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Four-star CB Jalen Perry committed to UGA in late October of 2017. That pledge still seems very strong.

UGA commit Jalen Perry: ‘There is no ceiling for the 2019 class’

Jeff Sentell

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 playlist for tonight calls for an extended chat with 2019 4-star CB commit Jalen Perry. He chose the Bulldogs on Oct. 30 of last year.

Iron sharpens iron. That seems to be the current theme for Georgia football checking those daily workouts leading up to spring drills.

It appears that is going to work for recruiting classes, too. What UGA signed up in the 2018 cycle casts a pretty long shadow.

Nation’s top-rated class. Best UGA haul in the modern era of college football recruiting. Most 5-star prospects signed by one school off of the 247Sports composite.

OK, 2019. What can you do? Can the 2019 signees rival — or even surpass — that stockpile in 2018?

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Jalen Perry, a 2019 UGA commit, rates as the nation’s No. 14 CB prospect for this cycle. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)

Jalen Perry, a 4-star CB commit from Dacula High School in Gwinnett County, has his answer.

“I believe so,” Perry said. “I believe there is no ceiling for the 2019 class. I think that if we get some of the talent that is in Georgia and around Georgia, then I think the 2019 class can be as good [as] or better than the 2018 class.”

Perry was an early commit on Oct. 30 of last year. The 6-foot-1, 185-pounder boasts impressive change-of-direction ability. That’s one of many reasons why he rates as the nation’s No. 14 CB prospect on the 247Sports composite for 2019.

He’s also an in-state prospect in the hotbed of Gwinnett County. What sort of role does he see himself having in the class?

“I definitely see myself as a leader,” Perry said. “Definitely someone who will go talk to other recruits and tell them that Georgia is the place to be. We’re going in the right direction. I feel like I can definitely talk to those guys we need to get and just be a leader by the way I act on and off the field and the way that I carry it over to the football field. This 2019 class for Georgia is also going to be great.”

Can Jalen Perry help pull an even better class in 2019? 

I think so. Perry is a highly intelligent young man. His coaches at Dacula rave about him being the total person. New Dacula coach Clint Jenkins said if every coach could have a team full of players like Perry, then everyone would stick around for 20-30 years. Probably at the same place.

He carries a 3.7 GPA in the classroom. So he’s a smart guy and a natural leader on his team.

The way the 2019 class can surpass that lofty 2018 group will come at the bottom of the signee list. If UGA signs fewer 3-star recruits for this cycle, then the floor of this class compared to 2018 will rise.

Jalen Perry carries a very strong GPA at Dacula High School. He plans to be a business major at UGA. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)

That seems more likely because it will be very tough for the Bulldogs to sign as many 5-star prospects in 2019. Look for the Bulldogs to add maybe one more cornerback and a couple of safeties to line up in the secondary with Perry with this class.

He has worked on a few guys that cause for 2019. Florida wide receiver Frank Ladson Jr. would be one of those. Ladson is a 5-star recruit who rates as the nation’s No. 3 WR for 2019. Perry is also in the ear of Archer cornerback Andrew Booth. Booth rates as the nation’s No. 5 cornerback for 2019.

Perry is also close with North Gwinnett 4-star cornerback target D.J. Turner II.

“I am after those guys for sure and then [5-star lineman] Chris Hinton,” Perry said. “He’s committed to Michigan but I want to flip him. I think I can maybe get that done. I talk to a lot of guys about Georgia, but those are the main ones that I talk to.”

He listed Grayson 5-star linebacker Owen Pappoe and Hinton as the two prospects that he would most want to add to the class of 2019 in Athens.

Any flip chances regarding Jalen Perry?

Those seem to be rather paltry. Perry has found a great fit with everything he is looking for in a college. He’s also established real relationships with Kirby Smart and defensive coordinator Mel Tucker.

There’s also the natural fit with his family growing up in Habersham County in northeast Georgia. That includes a link to a former UGA great. Former Bulldogs receiver Tavarres King is his cousin.

