Aaron Dowdell is called “AA” or “Big A” around Creekside High School. It fits. When he was working through drills on Tuesday, a camera lens was placed on him.
When the camera was, the defensive player lined up over him shrugged. Dowdell made sure to make himself and his teammate better with those reps. It got to a point that the defender all but did a fist-bump when the camera was put away. He was tired of getting mauled.
Dowdell told the AJC he’s UGA all the way.
“I am a 100-percent committed to Georgia,” Dowdell said. “There’s no doubts in my head. I can picture myself playing at UGA. It feels like family over there. Nobody is going to have to worry about me going anywhere.”
That said, he’ll still take his official visits because he feels that’s something every recruit should take advantage of in the process. He could really only think of two schools, though.
That’s Auburn and Clemson. That’s how solidly he has aligned himself with UGA. Dowdell thinks he can play right away at guard. He also identified two uncommitted recruits UGA needs to lock down to join him.
His picks were 5-star athlete Mecole Hardman, Jr. and 4-star running back Elijah Holyfield. The senior shared his thoughts on each target:
Hardman Jr: “He’s just an elite player on either side of the ball. You can see he loves Georgia. He needs to go ahead and get it out of the way.”
Holyfield: “He’s got a chance to be the next Nick Chubb. He’s just has that Dog in him. He’s fast and strong. He really knows how to hit the hole and reads the blocks really well. too.”The 6-foot-3, 300-pounder believes UGA will sign “4 or 5” offensive linemen this year. The program already has three commitments along the line.
“I think we need one more big tackle,” Dowdell said “Because we have got a lot of guards this year. We need a big guy to play tackle in this class.”
Jeff Sentell covers 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.