5-star commit Jadon Haselwood recaps his wild Rose Bowl memory
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ELLENWOOD, Ga. — Jadon Haselwood committed to Georgia more than a year ago. He was back at G-Day last month and remains pledged to play for the Bulldogs.
But he’s going to take his official visits. That was something he always said he would do. True to his word, Georgia’s highest-rated Class of 2019 commit recently took an official visit to Oklahoma.
He has a lot of family ties to that school.
His father went to Oklahoma. Haselwood’s mother was also on that official visit and he told DawgNation that she has also started checking out other schools.
He said she’s been to Auburn recently and liked what she saw there.
Yet before anyone starts reaching for the panic button, we’d like to allow him to share the story of how he viewed the Rose Bowl.
Well, we should actually say how he celebrated Lorenzo Carter blocking that kick in The Rose Bowl. He did something that most Georgia fans might have also done that night.
“I went outside,” he said. “It was 30-something degrees and I was running down the street. I was happy for them. It has been a long time coming.”
Fans will be fans, but maybe that will help them see Georgia the way Haselwood does.
“They should know that,” he said. “But fans are going to be fans. I am not really going to worry about it.”
He actually could be flagged for premature celebration with that, too.
“When ‘Zo blocked that field goal, that’s when I knew we had it won,” Haselwood said. “I knew it was over with. I was excited. It was cool outside, but I didn’t feel it like that. I had so much adrenaline running through me that night.”
And yes, he was able to provide us with some video of that.
— F E D E R A L 🎱 ² (@jadon_haselwood) January 2, 2018
For the record, he still said he feels excited about joining the Bulldogs in January.
“I do,” he said. “I sure do. Nothing has changed.”
Jadon Haselwood’s new favorite tattoo
We’ve written about Haselwood’s unique collection of body art before, but he’s got a new one on his right leg.
He now calls the famous Rolling Stone script on that leg his new favorite piece. He’s been to California this spring. Oklahoma. Florida. He’ll be back in Miami this weekend.
“That’s really my life,” Haselwood said. “I’m a rolling stone. I am never at home. I’m always on the road and I know as life goes, that will just continue on. I’m always working to get to where I want to go.”
He’s had that tattoo for a few months. It took a few hours to add it. The 5-star prospect rated it a 6 on a scale of 1-to-10 on the pain threshold scale.
How was G-Day through his eyes?
“It was pretty much what I wanted to see,” he said. “Justin [Fields] did his thing. Of course. With [Jake] Fromm, we know he’s better than that than how he played. It could be him throwing against the 1s on defense and the vets, too.”
“It still feels like home to me,” Haselwood said. “Most definitely. I don’t think that will ever change.”
Jadon Haselwood’s reaction to the Owen Pappoe decision
In the event anyone might have been under a rolling stone the last few days, there was a big commitment on Tuesday. Owen Pappoe, the 5-star linebacker from Grayson High, committed to Auburn.
What did Haselwood think about that? He was trying to get him to join him in Athens, but he wasn’t going overboard there.
Haselwood, like most elite recruits, does respect the fact that every recruit has to make their own decision.
“What I am going to say is that it didn’t surprise me,” he said. “But I’m happy for him. That’s where he should go. He probably will not have anybody ahead of him when he gets there. He’s got a good chance of playing and going to the league in three years.”
He will still encourage Pappoe to join him at Georgia, however.
“I will,” Haselwood said. “But if that’s not what he is comfortable at, I won’t press it. But I’m not going to lie. Georgia was where he wanted to go. But obviously Auburn came in and he now feels like that’s the place where he should be.”
The nation’s No. 1 wide receiver in the 247Sports 2019 composite looked at Pappoe’s choice as a “business decision.”
Haselwood said he hasn’t scheduled any other officials, but he did enjoy that official to Oklahoma.
“It was pretty cool,” Haselwood said. “I already knew what I wanted to see, but I couldn’t really see it because of the wind there. It was blowing. But I know they can throw the ball. They are going to sling it.”
