Package deal! Teammates Jonathan Taylor and James DeLoach commit to UGA over FSU

Jenkins County teammates James DeLoach (left) and Jonathan Taylor committed to UGA on Sunday (AJC photo by Michael Carvell)

Jenkins County teammates James DeLoach (left) and Jonathan Taylor committed to UGA on Sunday (AJC photo by Michael Carvell)

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.

Jonathan Taylor, a 6-foot,-5, 320-pound DT is ranked as Georgia's No. 1 overall prospect by UGASports.com (AJC Photo by Michael Carvell)

Jonathan Taylor, a 6-foot-4, 325-pound DT, is ranked as Georgia's No. 1 overall HS prospect by UGASports.com. Taylor is 16 years old, and five months away from his birthday (AJC Photo by Michael Carvell)

Here are the others:

No. 7 FB Quayvon Hicks, Peirce County HS

No. 8 P Colin Barber, Cartersville HS

No. 9 DT Jonathan Taylor, Jenkins County HS

No. 10 DE-LB James DeLoach, Jenkins County HS

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  • The state’s No. 1 “package deal” committed to UGA (click on story link)
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  • Would you go audition for a UGA football offer if you held 20 offers from other schools? Most elite prospects would not. But one did it, and made it worth the trip, earning a UGA offer (click on story link)
  • Mark Richt offered Cartersville High School punter Colin Barber on Saturday and closed the deal within minutes (click on story link)
  • Most schools recruited Peirce County’s Quayvon Hicks at defensive end or linebacker. Georgia wanted him at fullback and Hicks bought into it (click on story link)
  • One of Georgia’s hottest prospects made a “surprise” commit to Auburn, picking the SEC school over Georgia Tech and Memphis (click on story link)
  • Georgia State’s Bill Curry is aggressively recruiting homegrown kids for 2012 (click on story link)

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South GA Dawg

June 12th, 2011
9:46 pm

Tossed Salad

June 12th, 2011
9:46 pm

Train’s leaving. Better get on board fellas….

South GA Dawg

June 12th, 2011
9:47 pm

Well , Dawgs seem to be on a roll lately. Good to be a Dawg!!!

South GA Dawg

June 12th, 2011
9:49 pm

This is huge for UGA.

RRTDawgs

June 12th, 2011
9:51 pm

I agree welcome dawg nation Mr. Taylor and Deloach great weekend for the dawgs .

Randall "Pink" Floyd

June 12th, 2011
9:54 pm

Can’t wait to see you two in Red and Black. Congrats on your decisions. Nothing better than being a Georgia Bulldog…

TampaDawg

June 12th, 2011
9:59 pm

Awesome news, got our NT for the future. Now gotta reel in Keith Marshall and Clemons, and somehow sway Geno Smith to consider UGA again.

DAWG trapped in Bama!

June 12th, 2011
9:59 pm

Welcome to Bulldawg nation gentlemen. Life doesn’t get much better!

South GA Dawg

June 12th, 2011
10:01 pm

Why not this for the headline.

Recruiting Teammates Jonathan Taylor and James DeLoach commit to UGA over Auburn, Alabama, Florida,GA Tech.

DAWG trapped in Bama!

June 12th, 2011
10:03 pm

@South GA Dawg…..well said.

Still@theBAR

June 12th, 2011
10:05 pm

I still say I hate that kids can’t sign right now if they made a choice. I hate the crap that can go on between now and NSD. I doubt they change their minds but you never know. UGA is get close to no Scholly left. It will be interesting to see what positions will now be filled.

gtfanfrom1951

June 12th, 2011
10:06 pm

Another top ten class and 6-7 season..but Dawgs get to brag about how good they are going to be next year but next year never gets here its always this year.

RRTDawgs

June 12th, 2011
10:07 pm

We still have dawgnight this momentum is not over yet talk about a hot summer .

tenn.DAWG

June 12th, 2011
10:08 pm

I agree every other player that committed elsewhere was said to pick that school over UGA.What’s up with that.

The rest of us

June 12th, 2011
10:10 pm

Go design a bridge or draw up some blue prints, leave big time college football to us gtfanfrom1951

RRTDawgs

June 12th, 2011
10:13 pm

Give Mr. Carvell some credit he did say the state’s #1 package deal its not that bad of an article lets just enjoy these huge commits .

Big Dawg

June 12th, 2011
10:16 pm

This is Great. Go Dawgs!

