Broderick Jones is committed to Georgia. That pledge still seems very solid today.
Auburn is the really the only school giving chase to the Bulldogs on that front. Tennessee would likely be in third place there.
Jones, a 5-star OT prospect, is the type of player the University of Georgia can build a class around. Clearly. He recently told DawgNation that he feels “pretty amazing” right now about the Bulldogs
I’d expect him to start reaching out to other elite in-state prospects in the 2020 class soon if he hasn’t already.
The path is also now set up for him to enroll early and maximize his opportunity to get on the field fast in Athens.
That will be important for the long-term future for the Bulldogs at the offensive tackle spot. While the Bulldogs have a lot of options for the interior of their front, that stockpile isn’t as deep at tackle.
That situation will take on even greater importance after the 2019 season. Especially given the fact that the items “Andrew Thomas” and “high NFL draft potential” will decorate a lot of sentences from the color analysts who will broadcast Georgia games this fall.
Isaiah Wilson, the other Bulldog bookend, will likely see his name in some of those opinions, too. He will also be draft eligible after his third season at UGA.
If those situations do come to pass, then Jones will be poised to take advantage of it. DawgNation has learned that Jones now plans to graduate early from Lithonia High and enroll in January of 2020.
He will not need to take any extra classes or online classes to do so. The three credits he is set to earn in the fall of 2019 will allow for early graduation. That will give him the best possible chance to compete for reps at tackle for the 2020 season.
If the NFL comes calling for both Thomas and Wilson after the 2019 season, it is not out of bounds to envision former 5-star Cade Mays as the next man up for the Bulldogs at tackle in 2020. Mays would be a very experienced junior in 2020.
Jones would then be competing with 2018 signee Owen Condon and 2019 signees Warren McClendon and Xavier Truss for playing time at that position. Condon redshirted in 2018, but he did make the 70-man travel squad for several SEC road games last season.
The 5-star from Lithonia High School is the highest-rated prospect for the Bulldogs in the 2020 class. He is one of three prospects that are committed to the Bulldogs for this cycle.
A few more things of note with Broderick Jones
Jones had 14 points for Lithonia last week in a Georgia High School Association state basketball Class 5A quarterfinal round victory.
Lithonia will face Warner Robins at 6 p.m. tonight at Veterans High School in Middle Georgia. That is a quarterfinal game in the Class 5A bracket.
He’s usually good for about eight points per game for that squad.
That’s the sort of all-around athleticism that has him rated as the nation’s No. 3 OT prospect on the 247Sports Composite rankings. That will also slot him as the nation’s No. 20 overall recruit.
He’s now a little over 6 feet, 6 inches and weighs right at 291 pounds. That is a good weight for an offensive lineman to carry during the thick of a state basketball playoff run.
Jones carries it so well he looks more like he is 275 pounds.
He has had a busy 2019 aside from what his high school Bulldogs have done on the court. Jones competed at the Under Armour “Future 50” event down in Orlando and repped the way a 5-star OT should.
— Demetric D. Warren (@DemetricDWarren) January 3, 2019
— Craig Haubert (@CraigHaubert) January 3, 2019
— Broderick Jones (@millionairemov3) January 4, 2019
Those reps do not lead to a false positive evaluation.
It is the opinion here that Jones can come replicate what Andrew Thomas did to stabilize a starting spot at tackle during his true freshman season in the SEC.
That is what Jones has been hearing from Georgia line coach Sam Pittman since he began recruiting him. Thomas has been trending to be the type of talent that would have strong NFL first-round potential since his freshman season in 2017.
Jones also now has an invitation to play in both the 2020 Under Armour All-American Game and the 2020 All-America Bowl out in Texas.
He committed to play in the 2020 Under Armour All-American back in August of 2018.
— Broderick Jones (@millionairemov3) August 9, 2018
DawgNation will never forget his commitment story. It was an event which rarely ever happens in recruiting anymore. He was committed to UGA for well over a month before the word got out.
Jones was not a silent commitment. It was a situation that both he and his Lithonia coaches described as a question nobody had bothered to ask him about.
“Big Silly” has been a popular nickname for Jones during his time at Lithonia. That captures his easygoing and playful manner until it is time to play football.
DawgNation broke down Jones and where that name came from on our weekly “Before The Hedges” live recruiting show last season.
The 2020 focus on recruiting continues
What will the final 5-star count for the Bulldogs look like when all is read and done for 2020?
We shall see. In the interim, here’s a roll call of the DawgNation updates this year with some very prominent 2020 targets.
- Which two fishing holes on the recruiting map will loom large in 2020?
- Uncommon name and rare game: The 5-star Arik Gilbert update
- Nation’s No. 1 junior WR Julian Fleming places UGA in his final six
- Elite CB Lejond Cavazos hit the reset button on his recruiting
- 5-star junior DE Bryan Bresee returns this weekend to UGA
- Nation’s No. 5 DE Jacolbe Cowan and Tray Scott: They go back to 2015
- Nation’s top WR Julian Fleming uses the word “great” a lot about UGA
- What did the nation’s No. 1 QB DJ Uiagalelei say about UGA?
- Sam Pittman is on the mind of elite OL Andrew Raym
- Arkansas QB Jacolby Criswell has been a UGA target since last summer
- 2020 DT Warren Brinson de-commits from UGA
- Dream school? Favorite team? 4-star Alabama wideout says that about UGA
- “RBU Reload” anyone? Why 5-star Kendall Milton hears from UGA almost daily
- 5-star OT Broderick Jones feels “amazing” about UGA right now
- How the Justin Fields storyline affects UGA recruiting in 2019
- Tiny Schley County has produced a gem in 4-star DE Zykeivous Walker
- WATCH: Why Warren Brinson was attracted to UGA
- 5-star Bryan Bresee is the big UGA target for 2020