UGA offensive line coach Sam Pittman continues to excel on the recruiting trail. Add Pace Academy standouts Andrew Thomas and Jamaree Salyer to the robust list of prospects who have told DawgNation they will be at Sanford Stadium on Saturday for G-Day.
The new line coach has the sort of personality he hopes to match with the oversized grown men he sends out on the field. He once told 2018 commit Max Wray to call him “Brad Pittman” on a visit and went by that moniker the rest of the day. His humorous methods of reaching players, plus his ability to send SEC linemen to the NFL, have drawn the interest of two of the top offensive lineman in Georgia.
Thomas, a rising senior, is rated as the top offensive lineman in the state for 2017 and the nation’s No. 71 overall prospect for his signing class. Salyer, who will be a junior this fall, ranks as the nation’s No. 1 offensive guard and No. 13 overall recruit by 247sports for 2018.
The 6-foot-5, 315-pound Thomas ranks as the nation’s No. 14 offensive tackle this year. Salyer, already at 6-foot-4 and 327 pounds, dominated the Nike Atlanta regional last month.
Thomas has already said UGA will get an official visit this fall and has been named to the U.S. Army All-American game in Texas. He confirmed the Pace duo will be at G-Day on Tuesday afternoon.
Those two push the guest list that DawgNation has confirmed for G-Day up to 26. Those two young men easily become two of the most important recruits on hand at G-Day.
G-Day guest list so far (Major UGA targets)
Updated on: 4/14 at 4:45 PM
2018: 4-star CB Derrik Allen
2017: 4-star WR Trey Blount
2017: 3-star LB Kenney “K.J.” Britt
2017: 4-star WR Nico Collins
2017: 4-star LB Breon Dixon (UGA commit) — He’s now able to attend
2017: 4-star QB Jake Fromm (UGA commit)
2017: 5-star DB DeAngelo Gibbs
2017: 3-star LB Walter Grant
2017: 4-star OL Tony Gray (most likely will attend G-Day)
2017: 4-star DE/OLB Malik Herring
2016: Unrated RB Brian Herrien
2017: 4-star LB Jaden Hunter (UGA commit)
2018: 4-star OL Tank Jenkins
2017: 3-star WR Xavier Jenkins (UGA commit)
2017: 4-star OL Netori Johnson
2018: 4-star DE Justin Mascoll
2017: 4-star WR D.J. Matthews (FSU commit)
2017: 4-star DB William Poole
2018: 4-star OT Jamaree Salyer
2017: 3-star OL Justin Shaffer (UGA commit)
2017: 5-star ATH JaCoby Stevens
2017: 3-star LB Tyler Taylor
2017: 4-star OT Andrew Thomas
2018: 4-star CB Christian Tutt
2017: 4-star ATH Jamyest Williams
2018: 4-star OL Max Wray (UGA commit)
Note: This is by no means official, but it is DawgNation’s own confirmed listing of some of the top prospects in the South with UGA offers. Look for this list to populate with more names over the next few days.
G-Day, Georgia’s annual spring football scrimmage, is scheduled for 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 16, at Sanford Stadium. Check back here daily for DawgNation’s G-Day coverage brought to you by Georgia United Credit Union.
Jeff Sentell covers UGA football and UGA recruiting for AJC.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play Between the Hedges.
Unless otherwise indicated, player rankings and ratings are from the 247Sports Composite.