Will there be more fireworks with prized Alabama DT Jayson Jones?
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. The play sheet today calls for a chance to review the recruiting situation with 4-star rising junior defensive tackle Jayson Jones. He rates as the nation’s No. 5 DT prospect and the No. 28 overall recruit for 2020 in the 247Sports.com rankings.
Jayson Jones has seen his name rise up in a lot of headlines the last few days. The huge Class of 2020 defensive tackle from Alabama plans to announce his college commitment on July 4.
Why Independence Day? He said he was coming out with a “bang” when it comes to the timing of his decision.
And his commitment will be to either Alabama or Georgia. Jones feels that both schools will be great for his intended major, computer sciences with a minor in Business.
Alabama was his dream school growing up. He said that Alabama currently holds a slim lead on the Bulldogs for that decision.
The Crimson Tide had a lot of inherent advantages with this decision. So how hard will it be to say no to Alabama?
“Not hard at all,” Jones told DawgNation.
The 6-foot-6½, 330-pound rising junior feels he excel in a 3 or a 5 technique in college. He also relayed that Alabama views him as a defensive end and that he would be OK with that. Georgia has him as more of a classic interior defender — in a 2 or 3 technique. (Helpful explainer on just what all of that means.)
Dialing in the moving parts on the Jayson Jones decision
Jones said that the home state school has the “slightest edge” right now.
“Why I am considering ‘Bama is because they have kept in contact with me a little bit more than Georgia as of right now,” he said.
What would be the biggest reason he could reverse that course and commit to UGA?
“The environment feels different from Alabama,” he told DawgNation. “It is a whole new feeling. It is great.”
The 2020 recruit knows that the timing of his commitment would still be a long way from the time he would eventually sign. He’s fine with that, though.
“I don’t ever worry about that,” he said. “[The] only way I’ll de-commit is [if] the team goes [on] probation. I feel like I’m ready. Why wait when I know where I wanna go?”
Jones said that he “kinda” has an idea where he wants to go. If he does wind up choosing UGA, then defensive line coach Tray Scott would be a major reason why.
“Tray Scott is a great man,” Jones said. “Fun to hang around. Our connection is close.”
That might sound like one of those classic generic examples recruits like to give. But he shared an example of what makes him think that way.
“This man was cracking on his own players trying [to] teach us during junior day,” Jones said.
Georgia isn’t supposed to win many recruiting battles in Alabama against the Crimson Tide. Especially those who felt their dream school growing up played home games in Tuscaloosa.
But if there’s any scant advantage that the Bulldogs might have in the current head-to-head, it could possibly be in the position coaches. Jones said he does not know Alabama first-year defensive line coach Craig Kuligowski as well as he does Scott.
4-star in-state 2019 DE Justin Eboigbe sets a top 5
Forest Park defensive end Justin Eboigbe tweeted his top 5 schools Monday. That’s something to pay attention to regarding the 247Sports composite’s No. 7 strongside DE prospect for 2019.
The big man also slides in as the nation’s No. 107 overall prospect in the composite.
— Justin Eboigbe (@JustinEboigbe) April 30, 2018
That’s a strong group with the likes of Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Georgia and Tennessee. But don’t expect him to make a public decision any time before the start of his senior season. The Under Armour All-American recently told DawgNation where things stood with his process.
“The next visit I really want to go down to Florida before I take my officials,” Eboigbe said after the Under Armour All-American camp last Sunday at Roswell High School.
He said at that time that Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Georgia and Tennessee had been hitting him up the most prior to that top 5 reveal Monday night.
That kind of makes sense now, right?
He said then that there was a “pretty good chance” that the Bulldogs were going to crack that eventual top 5.
Eboigbe said that he felt that 5-star center Clay Webb was the best offensive lineman at that Under Armour camp. But he was also impressed with recent UGA commitment Broderick Jones.
“Great energy and great technique,” Eboigbe said. “I really did like what I saw from that guy. Especially for him to just be a sophomore and a junior coming up in the fall.”
We didn’t forget about the obligatory Owen Pappoe update
Five-star outside linebacker Owen Pappoe makes his college commitment Tuesday at Sports and Social near SunTrust Park at The Battery in Atlanta.
DawgNation’s Before The Hedges recruiting show also went in-depth on Pappoe on the eve of his announcement. We set the table on the decision and also offered up the following topics.
- Why would it be Auburn?
- Why could it be Georgia?
- Which program would Pappoe mean more to at this time?
- How big of a key would Pappoe be to the Bulldogs repeating as the No. 1 team in the 247Sports team composite recruiting rankings in 2019?
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