basketball and weightlifting at Apopka, placing second in the FHSAA Class 2A heavyweight division with a bench press of 395 pounds…played against Georgia linebacker Rian Davis, who is also from Apopka and played at rival Wekiva High School.
JALEN KIMBER, DB, 6-0, 170
Arlington, Tex., Timberview HS
High School: Timberview HS, coached by James Brown…selected to play in the 2020 All-American Bowl…247Sports.com composite four-star prospect…ranked as the #8 corner back nationally, the #17 prospect in Texas, and the #124 overall prospect nationally…ESPN.com four-star prospect, ranked as the #7 CB, #15 in the state, and the #86 nationally…rivals.com four-star prospect, ranked as the #25 CB and the #40 prospect in Texas…in his senior season, he recorded 18 tackles and six passes deflected in eight games for the Wolves…named to the All-District 6-5A first team defense…helped lead Timberview to a 5-2 district record, including an 84-0 victory over Sunset…selected to represent Team Savage at The Opening 2019 Finals, where he finished third in the Football Rating Championship with a combine score of 140.01, headlined by a 4.44 time in the 40-yard dash as well as a 4.02 agility shuttle, 42-foot power ball toss and 42-inch vertical leap…as a junior, he racked up 34 tackles (26 solo), three interceptions and six passes defended…he helped lead the Wolves to the region finals of the UIL Conference 5A Division I playoffs, with wins over The Colony and Magnolia West before falling to Highland Park, home of former Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford.
CHAD LINDBERG, OL, 6-6, 315
League City, Tex., Clear Creek HS
High School: Clear Creek HS, coached by Dwayne Lane…selected to participate in the 2020 Under Armour All-America Game…247Sports.com composite four-star prospect, ranked as the #17 offensive tackle nationally, the #26 prospect in Texas, and the #168 prospect nationally…PrepStar Magazine four-star prospect, ranked No. 115 nationally…rivals.com four-star prospect, ranked as the #11 OT, #19 in the state, and #156 nationally…ESPN.com four-star prospect, ranked #19 OT, #24 in the state, and #151 nationally…helped lead the Wildcats to the bi-district round of the UIL Conference 6A Division 2 playoffs and a 3-3 record in District 24… earned first-team All-District in three consecutive seasons from sophomore to senior year…selected to participate in the 2020 Polynesian Bowl…also competed in the shot put for the Clear Creek track and field team, tossing a personal record 55 feet, 2 inches as a sophomore…qualified for regionals as a freshman and a junior, finishing ninth in 2019 with a 49’1” mark.
KENDALL MILTON, RB, 6-1, 220
Clovis, Calif., Buchanan HS
High School: Buchanan HS, coached by Matt Giordano—a BHS alumnus and former first team All-Pac 10 safety at California-Berkeley who played nine seasons in the NFL with the Colts, Raiders, Rams and others…selected to play in the 2020 All-American Bowl…247sports.com composite four-star prospect, #37 prospect nationally, #6 running back prospect and #4 from the state of California…PrepStar Magazine five-star prospect, #24 prospect nationally…rivals.com five-star prospect, #27 prospect nationally, #3 RB nationally and the #4 player from California…ESPN.com four-star prospect, #51 prospect nationally, #8 RB prospect nationally, #5 prospect from California and #10 prospect in the West region…as a senior, led the Bears to a 10-3 overall record and a 4-1 record in CIF Central Section Division I…was named to the 2019 MaxPreps Preseason All-American First Team offense…selected to represent Team Driplomats at The Opening 2019 Finals, earning the “Alpha Dog” award for the showcase’s top running back daily while also clocking a 4.59 time in the 40-yard dash…as a junior, he carried the ball 174 times for 1,337 yards (7.7 yards per carry) and 27 touchdowns…named to the 2018 MaxPreps Preseason Junior All-American First Team offense and earned a second team selection following the season…also tabbed for the USA Today 2018 ALL-USA California First Team offense following his junior campaign…exploded as a sophomore with 175 carries for 1,514 yards (8.7 ypc) and 23 touchdowns along with eight catches for 117 yards and two TDs…had 65 carries for 478 yards and six rushing touchdowns as a freshman…Older brother, Ka’Lonn, played 18 games in two seasons at defensive back for Fresno State (redshirted 2016) and finished his career at Fort Lewis College, registering 41 tackles and nine pass breakups in his senior season…speaks at local schools and youth programs, and once brought Georgia gear and encouragement to a teammate’s younger brother who suffered third-degree burns, according to an article by DawgNation/AJC… nephew to Kevin Hardy, a former Butkus Award winner at Illinois and the No. 2 pick in the 1996 NFL Draft.
