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The big reasons why 5-star Jadon Haselwood remains strong with UGA

Jeff Sentell

Want to attack every day with the latest Georgia football recruiting info? That’s what the Intel will bring at least five days a week. The play sheet for Thursday calls for a chat with junior 5-star Georgia commitment Jadon Haselwood. He remains a very, very big part of the bright football future in Athens. 

Jadon Haselwood continues to add to his collection of impressive body art. His latest tattoo stretches from his neck to his left shoulder. Right along the collarbone.

The ink on his body mostly conveys a memorial or a tribute. They carry messages of hope and love for members of his family.

The 5-star UGA commit’s latest one reads: “Trust your struggle.”

That’s just the right amount of grounding for Haselwood, who ranks as the nation’s No. 1 receiver and No. 3 overall prospect for 2019 on the 247Sports composite. He told me this week he has no interest in competing at Nike’s The Opening this year.

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5-star WR Jadon Hasewlood (center left) and his Cedar Grove coach Jimmy Smith (center right) joined DawgNation for a live interview on Jan. 30. (Kasey Richardson/SEC Country)

The Cedar Grove standout just politely says that will not be his thing.

He will compete on Cam Newton’s 7-on-7 tournament team again this spring and might take part in the Rivals 5-star Challenge. The long-time UGA commit has won a state championship on the football field and likely will add to his collection of state titles in track this spring.

Hasewlood is part of a new wave of recruiting with the 2019 class. Those prospects can take their official visits in the spring. Haselwood has said he is still strongly committed to UGA, but he always has maintained that he will take his visits. Count him among those who feel that every prospect has earned that right to do so.

Look for Oklahoma to get one of those official visits. It sounds as if that will be his first. Haselwood’s thoughts, at least for now, turn to Miami or a “West Coast school” for another official visit.

He said UGA will “without a doubt” get one of those officials, even though he has been to Georgia more times than any other school. It isn’t even close.

Some future UGA players have wondered why they would take an official visit to Athens. It is sometimes seen as an inefficient free trip when they have seen that campus so many times.

“That is true, but that’s my school,” said Haselwood, who has plans to enroll early in 2019. “That official visit to Georgia is going to be mandatory for me.”

The 6-foot-3, 195-pound player brought up two very big reasons why DawgNation should not worry about his commitment at this time.

The 2 big reasons why Jadon Haselwood still loves UGA

He committed early. Haselwood chose UGA in March 2017 because he said it was “like no place else.”

His close friend and Cedar Grove teammate Rashad Cheney Jr. recently de-committed from UGA. Cheney told DawgNation he realized he just made that decision far too soon.

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Jadon Haselwood, shown here at Auburn, says he is going to take his visits but remains very strongly committed to UGA. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)

That sparked a worry from some and also a reporter’s job to check on just where UGA stood with Haselwood.

Anything can happen in the minds of impressionable teenagers.That’s often the golden rule when it comes to college football recruiting.

But the nation’s No. 1 receiver for 2019 said everything with UGA remains very good.

He later shared two very big reasons why. They go beyond his relationship with 5-star freshman quarterback Justin Fields and the vibe he has with receivers coach James Coley.

The first reason focuses on his mother, Courtney Cousar. That’s the real home team.

“Man, my mom would go crazy if I changed my mind about Georgia,” Haselwood said. “She probably would not talk to me and would not like me for a few days.”

The second vital link to the program is coach Kirby Smart.

“Georgia has maintained with me because really it is Coach Smart,” Haselwood said. “He recruited me as a freshman at Alabama. They were my first SEC offer. That relationship right there, that is pretty big. Pretty big for me with my commitment.”

He calls Athens his “home.” Haselwood said his best visit to UGA was at G-Day in 2017.

“That’s like the crib,” Haselwood said. “I’m really there a lot. I’m just so comfortable there. … I go back on a lot of weekends, and I just still feel that same love and that same great atmosphere. That is always going to be the way Georgia feels to me.”

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Did you see this regarding Rick Sandidge? 

Did you ever want to be a fly on the wall for an in-home visit with a recruit who is very much in demand? Well, this is your day.

There’s a YouTube post up from the Wednesday night in-home visit 4-star North Carolina defensive tackle Rick Sandidge had with the UGA staff.

A quick nugget about 2018 signee John FitzPatrick

I’ve been meaning to share something noteworthy about the type of player the Bulldogs are getting in 4-star tight end signee John FitzPatrick for a while now.

FitzPatrick probably gets a slight nod over tackle Owen Condon as the tallest member of the 2018 class. The 242-pound FitzPatrick told me recently that he was at the 6-foot-7½ mark when we spoke before one of our Tuesday night DawgNation events at Marlow’s Taverns across the Atlanta metro area.

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John FitzPatrick wanted to make his college decision before his senior season so he could focus on football and his classes at Marist School in Atlanta. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)

He finished up rated as the nation’s No. 17 tight end prospect on the 247Sports composite. That placed him at No. 316 overall nationally.

FitzPatrick got that tall because of a massive growth spurt between his freshman and sophomore years of high school. His father estimated that he grew approximately 4 inches in one summer.

That’s impressive but not nearly as memorable as this. When FitzPatrick decided in the summer that he wanted to go to UGA, he sat on it for a week. That was to make sure all those good feelings were on the level and were not simply rash or reactionary.

“We kind of really let him figure it out on his own,” his father, Bill FitzPatrick, said. “We said that once you make a decision then sit on that decision for a couple of days.”

But there was another wrinkle. His parents wanted him to take another step first to handle this process in the best possible way.

“Don’t tell us until you call every coach and thank them for the opportunity to go to their school and for their support,” his father said.

That was a lot of calls. His 247Sports player profile page lists 48 offers.

When he did that, then he could tell his folks where he was going to go play football.

FitzPatrick has caught a touchdown pass on two different continents, but that anecdote is the most impressive fun fact about that future Bulldogs tight end for me.

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