Georgia’s best package deal? Jenkins County football stars like UGA, Georgia Tech, Alabama and Auburn

Georgia's best package deal? DE-OLB James DeLoach and DT Jonathan Taylor (AJC photo by Michael Carvell)

Georgia's best package deal? DE-OLB James DeLoach and DT Jonathan Taylor (AJC photo by Michael Carvell)

Which two players might be Georgia’s best “package deal” out of the state’s 2012 college football prospects?

It may be the Jenkins County High School duo of mammoth defensive tackle Jonathan Taylor (top candidate to be the state’s No. 1 overall prospect) and defensive end James DeLoach.

They both have around 15 early scholarship offers from mostly the same schools. They’ve never made it a secret that they wish to play on the same college team.

“We’re best friends,” Taylor told the AJC. “We’re going through the same recruiting process with the same schools. Just about everybody wants us as a package and says we can help out in a hurry on defense. We want to be teammates in college. We enjoy play football and hanging out with each other. And if we’re away at college and get homesick, we can help each other out.”

That leads us to our next question: Which college would they like to be packaged to? Taylor says he’s not ready to name any leaders but said, “Right now, I’m wide open. Georgia and Georgia Tech are some nice schools. They are closer to home and our friends and families can come to our games all the time. Alabama and Auburn are real nice, too.” Taylor said he will likely commit after his senior season.

The 6-foot-5, 320-pound Taylor has become an overnight sensation in recruiting circles, rocketing to the top of many scouting lists. Taylor was one of seven Georgia prospects on the Rivals 100, along with Lowndes linebacker Josh Harvey-Clemons, Stone Mountain linebacker Markuss Eligwe (video of his commitment to Florida State), St. Pius cornerback Geno Smith, Harris County defensive end Jordan Jenkins, Callaway tight end Ricky Parks, and Sandy Creek wide receiver JaQuay Williams.

Taylor seemed a little uncomfortable in the spotlight at the state track meet, as many other football players who run track came over to chat. He tried not to draw attention to himself but found it hard to hide at his size. He had a spirited conversation with UGA’s latest commitment, Dodge County linebacker Leonard Floyd. “He just wanted to know how recruiting was going and everything,” Taylor said.

Jenkins County High School is located around 50 miles south of Augusta.

– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog

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125 comments Add your comment

Junkyard Dawg

May 10th, 2011
5:17 am

dawgerbrown

May 10th, 2011
5:21 am

Stay close to home so your friends and family can see you play. At the same time get a grat college experience in Athens playing for coach that is respected by all for the “man” that he is. Go Dawgs!

Bama Fan#2

May 10th, 2011
6:01 am

They will probably choose the dawgs if Mark Richt wins big in the fall. Thank you to
all the people who helped out after the bad storms destroyed Tuscaloosa and the
other southern states. RTR

Dr. Nick

May 10th, 2011
6:15 am

If you want to play for a state school and receive the best education (ie, compare average SAT at UGA,Bama & Auburn Vs GT), become a yellow jacket and play for former Statesboro resident, Paul Johnson.

Dawg Consultant

May 10th, 2011
6:21 am

Would love to see these young men in the Red and Black. Good luck to both of them.

RambleOn84

May 10th, 2011
6:41 am

I know it may be a long shot based on history of big-time prospects signing trends, but it wure would be great for these guys to come play on the Flats for Coach Johnson and Coach Groh.

We could use them the most. We almost never get guys this talented. I hope both of them consider that when they make their decision.

As a side note, Michael, is DeLoach expected to play stay at DE or switch to OLB if he signs at a school who runs at a 3-4 (everyone but Auburn)?

GT Fan Nation

May 10th, 2011
6:54 am

Despite a year away from high school graduation, DeLoach and Taylor already have a large fan base on campus. I think they’d fit very nicely into Al Groh’s 3-4 pro-style defense and make an immediate impact!

Frankly

May 10th, 2011
7:07 am

There is only one school in the state to consider if you want the best all around education and that is UGA, best of luck to both where ever they decide to attend.

