UGA recruiting: A deep dive into a few more options on defensive line
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Savion Williams, the nation’s No. 1 junior college defensive tackle prospect for 2019, has an offer from Georgia.
The 6-foot-4, 315-pound Williams also has a clear view on the Bulldogs. He told DawgNation that the program was one of his dream schools growing up.
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The 3-star recruit grew up in Maryland and plays for Lackawanna Community College in Pennsylvania. 247Sports pegs him as the nation’s No. 1 defensive tackle and the No. 15 overall prospect in junior college.
Williams also likes Miami, Oregon and Penn State. He’s planning to visit UGA in late July.
“I’m doing an official during the season and maybe an unofficial July 26-28,” he said. “I plan to make a decision probably in November sometime.”
Georgia is a standout along with the likes of Maryland, Nebraska, N.C. State, Tennessee and West Virginia.
Williams cannot enroll early. He will be a May 2019 graduate. What is he looking for?
“I’m looking for a family, as well as a great coaching staff, and a chance to play,” he said.
He didn’t have the grades coming out of high school in the Baltimore area.
“It humbled me and taught me patience,” he said. “JUCO really is a struggle and it’s not for everyone. Nights we don’t eat. Walking to the practice field in the hot sun. No ride or bus to get us there. [It] really just humbled me way more than I was.”
The big DT has been timed at 4.54 seconds in the pro agility shuttle. That figure is posted on his Hudl profile page, but he said he has since lowered that to 4.44 seconds. That posted time was from his junior year of high school.
He also is credited there with a 570-pound squat.
Williams will have three years to play three seasons beyond this year. Tray Scott is recruiting him for the Bulldogs. He said that the UGA staff likes the versatility that he shows on film.
How does Mississippi 4-star DL Byron Young view UGA?
Byron Young ranks as the nation’s No. 9 strongside DE for 2019 on the 247Sports composite. That places him at No. 121 overall. The West Jones (Miss.) product also has a few predictions to UGA on the 247Sports Crystal Ball feature.
The home-state SEC programs have more predictions, but the Bulldogs are charting there. Jones said that he hears the most from Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Alabama, Clemson and Georgia. He rolled off those schools in that order.
The Bulldogs made his top 10. He’s not looking to cut down that list of options at this time.
Young is seen as a defensive end, but also as a guy who can come down and play the “3” tech as well. The 6-foot-5, 277-pound senior has the ability and the frame to line up in both roles.
He’s comfortable at both spots and he said that leaving the state of Mississippi will be considered closely.
“I know that’s not too big of an issue for me, but I know my parents and my mom especially doesn’t like going through too much travel. That might be something that affects us a little bit.”
Clemson and Ole Miss stand out as two of his best visits so far. Dan Lanning and Tray Scott recruit him for UGA.
“I have talked to both of them for a long time,” Young said. “I would say that both of them are two of my favorite coaches that have been following me around. Just real good men. I really enjoy talking to both of them.”
Young named Lanning as one of the two recruiters that he has the best and strongest relationships with up to this point.
He also has a high opinion of Scott as a teacher.
“I like him,” Young said. “I think he can make me be the very best football player that I can be.”
I wouldn’t expect him to commit anywhere. He’s just going to sign somewhere on Dec. 20, the first day of the early signing period.
Young has scheduled officials to Alabama (for the Iron Bowl) and LSU. LSU was the program he cited as his dream school growing up. That official will be for the big Alabama game weekend.
“I see this as more than just liking a team on TV and seeing how they play on Saturdays,” he said. “There is a lot more behind this decision than that. A lot more behind-the-scenes with the education aspect. You have to look at what takes place the other days of the week. Not just Saturdays.”
He wants to major in kinesiology and physical therapy. Young has researched that Florida and LSU are very strong in that major.
The 4-star recruit has been to Athens once for a three-day visit. It was near the end of the school year.
He got to know redshirt freshman DE Robert Beal. Those two hit it off well. Will UGA get an official visit?
“I think that will be one that I would really like to do,” Young said.
Young said that he wants to enroll early, but it doesn’t seem like his family would prefer that.
UGA recruiting: How does 4-star DE Quayshon Fuller feel?
Quayshon Fuller, a 4-star DE from Fort Myers, Fla., is still committed to Florida State. He has some very strong ties to that program, but he recently told DawgNation that all the schools among his top 5 basically are neck-and-neck.
Fuller has made at least three trips to UGA this year, including back-to-back trips this summer that took place within a week’s time.
“Those relationships were the same,” Fuller said. “Just continuing to build the relationships with the players and the coaches.”
He’s tight with freshman QB Justin Fields. Those two are friendly enough to joke about cards and the proper greetings back on Father’s Day.
“I asked him about what he was going to do for me on Father’s Day and he just started laughing,” Fuller said.
He rates as the nation’s No. 19 strongside DE on the 247Sports composite. That places him at No. 259 overall. Fuller is coming off a torn labrum that ended his junior year after just three games.
Georgia is making thing hard for him.
“I want to say when how you love a team and it is not always what is best for you. It might not be your dream school, but it would be what is best for you,” Fuller said. “I feel like Georgia is really up there and [I] love the area. Love the campus. I love all of it. I guess we will all have to see what this comes down to on my signing day.”
The 4-star recruit will be at the Nike Opening finals in Texas. Fuller also visited Alabama right before the dead period. He will not be at UGA in late July for the grand unveiling of the new locker room and West End Zone expansion.
He’s not sure whether he can enroll early and has very few questions about the Bulldogs.
“I’ve seen everything that I need to see,” Fuller said. “I just feel like we have to put the rest of that and what goes from here in God’s hands.”
Why are all those schools now neck and neck? What does that mean for his FSU pledge?
“As far as my commitment, I feel like if Florida State had ever fallen short of those other schools, then I would have de-committed already. Obviously, I didn’t so that means they are still No. 1. I feel like all those other schools are still neck and neck. They are still are really good schools. I don’t want to toss them out.”
Georgia is in that top group with Alabama, Florida, FSU and Miami.
Fuller said the Bulldogs will get an official visit. What kind of job is Tray Scott doing in recruiting Fuller?
“I feel like he is a guy that is straightforward,” Fuller said. “He’s a cool person to be around. As far as fake people, those folks can stand out. There are not too many real people out there. But Coach Scott is one of those. He’s a genuinely real and down-to-earth person.”
The Bulldogs would play him up and down their front. That would be as a defensive end on the regular. When they face a regular conference opponent, the 6-4, 270-pound senior will flex to a ‘3’ technique to aid the pass rush.
“When we play the bigger teams like LSU and Alabama, then I would play outside linebacker,” Fuller said. “Just moving around the field. That’s how they would use me.”
He wants to study business and finance. That’s what his official visit will be set up to address. That academic side of things. Fuller understands the football side of that student-athlete balance at UGA.
He comes from a family of FSU fans. Has he addressed the fact with them he might not wind up in Tallahassee?
“At first it was pretty hard, but then they saw that I was getting older and seeing how serious all of these coaches are,” he said. “They know I want to be a better man and go to the pros and still be a great person. As time has passed, they begin to understand that more.”
Fuller said that his family likes Georgia, too.
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