How did new UGA coach Kirby Smart spend his final hours on the recruiting trail before the NCAA’s “dead period” began at midnight on Sunday?
By making a bold move to go see Antwuan Jackson, one of the nation’s top defensive linemen who has scheduled his college announcement on Thursday. He is from Cedar Grove High School near the Atlanta area and will enroll early in January.
Smart paid him an 11th-hour visit for three reasons: (1) Jackson is announcing on Thursday, (2) Ohio State and Auburn are the front-runners, and (3) Jackson never took an official visit to UGA.
There were a lot of high-priority kids that Smart could’ve seen on Sunday night but he gambled on a blue-chipper who appears to be a long shot for UGA.On Monday, the NCAA “dead period” kicked off – which means college coaches can’t have to face-to-face contact with recruits until Jan. 14.
The nation’s No. 8 defensive tackle and No. 55 player overall will be quite a coup for whichever school lands him. Lanier 5-star Derrick Brown was the only defensive lineman at the Rising Seniors practices last year that consistently performed as well as Jackson.
The nearly 6-foot-3, 285-pounder would be quite an impact player at the college level given his ability. Ohio State coach Urban Meyer also paid Jackson a visit last Thursday. He also received another Ohio State visit from new defensive coordinator Greg Schiano on Sunday. That was on the heels of Jackson taking his final official visit this weekend to Auburn.
He is a wanted man.
Great seeing my man Kirby today ???? pic.twitter.com/088M9iel1N
— ⭐️Antwuan Jackson⭐️ (@Hercules__52) December 14, 2015