UGA sends out a late January offer to a Florida commit

Jawaan Taylor at tThe Opening Atlanta in Atlanta, GA.

January offers are usually indicators of a few things on a team’s recruiting board.

That should definitely be the case with one of UGA’s new targets on the offensive line. UGA offered 6-foot-5, 330-pound offensive tackle Jawaan Taylor on Wednesday.

The three-star prospect is committed to Florida and is rated the nation’s No. 47 guard for the Class of 2016.

Taylor told DawgNation.com on Wednesday evening that he was offered by new UGA offensive line coach Sam Pittman at tackle. Pittman and new UGA receivers coach James Coley came by and saw Taylor at school on Wednesday and extended the offer.

“It means a lot to get an offer from the University of Georgia,” said Taylor, who took his official visit to Florida last weekend.

He said there was a “pretty good chance” he would take an official visit to check out UGA. He said this weekend seemed too soon, but that a trip on Jan. 29 could be in the works.

UGA would also be a good fit for him academically as he said he intends to study sports broadcasting in college. He’s already got a remarkable story to tell. Taylor told DawgNation.com he weighed 383 pounds at the end of his junior year.

Then came a massive weight loss. He cut out sodas and fast food and concentrated on proteins. He drank nothing but water and worked out 2-3 times every day. Taylor shed that weight and dropped his 40-yard dash time from 6.0 seconds to another the 5.2 mark.

The Cocoa, Fla., native de-committed from Miami and quickly flipped to Florida in late November.

Taylor’s offer should mean a couple of things:

  • UGA has less confidence in signing a few of its uncommitted targets on the offensive line
  • Pittman values big bodies when it comes to his offensive line

Unless otherwise indicated, player rankings and ratings are from the 247Sports Composite.

Jeff Sentell covers UGA football and 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.

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