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4-star DT Jaelin Humphries is a major target for UGA this cycle.

Elite in-state DT Jaelin Humphries can play on both sides of ball

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. We’re writing about Mountain View 4-star DT Jaelin Humphries along today’s Intel. 

Jaelin Humphries ranks. That goes for both sides of the ball.

He rates as the nation’s No. 14 DT on the 247Sports composite for 2019. That might have been why Kirby Smart visited Mountain View High School and hopefully referred to him as his next noseguard.

“Georgia tells me that they need me really bad,” he said. “They are stressing I can be one of the best guys I can put in their defense as a ‘zero’ technique nose tackle. They tell me I can really play a lot for there in the middle of their defense and I could start for them as a true freshman.”

That’s also why South Carolina offered him before any other SEC school. The Gamecocks recruit him harder than any other program.

Georgia is in that trench war for the 6-foot-4 athlete from Mountain View. I will use the term “athlete” here because Humphries can move. His strength totals are not Hulk-ish yet.

But his feet are already worth writing about. Chuck Allen, his line coach at Mountain View, has coached up several elite offensive linemen at the varsity level.

“The sky is the limit for him because he has tremendous upside,” Allen said. “The thing that he has going for him and I have said it about a couple of guys when they were in high school and were on the way to the NFL. It is the same thing with him. His best days playing are still way ahead of him. He’s a great football player in high school and he’s going to keep getting better.”

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Jaelin Humphries feels that South Carolina is recruiting him the hardest at this time. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)

He compared his feet to that of former North Gwinnett standout Ja’Wuan James. James starred at Tennessee and went on to be selected in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft. James, a 6-foot-6 tackle, has started all 40 NFL games he has played in.

Allen also coached Oklahoma All-American Orlando Brown when he was at Peachtree Ridge. He feels Humphries belongs in that group. He sees that same potential up ahead with him. The staff at Mountain View feels he can even be an NFL player at offensive guard. That’s how good those feet are.

But Humphries wants to be a defensive tackle and a nose guard on Saturdays. He has the skill set to do so. That means the SEC programs that are after him will recruit him as a DT, too.

They do so because they do feel Humphries can make an impact there. And they just want those feet in their program.

Humphries grew up in a “House Divided” of sorts. He said his mother is an Auburn fan and his father leans toward UGA.

But he’s not leaning anywhere yet. Do not look for him to make his decision until the final home game of his senior season. That’s the current decision plan he has in mind at this time.

Why Jaelin Humphries plays football

Humphries is a bright guy. Funny. A pleaser. He will let a photographer snap his picture next to bear statue near their football fieldhouse that he dwarfs in comparison.

He’s called “Hump” and “Hump Daddy” by various members of the Mountain View team and he plays for a lady who means the world to him.

“I really don’t have a why,” Humprhies said. “I just want to help my Mom out and to get a free education and take that worry away. Get my free education. Help my Mom. Hopefully, go pro.”

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Jaelin Humphries ranks as the nation’s No. 14 DT for the class of 2019. He wants to be at DT in college. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)

He aims to study marketing and already has a 19 on his ACT. But he will test again to score better than that. The 4-star DT said he carries a B-average in school.

“My mother is very important to me,” he said. “I want to support her for a long time when I can.”

His favorite moments in this game so far are just running. He enjoys that.

It is a sight to see him open up full throttle and drop the hammer and that size and weight in a 60- to 70-yard sprint. When a strength coach calls a lineman a “strider” it means Humphries shows his taillights to similar body types.

“When I run out of that banner I try to stay ahead of the middle,” he said. “I want to run out there with that flag.”

He plays football because he loves it. All of it. Working with his team. Getting better. Helping his teammates make some strides. That approach reflects some maturity.

Humphries can more than hold his own in an interview setting. But there’s some real weight to his words. When he talks about physical football, that’s not just lip service.

When you see his helmet from the 2017 season, it is clear he walks the walk about being a physical player.

“As a defensive tackle, I think I would rather give a hit than receive a hit,” he said. “I would rather be the one who has to get blocked than try to block.”

That distinct tone of his voice also does not belong in the voice box of a 17-year-old.

Which schools are after Jalen Humphries? 

He answers the above question promptly.

“South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Auburn and LSU,” he said.

Are those his official visits?

“Probably Nebraska in there, too,” he said.

South Carolina calls or texts his mother on an every-day basis. He felt that Auburn and Georgia were next in line in terms of frequency after that.

He already has an opinion about UGA line coach Tray Scott.

“I like Coach Scott a lot,” he said. “He’s a great dude.”

Humphries is in contact with the defensive coordinators at Auburn and South Carolina. He has yet to hear from Mel Tucker at UGA, but he has spoken with Smart.