TATE RATLEDGE, OL, 6-6, 317
Rome, Ga., Darlington School
High School: Darlington, coached by Tommy Atha…selected to represent the East in the 2020 All-American Bowl…named to the inaugural 2019 Sports Illustrated All-American First Team offense… honored as a 2019 USA Today Preseason All-American First Team selection…247Sports.com composite four-star prospect…ranked as the #36 prospect nationally, #3 offensive tackle nationally and the #5 prospect in Georgia…PrepStar Magazine five-star prospect, ranked as the #38 prospect nationally…rivals.com five-star prospect, ranked as the #13 prospect nationally, #2 OT nationally and the #3 prospect in Georgia…ESPN.com four-star prospect, ranked as the #75 prospect nationally, #11 OT nationally and #9 in Georgia…played offensive tackle, and previously defensive end and punter, for Darlington, leading the Tigers to a 9-2 record and top seed from Region 6 in the Class A-Private playoffs in senior season…team reached second round and finished ninth in Class A-Private rankings by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC)…2019 AJC Super 11 selection, joining 28 previous Super 11 honorees to play under head coach Kirby Smart at Georgia…named to AJC 2018 All-State Class A-Private First Team offense…named to 2018 USA Today All-USA Georgia Second Team offense…named to 2019 USA Today Preseason All-USA offense…listed at No. 22 in the 2019 USA Today Chosen 25 rankings in the preseason…selected to represent Team IHOP at The Opening 2019 Finals and was named a member of the 2019 Opening Finals Dream Team…named to 2018 and 2017 Rome News-Tribune All-Area Football First Team offense…also competed in basketball and track and field at Darlington…placed third in shot put at 2019 Class A-Private State Championships, after finishing seventh in 2018…father, Dean, played football at Tennessee Tech from 1974-77, earning First Team All-OVC honors in 1977 before a stint in the NFL…Dean now coaches football and track at the Upper School and wrestling at Darlington Middle School…joins Georgia linebacker Adam Anderson as second player on Bulldogs roster from Rome.
JUSTIN ROBINSON, WR, 6-4, 210
Locust Grove, Ga., Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy
High School: ELCA, coached by Jonathan Gess…247Sports.com four-star prospect…ranked as the #48 wide receiver nationally, the #293 overall prospect nationally and the #30 prospect in Georgia…PrepStar Magazine four-star prospect, ranked as the #179 prospect nationally…rivals.com four-star prospect, ranked #173 overall, the #32 WR and #21 in the state of Georgia…helped lead the Eagles Landing Christian to a 13-1 record and the GHSA Class A-Private championship, the school’s fourth-straight title…totaled 903 receiving yards and 11 touchdown catches during his senior season, averaging 18.8 yards per reception…named to the 2019 AJC Preseason All-State Class A-Private First Team offense…named to the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association-North 2018 All-State Class-A First-Team offense…helped lead the Eagles to a 13-1 record and the Class A-Private state title as a junior in 2018, with five catches for 90 yards and a touchdown to steer ELCA to a 44-17 win over Athens Academy in the title game…totaled 748 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns his junior season, averaging 22.0 yards per reception…trained by former Georgia wide receiver Terrence Edwards, who broke the SEC record for total receiving yards (3,093) during his career in Athens.
