That didn’t take long. UGA hosted Cedar Grove offensive lineman Justin Shaffer on an unofficial visit this weekend and it quickly paid off.
“It just came down to a school where I could just go there and get an education and play early,” Shaffer said.
Shaffer flipped from Lousiville to UGA on Monday morning. The 6-foot-5, 335-pounder has been rated as a three-star recruit and the No. 77 offensive guard in the nation for the Class of 2017.
The decision traces back to when Shaffer first got his offer from Smart and company on Jan. 30. He was on an unofficial visit at the time with his father. He told DawgNation that his decision traces back to then.
He told his mother about the offer then and she had a good feeling.
“Then when I had to go back Saturday she said it is really meant for you to go to Georgia if they want you to come back,” Shaffer said.
New offensive line coach Sam Pittman was a key factor in his recruitment.
“Coach Pittman is a straight to the point guy,” Shaffer said. “He loves big guys he can play smash-mouth football with. That was what he was looking for.”
He’s expected to play either tackle or guard at UGA. When meeting Shaffer, his hands quickly jump out. He said his hands have been measured at 10 inches long from the base of his wrist to the fingertips.
Shaffer becomes the fourth commitment for UGA’s Class of 2017. He joins three other commitments on the defensive side of the ball in Breon Dixon, Jaden Hunter and Richard LeCounte III.
The Cedar Grove standout announced the news via his Twitter account.
— Justin Shaffer (@ShafferJustin77) February 15, 2016
Unless otherwise indicated, player rankings and ratings are from the 247Sports Composite.
Jeff Sentell covers UGA football and UGA recruiting for AJC.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play Between the Hedges.