Rusty

June 12th, 2011
10:17 pm

Huge pickup. These guys will contribute immediately. UGA is rolling.

Still@theBAR

June 12th, 2011
10:17 pm

RRTDawgs
June 12th, 2011
10:07 pm

We still have dawgnight this momentum is not over yet talk about a hot summer .

But how many Scholarships are left? Don’t the dawgs have only like 12? I think this is like the 8th or 9th verbal so far. Will Richt look like he is OVER SIGNING if UGA gets a few more real soon? Not being mean I am just asking.

Lone Dawg

June 12th, 2011
10:17 pm

Im Happy about these two. Had me sweating last couple of weeks.

TampaDawg

June 12th, 2011
10:18 pm

gtfanfrom1951,

You do realize UGA only has 1 losing season under Richt. Not great recruiting class, and another 6-7 season, your def an idiot

kerryb

June 12th, 2011
10:20 pm

Dream Team 2 is stating nicely.

richmondDawg

June 12th, 2011
10:22 pm

From what I hear, GA has around 15 scholarships. May be as many as 18 with guys leaving the program, NFL, etc.

Still@theBAR

June 12th, 2011
10:23 pm

It is looking like the Miami Heats Superstars are Doing their best UGA 4th Quarter Impression. They seem to be disappearing.

cattle dawg

June 12th, 2011
10:23 pm

Bar, I think dawgs have 18 schollys this year. Finally some good news

T-Dawg

June 12th, 2011
10:24 pm

10 “commits” so far, listed below
Defense: 1 DT (Taylor), 3 DE (Fields, Floyd, DeLoach)
Offense: 1 FB (Hicks), 2 WR (Curry, Outlaw), 1 (TE Smith)
Spec.: 1 K (Morgan), 1 P (Barber)

T-Dawg

June 12th, 2011
10:28 pm

Doggonit! — need to hire a Techie or Anthony Weiner to help me with this computer thang. I was going to ask how many scholarships are available after the 10 commits I listed above — can’t be that many, and who the dream candidates are for each…

Dawgs1

June 12th, 2011
10:31 pm

GTFANFROM1951

As bad as our 6-7 year was…one of those wins was against you. And you seen a lot of those UGA ass whipping since 1951 haven’t you. Now go enjoy getting recruits who pick GT over UAB and Tulsa.

SouthGaBrave

June 12th, 2011
10:31 pm

Still@theBAR,

As of today, 79 players at UGA are on scholarship. By the season, they will no doubt hand 1-year scholarships to walk-ons to get up to 85 for the season. But, those will have no effect after next season. So, going from that number of 79…and considering there are 14 seniors next year, that will take the number on scholarship after the 2011 season down to 65.

That alone would mean UGA has room for 20 in this signing class, and we all know that injuries and transfers may cause a few more spots to open up.

Just throwing that out for everyone.

RRTDawgs

June 12th, 2011
10:34 pm

Still@theBar i am not going to argue with you i am just going to enjoy these 2 huge commits it was great weekend to be a dawg fan we will get what we need O line and a WR also a RB no QB for this class .

Beast from the East

June 12th, 2011
10:42 pm

Congrats, Dawgs. Nice weekend on the recruiting trail. I must say that some of you are too thin-skinned about the headlines. At this point, he’s probably just doing it to screw with the ones that whine about it.

RRTDawgs

June 12th, 2011
10:44 pm

Go Dallas i am glad they have won congrats to Mavs big three choke job .

richmondDawg

June 12th, 2011
10:46 pm

Think we are after a few OL DB and one RB. Maybe another DE/OLB, perhaps that Clemons kid from South GA.

dawgster

June 12th, 2011
10:50 pm

@SouthGABrave..Don’t understand why there is an eye popong headline that the AJC does everytime a recruit… picks someone else besides the dawgs…but hey when the dawgs land one that others wanted…nothing in the headlines….Hate to pick on Mr. Carvell, he does a great job, but be nice to see the some headlines that are consistent with other recruits..but hey a great day for the dawgs…thats what is important…go dawgs

Millenite

June 12th, 2011
10:51 pm

Millen is 50 minutes from Augusta. It’s not considered a suburb of Augusta. Congrats guys! Go Dawgs!

dawgster

June 12th, 2011
10:52 pm

@South Ga Dawg..sorry was agreeing with you on the lack of headline grabber with the AJC..go dawg

SouthGaBrave

June 12th, 2011
10:54 pm

dawgster,

I don’t get hung-up on headlines of the paper from Atlanta. I’m telling you though, buddy, today was great! Hopefully more good news after Dawg Night later this summer. Then, a good season is what it is really going to take to keep the recruits rolling in.