“I have spoken with Kirby,” he said. “He’s a great dude. Laid-back guy. When it comes to football he is nothing but business, though.”

Look for his next college visit to be to Florida. He grew up a fan of those Gators. Orange is actually his favorite color.

The 300-pounder plans to be at G-Day on April 21. Humphries will also be at South Carolina’s spring scrimmage. His official visits will likely take place in the fall.

“The single biggest thing I am looking for is where I fit in the best at,” he said.

He has never established a private leader. He’s still working on that.

“I am just laying back and taking it slow,” he said. “Seeing which school has the best options for me. and what school feels like home.”

Humphries has visited South Carolina the most. He’s been to UGA about two or three times.

Can UGA add an elite kicker in the 2019 class? 

The nation’s No. 1 kicker on the 247Sports Composite has his decision lined up. That’s 3-star Hoover senior Will Reichard. It will be Alabama, Georgia or LSU.

Reichard plays for powerful Hoover High School in Alabama. The Crimson Tide are playing on their home field with this decision.  Does that close the book on that?

Maybe. But LSU actually offered him first and have made him feel like a priority far longer than the in-state Crimson Tide. When he visited Baton Rouge, he was met by eight or nine members of the coaching staff.

He actually grew up a Florida fan. But the Gators are squared with kickers in the 2019 class. There isn’t a need there after taking a top-flight leg in 2018.

That would presumably be the case at UGA, but Smart is following through on the norm that he will only offer elite legs for the program. Rodrigo Blankenship should be splitting uprights for two more seasons, but it appears the program can never have enough depth. Anywhere.

Reichard believes in the direction UGA is trending toward with Kirby Smart.

“They’re an up-and-coming program,” he told SEC Country’s Chris Kirschner. “They have had a really good tradition of having great kickers there. They have had graduates go to the league and several of them have succeeded in college.”

“I think what Coach Smart is doing is special. Last season speaks for itself. Everyone there was very energetic and they showed why they’re going to continue competing for national championships every year.”

He sounds ready to make a decision. He did endorse the recent hire made by Alabama when it adding former Texas A&M special teams coordinator Jeff Banks to the staff. The Crimson Tide only play about 40 minutes away from his home and his family in Hoover.

“I feel like those schools can develop me the most and schools that I feel like I’ll be able to grow as a person and athlete,” Reichard said. “They made me feel special. I knew I wanted to get down to 3 schools, and you can’t really go wrong with any of those schools.

He made a 45-yard field goal his freshman year but then missed his sophomore year due to a torn ACL. Ironically, he split duties last year at Hoover with a kicker is now at Nebraska. That’s some quality depth there.

Reichard told SEC Country’s Chris Kirschner that he’s now about 10 days away from a decision. He said he’s drilled a 73-yard field goal on an optimal practice day.

He feels he would be consistent from 58 to 61 yards on everyday conditions off the ground.

Will Reichard on Jake Camarda

Reichard actually knows Georgia signee Jake Camarda and describes him as a friend.

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Jake Camarda signed with UGA in the class of 2018. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)

Camarda, a 2018 signee, will likely battle Marshall Long for the spot at punter this fall. The Norcross standout actually rates among the nation’s top prospects at kicker and punter for 2018.

It would seem like Camarda could cover any depth needs should something befall Blankenship over the next 1-2 seasons. But that didn’t stop the Bulldogs from offering a 2019 scholarship.

Reichard said he still trains with Camarda. He offered up a pretty interesting scouting report.

He’ll more than likely just go there to punt,” Reichard told SEC Country. “He has the capability to do all 3 (placekicker, punter and kickoff specialist). He’s a very, very talented punter. I think if he just focuses on that, he’ll make it to the NFL. It’s hard to succeed at all 3 in college, but he definitely can.”

Checking in on basketball recruiting for Tom Crean

DawgNation had a post earlier today about UGA hoops and the early returns from the 2018 signees on Tom Crean. JoJo Toppin, a 3-star small forward, shared his thoughts on Crean and whether he felt that popular assistant coach Jonas Hayes would be retained.

Toppin was also encouraged by his first chat with Crean. The new hoops coach has big plans for his game and how it fits into his system.

We also shared an update regarding some information that had been floating out there regarding 5-star point guard target Ashton Hagans.

Toppin felt that the Bulldogs actually had room for two more signees in the 2018 class. I also found a pretty impressive tweet featuring 6-foot-9 hoops signee Amanze Ngumezi.

Miss any Intel? The DawgNation recruiting archive will get you up to speed there as fast as Tyson Campbell clocks a 40. We will share one phrase per day over the next five Intels. Try to recite that phrase correctly on our next DawgNation “Wednesday Night Live.” If you can, you’ll win the big prize of the night. Our two words in that phrase will be “Jamaree Salyer.”