When Kirby Smart was hired as the new head coach at UGA, he said one of his first priorities would be along the line of scrimmage. He wanted bigger athletes on both sides of the ball for his Bulldogs going forward.
That may be the case, but the program came up short with its first real shot on Wednesday to add another elite player for the offensive line. Jauan Williams, a four-star offensive tackle from Washington, D.C., surprised no one by choosing Florida State.
The 6-foot-6, 305-pounder is rated as the nation’s No. 15 offensive tackle and the No. 164 overall prospect in this year’s signing class. Williams — who played his high school ball at Archbishop Carroll in Washington, D.C. — delayed his decision a few hours to make his announcement during the Tom Lemming Signing Day special on CBS Sports.
UGA got in late on Williams and he took his official visit on Jan. 29. New offensive line coach Sam Pittman played a key role down the stretch in his recruiting. EJ Price, a 4-star offensive tackle from Archer High in Metro Atlanta, will make his announcement at 2:45 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon.
That’s the next great shot for UGA to get bigger up front on National Signing Day. Price rates as the nation’s No. 8 overall prospect at offensive tackle.
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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.