Mr. Ogeechee

June 12th, 2011
10:56 pm

“in the Augusta suburb of Millen”

Ha Ha Ha! If you’ve ever been to Millen, you know that’s a real side splitter.

Millen is more like a suburb of Twin City or maybe Midville. It’s like Mayberry, except none of the hustle and bustle.

Seriously though, good get for the Dawgs. Jenkins Co. is serious Dawg country so no surprise. Although Auburn snags a few from these lil central GA towns every now and again (James Bostick, Takeo Spikes)

DeLoach is an old old old Georgia name. You’ll see that one all over Coastal and South GA, but rarely anywhere else.

dawgster

June 12th, 2011
10:59 pm

Apologize again SouthGABrave..I was responding to South Ga Dawg’s comments…but hey it ewas a great day…Your probably right the headline grabbers isn’t really important except it does seem that when we lose a recruit it is big headlines…anyway go dawgs…

Dawg '94

June 12th, 2011
11:01 pm

Awesome news! GO DAWGS!! And you guys don’t be too hard on the nerds from Atlanta. They don’t have dates nor a recruiting blog.

Still@theBAR

June 12th, 2011
11:03 pm

The REAL Dream Team just got beat by a bunch of old men. LeBron did a Murray or did Murray do a LeBron last season in the 4th qtr? I am betting UGA’s Dream Team will not win a championship either.

Vampire Bill

June 12th, 2011
11:06 pm

GREAT NEWS Go Dawgs….. Dang 6′5 320 and still in high school

NYCDAWGFAN

June 12th, 2011
11:09 pm

Love that the dawgs got these two… I just want to point out that Millen IS NOT a suburb of Augusta. I am from the county next door. Millen is closer to Statesboro and Savannah than it is too Augusta. Silly Atlanta writers :O)

nwgadawg

June 12th, 2011
11:10 pm

Way to go DAWGS! Herschel Walker, camp and four commitments, GREAT weekend for UGA. Looking forward to seeing these young men in RED and BLACK on Saturdays.

What is up with all the talk oF UGA only having 14 schollys to offer next year? Shouldn’t it be more like 20?

rhall55

June 12th, 2011
11:13 pm

Great pick up w/ this duo; need K Marshall, J Theus, J Jenkins, G Smith, C Patterson, J Atkins, J Harvey-Clemons, J Watkins, R Robinson (G Military), D McCullers (G Military), V Alexander, J Harris, C Elder, and J Croom; that could be the next Dream Team; I may be dreaming!! “You snooze, you lose” Please give any additions / subtractions!!!

WnE

June 12th, 2011
11:28 pm

Once again, Coach Kung Fu Panda gets his arse whipped for elite in-state prospects with the Academics for GT.

Both of the these Recruits were very much desired by GT, but instead we get an unwanted LB from Alabama(no Offers from Bama/Auburn) and a Brit that has NEVER played in a HS FB game, only Spring Practice.

This is where all the CPJ boot-licking-toadies can chime in a claim that “Academics” is what is keeping us from getting the elite in-state Recruits.

To make matters WORSE, if they had not chosen ug@, then they would have gone to F$U and still spurned Coach Fish Fry.

CPJ’s crappy Recruiting is going to eventually take a heavy toll on GT FB.

zulucanibal

June 12th, 2011
11:29 pm

Somebody need a map BAD…Millen an Augusta suburb?? First off…millen is no suburb…next its over 50 miles from Augusta to Millen…terrible writing!!! Great score for the Dawgs!!!

Michael Carvell

June 12th, 2011
11:34 pm

@zulucanibal, thanks for your post. When I worked at The Augusta Chronicle, Jenkins County HS was in our coverage area, as was Screven County, Statesboro, ECI, Swainsboro, Johnson County, and Jefferson County. The Savannah and Statesboro papers covered some of those areas, too.

Nerds Nerds Nerds!!!!

June 12th, 2011
11:39 pm

Glad to see the haters out in full force tonight, acting like landing this package deal is a bad thing.

LOVE IT!!!

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