The Sooners are coming hard, but he declined to name them or any other school as his No. 2 school.
“I’m not going to give anybody a rank,” he said. “But if they are showing love to me, then they know that I am showing love back.”
Auburn should also get an official from Haselwood eventually.
“I like Auburn,” he said. “I’m cool with Coach [Kodi] Burns and [Travis Williams]. They are cool. Cool people that I can relate to.”
His mother enjoyed her visits to Auburn and Oklahoma.
“My mom liked Auburn,” Haselwood said. “She liked Oklahoma, too. She’s going wherever I go.”
Jadon Haselwood dropped intel on another 5-star prospect
Haselwood used the term “my guys” to describe IMG Academy 5-star prospects Nolan Smith and Trey Sanders.
Smith is committed to Georgia. Sanders is definitely interested, too. The 6-foot-1, 215-pound Sanders rates as the nation’s No. 1 running back for 2019.
“I think we need Trey,” Haselwood said. “He is a Dawg. I can see it in his eyes.”
Do the Bulldogs have a chance to pull the nation’s No. 1 running back out of back-to-back classes?
“As of right now, with what he is telling me I think he is strongly interested,” Haselwood said.
He also included 2020 IMG safety Lejond Cavazos as one of “his guys” whom he loves to hang with. Cavazos was also there at G-Day.
“It is always fun for me to link up with those three,” Haselwood said.
Lejond Cavazos jumps out of his shoes at The Opening regional
Did you know about Cavazos yet? He came away from G-Day with the Bulldogs as his clear leader.
The rising junior at IMG Academy will eventually be one of the top prospects in 2020. He holds 20 offers from the likes of Alabama, Auburn, Georgia and Ohio State. But he has yet to draw a 247Sports or even a 247Sports composite rating.
He will. Bet on that.
Cavazos had this to say about the Bulldogs after G-Day:
“I was not expecting to enjoy myself as much as I did honestly,” Cavazos said. “It is safe for me to say that Georgia is my top school right now.”
He’s also tested very well at the Dallas Opening regional last weekend.
— The Opening (@TheOpening) May 3, 2018
— Lejond Cavazos (@lejondaryy) April 11, 2018
Did you see this link on DawgNation?
We had a recruiting topic Thursday in our regular Question of the Day feature. A member of our DawgNation message board forum wanted to know what would be an ideal UGA breakdown of scholarships within the 85-man cap for NCAA Bowl Championship Series football.
We obliged. That allowed us to take a look at a few positions. Did you know the Bulldogs will have 30-plus freshman or redshirt freshmen on the roster this season?
Are you aware the Bulldogs will only have 16 seniors this fall? That figure will also include incoming graduate transfer Jay Hayes.
It is another reason why it will be hard for the program to add 25 signees in the Class of 2019.
Interesting top 5 from a 4-star Texas DB
We had to write a little bit about a guy with the nickname Hollywood today, right?
That would be Bobby Hollywood Wolfe. The one-time Texas A&M pledge rates as the nation’s No. 23 cornerback prospect for 2019 and the No. 244 overall prospect on the 247Sports composite standard.
Wolfe rates higher on just 247Sports. That service has him as the nation’s No. 14 CB prospect and at No. 145 overall.
The 6-1, 180-pound rising senior tweeted a new top 5 on Thursday night. He also established he will make his next college commitment in July at Nike’s The Opening Finals in Texas this summer.
He’s plenty fast having been timed at 3.98 seconds in the short shuttle, 4.3 seconds in the 40-yard dash and 10.8 in the 100 meters.
Check out his top 5 and his Hudl highlight tape below.
I Will Be announcing my commitment at “The Opening Finals✔️” pic.twitter.com/rCUstvFNy3
— Bobby “HOLLYWOOD” Wolfe🎬 (@iambobbywolfe1) May 3, 2018
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