Paddy

May 10th, 2011
7:07 am

Stay in-state fellas. It does make a difference in the long run. Good luck with your choices!

RambleOn84

May 10th, 2011
7:09 am

Let’s keep education out of it…both Tech and UGA are fine schools, but neither one is the best school in the state.

RambleOn84

May 10th, 2011
7:10 am

And if these guys only cared about academics, they’d give up football altogether. And what would be the fun in that?

Remarkable

May 10th, 2011
7:24 am

These guys are Georgia’s to lose. Whether UGA recruits guys like this or not will go a long way toward deciding what kind of program CMR really has.

Johnny Too Good

May 10th, 2011
7:36 am

I think I saw these guys at a track meet in Richmond Hill, they did shot put and discuss, which they easily won. there size was definitely noticeable, I knew they had to play football but didnt know if they were any good or not

http://www.youtube.com/thatsjohnanderson

RomeDawg

May 10th, 2011
7:37 am

I don’t care what system your defense runs, these guys could help anybody! I hope they stay in state, hopefully in Athens, but anywhere in state.

BjohnDawg

May 10th, 2011
7:43 am

Gentlemen….Just stay in state. UGA, TECH, just keep it in state.

BYRDDAWG

May 10th, 2011
7:53 am

WOOF WOOF WOOF!!

JB

May 10th, 2011
7:53 am

I would love to see them in Athens, THE State University. I’d rather see them at Tech if not us other than Bama or Fla. Schools.

Football_365

May 10th, 2011
8:11 am

Tech fans are being nice right now but the minute they decide not to go to tech watch how quick they become “thugs” and too dumb to go to tech!

Vick=Dog killing thug

May 10th, 2011
8:15 am

Good point Football_365

Wreck man

May 10th, 2011
8:21 am

Love to see them in the Old Gold and White :) Go Jackets!

Come on man

May 10th, 2011
8:22 am

Football_365, you and your Bulldog brethren do the same thing so don’t even go their brother.

Techie

May 10th, 2011
8:25 am

Love to seem them at The Georgia Institute of Technology. I’m tired of Notre Dame and Ohio State coming down here and picking our boys. Stay up their Yanks!

dawgfan75

May 10th, 2011
8:30 am

These guys appear to be fine young men from good christian families. The fact that they are supportive of each other shows that they will be team players and not prima donnas. I would like to see them wear the Red and Black for the flagship, but no matter where they end up I wish them the best.

Football_365

May 10th, 2011
8:38 am

@ come on man I have NEVER bashed a kid for choosing a school other than uga if I make a negative comment on here its towards you so called fans. I have been through the recruitment proceas so I understand the stress involved so I have never and will never bash a kid because he didnt pick my favorite school. I cant speak for other uga fans im only responsible for me and thats not what im about

German Shepherd Dawg

May 10th, 2011
8:40 am

C’mon cmon man,

It’s “there”, brother.

War Eagle!!

May 10th, 2011
8:49 am

I think they are bound for AUBURN….yes, you heard it here – AUBURN after fighting it out with SABAN.

UGA/GT is close running.

UGA could get these two if they are patient to see what happens to UGA and Richt. IF UGA starts of beating BOISE and So. Carolina – then UGA could be a recruiting force.

Richt is in trouble – UGA will need to change it up after this season or next. He is like Tuberville and Fulmer – the pack not only caught up to Richt – they passed him.

UGA was a bottom HALF SEC team last year – at best the #8 team – and Tennessee was playing better than UGA at the end of the year.

UGA was behind Auburn, Alabama, Arkansas, LSU, Mississippi State, Florida, South Carolina.

UGA needs to let Richt go if he does not win MINIMUM of 10 games – not including bowl – otherwise – enjoy 6 to 8 Regular season wins the rest of his career.

Heck – you could bring back DONNAN – at least he built up the program and had it poised for greatness – he just was not there to enjoy what he built.

It will be an interesting year!

Hey – prayers to all those in Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee affected by the tornado’s.

