ACC, SEC teams line up for Jenkins County package of James DeLoach-Jonathan Taylor

Jenkins County's James DeLoach (L) and Jonathan Taylor at Georgia Tech, where they've spent a lot of time together. (Photo by Chuck Conley reprinted with permission)

Jenkins County's James DeLoach (L) and Jonathan Taylor at Georgia Tech, where they've spent a lot of time together. (Photo by Chuck Conley reprinted with permission)

Valdosta’s Malcolm Mitchell and Jay Rome, who both signed with Georgia last month, went down as one of the best “package deals” of the last recruiting period. Well, there’s another good two-for-one opportunity this year for some lucky team.

James DeLoach and Jonathan Taylor of Jenkins County would be a great get for any school individually. But the defensive stalwarts are best buddies and are shopping themselves as a pair.

“Everybody that has been recruiting us pretty much already knows that we want to play at the same school,” said Taylor, a 6-foot-4, 315-pound defensive tackle. “They know we’re both good players and they’d like to have both of us.”

Asked what percentage he would put on them playing together in college, Deloach laughed and said, “99.9 percent.”

The teams recruiting them don’t seem to have a problem with that. Of the 21 offers between them — Taylor has 11; DeLoach 10 — nine are from the same schools.

Georgia Tech has long had invitations extended to both players. Georgia, which had offered Taylor last August, just offered DeLoach this past Thursday.

“It’s a big deal,” DeLoach said of getting the Bulldogs’ offer. “It’s SEC man. That’s where I’ve always seen myself playing, in the SEC. As I got older and was able to look at it more and I started to look at the ACC as well. But growing up I always thought I’d play in the SEC.”

But by all accounts the Bulldogs have some catching up to do with their in-state rival.

Asked about leaders, Taylor said: “I’d have to say Georgia Tech because of all the places we’ve been so far we’ve probably been to Georgia Tech the most. So at this point I’d probably say Georgia Tech. But we’ve been to Georgia a pretty good bit, too. As far as unofficials, I’d say we’ve been to Atlanta the most, then Georgia, then Alabama, then Tennessee, then Auburn.”

DeLoach just picked up an offer from Clemson on Saturday. Taylor has received invitations from LSU and North Carolina while DeLoach has not. Otherwise, Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Louisville, South Carolina and Tennessee have all offered the players as a package.

“It really hasn’t been a problem,” Taylor said of finding takers.

Generally Taylor is considered the most desirable recruit. A big, physical force on the interior defensive line, he’s projected as a four-star prospect. I included him in my “Tentative Top 10″ recruits for 2012.

But DeLoach has the quickness to also play linebacker and is considered ideal for a 3-4 defense, which both Tech and UGA employ.

“Well, I’d say he’s more like a raw stopper and I’m more like a pass rusher,” said DeLoach, a 6-3, 260-pound defensive end. “I play end and outside linebacker and he plays tackle. We’d be a good combination for somebody.”

DeLoach and Taylor were a package long before they became elite recruits. They said they’ve been best pals since they were very young.

“We’ve been close ever since elementary school and middle school,” Taylor said. “Since we’ve both been involved in all this recruiting stuff, we’re basically like brothers now. We’ve just grown closer together.”

That said, making up their minds is not going to be easy, especially with regard to the in-state courtiers.

“Right now it’s pretty hard because they’re both pretty good teams and they both want us,” Taylor said. “So they’re working us pretty hard right now.”

So, it seems, are a lot of folks.

By Chip Towers, The College Recruiting Blog

149 comments Add your comment

TommyP

March 7th, 2011
5:57 am

SEC will get these two.

Truth

March 7th, 2011
5:58 am

Truth

March 7th, 2011
5:59 am

thanks Tommy

south

March 7th, 2011
6:02 am

this will be drug out to a late Jan. television spectacle.

Spike

March 7th, 2011
6:23 am

SEC vs ACC? UGA v. Tech? No brainer, boys.

brains

March 7th, 2011
6:31 am

no brains will get them to UGA

Palm City Dawg

March 7th, 2011
6:39 am

Go get these guys Grantham!

Big Dog 98

March 7th, 2011
7:03 am

SEC and UGA no doubt.
If they chose Tech, they would have to learn how to read.

