Jamaree Salyer is building a Brutus.
That’s the name of the bulldog he’s sculpting in ceramics class at Pace Academy. He can’t bring a real dog with him to Athens in June.
So he’s creating one. Salyer the sculptor? Do 5-stars with bear traps for hands really sculpt?
This one does. He’s already had to re-attach his dog’s head a couple of times now.
The Georgia signee also paints. He painted a Georgia defender tackling a Clemson Tigers back when he was still sorting out his college decision. Was that foreshadowing? Or just creative expression?
Those traits serve him well during the school day at Pace Academy in Atlanta.
That’s what the focus is on for the final chapter of The Season featuring Salyer. DieHards, a Cox Media Group brand, has followed Salyer extensively during his senior year.
He has approximately 15,000 followers on Instagram and Twitter for what he does on the field. This installment focuses on what he does on the other days of the week at Pace Academy.
That’s a school that sends its students home with an average of three hours of homework each night. Salyer maintains an approximate 90 average on a 100-point grading scale.
He does so after being moved from the college prep track to the honors program during his sophomore year at Pace. Salyer scored a 25 on his ACT. That allowed him to earn a scholarship offer from Stanford.
Breaking down the final chapter with Jamaree Salyer
There are no football coaches in this segment. Just his peers and teachers. What do they see in him?
Helen Smith is one of the most powerful voices in this chapter.
She was raised on a farm in Iowa. Her education took place in a one-room schoolhouse. Smith went to graduate school at Emory University and found a home at Pace.
She’s been teaching at Pace for 48 of the 58 years its doors have been open. There’s a strong connection between her and Salyer. Smith called it a “blessing” to have been able to work with Salyer.
Smith said she feels he has a beautiful mind and that he is one of the brightest students to hear the school bell at Pace.
Her words reflect why the U.S. Army All-American was also named homecoming king last fall.
His teachers and peers used a grab bag of words to describe the future Bulldogs player: Defined. Dedicated. Funny. Grounded. Honest. Joyful. Layered. Methodical. Sincere. Serious. Smart. Trustworthy.
Nobody said a word about how he has been one of the nation’s top high school offensive linemen for the last two seasons.
“Modulator” might be one of the best words used to paint the picture of Salyer. He knows how to blend in across people who come from many different backgrounds.
And he is a member of the Georgia graduating Class of 2022. Look for him to study in the Terry College of Business in Athens.
Follow along with The Season with Jamaree Salyer
The links for the arc of The Season follow below. The first chapter focuses on his motivation to excel as an elite national recruit. The next installment details his personal connection to Pace Academy offensive line coach Kevin Johnson. The third studies his family life.
- Just Trying to Get His Momma a House
- The man who chiseled out a 5-star
- The family life and lives which shaped Salyer
DieHards also produced a unique commitment video featuring Salyer’s choice. That was released when he made his college decision on Dec. 20.
Salyer was one of seven prospects with the elite 5-star rating who signed as part of the UGA Class of 2019. His decision helped the Bulldogs sign the nation’s top-ranked recruiting class for the first time in the modern era of college recruiting coverage that dates back to 1999.