“You can see the direction the program continues to go in since my commitment,” Perry said. “My feelings for UGA have only grown stronger. I saw their whole season unfold last year, saw the Rose Bowl and saw them in the National Championship Game. Some very big things are up ahead for the program.”

He wants to study in the Terry College at Georgia. Look for him to also enroll early in January 2019. Tucker has been his primary recruiter.

He’s not sure if he will take all of his official visits. But he might take a few. He would consider a possible visit to Florida or South Carolina. The Gamecocks were very high on his list prior to his commitment to UGA.

A few quick-hit things to think about 

  • We’re coming up on a time period where a lot of UGA commits and priority targets can begin taking their official visits in April. 5-star UGA commit Jadon Haselwood does plan to use an official visit to see Oklahoma in mid-April. As we’ve reported many times, the nation’s No. 1 receiver was always going to take his visits.
  • There are a few family links to think about, but I remember a recent conversation with Haselwood where he said his mother might not forgive him if he didn’t go to Georgia.  That pledge to UGA should still be seen as very strong.
  • Georgia can make a big recruiting splash with its own official visits on G-Day. DawgNation was able to confirm a couple of big visits already planned for April 15. Look for 4-star priority DT target Travon Walker to be there. Marist safety Kyle Hamilton, a prospect on the rise in the last month, also plans to be there.
  • Big 5-star DE target Bryan Bresee was also named the No. 1 player in the country on the initial class of 2020 rankings by 247Sports. Breese took a recent visit to UGA and really enjoyed it. We’ll cover that visit in a forthcoming Intel but he also plans to come back down to Athens for G-Day and check out just what a game day looks like for the program.
  • If you want to know more about Bresee, we had an in-depth look at him last month. It included a “secret weapon” of sorts for the Bulldogs in their quest to sign this big 6-6 athlete from Maryland.
  • Stephenson’s Nazir Stackhouse, Georgia’s lone commitment for 2020, also cracked that 2020 list as a 4-star recruit and as the nation’s No. 203 overall prospect. He’s rated as the nation’s No. 12 DT in his class.

One more thing that might make you go hmmm

Re-read those opening paragraphs. Much has been made about Georgia’s top-rated recruiting class for 2018. But I wanted to splinter the class in one dramatic fashion to offer another way to look at it.

The Bulldogs signed those seven prospects with a 5-star rating in that cycle. But let’s wave a hand and take them all away. (Give me a little slack on the line here to make this point.)

If Georgia only signed 19 prospects in 2018, that class would still rank No. 10 in the nation. Just ahead of Notre Dame. The Bulldogs would tally a composite score of 275.30 on the 247Sports composite standard and that would still be the No. 2 class in the SEC behind only Alabama.

That exercise makes 4-star OLB Quay Walker the highest-rated player in the class followed by James Cook and Luke Ford. That would then be a top tier of the nation’s No. 2 OLB, the No. 3 RB and the No. 3 TE.

I’ll tip my hat to the handy 247Sports class calculator feature for the ability to look at the class in a totally different light.

It shows there will be some pretty good days ahead for those that follow that team in Athens every fall. With or without that 7-pack in the 5-star category, too.

An in-state tweet that you should not miss

Tyler Goodson was equal parts battering ram and tip of the spear for North Gwinnett’s state title run in 2017. The 3-star Class of 2019 running back does not have an offer from Georgia, but I have a lot of respect for what he’s been able to do on the field.

The 5-10, 185-pound prospect rates as the nation’s No. 47 running back in his class. He doesn’t have any SEC offers but has the likes of Cincinnati, Georgia Southern, Indiana, Iowa, Iowa State, Nebraska, Syracuse and West Virginia among his options.

Goodson averaged 7.4 yards per attempt through 13 games on his way to 1,437 yards, 25 TDs and several monster games when his best was required.

His Hudl profile lists a 4.54-second time in the 40, a 37.5-inch vertical leap and a squat of 485 pounds that will show off his strength. I would believe all of that plus the fact he can bench press 185 pounds 20 times after watching this video.

It just goes to show just how much talent there is in the state of Georgia.

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