Ramblin Man

March 7th, 2011
7:07 am

Spike normally I would agree with you, but UGA might suffer for all the riches they acquired over the last two years. UGA is deep with very highly rated DLs where as GT has only three and I have heard Taylor has said that could be a deciding factor. This one will probably be a last minute thing.

Paddy

March 7th, 2011
7:24 am

Spike….as much as I would also like to say it is a no-brainer, it is far from actuallity. Kids today consider many factors when choosing, including what school offers the best opportunity (playing time, and soon). These kids seem sharp to me and will have this narrowed down before most will, is my guess.

gtfanfrom1951

March 7th, 2011
7:41 am

I hope they look at all the schools and choose the best one for life after football because it not about the NFL its about an education. Getting the best education in their chosen field of study.

Vick=Dog killing thug

March 7th, 2011
7:42 am

6′4 315, Gotta like those numbers. GO DAWGS

G Mac

March 7th, 2011
7:47 am

Richt will be gone after this year. Come play for Tech who will still have the same coach in 2012.

TennesseeDawg

March 7th, 2011
7:47 am

Auburn has offered both a 4 year / $200,000 contract with an option for a car of their choice in year 5.

Desperation on the Ave

March 7th, 2011
7:50 am

WOW!!!!!!

If Georgia Tech gets these 2, maybe that can beat Georgia!!!!!!!!

In all honesty, if they do get these 2, it doesn’t change the fact that the offensive gimmick they which is dragging down their program down will still be….. dragging them down.

“But we rush for so many yards!!!!” ….. But you lose to Kansas, UGA and Air Force.

Good luck with that STELLAR recruiting class you nerds just got taking the reigns the next couple seasons.

9-1
61-39-5

Truthteller

March 7th, 2011
7:52 am

Quality, high calibre players seek the toughest competition, the biggest challenge, an opportunity to play at the highest level. There two young men will weigh their options, however the challenge and opportunity to play in the nation’s premiere college football conference will be the allure that attracts them to the SEC. The University of Georgia is an ideal fit for both, the SEC, close to home, quality education, great support from a supportive fan base that fills Sanford Stadium’s 93,000 seats on home game Saturday’s and travels by the thousands to road games, an opportunity to play for championships. Really, GT? 30,000 passive fans at Bobby Dodd, Fish Fry’s retreating program, a fan base that could care less, and the pitiful ACC, these young men have more support in high
school than they would at GT. Anyway these guys are big time prospects, Fish Fry targets the Bowling Green, Western Carolina, Furman level prospects so he can “coach ‘em up”, where’s the challenge for Fish Fry? a man has to know his limitations.

D A DoubleU G

March 7th, 2011
7:52 am

G Mac,

I hope and pray Tech still has the same coach for a long, long time!!!!

I love how you harbor such hatred for Richt, and declare him to be such an unsuccessful coach when he has a .900 winning percentage against your team.

Rich is going nowhere. And with Johnson at the helm, either is Tech.

KEEP PAUL JOHNSON!!!!!

longdog

March 7th, 2011
7:53 am

G Mac your problem is you will have the same coach in 2012

@G-Mac

March 7th, 2011
7:57 am

Keeping CPJ is exactly what you need to keep selling your recruits on. Coach Paul Johnson should get the lifetime contract right now. What is Rad waiting for lock him up! Please!!! (Note the sarcasm)

@G-Mac

March 7th, 2011
7:58 am

Coach Paul Johnson personifies Georgia Tech Football.

durrtydog

March 7th, 2011
8:00 am

Millen is in the building!!!!! Yeah buddy! I know these boys and I talk to them all the time. I might have a little inside track on what they do and where they go. Let me say this, Im proud of them. Millen has not been the place to lure BIG time schools recently. It seems like every little town around them has had one or two players every year go on to BIG time success. Its finally our time. But Ill also say this, they are getting the big head. All this attention for two young boys in a small country town has got to have an affect on them. One of them was just in my neighborhood with a gang of thugs recently. My mom had to go and bust them up. She also got in Taylors face and told him to get his act together because of all the good things she heard about him. We all have to remember these are kids and small town kids at that. All this exposure too fast could be a bad thing. Ill keep talking to them and updating everyone on whats really going on.

