Want to attack every day with the latest UGA football recruiting info? That’s what the Intel brings at least four days a week. This play sheet offers up a very interesting interview with 5-star receiver Jadon Haselwood about the upcoming phases of his recruiting.
Jadon Haselwood de-committed from Georgia back on Oct. 3. That parcel of news certainly sent Jordan Davis-sized ripples through the recruiting world and the DawgNation fan base.
The 5-star senior from Cedar Grove High School ranks as the nation’s No. 1 WR for the class of 2019 on the 247Sports Composite rating.
Jadon Haselwood enjoyed some downtime after Cedar Grove’s 40-13 win with his 4-year-old brother. Peyton Baker was wiggling in and out of his arms on Friday night. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)
This should be seen as a highly-contested recruitment moving forward.
Does Georgia still have a shot? Is Oklahoma the real dark horse? Does Miami hold the momentum in his process? Is there a mystery team rising from the left coast? Auburn? FSU? Southern California? South Carolina?
Haselwood expressed several new details regarding his decision after Cedar Grove’s resounding 40-13 victory over a Top 10 team at Pace Academy last night. There were coaches from Miami and South Carolina at his game Friday night.
Here’s a sampling of what that conversation revealed:
- What the team that signs him needs to do across the rest of the 2018 season
- He plans to take his decision slowly this time and doesn’t even know his next visit
- Look for him to sign during the early period but he will not make that choice known
- The Cedar Grove (Ellenwood, Ga.) standout plans to make his decision at the All-American Game. That is the Adidas-backed game which was formerly the U.S. Army All-American Bowl
- He does not have a favorite and shared a good reason why that was the case
- Something did change between him and UGA, but he did not detail exactly what that was
That’s a lot to sift through. Let’s flesh a few of those details out.
Jadon Haselwood says he has no clear favorite
Haselwood was asked to weigh whether or not there was a team secretly tucked away that he keeps as his private leader.
He shook his head no. Then he said no.
Jadon Haselwood said not to expect his final decision until the All-American Bowl on January 5. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)
“I’m taking my time with this next one,” he said. “This is going to be hard.”
That Miami official visit went well. As it doubtless should. Recruits should be impacted by that city, the campus, the South Florida nightlife and any morning view on those shores.
“I had a good visit,” Haselwood said. “You know that is going to be a good visit as always. That’s Miami, of course. That’s really about it.”
At that point, he introduced a thought to balance out all the social media chatter regarding his decision.
“Everybody is thinking it is Miami right now,” Haselwood said. “Which it is not. It is just the only school I have visited since I de-committed. That’s really it.”
Did stepping back from a 19-month commitment to UGA really reset his process?
“Yes,” he said. “It really opened it fully. I am thinking about taking an official to USC and Southern Cal coming up soon. Then FSU maybe.”
He did mention the homestate Bulldogs.
“I’m taking the official visit to Georgia,” Haselwood said. “I think that’s when they play Auburn.”
When asked about Auburn getting an official, he “was not sure” about a possible trip to see the Tigers again. He also made a clear point about when he will reveal his final choice.
Jadon Haselwood said afterward he was not trying to make the signature Miami “U” when he flashed his hands for the camera during pregame drills. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)
“It is going to happen in the Army game,” Haselwood said, referring to the All-American event that had been tied to the U.S. Army’s sponsorship since 2000. “I’m probably going to sign [during the early period] but nobody is going to know.”
Who is still in it? He basically traced his outline across several schools.