There will likely be a few more on the way in this class. Especially if he has anything to say about it.
The nation’s No. 2 OLB prospect ranks No. 13 overall among the 247Sports Composite ratings for this cycle. But he also ranks as one of the top behind-the-scenes leaders for the 2020 Bulldog class.
He was highly encouraged to see another February birthday commit to Georgia earlier this month. Sherman and Kendall Milton will now both enroll early in January of 2020. They will both turn 18 in February of 2020.
When players of their ability arrive in college still at 17 years of age, it says a lot about their future potential.
“Kendall was crucial in our class,” Sherman told DawgNation. “Just as much as we want to reload the defense we want to reload the offense as well in the 2020 class.”
Milton and Sherman seem to be a pair of natural leaders for the 2020 group.
“Kendall is a good person and a helluva player,” he continued. “I have a feeling we will get along getting ourselves better [along] the way.”
Sherman feels he’s closest to Milton right now in the 2020 class. He’s also been a fan of seeing the Bulldogs pile up the elite OL commits for the other side of the ball.
“I love it,” he stated. “I want to be great. It doesn’t happen on game day. It happens in practice.”
— Mekhail Sherman🌹 (@JuicedUpK9) July 30, 2019
Mekhail Sherman: Returning from a season-ending injury
Sherman is in the process of getting his clearance for returning to full go. He saw his junior year halted after by a knee injury in the third game. It will allow him to return to the field this fall after a completely torn ACL and a partial lateral meniscus tear.
Send a prayer to the big man upstairs for me.
— Mekhail Sherman🌹 (@JuicedUpK9) July 30, 2019
He’s cleared for work in practice now. That means he can do everything in practice for his Cadets.
The 6-foot-3, 233-pound rising senior hopes to get a full green light for games on Aug. 21. That will be three days before his St. John’s College (Washington, D.C.) season opener at home against Miami-Southridge.
Sherman hurt his knee on Sept. 8 of last fall during a five-overtime game against Miami Central. When it happened, it was just pure bad luck on a football play. His knee joint was leg-whipped by his teammate.
It was not the most adversity he has been through in his 17 years of life, but he said it was “up there.”
“The knee and what it will do to you really all that has done is given me more fuel to my fire,” Sherman said earlier this year. “You can love the game so much but the game will cheat you. It cheated me. I got leg-whipped by my own teammate. My ACL was torn. But all that it did was I had to sit back.”
“Then I had to talk to God. I had to talk to family and realize why I do this. I had to revert back to why I do this. Now, this injury will not only touch you physically but also touch you mentally. All I have been doing is going through these trials and tribulations between physical, mental and spiritual ways to get stronger. So when I get back on that field there is no turning back.”
This comeback is nearing its final hurdle. As for now, he just takes things day-by-day.
He was back in Athens for the cookout during the weekend between dead periods.
“The visit was cool,” he told DawgNation. “Nothing different. It is just another home now. I don’t really expect much since my recruiting is over.”
Sherman does not have a game visit lined up at this time.
The main recruiting targets now for Mekhail Sherman
With Milton public, he has a list of his own to work from for the rest of the 2020 class.
“I’m still working on Darnell Washington, Kelee Ringo and Theo Johnson,” Sherman told DawgNation.
He said he remembers the early conversations that the group started to have back on G-Day in April. Milton was there. Ringo was there. So was 5-star in-state TE Arik Gilbert.
Sherman said he had a conversation with all of the elite prospects who were there for Georgia’s annual spring scrimmage.
“Hopefully Arik Gilbert and Kelee [Ringo] come through as well,” he stated.
He shared a specific message for the fans and all of DawgNation.
“I appreciate the fans,” he shared via a text message. “That’s my message. Lol. They’ll know more about me in a few months or so.”
Sherman is a superb player. There’s no denying that. A few clips of his film will reflect. But he shares a similar trait with Milton. Both of them want to use their talents to create a brand and a platform of sorts.
It will allow them to inspire their communities and also to affect some measure of social change. For the better. There is every boy’s dream to play this game for as long and as well as they possibly can.
But then there is a mature man’s vision that comes after that.
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What do those cupped hands into a heart mean to Sherman? It anchors him down to his roots coming up in the city of Baltimore.
“Show love,” he explains. “There’s a lot of violence in Baltimore city where it all derived from envy, unnecessary hate, and poverty. People who survive from the city and move often don’t come back because they see it as a bucket of crabs.”
“A friend of mine Jonathan Watkins has started this promotion & movement. I support this movement and the way I show I support is to cup my hands into hearts. [It is a] love yours and all type thing.”
A “blessed” family connection for Mekhail Sherman
This seems about the right time to shine a light on Mekhail and his older sister. Mekhail and Raisa Sherman were named after Soviet premier Mikhail Gorbachev and his wife, Raisa.
His sister is engaged to be married in approximately 60 days. His future brother-in-law, Donnie Blue, was with him on his G-Day official visit and his most recent trip for the cookout event.
They mean a great deal to him.
“They are awesome,” he said. “I couldn’t ask for no one else better,” he told DawgNation. “They do a lot for me and give me things I don’t ask for. Being blessed is an understatement.”
Raisa was a guest on the DawgNation “Before the Hedges” program back in May. She is already quite a visible UGA presence on social media. The roof of her Twitter page reads “We are a Bulldawgs family” with all of that.
She’s brought up going to Fanatics.com to get gear on paydays. She’s shopping for car decals online.
“I’m ready,” she said. “This season I have decided for his final season at St. John’s the entire family is going to wear everything Bulldogs and nothing St. John’s. We might [tick] off a couple of people but ‘oh well’ we’re ready for the next level. I think he’s ready for the next level. I’m sure he’s ready for the next level. He’s excited. I’m excited. It is just a matter of time. A year from now, we will be packing up.”
— Raisa 🐾🐾 Sherman🇱🇷 (@RoyaltyDrip) July 30, 2019
When Sherman chose Georgia, it was essentially a green flag for her to get busy.
“Once Mekhail chose Georgia and it became official it was kind of sort of letting me out the gate,” she said. “Because I couldn’t say anything before he said anything. I had to say to myself once he commits to Georgia I have to get other kids to join him.”
“Because I know what kind of player he is and I know that any person who plays with him is going to have a damn good time. Excuse my language. They are going to have a wonderful time. He knows the game and he understands the game. He is a wonderful leader at such a tender age of 17 he’s a great leader. Who wouldn’t want to be on that #TakeoverTrain?”
That’s her go-to hashtag on Twitter.
“At the end of the day once that train parks at Georgia in 2020 those college games on Saturdays or TV or live if you are there they are going to be wonderful,” she said. “They are going to be fun. You are going to lose your voice. I know I am. I’m ready.”
She feels Georgia was immediately the team to beat when Sherman picked up his offer on his birthday in February of 2018.
“It was Georgia when they offered him,” she said. “It was Georgia when they offered him. At least in my mind.”
“Ribs” describes her brother’s relationships with UGA coaches Dan Lanning and Kirby Smart as “wonderful.”
“That’s important,” she said. “Because those are the guys that are going to shape his future. Those are the guys who and their values are going to help him become a better father, a better man and a better husband. Everything is built on that and I have been in their company and I approve. Sister approves.”