D A DoubleU G

March 7th, 2011
8:00 am

Within the next 5-7 years, Georgia State will be the premiere Atlanta football school, playing in the Big East.

Tech will be the equivalent of a Georgia Southern or Valdosta State in terms of recruit desire. Tech began last year what will be a looooooong football run of success that will rival Duke’s football success of the last 30 years or so.

Paddy

March 7th, 2011
8:03 am

Truthteller….I take exception with your Bowling Green reference! Thats my alma mater. Once a Falcon always a Falcon It was my only scholly offer. Before CPJ time but I will bet he would have offered me if he was coaching at the time. Opps, I sort of made your case for you! Played for Don Nehlen, not a bad coach you must admit.

BullDawgRick

March 7th, 2011
8:03 am

Good Start for Dream Team II

D A DoubleU G

March 7th, 2011
8:03 am

Wow durrtydog……

You would do that for us??

We look SO, SO, SO forward to your informative insights on these boys. You be sure and tell “mama” that them hoodlums could be dangerous!

Good luck on your 8th grade English test today. Be sure and study sentence structure and adverbs!

D A DoubleU G

March 7th, 2011
8:05 am

Georgia Tech football is in such shambles that the Air Force Falcon didn’t even want to stay around to watch them.

WnE

March 7th, 2011
8:07 am

These players want to play in the SEC, they’re merely using GT to get “free trips” to ATLANTA, they seem to like ATLANTA more than they like the thought of playing at GT.

Remember how much time Vaughters & Tuitt “spent at GT” last Recruiting season, and how did that work out for Coach Kung Fu Panda?

Bitter rogue"""agent---AKA --lower alabamma

March 7th, 2011
8:16 am

tenn dawg——the price will be listed in the fall—–but your close—-high 200,000 plus bonus—-naked girls not included. PS—we run a clean program

Paddy

March 7th, 2011
8:19 am

durrtydog….thanks but no thanks on your kind offer of updates. Hurry now, the school bus is coming!!!

Walker, Texas Ranger

March 7th, 2011
8:19 am

Hey Deperation Ave…..Way to put UGA in with Kansas and Air Force. You talk like UGA ia s 1AA program.

tide roll

March 7th, 2011
8:24 am

Chip, Have you got anything on our giant (literally) pickup of a top ranked State of Georgia offensive line prospect in BRANDON GREENE, a 6′ 6″300 lb. earth mover from Creekside High (same school as ERIC BERRY). Please include the comments of his coach about the kid’s future. Great get for Alabama! Roll Tide!

UGASlobberknocker

March 7th, 2011
8:48 am

Both teams want these players . Here are the scenarios:

1/If Ga Tech signs them..here is the Tech take:

“Outstanding young men who Tech is proud to accept and who know the value of a good education” Great players who were coveted by every SEC school. This just proves Tech is better.

2/ If Georgia signs them:
“Who cares? We didnt really want those guys. They are just a couple of idiot thugs who couldn’t get into Tech anyway. They’ll prob be pumping gas in 5 yrs. This just proves Tech is better .

What, did Eric Berry leave some DNA laying around at his HS?

March 7th, 2011
8:52 am

Don’t know anything about Greene, but Im pretty darn sure that fact he went to the same high school as Berry doesn’t factor into the talent evaluation that much. That 160 lb LB next to him also played there..should Bama sign him too?

The Bees Nees

March 7th, 2011
8:54 am

Come on to the Jackets boys we’d love to have you guys be apart of the stingy defense Al Groh is putting together. The ACC puts plenty of studs in the NFL, just look at the numbers.

Ray

March 7th, 2011
8:55 am

@ durrtydog

I can tell you this much what you’re saying is not true. Plz don’t talk about those two like that as I actually happen to know his family thank you.

My dad actually went to school with some of his people in Statesboro matter of fact. He tells me that James actually likes UGA a lot and that it’s pretty much between them and everyone else, but GT is close behind. I’ll tell you this much don’t expect either to leave the state if they did I’d be shocked and want some answers to put it simply.

durrtydog

March 7th, 2011
8:57 am

@ pepermint PADDY and @ D A DoubleFudgeU G……..

