Why 5-star Jadon Haselwood remains ‘1,000 percent’ with UGA
Want a daily lap through Georgia football recruiting? That’s what the Intel will bring at least five days a week. We check in on this Monday with some perspective on 5-star WR Jadon Haselwood, the strength of his commitment and what he thinks is going on with Justin Fields right now.
That’s the vogue rallying cry for headlines some people don’t want to believe. Let’s be clear. This is by no means a politics blog.
But that’s the term that comes to mind whenever I see a headline proclaiming that 5-star Jadon Haselwood‘s commitment is ever in doubt.
He’s the 5-star receiver who has given UGA very little drama since he decided to play for Kirby Smart, Jim Chaney and James Coley earlier this year.
If we flip the script on an old saying, then Haselwood is really that 5-star in the hand who is worth two 247Crystal Balls in the bush.
Check out the featured video above. That contains the specific phrase that Haselwood is “1,000 percent” committed to UGA.
Haselwood was at the Appalachian State game on Sept. 2. He was at Samford last weekend. The nation’s No. 1 receiver for 2019 already knows he will be at Sanford Stadium on Saturday for the big Georgia-Mississippi State tilt.
Yes, he did go to Clemson for the Auburn game. That created a few headlines. The only thing that might have been missing from those photos of Haselwood would have been his trusty red “UGA” backpack.
Haselwood said he visits other schools out of respect for Cedar Grove head coach Jimmy Smith.
“Man, I don’t want to be anywhere else but Athens,” he told DawgNation. “I’m up there more than any other commit. The only reason I visit other schools is only for my coach. That’s because I respect him.”
Smith is very well-respected in coaching circles, and he’s already sent several big-name players off to college football, such as Antwuan Jackson — first to Auburn and now to Ohio State — and Netori Johnson and Justin Shaffer to UGA, among many others.
Jadon Haselwood has a clear opinion on Justin Fields
Haselwood is also close to 5-star quarterback Justin Fields. The nation’s No. 1 overall prospect was in Athens for a surprise unofficial visit on Saturday.
When Fields hit the field on Saturday, he had a 5-star wingman by his side: Haselwood. He was one of Fields’ go-to receivers on Cam Newton’s 7-on-7 team this year.
“It was good,” Haselwood said of the time Fields spent at UGA. “I had to make my guy feel at home.”
Haselwood flanked Fields for most of the pregame work on Saturday.
He stood next to Fields before the nation’s top prospect walked over to watch Georgia’s offense go through its final paces prior to the Samford game.
How does Fields feel about UGA? Haselwood shared his opinion.
“He told me it is [between] us and LSU,” Haselwood said.
To be clear, that “us” is in reference to Haselwood and Georgia. That’s pretty much the way he looks at it.
Check out the highlight video below from DieHards’ correspondent Roxie Jackson for the most recent example of what Haselwood can do on the field.
Did you see Tramel Walthour pop this morning?
“Who will be the next recruit to commit to Georgia?”
That question needs a new answer after this morning. Liberty County 3-star defensive tackle Tramel Walthour removed his name from that player pool on Monday morning.
His 12:55 a.m. tweet signaled that he had committed to his dream school: Georgia. Walthour now gives UGA two defensive line recruits for the Class of 2018. He’s rated as the nation’s No. 47 DT for 2018 per the 247Sports composite.
That metric also rates him as the No. 62 player in Georgia for this cycle, but it is not often that a player who is rated where he is on that scale also has an offer from Ohio State.
I’d look for UGA to sign no more than one to two more defensive linemen in 2018. Walthour can project to play at defensive tackle or defensive end, but he does feel the most comfortable in the “3” technique on the line.
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