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Jordan James woke up feeling like a ‘Dawg on Tuesday morning.
Feels good to be a dawg🐶
— Jordan (@JordanJames24) March 30, 2021
Jalon Walker knows that feeling. Malaki Starks can say the same.
When do prospects feel like they are Bulldogs? For those three, it is now no longer when they step on campus. Or sign their names on a scholarship. Or enroll.
It is the moment they choose to commit to the University of Georgia. That comes even before the Kirby Smart “Go Dawgs” tweet.
James told DawgNation on Monday afternoon that he has a specific message for all the social media follows he has been picking up of late.
“My message to the fans is that DawgNation is getting that’s going to work day in and day out for the program,” he said. “Not only in me but also those guys that are committed. Go Dawgs!”
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That decision was as more of an affirmation than a spontaneous decision.
James told DawgNation back in mid-March that his decision could come at any day. Georgia had always been the clear leader for the 4-star RB.
“It feels great,” he said. “I’m glad to be a part of the family. I knew I was ready about a month or two ago.”
He can enroll early but is not sure yet if he will. He said that Georgia running backs coach Dell McGee was excited when he made the move.
“When I told coach McGee he was with it,” James said. “It is an honor to be able to have this opportunity to play for a great university.”
College coaches aren’t allowed to specifically mention recruits on social media per NCAA statutes yet McGee still found a way to voice his approval on Monday afternoon after James released his commitment.
— Dell McGee (@DellMcGee) March 29, 2021
Jordan James: Why was March 29 the day?
The Bulldogs have garnered some serious momentum over the last week on the recruiting trail with the decisions made recently by Starks, Walker and then James on Monday. Georgia is now within reach of overtaking Ohio State for the No. 1 overall spot on the 247Sports Team Composite rankings for 2022.
Did those two guys influence James at all? He said that really wasn’t the case.
“UGA has always felt like home to me,” James said. “I have a great relationship with coach McGee and I love everything about the university. Their decision didn’t necessarily influence me because Georgia had been leading for me for a while but those guys are ‘Dawgs and two players that you want to play with and compete against every day.”
It wasn’t really a planned handoff.
“It was only a matter of time before I committed,” James said on Monday. “I felt today was the right day and this is where home is.”
This decision has often seemed like a 1st-and-goal at the half-yard line with the ultimate “EndZone Stalker” in the backfield in Hershel Walker dotting the “I” in the backfield. That’s with maybe David Andrews, George Foster, Matt Stinchcomb, Andrew Thomas, and Isaiah Wynn up front leading the way.
The 5-foot-10, 195-pound James said he will take no other visits. He will not visit Oklahoma or the in-state Tennessee Volunteers once the NCAA is expected to restore a quiet period in June.
“I’m done,” James said. “I’m 100 percent locked in.”
Check out the junior highlight reel for James below. His best asset might be his vision and then to be able to stick his foot in the ground and cut against the gain.
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Oakland HS coach Kevin Creasy breaks down Jordan James
The Oakland High (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) star put up some gaudy stats as a junior. James had 182 carries for 1,752 yards and took those plays to the house for 26 TDs.
“Momo” had a robust 9.6 yards per attempt with a long gain of 80 yards. He never leaves the field for Oakland and will even return punts and kickoffs.
“He shows up and shows out in a big game when the bullets start flying when he gets the ball in his hands,” Oakland High head coach Kevin Creasy said.
That included 10 times in which he cracked the 100-yard mark in his 13 games. James also excelled when given the chance to catch the football. He had a 90-yard reception which boosted his totals to eight catches for 180 yards.
That’s a gaudy 22.5 yards per catch average. It seems fitting to mention that James can house the football as a receiver, too. That’s part of the new Georgia model at the position.
Creasy dropped some pretty stout player parallels.
“He reminds me of a couple of pretty successful guys that went on and played on Saturdays,” Creasy said. “He’s one of those thick and low to the ground guys who have really good vision.”
NFL Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith was a big name he used in his scouting evaluation.
“He’s just one of those guys that are not scared to run outside and definitely got the speed to run outside,” Creasy said. “Just an overall complete back. He reminds me a lot of like Emmitt Smith.”
