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Jamil Burroughs has Georgia at the top of his college list.

Why the nation’s No. 6 DT Jamil Burroughs has set his commitment date

Want to attack every day with the latest Georgia football recruiting info? That’s what the Intel will bring at least four days a week. McEachern High School 4-star junior DT Jamil Burroughs has set his commitment date for late August. Where do the Bulldogs stand with this in-state priority? 

Jamil Burroughs is ready to make his college choice. If he had to, the nation’s No. 6-ranked defensive tackle in the Class of 2020 said that he could make that decision this week.

But he will not. The McEachern High (Powder Spring, Ga.) standout will use that moment to honor his mother instead. The 6-foot-3, 320-pound junior made his commitment plan known earlier this week: Aug. 25.

He sounds all but ready. Especially for this cause.

“That’s my mom’s birthday, and she is such a special lady,” Burroughs said. “I’m just ready for all of this recruitment to be over with and to pick my school. I can only go to one school, and I am just ready to make my decision later this summer.”

When he does, he knows that Simora Scott will be there. His mother is always there.

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Jamil Burroughs is ranked even higher on his pure 247Sports rating. He’s the No. 4 overall defensive tackle for 2020, according to that ranking. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)

“I’m doing all of this for my mom as well,” Burroughs said. “I want to make her happy in the future. Maybe if I take this thing all the way to the league then I can take care of her. Like she has done for me. I can always be there to help her then. That’s why I am doing it on her birthday.”

The quick math of that makes it a treasured gift. If he chooses one of the Power 5 schools among his options, then that will be a windfall of several thousand dollars of real-world value attached to his education, football development, food and housing, and strength and conditioning training.

There are a few things that certainly sound like they are trending in favor of a certain school here:

  • Burroughs said UGA is his outright leader. He placed Clemson as his No. 2 school. Alabama is also among his top group.
  • He estimated that he has been to Georgia “30 times” since he became a recruiting target leaving middle school.
  • UGA running backs coach Dell McGee has been one of his lead recruiters, along with defensive line coach Tray Scott.
  • The 4-star DT referred to former McEachern U.S. Army All-American and Georgia junior DL Julian Rochester as his “big brother” of sorts.
  • He said he believes that Tyler Simmons, another McEachern product, was not offside for Georgia in the National Championship Game in January against Alabama.

Breaking down the Jamil Burroughs decision

Which schools are really in the hunt for Burroughs?

“Definitely Georgia,” Burroughs said. “Georgia is my top school right now. Then it is Clemson and Alabama.”

He said the Bulldogs have made the strongest sales pitch.

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Jamil Burroughs says he will make his college commitment on Aug. 25 in honor of his mother’s birthday. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)

“They were my first offer,” Burroughs said. “I stay in contact with them, and my family and I are always in contact with them.”

The recruiting tandem of McGee and Scott has been an effective one.

“Coach McGee is really, really cool,” Burroughs said. “I can talk to him about anything and that’s what I look forward to seeing in my relationship with my coach.”

What would be the strongest reason why he might put on that UGA hat on Aug. 25?

“It has been my dream school since I was 10 or 11 years old,” Burroughs said. “I’ve had a great relationship with Kirby Smart since he was at Alabama. That relationship and his move to Georgia had a real big impact on where Georgia has been in my decision.”

Burroughs plans to enroll in the school of his choice in January 2020. That’s the same path that Rochester followed to Athens. He even wears his old No. 99 along the trenches for the Indians.

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Jamil Burroughs estimated that he’s been to Athens about 30 times in the time he has been a high school recruit. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)

“That’s my big brother right there,” Burroughs said. “He was like, ‘If you pick Georgia, then you will never regret it. You will get a bunch of playing time early here and the players get along very well at Georgia,’ and he also said that Kirby was a really cool guy to play for.”

He also likes Clemson.

“We keep in touch,” he said. “They do a good job of showing me what it would be like to play there.”

Burroughs hasn’t been to check out Alabama yet. He plans to do so this weekend, if possible.

When he commits, look for that to be it for him.

“I’ll be done,” the future business and mechanical engineering major said. “That will be an end to the recruiting process for me.”

Burroughs should be seen as a strong all-around defensive lineman. He can penetrate and shoot gaps and hold up in the run game. His Hudl profile page also credits him with a 4.87 time in the 40.

A phenomenal stat about 4-star OT commit Xavier Truss

When Xavier Truss committed to Georgia on Sunday, it meant that the Bulldogs earned a pledge from the No. 1 prospect in the state of Rhode Island. Truss is the nation’s No. 102 overall prospect for the Class of 2019 on the 247Sports composite.

I think it is necessary to really spotlight just how significant that feat is. A case can be made that Truss is the biggest prospect in that state’s history, especially since the establishment of modern college recruiting coverage and the star system.

Will Blackmon, a 4-star recruit in 2002, rated No. 174 overall then. Blackmon is a 10-year NFL veteran and started six games for the Washington Redskins in 2017.

Here’s where Rhode Island’s top prospect charted on the 247Sports composite since 2000:

  • 2019: No. 102 overall (4-star Xavier Truss)
  • 2018: No. 1,478 overall (3-star)
  • 2017:  No. 486 overall (3-star)
  • 2016: No. 2,217 overall (3-star)
  • 2015: No. 2,578 overall (2-star)
  • 2014: Did not chart
  • 2013: No. 1,163 overall
  • 2012: Did not chart
  • 2011:  Did not chart
  • 2010: Did not chart
  • 2009: Did not chart
  • 2008: Did not chart
  • 2007: Did not chart
  • 2006: Did not chart
  • 2005: Did not chart
  • 2004: No. 2028 overall
  • 2003: No. 1241 overall
  • 2002: No. 174 overall (4-star Will Blackmon)
  • 2001: Did not chart
  • 2000: Did not chart

Draw your own conclusion. When I look at that and mesh that with the fact that Truss has picked up at least the 31 listed offers on his 247Sports prospect profile page, it gives credence to the notion that he’s the biggest and the biggest (ahem) prospect in the history of Rhode Island.

The Bulldogs are stacking up quite a collection of No. 1 overall players from across the 50 states right now.

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