Jackson Meeks told DawgNation that Georgia was at “the top of the board” for his recruiting decision last week.
Things. Escalated. Quickly.
Now, there is no board. The 3-star WR from Central-Phenix High School in Alabama has made his college decision.
He chose Georgia and shared it publicly with a tweet on Tuesday morning.
— •Jack• (@_7JMEEKS) September 8, 2020
Meeks picked up his offer from UGA back on August 25. That’s a quick pace for this recruiting journey.
The decision now pushes Georgia to 16 public commits for the 2021 class. The Bulldogs move up from No. 11 nationally on the 247Sports Composite ratings up to No. 8 overall.
He becomes the second WR commitment for the class in 2021. Meeks will likely close the book on wide receivers for the 2021 class. After signing five receivers in the class of 2020, the Bulldogs have looked to prioritize other positions in the 2021 cycle.
The 6-foot-3, 200-pound receiver took his first independent visit to the Georgia campus this weekend. Needless to say, it went very well.
What Georgia is getting in Jackson Meeks
Meeks ranks as a 3-star prospect and the nation’s No. 222 WR for the 2021 cycle on the 247Sports Composite ratings. Those listings also tab him as the nation’s No. 1624 overall prospect and the No. 60 overall player in Alabama.
To be fair to that well-respected service, that’s a rating for a different player. That was the Meeks everyone saw last fall who was still waiting his turn and wasn’t getting gobs of playing time bouncing back from a season-ending injury during his sophomore year.
The 2020 model Jackson Meeks has exploded for big numbers early into his senior season.
- Week 1 vs. Hoover: 13 catches, 230 yards, 3 TDs (with one called back)
- Week 2 vs. Eufaula: 9 catches, 130 yards, 2 TDs
The scouting report on Meeks began with his work against one of the top high school programs in the country in Hoover. That’s at least in terms of how he has been tracked by the Georgia coaching staff.
What is Georgia getting in Meeks aside from those rankings?
Georgia has been seeking that speed demon receiver so far in the 2020 cycle. That’s evident by checking out the pursuit of national names like Marcus Burke, Malcolm Johnson, Jr., Dont’e Thornton, Mario Williams and Xavier Worthy, among others.
Those guys are all burners. How does Meeks settle in with that criteria?
“I think he is a guy with really good speed regardless,” Central-Phenix City coach Patrick Nix said. “Now, he’s not going to be that small burner that just can fly by everybody but his combination of size and speed is really good. He’s not going to be the biggest receiver, but very big. He’s not going to be the fastest receiver, but very fast. He has the combination of things there and he is only going to get faster coming off that knee injury right around two years ago. He’s only going to get faster and he trains and gets stronger coming off that.”
“I really think he’s going to be that guy who has the size and can do all those things you want as a receiver but he has that speed where he can separate and put himself at a whole different level.”
Check out Meeks below from the season opener game against Hoover. His highlights are laced throughout the highlight, including touchdowns at the 0:26, 3:07 and 4:12 marks of the game highlight reel.