UGA secured the state’s No. 1 package deal on Sunday night.
Jenkins County High School teammates Jonathan Taylor and James DeLoach both committed to UGA.
Taylor is a 6-foot-4, 325-pound defensive tackle and a candidate to be ranked as the Georgia’s No. 1 overall college football prospect for 2012. He’s only 16 years old, with his next birthday five months away.
DeLoach is 6-3, 265 pounds and can play defensive end or linebacker. Both said all along that they were going to be a “package deal” and play on the same football team on college.
“Yes, it’s UGA,” Taylor told the AJC. “We picked Georgia because it’s a good place with good coaches that are good people. It’s not too far away from home. The place just stood out to us.”
Both players made unofficial visits to UGA over the weekend, meeting with coach Mark Richt. They picked UGA over runner-up Florida State. They had offers from numerous schools, including Auburn, Georgia Tech, Florida, Alabama, LSU and South Carolina.
Added DeLoach, “Coach Richt, the coaching staff and the players there are like family to us.”
Jenkins County High School is located near Augusta in Millen, which is 140 miles southwest of UGA.
Here’s what Kipp Adams of UGASports/Rivals.com had to say about Taylor:
“I feel he is the most talented defensive tackle to come out of Georgia the last five years … He is better than Garrison Smith, Mike Thornton, Jeff Whitaker, Abry Jones, Omar Hunter and Deangelo Tyson. Deangelo and Whitaker had better technique at same stage, but Taylor is just a great mix of size and agility. He is too raw to be considered a 5 star right now, but he is [dang] sure a top 50 player on potential and athleticism alone … He plays a little high and his technique is raw, but he is able to get away with that in Class A ball because he just overpowers everyone. He would also be considered a 4-star level OG in my opinion — Max Jean-Gilles style … He is 6-foot-4, 325-pounds, bench presses 450-pounds, squats over 600 pounds, cleans 345, runs a 5.10, and is five months away from turning 17
The teammates capped the best recruiting weekend of the year for UGA, which landed four commitments since Friday night. UGA has 10 commitments for its 2012 recruiting class.
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