Mekhail Sherman’s linebacker play highlights what we learned at Under Armour All-American Game

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Mekhail Sherman is a 5-star linebacker in Georgia's 2020 class.

ORLANDO, Fla., — Mekhail Sherman did not hold back his feelings. He made it known after the Under Armour All-American Game that he can play linebacker, whether from an outside or inside position.

“I did what I had to do and did more,” Sherman said after Thursday’s game. “Just because I had an ACL injury doesn’t mean nothing. That didn’t take away from my ability. I did what I can do best, which is play linebacker and be free.”

A native of Apopka, Fla., Carter is the highest-rated defensive linemen in Georgia’s 2020 signing class. That ranking only figures to rise after the week he had. He likely will still be behind Bryan Bresee — who will likely finish as the No. 1 overall prospect in the country — and possibly Florida signee Gervon Dexter.

But Carter had the most impressive week of any Bulldog in Orlando.

He’ll have an opportunity to play early given the Bulldogs will be losing five defensive linemen from the 2019 team, and he’s coming to Georgia fully ready to take over that role.

“Tyler Clark is a very good player and I feel like I can come in and play exactly like him at the next level,” Carter said.

The big questions

Coming out of Orlando, there are two huge storylines regarding the 2020 recruiting class and both deal with 5-star prospects.

The first is the ongoing drama surrounding running back prospect Zach Evans. The 5-star running back once again delayed his decision, as he was supposed to announce his college plans in the fourth quarter of the game.

Evans issued a public apology during the game to his future college coach during the broadcast. After the game, Evans told reporters that he is only talking with one school and that he has spoken to Georgia head coach Kirby Smart recently.

He also praised Georgia’s effort in the Sugar Bowl.

“Kudos to them. I want to tell coach McGee good job last night,” Evans said. “I saw Zamir White score. I want to tell coach Smart good work out there. George Pickens, y’all already know best freshman.”

Related: Zach Evans explains why he held off on his decision, praises Georgia football win over Baylor

As for what’s next, Evans said an official announcement could come any day. Georgia starts classes on Tuesday, but it is up in the air if Evans will be able to enroll early. The running back from Houston had previously indicated that was going to be the case.

The other big storyline is how does Georgia close with 5-star offensive tackle Broderick Jones. He is the No. 19 prospect in the country and the No. 2 offensive tackle. He’s been a long-time Georgia commit but did indicate that Auburn was very much in the running for his services.

Jones reiterated that meeting new offensive line coach Matt Luke in-person is going to play a significant role in deciding his recruitment. The offensive tackle from Lithonia, Ga., is set to take his official visit to Georgia on Jan. 24. That same weekend, Georgia will get an official visit from 4-star center Sedrick Van Pran, who is also unsigned. However, Van Pran has made it publicly known he is much more solid with Georgia.

Van Pran and Jones were hanging out a good amount during the week in Orlando. Another player Jones seemed to grow close with was 5-star athlete Darnell Washington. He ended up picking Georgia and has signed with a member of the Bulldogs 2020 class

National Signing Day is set for Feb. 5, which is when Jones will make his announcement public.

A look ahead to 2021

We also got a chance to see some 2021 recruits this week in Orlando as well.

And it became very clear that the best quarterback in town this week was Caleb Williams. The 5-star quarterback is a member of the 2021 class and he’s a special talent. The event this weekend really didn’t even let him show off his mobility, which is why he’s ranked as the No. 1 dual-threat quarterback in the country.

Williams spoke with DawgNation and made it known that he is Georgia’s No. 1 priority at the position for the 2021 cycle. Georgia will face competition from the likes of LSU, Penn State and Maryland for his services. He is from the Washington D.C. area.

Williams comments to DawgNation did come before fellow 5-star quarterback Brock Vandagriff announced he was de-committing from Oklahoma. Vandagriff is from Bogart, Ga., which is about 20 minutes from Sanford Stadium. Vandargriff did say that the distance to Oklahoma mattered in his de-commitment.

Another big name in Orlando in the 2021 class was 5-star offensive tackle Amarius Mims. He told DawgNation that the loss of offensive line coach Sam Pittman did matter a lot in his recruitment. The Bulldogs were in the leader for his services, but now LSU and Alabama occupy that top spot.

Mims did say that he has met with new offensive line coach Matt Luke and that he is looking to get to Athens “as soon as possible” to begin to develop a better relationship with Luke. Mims did not participate in the drills portion of the camp as he recently had screws removed from his knee.

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