Sir hit alot

May 10th, 2011
8:58 am

I know these 2 guys are very high on GT according to jacketsonline. This will be a UGA/ GT battle all the way. Taylor is a GT fan actually but GT does not offer their major so i can see them ending up at UGA. GT must broaden our education system. We have an excellent school but we have got to open it up more. UGA i think will get these 2 when its said and done. If they split up, i think deloach goes to GT and taylor to UGA. I wish them both the best either way. GT is in it with jenkins as well. I think we can snag a couple of really good prospect in georgia this year. However, if both UGA and GT both have losing seasons again, this could put bama or auburn back into this more closely.

RambleOn84

May 10th, 2011
9:02 am

Yeah, a lot of really good in-state prospects seem to want to give UGA and Tech a chance this year but are taking a “wait and see” approach. If either or both schools play better than expected, there could be some really good classes.

Tech especially could surprise some people with the quality of our class IF we win some games (that’s a HUGE “if” right now), because we’re not used to pulling in high-quality classes.

Groh needs to prove he can field a top defense.

The Bees Nees

May 10th, 2011
9:10 am

Tech does more with top flight talent than those pups down the road. Come to the flats!!!

Patrick

May 10th, 2011
9:11 am

Hey Dr. Nick… SAT scores would indicate aptitude prior to attending college, so that wouldn’t be a very good indicator of the quality of education that a college like UGA, GT, AU, or Bama would provide. Try again…

RRTDawgs

May 10th, 2011
9:24 am

I have been hearing that John Taylor and James Deloach give the edge to UGA if we have a good season they will bee in Athens this Fall also UGA has made move for Chris Black and with the release of Elaye it opens a spot to land Kieth Marshall go dawgs .

Football_365

May 10th, 2011
9:28 am

@the bees nees and exactly what does tech do with their top flight athletes? Do they graduate? no, does tech send 5 or 6 guys to the nfl every year? no, are they ever up for any post season awards? No can they beat uga’s worst team in 14yrs? No. so please tell what tech does with their top flight athletes!

true tech

May 10th, 2011
9:36 am

Football_365 you are an idiot if you think tech’s student-athletes don’t graduate. Oh, just check the Pittsburg Steelers roster, the Ravens Roster, the NY Giants roster. While your at it, just the whole NFL roster. Now you are enlighten.

bucket

May 10th, 2011
9:38 am

As a fan of the Dawgs I just want to let the fans from other schools know that we don’t care what you think about UGA or Coach Richt, but I guess we should thank you for showing your infatuation for all things UGA by turning a recruiting blog into a discussion about UGA and Coach Richt. If we are so horrible and irrelevant, then why are we in your heads and in your thoughts and conversations so much? Since you need something to think about, go check out Mark Richt’s record in years that he has a returning starter at QB.

wake up 365

May 10th, 2011
9:38 am

Beat UGA’s worst team in 14 years? Good grief Tech’s team was also awful last year. Cry me a river son. You guys are suppose to beat Tech most of the time. UGA is an easy school, they can get whoever they want. Not the case at Tech!

Stinger

May 10th, 2011
9:41 am

We need better players so come to GT and help us have a .500 season.

If you come to GT I bet we can almost beat the mutts at least one time before you leave for the CFL.

You will get coached up if you come to GT.

If you come to GT you will be the best players we have ever had since we have not had any good players since CPJ took over.

Old Blind Dawg

May 10th, 2011
9:47 am

Seeing the techies attacking CMR is laughable.

The best coach GT has ever had (and likely will ever have) Dodd has a worse record than CMR.

You pinheads named your stadium after a coach that can’t hold a candle to the UGA coach you constantly bash.

But hey you do have old Turkey Neck CPJ – you know the smartest coach in the galaxy – LMAO.

Stinger I see you are still a moron.

claytondawg

May 10th, 2011
9:48 am

UGA HAS to win big this year in order to even be in the running for these two recruits.

RambleOn84

May 10th, 2011
10:02 am

Dodd was a class act and big-time winner. He won in an era without cupcakes and a 12-game schedule.

