Nicolai Brooks: The 6-foot-8 plus rising junior OT already loves a lot of things about the ‘Dawgs
Want to attack every day with the latest Georgia football recruiting info? That’s the Intel. This rep has the latest with rising junior OT Nicolai Brooks. He only has a 4-star ranking from Rivals at this time. That will surely change.
Isaiah Wynn shined brightly for Georgia in the 2017 season. He was a guard that flipped over to tackle because of his football savvy, work ethic and length. He went on to be drafted in the first round by the New England Patriots in 2018.
Wynn was the first Bulldog offensive lineman to go in the first round since George Foster in 2003. Andrew Thomas, who was just a freshman then, also flashed in that same season.
It made one wonder when Georgia would ever be that good at tackle again, but by then the Sam Pittman and Kirby Smart pipeline was built. Thomas and Isaiah Wilson both went in the first round in 2020.
The back-to-back champions have showcased Broderick Jones the past two seasons. He will be a first-round selection in 2023.
Amarius Mims is also now looming. Jones and Mims were projected to be future first-rounders when they signed with UGA as 5-star recruits. Those choices were easy. Jones and Mims were different physically.
Just one look at Mims was enough. It made this correspondent think how the Bulldogs would ever find a bigger and more physically imposing tackle than Mims.
Nicolai Brooks is now raising his hand high in that conversation. He is a class of 2025 in-state prospect.
When it comes to Brooks, the ‘Dawgs have already been putting in a lot of great work. Georgia was his first offer. The ‘Dawgs also invited him to the national championship celebration in Sanford Stadium back in January.
What sticks in his mind about Georgia from that trip?
“The coaching staff,” Brooks said. “I love the coaching staff. They are all together. They are on the same page and the O-line coaches there are just great.”
Does he think he’s a priority? Does he know how much the ‘Dawgs want him?
“Well, I think that a lot of people want me,” Brooks said. “But I’m not sure.”
He said he loves “the brotherhood” at Georgia. The first name he mentioned was 2023 DT signee Jamaal Jarrett. Jarrett, a 6-foot-5 and 350-pounder, has already enrolled early at UGA.