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Four-star cornerback Jalen Perry is the latest prospect to commit to play for UGA.

UGA recruiting: High school coach raves about 4-star CB commit Jalen Perry

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 budget for Thursday calls for a chat with Dacula High School coach Tommy Jones about 4-star CB Jalen Perry. Jones offers some great insight about Georgia’s most recent commit. 

Jalen Perry just had Georgia in his blood.

When the junior cornerback committed to play for the Bulldogs earlier this week, it gave the program another elite homegrown talent for its 2019 haul.

It also made Tavarres King very happy. The former Georgia receiver was pleased to see his cousin want to stay home and play in Athens.

Perry, the 4-star cornerback from Dacula ranks as the nation’s No. 14 cornerback and No. 185 overall prospect for 2019, according to the 247Sports composite.

Consider those spots as stepping stones.

“Jalen Perry is an outstanding athlete,” Dacula coach Tommy Jones said. “He is dynamic. He has incredible ball skills and can run extremely well. He’s probably the most athletic kid I’ve been blessed to coach in my career. But that just tells a small part of the story.”

“The big picture is that J.P. is just an unbelievable kid. He’s humble. Grounded. He has all the intangibles and has been very pleasurable and easy for me to sell to recruiters as his football coach because of all the character qualities that he encompasses.”

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Four-star cornerback Jalen Perry is the cousin of a well-known former Bulldogs wide receiver from Northeast Georgia. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)

Just don’t take that the wrong way. Perry is very competitive.

He plays on a team that is 3-4 this season. All of those losses were to teams from larger classifications.

The AJC’s Todd Holcomb broke down his stat line this week after another dazzling all-purpose Perry night in a 28-0 win against Gainesville. Perry had 240 all-purpose yards, forced a fumble and made 4 tackles.

The 6-foot-1, 180-pound prospect has 9 pass breakups and 2 interceptions this season. But most teams avoid his side of the field. That’s why Jones and his staff have made sure to plug him in on offense.

Perry will also shine there, too.

He has tallied 470 rushing yards and 5 touchdowns on just 31 carries. That’s 15.2 yards per rushing attempt exclusively on the jet sweep play.

He has 16 receptions for 206 yards and a touchdown. Perry also averages 26.8 yards on kickoff returns and 12.8 yards on punt returns.

Those stats should reflect a very motivated young man on the field.

“He burns deep down to be the best,” Jones said. “He wants to prove that he’s worth the attention that he gets, but he is an incredible teammate and he approaches every day with some genuine humility. I don’t think he loved the attention of the recruiting process, which tells you a lot about a 16- or a 17-year-old kid in today’s society. I don’t know if there are enough positive adjectives I could use to describe the kind of person he is.”

The better stuff about Jalen Perry

That first section was the 101 on Perry. Maybe just the appetizer.

The young man also has a 3.7 grade-point average. Stanford sent an offer his way.

There’s some debate in the scouting world about whether Perry will play at cornerback or at safety at UGA. He has the ability to play both positions.

“He is just so smooth,” Jones said. “He’s one of those guys that doesn’t sometimes look like he is moving but is moving away quickly from everyone on the field. He can play press man and can play off you. He’s got the ability to gain ground quickly. But to me, his ball skills are just absolutely phenomenal.”

South Carolina was his first offer. The Gamecocks wound up in his Final 4 with Alabama, Georgia and Ohio State.

He’s a very family-oriented kid. When you see him in summer passing leagues, his parents and grandparents will be there. The decision to play for UGA allows him to remain close to those loved ones.

Check out The Season with 5-star Jamaree Salyer

Have you seen the second chapter of The Season with 5-star offensive-line prospect Jamaree Salyer? DieHards, the Cox Media Group flagship site for college sports, is presenting a series of documentary-style pieces covering Salyer’s senior season at Pace Academy in Atlanta.

The latest edition focuses on the relationship between the nation’s top offensive-line prospect in the Class of 2018, per the 247Sports composite, and his position coach. That’s Pace assistant Kevin Johnson. He’s simply “Coach Kev” to everyone who knows him around the Pace program.

You likely will feel like you know him as well after this episode.

Salyer has said he plans to make his college decision known on Dec. 15. He then expects to sign on the first day of the early signing period on Dec. 20.

He also will be in Athens again this weekend for the South Carolina game on an unofficial visit.

Film does not lie, Part I

Grayson High (Loganville, Ga.) defensive end Kevin Harris currently plans to be at UGA this weekend, too. The 4-star prospect has had a dazzling junior season for the Rams.

Check out his junior film so far.

It is chock-full of great plays against some of the nation’s top programs, such as Hoover and John Curtis. Harris has picked up five sacks and 10 tackles for losses in eight games thanks to a combination of size, sprinter’s speed, toughness and tenacity. Georgia has offered him.

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Kevin Harris ranks as the nation’s No. 8 outside linebacker and the No. 101 overall prospect for 2019 by the 247Sports composite. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)

Sources close to the Grayson program have told me that he can go below 11 seconds in the 100 meters.

Wow. That is very rare air for a defensive end/outside linebacker prospect.

Check out that early clip of Harris, at defensive end, beating the rest of a very athletic Rams team down the field to make the tackle on a kickoff return.

Harris also has starred when placed into spot duty this season, dropping back and playing in space in coverage.

He appears to be more of a traditional hand-in-the-ground DE than some of the other top prospects at his position that UGA has been recruiting.

Film does not lie, Part II

When I watch Logan Cash play football, I think of David Pollack. But I also think of a guy like Tyler Clark.

Smart. Tough. He’s that hot knife through butter that we’re all about to slap on a loaded baked potato.

The junior DE from Winder-Barrow High School (Winder, Ga.) has racked up 19½ sacks in eight games this season.

Cash has one of the most impressive films that I have seen so far from a high school junior. He has the most impressive film I have now seen (hat tip to Harrison WR Steven Peterson) from a player who has zero college offers.

He has picked up 62 solo tackles and 82 total tackles from his defensive end spot. Nobody is blocking this guy as that film fully attests.

Hudl has the new feature that can spot-shadow players, but Cash has a film where that is simply not necessary. His hustle and ability leap off the screen. Some of his tackles look as if they belong in the sequel to The Waterboy.

I’ll hit the brakes on all the hyperbole there. That kid doesn’t need it. That film is just that good.

Cash tells me that he’s always wanted to play for Georgia. He also will be in Athens on an unofficial visit for the South Carolina game.

Let’s see what happens there. That tape and those plays do not lie. I also know that Cash has mixed it up with a bunch of the elite 2019 prospects in the state at camps over the last year and more than held his own. He’s already humbled several of the state’s top offensive linemen as far as those rankings go.

Cash is currently unranked. That will definitely change when he plays in the “True19” game this winter.

When I watched his film, I knew he could play at the highest levels after about the first four plays. When it was over, I watched it again. I can’t remember the last time I immediately did that for a prospect.

He has all the measures that a big-time program wants to see. He’s 6 feet, 3 inches and can clock a 40 in 4.75 seconds. His Hudl profile page lists a 315-pound bench press and an even more impressive 325-pound power clean.

Cash is also squatting 450 pounds. Somebody will offer that guy. Soon.

 

Of note: There are a few big-name players who aren’t certain whether they will be in Athens for the South Carolina game, so I will hold off on posting the full list until those players have their weekend options more dialed in.

If you watched the DawgNation Wednesday Night Live show last night, I offered up a bunch of those names, including South Carolina inside linebacker prospect Channing Tindall. 

 

 

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