MARCUS ROSEMY, WR, 6-2, 195
Pompano Beach, Fla., St. Thomas Aquinas HS
High School: St. Thomas Aquinas HS, coached by Roger Harriott, who earned preseason All-America honors at Villanova and was an all-state selection at Aquinas…selected to participate at the 2020 Under Armour All-America Game…honored as a 2019 USA Today Preseason All-American First Team selection…247Sports.com composite four-star prospect…ranked as the #7 wide receiver nationally, the #7 prospect in Florida, and the #41 overall prospect nationally…PrepStar Magazine five-star prospect, ranked as the #34 prospect nationally…rivals.com four-star prospect, ranked as the #7 WR nationally, the #4 prospect in the state, and the #44 prospect nationally…ESPN.com four-star prospect, ranked #4 WR nationally, the #6 player in the state, and the #40 overall prospect…hauled in 27 catches for 467 yards and nine touchdowns to help St. Thomas Aquinas to a perfect 14-0 record and the 2019 FHSAA Class 7A state championship, along with a No. 5 national ranking by MaxPreps (Xcellent 25)…hauled in an 11-yard touchdown catch as the eventual game-winning score and the game-ending interception to seal Aquinas’ 11th football title (tied-most in state history)…hauled in a one-handed grab for a 70-yard touchdown against De La Salle HS on ESPNU, earning the praise of NFL wide receiver Antonio Brown on the broadcast…selected to represent Team Guap at The Opening 2019 Finals…accumulated 858 yards and eight touchdowns as a junior…also competed on the Aquinas track and field team, with personal records of 39 feet, 10 inches in the triple jump and 24.13 in the 200 meters.
MJ SHERMAN, OLB, 6-2, 235
Baltimore, Md., St. John’s College HS
High School: St. John’s College HS, coached by Joe Casamento…honored as one of five finalists for the 2019 Butkus Award for the best high school linebacker, which was awarded to Georgia linebacker Nakobe Dean in 2018…selected to play in the 2020 Under Armour All-America Game…247sports.com composite five-star prospect, #18 prospect nationally and #2 outside linebacker prospect…PrepStar Magazine five-star prospect, #19 prospect nationally…ESPN.com four-star prospect, #18 prospect nationally, #1 OLB prospect nationally, #4 prospect in the East region…rivals.com four-star prospect, #38 prospect nationally, #4 OLB nationally, #2 player from D.C…as a senior, returned to lead the Cadets to a 7-5 record against a national schedule, with wins over Miami Southridge and Deerfield Beach from Florida as well as nationally-ranked foes in No. 38 DeMatha and No. 9 Good Counsel to claim the top spot in Maryland’s prestigious Washington Catholic Athletic Conference (WCAC)… named a preseason first-team All-American at LB by MaxPreps, as well as the No. 6 defensive player in high school football…one of 20 Washington D.C. high school players listed as the best of the area for 2019 by the Washington Post…as a junior, he was named to the 2018 MaxPreps Preseason Junior All-American First Team defense before suffering a season-ending ACL injury…underwent surgery in October 2018 and was cleared in August 2019 according to his Twitter account…selected to represent Team Hype as a rare junior invite to Nike’s The Opening 2018 Finals, where he clocked a 4.53 40-yard dash as the fastest linebacker at the event…named to the USA Today 2017 ALL-USA D.C. First Team defense following his sophomore campaign…notched 51 tackles, 18 tackles for loss, seven sacks, one forced fumble and one interception that season…nicknamed “MJ”…St. John’s running backs coach Olandis Gary lettered at Georgia in the 1997 and 1998 seasons, earning captain status his senior year alongside Kirby Smart.
ARIAN SMITH, WR, 6-1, 185
Bradley, Fla., Lakeland HS
High School: Lakeland HS, coached by Bill Castle…selected to participate in the 2020 Under Armour All-America Game…247Sports.com composite four-star prospect…ranked as the #14 wide receiver nationally, the #72 overall prospect nationally and the #13 prospect in Florida…ESPN.com four-star prospect, #6 wide receiver nationally, #84 overall prospect nationally and #16 prospect in Florida…rivals.com four-star prospect, #29 wide receiver nationally, #153 overall prospect nationally and #27 prospect in Florida…as a senior, helped lead Lakeland to 12 straight wins and a 44.9 point-per-game average before falling in the regional finals of the 2019 FHSAA Class 7A state playoffs…hauled in 19 catches for 382 receiving yards and six touchdowns his senior season, averaging 20.1 yards per reception…competed at the Adidas 7-on-7 National Championship with Team Tampa and was a standout according to 247Sports.com…named the 2018 Small School Defensive Player of the Year by The Ledger his junior season at Mulberry HS before transferring to Lakeland HS for his senior season…converted to wide receiver full-time his senior season, after playing a mix of running back, quarterback, receiver and defensive back at Mulberry…Notched 45 tackles, two interceptions on defense, and ran for 705 yards with eight touchdowns on offense…took 73 carries for 830 yards and 11 rushing touchdowns as a sophomore…world-class sprinter who also competed in the 100 meters, 200 meters and long jump for the Mulberry track and field team…won the FHSAA Class 2A state title in the 200 meters and finished in second place in the 100 meters…also won the boys elite 100 meters race at the 2019 Nike Elite Prefontaine Classic.
