UGA has offered a 6-foot-4, 215-pound receiver from Hinds Community College in Mississippi. Javon Wims, a Class of 2016 recruit, also has reported offers from North Texas, South Alabama, Southern Miss and Texas State.
Wims told DawgNation to expect things to move fast with his recruitment. He was offered at approximately 11 p.m. on Wednesday by UGA receivers coach Bryan McClendon. He’s already spoken things over with his family and expects to let UGA know his decision on Saturday morning.
That’s when he will speak by phone with UGA coach Mark Richt.
“I talked it over with my family this morning and I have to wait to talk to Mark Richt pretty much Saturday morning,” Wims said. “That’s when I will talk it over with him and let him know if I commit or not.”
Wims said his family has arrived at a decision, but he was advised by McClendon to not release his decision until after he has spoken with Richt.
He said his leader before the UGA offer would have been Southern Miss. He will have two years to play two seasons of college football. He also said McClendon gave him a pretty clear answer about his chances for early playing time.
The 6-foot-4 wideout feels he would be one of the biggest and most skilled receivers if he was at UGA right now.
“We had a real honest man-to-man talk about where I would stand on the depth chart coming in now with their current roster,” Wims said. “I feel going into next season I would have a fighting opportunity to start and make an impact.”
He said McClendon told him he would be starting at UGA right now at receiver if he was on the current roster.
Wims has already seen UGA. He said he “lit it up” at DawgNight this summer, but that McClendon wanted to see how he fared against junior college competition this fall. He competed against mostly high school talent at Dawg Night. Wims finished his season with 47 catches in nine games. He averaged 16.6 yards per catch and came down with nine touchdown receptions. His average game equated to five catches for 87 yards in 2015.
The 21-year-old grew up in Miami (Fla.), but reported zero offers out of high school. That’s why he had to go to the junior college route. Wims told DawgNation it wasn’t because of academics.
“I played in a Wing-T offense in high school so I didn’t really touch the ball that much,” Wims said. “I also played safety so I had more defensive picks at safety than I had receiving touchdowns.”
Recruiting offers at this stage are sometimes made because they have been affected by new information. UGA has already received four commitments at the receiver position, plus a stacked board of options at receiver still to go.
UGA projects to sign as many as five or six receivers in this class. The top targets at that position would include 5-star Kyle Davis along with 4-stars Tre’ Nixon and Grant Holloway.
That UGA offer to Wims was first reported by VarsityPreps.com’s Demetric Warren last night.
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.