LOL! Oh I thought we were blogging. I didn’t realize this was an English test. Appearantly we have a couple of teachers on line checking sentence structure and use of nouns. I got a few choice verbs for you but you know, I understand how our education sucks in Georgia so I’ll leave you two alone.

I only came to offer a few tidbits for the true bloggers. I have a little insight and I promise you, I’m not a child. So please, please check your comments at the door because you do not want a verbal war.

GO DAWGS!!

Delta Stewardess

March 7th, 2011
8:58 am

D A DoubleU G
Starts out the week at the top of the TPR. Keep it up you fool. I guess I will be reading your SHPR on the Dawg pages soon enough.
Somebody created the: Troll Post Ranking and the Stupid Homer Post Ranking.
For the UGA fans it seems to be a fight between
D A DoubleU G & DawginLex.
They even get called dumb on our UGA blogs. These 2 need to move-in together like Felix & Oscar.

durrtydog

March 7th, 2011
8:59 am

@ Ray…..

What I say is nothing but the truth regardless of who your father went to school with in Statesboro. I know both families. I was born and raised in Millen. You keep your mouth closed unless you know about Foggy Field and the Hill. If not, please, please go away!

RxDawg

March 7th, 2011
9:01 am

Hmmm, maybe it’s the agnle of the photo but ya know that DeLoach kid looks a little more than 1 inch shorter then Taylor.

Richard Joiner

March 7th, 2011
9:02 am

As long as college football is a spring board to the N>F>L> there will never be a true college champion.

GMac..I dont know if Id say that

March 7th, 2011
9:04 am

If you are recruiting someone and dwell on the fact that Johnson is gonna be there for 4 years..that might just get him running in the other direction.

But then again, Johnson is such a pleasant guy to be around. And his innovative offense is one that all NFL aspiring players would love to be a part of… so I may be wrong.

Who knows? Maybe these guys’ #2 dream (behind playing in the NFL) is to build a bridge somewhere. If so, then you’ve got him.

durrtydog

March 7th, 2011
9:06 am

@ Ray…..

Oh yeah one more thing Mr. I know the families!! lol!! Anyway, my mom works for the Education department in Millen and my aunt is on the school board. If it’s one thing I know, it’s Millen! So don’t ever in your life try to check me on my hometown because of who your daddy may know. Shoot, I know your daddy!!

Paddy

March 7th, 2011
9:10 am

durttydog….darn, you did miss the school bus. Your updates offer no value but thanks just the same. Leave the reporting to the pros at the AJC.

durrtydog

March 7th, 2011
9:13 am

@ Paddy……

Give me time man. Dang!! I just read this. I got you!

RxDawg

March 7th, 2011
9:16 am

I have no idea if durtty is telling the truth or not… but I didn’t really see a reason to attack him like some of you did. But w/e… this is still the wild wild web so anyone can say anything.

Delta Stewardess

March 7th, 2011
9:21 am

@PADDY
what Pros at AJC? There are so good reporters and good articles, but rarely any Breaking News that isn’t reported on 10 different sites. Most Reporting is no more than searching up other peoples stuff on the net these days. Now the recruiting stuff in Ga should be from the player or coaches mouth. Chip seems to be very close to the action for sure, but some people that post actually know some of these ball players.

RRTDawgs

March 7th, 2011
9:22 am

More offers going out from UGA offered Evan Spence hey tide roll John Theus is 6′6″ 295 pounds and most likely will end up UGA also going after Vadal Alexander a 300 pound OL .

BigTimeTECHFan

March 7th, 2011
9:28 am

6-foot-4, 315 is a big ol boy, he’s still got over a year before he even goes to collage. By end of next year he may be 6′6″ 330.

Would be nice to see them both come to Tech.

Paddy

March 7th, 2011
9:35 am

durrtydog….ok

Delta Stewardess….Chip does do a great job! You are correct, official word should be from the hs coach, players or the involved universities. I don’t trust the scouting services. Their bottom line in to get into you wallet and buy their gossip.

RRTDawgs

March 7th, 2011
9:42 am

It looks good James Deloach wants to play in the SEC and if comes UGA then look for big John Taylor to follow .