NAZIR STACKHOUSE, DL, 6-3, 305
Stone Mountain, Ga., Columbia HS
High School: Columbia HS, coached by Brian Montgomery…selected to play in the USA Football 2020 International Bowl…247Sports.com composite four-star prospect…ranked as the #259 prospect nationally, #25 DT nationally and #29 ranked prospect in Georgia…PrepStar Magazine four-star prospect, ranked #239 nationally…rivals.com four-star prospect, ranked #225 nationally, #19th ranked DT and #24 ranked prospect in Georgia…ESPN.com four-star prospect, ranked #247 nationally, the #20 DT and the #25 prospect in Georgia…helped lead Columbia HS to a 4-1 region record, with four straight wins to earn the No. 2 seed from Region 5-5A…named 2019 Region Defensive Player of the Year…selected to represent Team Trench Mob at The Opening 2019 Finals…transferred to Columbia from Stephenson High School after his junior season…named to the 2018 Georgia Sports Writers Association All-State Second Team defense that year…helped lead the Lions to a 9-2 overall record, including an undefeated 7-0 region slate to earn the Region 4-6A title…also earned an honorable mention selection from the AJC…began his high school career at Martin Luther King Jr. HS, where he competed on the varsity football and track and field teams in his first year.
DEVIN WILLOCK, OL, 6-7, 350
New Milford, N.J. Paramus Catholic HS
High School: Paramus Catholic HS, coached by Jerry Phillips… 247Sports.com composite three-star prospect…ranked as the #22 prospect from New Jersey…PrepStar Magazine three-star prospect…rivals.com three-star prospect, ranked as the #33 prospect from New Jersey…ESPN.com three-star prospect, ranked as the #39 offensive guard nationally and the #17 prospect in New Jersey…paved the way for a Paladins offense that averaged 202.3 yards per game in 2019…also notched eight tackles and a sack on defense…named to the 2019 Jersey Sports Zone All-Zone Team offense…ranked as the No. 33 prospect on the NJ.com Top 50 list in the preseason…selected to the 2018 Super Football Conference (United Red Division) Second Team defense by league coaches…as a junior, notched 39 tackles and one sack on the defensive line…transferred to Paramus Catholic from New Milford HS following his sophomore season…his uncle and nephews live in nearby Gainesville, Georgia, according to an article by UGASports.com.
JARED ZIRKEL, PK, 6-3, 185
Kerrville, Tex., Tivy HS
High School: Tivy HS, coached by David Jones…247Sports.com composite three-star prospect, ranked as the #4 kicker nationally…PrepStar Magazine four-star prospect, ranked as the #3 PK…ESPN.com three-star prospect, ranked as the #11 PK nationally…rivals.com three-star recruit, ranked as the #3 PK nationally…highest-ranked kicker from the state of Texas…attends the same high school that produced a recent Heisman Trophy winner from the Southeastern Conference in Johnny Manziel…Tivy went 10-2 overall and 7-0 in district play Zirkel’s senior season, averaging 39.9 points per game with 67 total touchdowns (hence the low numbers for Zirkel on field goal attempts)…reached the second round of the Texas Class 5A state playoffs to Calallen…went 61 for 63 on PATs his senior season…chipped in four field goals on six attempts…longest made field goal was from 40 yards his senior season…nailed a 59-yard field goal his junior season to record his career-high, a play recognized as the No. 5 High School Play of the Week by MaxPreps…totaled 73 points his senior season…averaged 41.2 yards on punts with a 64-yard marking his longest….earned selections to the 2018 Kicking World All-American first team as a punter and honorable mention as a kicker…went 3-for-3 on field goals his junior season…recorded a touchback on 49 of 51 kickoffs his junior season…was a perfect 10-for-10 on PATs his junior season…first-team kicker for the 2019-20 Preseason Texas All-State Football team…PrepStar Magazine All-Central Region…committed to Georgia soon after winning the kickoff competition at Georgia’s specialist camp in June…champion of the 2019 Kicking World Austin TX Golden Boot competition…trained by Brent Grablachoff, founder and owner of Kicking World…mother, Trinette, graduated from Georgia and his grandparents live in nearby Gainesville, Georgia, according to an article by the San Antonio Express-News.