That 90-yard catch and run on his junior tape was made possible by a nifty spin move.
“That guy has got some moves about him,” Creasy said. “He was 1-on-1 with an inside linebacker and that wa a mismatch. That guy, that linebacker, was pretty good. But with him doing a little double move I thought he did a heck of a job. He does a heck of a job for us not only running the ball but he is a really good blocker as well as catching the ball out of the backfield. He’ll probably be asked to do a whole lot more of that for us this year.”
That 9.6 yard average over a 15-game schedule is pretty impressive. Especially for a marked 4-star prospect like James. The Oakland staff is surprised by those rare instances when any defender has the chance to put a real good hit on him.
“There’s a lot of times where you made the first guy miss and then break a tackle,” Creasy said. “That’s how you get to 9.5 yards per carry in arguably the toughest classification in our state. He did a really good job of always making that first guy miss and he’s got a nice spin move and a lot of good quickness with his vision that all ties together well. He’s a really special back.”
He also shines off the field.
“Just an awesome kid,” Creasy said. “Really good teammate. The best thing I can say for him is he’s always one of those guys who doesn’t care who gets the credit. He celebrates his teammates scoring and making big plays just as much as he does anyone. He could care less about his personal accolades.”
“His big thing to him is he is a real quiet kid who doesn’t say a lot. But then we got in a tight ballgame one time and the next thing I know he’s over there chewing up and spitting out one of our guys who had just fumbled the ball. It was awesome. Because everything he said was just everything the coaches have always said. He pretty much took our words and put it in his own language which surprised all of us because he has always been a quiet guy.”
James was the 11th commitment for the Bulldogs as they open up the distance from LSU in having the nation’s No. 2 recruiting class for the 2022 cycle. He was just the second offensive commitment on the board for 2022.
He joined 5-star QB Gunner Stockton in the class on that side of the ball so far.
(the recent reads on DawgNation.com)
- BREAKING: 4-star RB Jordan James commits to the G
- WATCH: Jalon Walker breaks down Glenn Schumann’s “drip” and why he chose UGA
- BREAKING: All-American LB Jalon Walker has made his college decision
- BREAKING: Priority 5-star ATH Malaki Starks has made his college decision
- AJ Harris: Guided by his faith, elite CB AJ Harris will not slow play his decision
- Nation’s No. 1 DT Walter Nolen already says UGA will get an official visit
- Under Armour camp: The 11 quick-as-a-hiccup updates for UGA recruiting
- Malaki Starks breaks down his pending Alabama, Clemson or UGA decision
- Kayin Lee: Elite DB prospect breaks down a “dream school” offer from UGA
- Huge recruiting weekend for official visitors lining up for UGA in June
- Tony Mitchell: Nation’s No. 1 CB for 2023 has felt that “home” feeling about UGA
- Nation’s No.1 RB Branson Robinson shares his deep connections to UGA
- De’Nylon Morrissette: Why the elite WR was ready to commit and might still be able to
- Georgia commit Pearce Spurlin III breaks down slick catch and two-sport potential
- Priority target? Gunner Stockton thinks Oscar Delp would be a good roommate
- Jordan Allen: Why “Lockdown” still keeps his UGA offer as his pinned tweet
- Why did All-American Jalon Walker say “oh yeah” while discussing UGA in his top 6?
- Priority OL target Tyler Booker is pumped about UGA adding Gunner Stockton
- Malaki Starks: A DawgNation Sunday read on a vital UGA recruiting target
- 4-star Tennessee RB Jordan James hits the hole hard on why UGA is his top school
- Amarius Mims: The legacy he left behind on Georgia high school football
- WATCH: 2021 signee Dylan Fairchild wins the 7A state heavyweight wrestling title
- Tre’Quon Fegans: Why Georgia feels like “home” for the top 100 overall prospect
- Big Bear Alexander: When you know this 5-star’s real story, you will be proud
- WATCH: Gunner Stockton’s feet are planted long term; Says he’ll graduate from UGA
- Gunner Stockton: The must-read stories to know on Georgia’s new 5-star QB commit