Major UGA target Justin Eboigbe will need some time to make his decision
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 an overview of where 4-star DL target Justin Eboigbe stands with his options. DawgNation was told he was recently invited to compete in the Under Armour All-American game.
The first scouting terms to describe Forest Park 4-star DE prospect Justin Eboigbe will include the words “raw” and “just getting used to playing” on the defensive line.
There will also be some mention that how long has it been since Forest Park produced an SEC football signee. Does it go back to the Hines Ward days? Or did Tennessee find a player it wanted out of that spot inside Clayton County almost a decade ago?
It eventually will settle on something second-year coach Martez Edwards sees in a prospect who has really come from nowhere the last four months to now rank as the nation’s No. 9 strong-side DE and the No. 117 overall prospect on the 247Sports Composite for this cycle.
Edwards has coached major D-line talent like former Ohio State standout Vernon Gholston. Gholston didn’t have a sterling pro career but he was drafted No. 6 overall by the New York Jets in 2008.
The better parallel for him would be Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl champion, Brandon Graham. Graham made the play in the last Super Bowl to stun New England and Tom Brady. Edwards said that’s who Eboigbe reminds him of.
The motor to pursue the ball. The ability to get off the line fast. He thinks Eboigbe (pronounced: E-Boy-Be) will be capable of all those things at a very high level in college.
That’s why Georgia coach Kirby Smart wants him. That’s why Tosh Lupoi and Nick Saban asked him to head to Tuscaloosa last weekend to pick up an Alabama offer. He did.
It is also why Eboigbe will be visiting Clemson this weekend.
The junior simply feels his decision is just going to take awhile.
“My decision has really changed from just coming in with Mississippi State, Kentucky and Wake Forest offers to then having Alabama, Auburn and Georgia to know where I feel like I can really go to any place in America and have a full ride to play football and not have to walk onto any football team,” he said.
Listening to him parcel through his many options. It sounds like Alabama will be there for the long haul. So will Auburn. Eboigbe has a lot of family in Alabama. That includes a very special grandmother.
“She’s really been there for me a lot in my life,” said Eboigbe, who’s planning to study sports management in college. “She’s been right there for me with my mother.”
Georgia is very much in the picture. He had the offer from the Bulldogs as his pinned tweet for some time after he received it. Florida is also in it because of a connection to offensive line coach John Hevesy.
Edwards said he extended one of Eboigbe’s very first offers when he was still at Mississippi State. That will go a long way and plus the Florida staff is very actively recruiting him.
“I’m looking for chemistry with the coaches and chemistry with the players,” Eboigbe said. “I want to find that feel where I can leave home and feel comfortable being there.”
What Justin Eboigbe likes about UGA
Eboigbe gave an interesting answer to a question about which school has really sold itself very well to him at this point.
“I’m always talking with Coach (Tray) Scott and Coach Smart at Georgia,” he said. “I just spoke with Coach Lupoi and Coach Saban and what they really see in me. They told me how I would fit into their program.”
“Both of those schools seem to have a similar plan in how they want to use me.”
He has a lot of family in Alabama. Most of those relatives are Alabama fans. Does he see any differences between the way those schools are coming after him?
“Georgia started recruiting me earlier in the year,” Eboigbe said. “As opposed to Alabama coming in later. I don’t get as much contact as calls from the coaches at Alabama as I hear from the coaches at Georgia.”
“I haven’t spoken to Coach Saban yet as much as I have spoken to Coach Smart.”
Eboigbe said he hears from the head coach at Georgia about every week or every other week. He hears from Scott almost every other day.
Eboigbe rattled off a bunch of schools which were recruiting him very hard. That list of hard-chargers included Auburn, Florida, Mississippi State, South Carolina and Tennessee. He said it was pretty much indistinguishable to determine which one of those schools were recruiting him most fervently at this time.
Why did he pin that Georgia tweet after that offer?
“That was the runner-up to the national championship this past year,” he said. “That was a big offer at that time. I didn’t grow up a fan of Georgia but I have a lot of respect for what they are doing now. I see them as a perennial championship contender going forward. Just like Alabama has been for the past several years.”
He visited UGA in January.
“Hopefully I can check back in with them for spring practice,” he said.
Eboigbe wore a collection of Auburn gear to school on Thursday at Forest Park. Wake Forest was sprinkled throughout his wardrobe on Wednesday.
But he does remain impressed with the in-state school.
“Kirby Smart has really turned the program around,” he said. “Coach Scott is a laid-back coach, but he’s a young coach that I can him getting the best of me. That’s what I like the best about Georgia right now. Georgia has a really bright future.”
He felt that his trip to Athens back in January was probably his best college visit so far.
“Probably because it was such a small visit with not many other guys around,” Eboigbe said. “It was a small group. There were only the top recruits for them that were there. We were all able to sit down with our position coach and then get to get meet with the head coach.”
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