Want a daily lap through Georgia football recruiting? That’s what the Intel will bring at least five days a week. In this edition, we dive deeper into UGA’s newest commit Jaevon Becton plus add some perspective to help fans figure out what it all means.
Jaevon (Jay-von) Becton is a self-described lowlife. That’s actually a good thing.
It is an acronym that the 3-star weak-side DE uses as his personal operating system. That’s his Twitter tagline, too.
“It just means Lack of Worries Living in Fearless Effort,” Becton said while describing that acronym. “That is just a little something. It is not like a nickname, but a movement.”
Why did he choose Georgia? He had the feeling that UGA was the spot ever since he went to visit for G-Day.
“It just felt like home,” Becton said. “Good education. Depth chart wise everything was looking good. I’m just ready to make an impact.”
There really wasn’t a second choice. When asked, Becton said he never tallied up who was in second place. It was either Maryland or Virginia Tech.
“Georgia just blew everyone else away,” he said. “It was just the love from the coaches and the way it felt when I visited and all the love I was receiving from the staff. They blew everyone else away. …. I’ve actually been knowing it was Georgia for a couple of weeks or maybe even a month. I just had not said anything about it. Not even to my Mom.”
Assistant coach Shane Beamer had a lot to do with that. This was the first opportunity for Beamer to use his ties in Virginia to reel in a recruit for the Bulldogs. His father’s reputation, plus his own, can help the Bulldogs recruit in Virginia. That could be a boon inside the fertile Tidewater region Becton hails from.
“Coach Beamer did a heck of a job recruiting me,” Becton said. “It didn’t take that long for me. It started when I got the offer around November around Thanksgiving time. Then we just had nothing but positive and good vibes between him and my family. He did a real good job.”
It was a bit of everything: Atmosphere. Coaches. Education. Fans. Facilities. Players. Tradition.
Jaevon Becton wants to honor his father
Let’s go back to his tweet. Becton made sure to include a loved one in the middle of that moment. His father, James Epps, passed away in 2000. That’s the year he was born.
That’s why there is a #RipDAD hashtag in the tweet.
C O M M I T T E D📍‼️ pic.twitter.com/doMfMVDRmj
— L O W L I F E🎈 (@Jaevoon_23) June 1, 2017
According to an online record from The Virginian-Pilot, his father was shot in a tragic Norfolk home invasion. He passed away at the scene.
“I wanted to include him on this because I felt it was very important to include and to let people know,” Becton said. “I just wanted to put out there that I wanted to thank my Mom and my Dad. Even though he’s only looking over me. He’s just proud of me. My mom just tells me every day how proud my dad is of what I am doing, what I am becoming and what I am growing up to be and what I am going to become.”
“I just felt that I should try to honor him.”
He quickly replaced the header and avatar on his Twitter account with the UGA brand. The Virginia Beach product is 6 feet, 5 inches on the growth chart. He said he weighs in at about 250 pounds.
The 247Sports Composite rates him as the nation’s No. 48 weak-side DE prospect for 2018.
“Those Georgia fans need to know that I will come off the edge rushing to make trouble in the backfield,” he said. “I’m long and lean to tip down balls. To force or snatch an interception on my own to take it to the crib for six. It is going to be something to see when I get there to compete hard and do my best to make an impact.”
He said he would look into what it will take for him to enroll early in January. This commitment should be seen as very solid.
“Rock solid,” he said. “100 percent. I feel great about Georgia right now.”
What UGA is getting in Jaevon Becton
He’s been playing football since he was in the third grade.
“I just like playing football,” he said. “I like running around and going around and getting after it and have just always felt that was what I wanted to do when I got older. That’s just how I feel about the game of football.”
What does he do best?
“My sharpest tool is coming in off the edge and rushing,” he said. “Causing havoc in the backfield.”
Becton said that UGA’s pitch was to recruit him as a hybrid outside linebacker. He’ll line up off the weak-side at defensive end in certain schemes. He likes that.
The Ocean Lakes High (Virginia Beach, Va.) is hovering around a degree path that deals with sports medicine or sports training. He believes that he will be the first blood member of his family to play college football.
Beamer also had a strong connection with his head coach at Ocean Lakes. Joe Jones knew Beamer well. That’s not just the family name there that opens doors. There is already a personal connection beyond that.
“I talked with my head coach,” Becton said. “Coach Beamer had a good thing with him and their communication. Coach Jones just kept telling me that coach Beamer liked me a lot. He told me when they had offered me and ever since then things with Georgia had just elevated from there.”
He liked the fit of the No. 6 UGA jersey when he tried that digit on at G-Day. That’s what he hopes to wear in Athens.
“I think I look amazing in red and black,” Becton said.
The 3-star prospect described himself as an outdoors guy. He likes to hunt. Likes nature a lot. Becton enjoys fishing with his grandfather as well as riding dirt bikes and ATVs.
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Trey Hill rates as the nation’s No. 2 OG for 2018. DawgNation has identified the Houston County standout as one of the program’s biggest needs for this cycle. The 6-foot-4, 340-pounder has already been named a U.S. Army All-American and to Nike’s “The Opening” elite showcase in Oregon.
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Hill told DawgNation that there’s nothing much left for UGA and line coach Sam Pittman to show him.
“I really know how the school is,” he said. “I’ve been up to UGA more than five or six times. I know how the atmosphere is and everything.”
The 4-star OG does talk to former teammate Jake Fromm about things at Georgia, but it is not as frequently as one might expect. Hill would rather take his time with his recruiting process.
“He always tells me that it is all about work work work,” Hill said.
He was asked to compare Georgia to Clemson. He’s told DawgNation the trip to see that program and their new “Taj MaFootball” complex probably rates as his best overall visit.
The Tigers are a big contender for his decision, but they only have limited scholarships available for 2018.
“Georgia needs offensive linemen and Clemson needs offensive linemen,” he said. “I think I will fit into both programs.”
The ideal for UGA this cycle would be to sign both Hill and Pace Academy 5-star Jamaree Salyer. That would give the Bulldogs the nation’s top two prospects at guard for 2018.
Hill does think about that tandem.
“It would be pretty cool to see both of us on the line together,” he said. “That would be pretty cool to see us mashing people.”
He didn’t think that the Bulldogs were recruiting him the hardest at this time. That was hard to say.
“There are a lot of schools up there with Georgia,” Hill said. “Like Clemson. Florida. Florida State. USC. LSU and Alabama.”
Which schools are recruiting him the best? Hill gave each of those schools plus Auburn and Ohio State an “A” grade for how well they have been recruiting him so far.
He said he hears from Auburn OL coach Herb Hand about 3-4 times per week. His decision date should best be regarded as undetermined at this time.
Camp dates up ahead
There won’t be a UGA “Dawg Night” camp for the Bulldogs this summer. That thing had basically grown too big. The numbers had swelled to more than 600-plus campers and it was counter-productive to the camp process.
That made it hard for elite prospects to get prioritized. It also made it hard for up-and-comers to get noticed. More campers left Athens wondering why they made the trip for scant reps. That wasn’t the overall positive impression that any program would want to leave with recruits.
That wasn’t the overall positive impression that any program would want to leave with potential recruits.
UGA does that differently under Kirby Smart. “Dawg Night” has evolved into a series of camps. The first of those kicks off today in Athens. There will be an afternoon session, followed by two sessions on Friday. The final leg on the individual high school camp will take place at Sanford Stadium on Saturday morning.
There will be a host of recruits that will make the trip to evaluate Georgia and also be evaluated over the next three days.
Georgia will also host kicking camps, a middle school camp and lineman and team 7-on-7 camps later this month.