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Mikel Jones is rated as the nation’s No. 3 OLB prospect for 2019.
The 6-foot, 213-pound rising junior even checks in as the nation’s No. 52 overall recruit. Georgia is trending very well with some of the Southeast’s top prospects in his class.
It would not be a stretch to project the Bulldogs to sign an even better class in 2019 than what they locked down in 2017.
His pinned tweet suggests that Jones could be a part of that class. They are already three strong reasons for him to consider the Bulldogs. At least.
The biggest — and likely most important — was that UGA has been on his mind since he was 8 years old.
“Georgia was my dream school,” Jones said. “So when I got that offer it really meant a lot.”
He made sure to clarify that he had dream schools. Plural.
“Clemson and Georgia were the dream schools,” he said. “I watched (Miami) but I didn’t like them too much.”
Jones even had Clemson gear in his closet growing up. The reason? He said he has family that lives in South Carolina.
The second big reason would be Georgia 2018 commit Donovan Georges, who already has been sharing his views on the benefits of the program.
Those two guys even traveled to Georgia together last month. Georges told DawgNation that Jones was really feeling UGA and the No. 19 jersey he slipped on.
“He was right,” Jones said. “I was really feeling it and really feeling Georgia on that visit.”
Mikel Jones, the nation’s No. 3 OLB for 2019, said that Georgia was a dream school. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)
Jones said that Clemson and Georgia are his top 2 schools.
“That was my first time ever going to Georgia,” Jones said. “That was the best visit I have ever been on yet. It blew me away.
“When I put that No. 19 jersey on I could really see myself playing in that uniform and going to Georgia.”
Georges is a passionate advocate.
“He absolutely loved Georgia,” Jones said. “He was supposed to commit to Georgia even before he did. I’ve known he was going to commit to Georgia for a long time before he ever did.”
The other pull would be a member of that 2017 Georgia signing class. Jones plays with 3-star CB signee Latavious Brini at Mater Academy Charter in Hialeah, Fla.
“He is really good,” Brini said.
Brini is working Jones even harder than Georges.
“That would be Brini because I see him every day in school,” Jones said. “He tells me that ‘I know you want to do it. Go ahead and commit to the G’ a lot.”
Georgia vs. Clemson?
Jones isn’t sure which school out of his two favorites is recruiting him the hardest, but also noted that Miami is coming in hard. But the Hurricanes have yet to offer.
The 4-star recruit plans to visit Clemson on April 7.
Jones sees himself making a commitment at halftime of the Army All-American Game or the Under Armour All-America Game after his senior season.
But he admitted he felt a slight urge to commit to the Bulldogs on that trip with Georges.
“Just a little,” Jones said. “But I’ve got two years to go still. But the thing is the coaches (at Georgia) didn’t even stress it at all. They just talked to me as a player and wanted to get to know me. They weren’t asking me about any of that stuff.”
His mother and grandmother have prioritized his academics.
“They always raised me up talking about education and that’s why I have a 3.7 (grade-point average) right now,” Jones said. “I’m big on that and I want to study marine biology.”
He cited an overall love for the water to go along with that potential major.
When he’s not hitting the books or running backs, he said he just loves to swim. That’s in the pool or the ocean.
Glenn Schumann already knows Mikel Jones
Georgia assistant Glenn Schumann already has taken an interest in Jones.
“That guy is no joke,” Jones said. “He knows his football and can explain everything he does and why he does it and how Georgia does it and have it all make perfect sense. He makes everything click when it comes to teaching the game of football.”
Jones had a lot of 1-on-1 time with Schumann on that visit last month. He said he doesn’t have a relationship quite like that yet with Clemson.
“Coach (Glenn) Schumann told me he liked the way I can close sideline-to-sideline as a player,” he said. “He said I already know how to get to the ball and am really explosive so far and know how to use my hands.”
His 2016 highlights carry the title “Humble Beast.”
Mikel Jones on Latavious Brini
Brini was the recruit who committed to UGA on July 3 and then said he was “87.6 committed” before he backed away from that pledge.
Jones was not fooled.
“I knew he was going to go back to Georgia,” Jones said. “I didn’t see him fitting in at ‘the U’ or any other school. That guy was always Georgia to me. You could just tell he loved that school and that was where his heart always was.”
Another round of the dual-threat QB derby
Texas 4-star dual-threat QB Jalen Mayden has a brother that is at Alabama. Yet he doesn’t have an offer yet from the Crimson Tide.
“I used to talk to (former receivers coach) Billy Napier but he left and went to Arizona State so I have to find a new contact,” he said.
But he does have a scholarship offer from Georgia that came Feb. 9. The 6-foot-2, 215-pounder is rated as the nation’s No. 9 dual-threat QB in the Class of 2018.
SEC Country asked Mayden to describe his interest level in that opportunity.
“It is pretty high,” Mayden said of his interest in UGA. “(Georgia is) a pretty good school. They are pulling in some of the top recruits in 2018 so that is a good sign.”
Georgia wants to see him work more under center. Mayden said he’s been practicing so he can becomes better at that.
“That offer means that they see something in me (as a dual-threat quarterback) that I guess other people didn’t so I like that,” he said.
He said he’s already been to UGA once for a camp.
“It was cool,” he said. “… I got to see everything. It looks pretty nice.”
Mayden’s mother told SEC Country’s Sam Spiegelman this weekend at the Dallas Opening regional that he doesn’t have a specific batch of top schools at this time. Look for him to narrow that down during spring practice.
He also said he hopes to make his college commitment at his spring game at Sachse High School in Texas.
The rising senior doesn’t hold an offer from LSU but said an offer would vault that program into his top 5.
Unless otherwise indicated, player rankings and ratings are from the 247Sports composite.