The best coach of the year wins a trophy named for him for a reason.

If you want to pick on Tech coaches, Dodd is not the one you want to pick on.

Football_365

May 10th, 2011
10:07 am

@true tech 43% of the football players graduate from tech for you fans to brag about academics all day thats horrible. Thats why they are last in the acc when it comes to graduation rates right. No you are an idiot. Do you really want to talk about uga players in the nfl? cmr is responsible for sending more guys to the nfl than techs last 6 coaches combined!

@wake up stop crying I responded to a tech fan who said “tech does more with their top flight athletes so if that statement is true uga should not dominate tech. im still waiting for some tech fan to tell me what tech does with their “top flight athletes”. Im willing to bet instead of answering the question somebody is going to say something about aub, fla, or bama it happens everytime.

RambleOn84

May 10th, 2011
10:08 am

And only someone as dumb as “Old Blind Dawg” (perfect handle) would be unable to see that “Stinger” is just yet another “clever” dog fan with a sarcastic post.

Old Blind Dawg

May 10th, 2011
10:11 am

Hey pinheads CMR has the same attributes you praise coach Dodd for – only difference in the two – CMR has a better record :-)

RambleOn84

May 10th, 2011
10:13 am

“Football_365,”
The academic argument is annoying, so I’d like to end it. But just to play devil’s advocate for a moment: wouldn’t graduating fewer players prove that your school is harder?

Also, for the record, the very low graduation numbers for football players are for Gailey. Check the numbers under Johnson’s watch. They are among the very best in the ACC.

Johnson is much more strict when it comes to academics.

But let’s quit arguing academics. Both schools are good in their own way…they just offer different things.

JB

May 10th, 2011
10:13 am

IF, big IF Richt flops this year, We’ll know BEFORE the Tech game. Recruiting will be touch and go in Athens this years, mainly because of the small number available to sign( around 18) and if Dawgs flounder, the opposition will hammer kids about Dawgs being in a flux. McGarity will have to hire NEW coach before his current team plays in a bowl. We can’t sit around and wait until Jan. 4th to hire. It’ll be over in recruiting for the most part by then.I’m not endorsing this, But Kirby Smart will be the next Georgia coach.

RRTDawgs

May 10th, 2011
10:16 am

It is laughable seeing these Tech fans bash UGA when they were just as bad as UGA was even in our worst year they still could not beat us then they loose to Air Force it going to have take Tech to have a good year to even have a chance at John Taylor and James Deloach .

JB

May 10th, 2011
10:16 am

You are correct. Bobby Dodd would have liked Richt. Dodd was a good coach, but a better man. Same as Richt.

RambleOn84

May 10th, 2011
10:19 am

Can we just agree both teams were pathetic last year?

It makes both teams look bad when we bash each other.

6-7 is 6-7…both teams looked awful in the bowl games as well.

Mark (another one)

May 10th, 2011
10:20 am

If you are going to discuss academics, both Tech and UGA need to broaden their offerings in to each other’s areas. With 10,000,000 people, Georgia needs more than one engineering research school, and the same can be said for medical schools, etc. I understand some specialization but the breadth would allow students to explore other options without having to transfer schools.

I am California educated, and I could see UGA and Tech competing similar to UCLA and Cal. I can also see why people wouldn’t want to go to Augusta to study to be a doctor. We have a shortage of professionals in this country and state. Why do we limit our Universities so much? If you say money, that is short sighted.

ManUp...

May 10th, 2011
10:21 am

Make your mommas proud. Stay in state and get the best education and the most prestige in the best city in the world. White and Gold, gentlemen.

Go Jackets!

JB

May 10th, 2011
10:23 am

Tech has problems with Johnson, they just won’t admit it publicly. Johnson’s last two classes have not brought in the caliber of athlete to compete with BCS types. He will feast on the usual suspects like Wake and Duke,Western Carolina etc, But he can’t even beat a bad Georgia team two years in a row, who have BCS type players. Johnson will be gone in 2 years.