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Five-star offensive guard Jamaree Salyer ranks as the nation's No. 1 offensive lineman for this cycle.

Justin Fields wants 5-star UGA target Jamaree Salyer to come keep his jersey clean

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 budget for Tuesday calls for a visit with 5-star OG target Jamaree Salyer. As far as ginormous targets go, he’s been the most important target in the class for 2018 since Kirby Smart arrived at Georgia. 

Nothing has changed. If anything, his worth has only gotten bigger. 

Justin Fields, the nation’s No. 1 overall prospect and a Georgia commit, has turned from the recruitee to the recruiter. And the 5-star quarterback prospect has his eyes on a very big target to join him at UGA.

That’s 5-star OG Jamaree Salyer ― the nation’s top offensive-line prospect in the Class of 2018 from Pace Academy in Atlanta ― who has heard from Fields.

“He feels like he can do what he needs to do to help the team win,” Salyer said of Fields. “So he wants me to keep him clean and keep his jersey clean. So, he’s a smart guy. He knows I can help him with that.”

That’s not the only voice.

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Jamaree Salyer said that winning a state title was one of the biggest goals he had for his high school career. (Jeff Sentell/Dawgnation)

“I hear from [4-star wide receiver commit] Kearis [Jackson] a lot,” Salyer said. “I hear from Justin a lot and I hear from the Cedar Grove boys a lot, too.”

Those would be 2019 Georgia commits ― 5-star wide receiver Jadon Haselwood and 4-star defensive tackle Rashad Cheney Jr. from Cedar Grove High School in Ellenwood, Ga.

It seems that Salyer is down to Clemson and Georgia as far as his college choices go. Those two schools have been the main horses in this race all along. Salyer did make it to Ohio State for an official visit last weekend and is not planning to reschedule.

The U.S. Army All-American will take another unofficial visit to Georgia on Saturday. He then is scheduled to take his first official visit to Clemson for the Citadel game the following weekend.

“After that, I will then have to figure out what I want to see and then go from there,” he said.

Clemson is also weighing in with its 5-star recruiters. That’s elite QB Trevor Lawrence and defensive lineman Xavier Thomas, the nation’s No. 2 and No. 3 players, according to the 247Sports composite. He’s also hearing from 4-star DT Josh Belk, who is also committed to Clemson.

“So they all work their magic,” Salyer said. “The Clemson guys do and the Georgia guys try to do the same thing.”

Jamaree Salyer receives his U.S. Army All-American jersey 

Salyer listens. Ask him to do something. He’ll do it. Very well.

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Jamaree Salyer poses for a photo with his family at the U.S. Army All-American ceremony on Monday at Pace Academy. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)

That comes from goal setting. The nation’s top offensive line prospect for this cycle seems bound to play beyond Saturdays at either a center or a guard spot.

He’s had his eyes to the sky since he arrived at Pace. The 6-foot-4, 340-pound guard wanted to get into “FBU” and learn from the best teachers.

He wanted to be a U.S. Army All-American. Check.

The 5-star prospect received his U.S. Army All-American jersey on Monday at a ceremony at Pace Academy. That checked off the second of the following three goals.

  • To win a state championship. (Accomplished during his sophomore year in 2015)
  • To be named an Army All-American. (Done.)
  • To start as a freshman in college. (Very likely.)

“The last one is to start as a freshman,” Salyer said on Monday. “I guess after that one it will be to get drafted in the first round and then keep adding on to that list.”

The Army honor was big to him. He’d be on the other side of the podium seeing others hold up that black jersey representing the East team in that game.

“It is special,” Salyer said. “I got to see [UGA freshman OT] Andrew [Thomas] do it last year. I’ve seen a lot of guys do it in general. I’ve been thinking about a day like this and a day like today since I was in the seventh grade.”

What Georgia has to do to sign Jamaree Salyer

Salyer has a sharp football mind. Engage him in the X’s and O’s and he will more than hold his own. He told DawgNation that he knew that Georgia would be much improved this year.

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Chris Slade (left) is Salyer’s coach at Pace Academy. The former defensive end at Virginia also played nine seasons in the NFL. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)

But he didn’t even see an 8-0 mark and a No. 2 ranking coming.

“I thought they were going to be good, but I didn’t see them being this good this fast,” Salyer said. “I could maybe have seen them being this good in the future with the recruiting they are doing. With the guys in my class. With the guys in the 2017 class and the 2019 class. I wouldn’t say it is really surprising. I am definitely glad that they are this good, but it definitely caught me by surprise a little bit.”

What do the Bulldogs have to do to fend off Clemson? UGA has given him a lot of highlights and big moments to look at this fall.

“They have an easy job,” Salyer said. “Obviously they are only 45 minutes or an hour away. So they have it easy with me coming back and forth. I know that. I’m mature enough to see that. It is a little harder for Clemson recruiting on that point because they are two hours away.”

His recruiting is different from that of most other 5-star prospects. He blocks all of it out.

“I just have to mediate what I want to and do not want to see and how much I can take at one time,” Salyer said. “The coaches would tell you that I barely even take calls during the week. I never really take calls. I am doing my schoolwork and just hanging out with my family and watching TV.”

Interesting visit plan with 5-star OT Cade Mays

Cade Mays ranks as the nation’s No. 2 offensive tackle for 2018. The 5-star prospect is still committed to playing college football where his father did: Tennessee.

But Mays is opening things up. He has a series of unofficial and official visits planned for the next several weeks. That’s an aggressive timeline, but he is also an early enrollee.

Mays took an unofficial visit to Clemson last week. He’ll do the same this week at Georgia.

That said, both schools do also have official visits planned to host Mays. Ryan Callahan of 247Sports reports that Mays will go on five official visits over the next six weeks. Oddly enough, the Bulldogs are currently slated to get the last official visit on Dec. 16.

There are also trips to Clemson, Notre Dame, Tennessee and Ohio State shoehorned in there.

Callahan reported that Mays is likely to make his announcement on the first day of the new early signing period on Dec. 20.

Mays is a traveler. He also bagged quite the haul last weekend hunting in Canada.

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