OL Jordan Watson decides to follow his RB to Kentucky

One of Georgia’s top running backs is taking his favorite blocker with him to college.

Jordan Watson, a 6-foot-5, 310-pound offensive lineman from Whitewater High School, committed to Kentucky over Mississippi State and South Florida. Watson’s high school teammate, tailback Josh Clemons, signed with Kentucky last February and will play college ball this season. Watson will join him after his senior year at Whitewater.

Whitewater OL Jordan Watson committed to Kentucky (AJC photo by Michael Carvell)

Whitewater OL Jordan Watson committed to Kentucky (AJC photo by Michael Carvell)

“I joked with the Kentucky coaches about how Josh has recruited me harder than they did,” Watson said with a laugh. “It definitely made a difference with Josh going there. We’ve known each other a long time … since I was 8 or 9 years old. He’s an offensive lineman’s dream — talented runner, great blocker and hard worker. I think it’s great that we’re going to be on the same team again in college.”

Watson picked Kentucky out of 9 offers, including Memphis, Wake Forest and Georgia Tech. What about the Yellow Jackets? “They basically made me a verbal offer, and told me how I could be part of the program,” Watson said. “I love Georgia Tech and have all the respect in the world for them. But it just wasn’t for me.”

What about UGA? Watson is a lifelong Georgia fan, attended UGA’s Junior Day, and said he initiated contact with the Bulldogs by attending camps. “Growing up in Georgia, I always wanted to play football for the Georgia Bulldogs one day. I went to one of their summer camps in June. But I was injured and really didn’t get to show them what I could do. It just wasn’t meant to be, I guess. But it worked out for the best.”

Watson didn’t seen any reason to hold off committing to Kentucky. “I’m very blessed with the offers I had. Kentucky is a great school. I felt like I was really wanted there.”

Watson said he has a 3.1 GPA and wants to study Political Science or Sports Management. He wants to coach football as a career.

Here’s a breakdown of Jordan Watson by Derrick Crudup, the CEO of Cast Sports, a fee-based recruiting service: “When you look at Jordan, he is a player that understands the position. He always plays within his body frame. Plays with a flat back and always pushes the tempo on defenders. He understands leverage that’s within his frame. At times, he gets a late start off the ball. You’d like him to be taller but he’s the ideal size for a offensive guard at the next level.”

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[...] with Jordan.  Then, we have a write up from Michael Carvell of the Atlanta Journal Constitution here.  In the AJC piece, it notes that Jordan would possibly like to coach one day and after speaking [...]

DogLoverUGAmuttHater

July 7th, 2011
12:59 am

I hope the kid likes Basketball. If he goes to the Basketball games he might get to see Ashley Judd. He will get to see Minny Pearl at his football games.

SoGeorgia Dawg

July 7th, 2011
1:00 am

Congrats to Jordan! I sure hope Coach Rodney Garner took a break from eating cheeseburgers long enough at camp to take a good look at this young man, with Georgia’s needs on the offensive line. I hate passing up a Georgia kid that wanted to be a Dawg. Good luck Jordan.

AP

July 7th, 2011
2:33 am

Watched this kid play since his middle school days. Has developed nicely. Looked very good against the Alabama freshman Fanning (Harris CO.) last year. His solid play had everything to do with Whitewater winning that football game and several others.

D1

July 7th, 2011
4:46 am

Great pick up for Kentucky. Have read nothing but great things about this kid.. Really would love to know why UGA is not interested. THey did not seem interested in Clemons either.. Hmmm. Sure hope CMR is picking the right kids because the sure do seem to be letting a lot of good ones slip by.

Football_365

July 7th, 2011
6:21 am

Im shocked that the title of the article wasnt “states top offensive lineman snubs uga”

cmon man

July 7th, 2011
6:40 am

Here we go again. Its only 5 comments on here and people are already blaming cmr. Everybody knows that cmr would prefer to see a kid compete against top competition in a camp setting and the kid said in the article he was injured at camp and couldnt compete. Nobody made him pull the trigger and commit to kentucky if he really wanted to be a dawg he would bring his A game to “dawg night” and compete but he chose another route since he feels kentucky is the best place for him then I wish him the best of luck and hope he continues to work hard. Just because a kid grew up a uga fan doesnt mean he should get an offer you earn your keep. Good luck young man

.

July 7th, 2011
7:47 am

SoGeorgia Dawg = TROLL …..nice try loser….worry about your worthless program that is 1-9 against UGA over the last 10 years and the fact that your HC requires a sports bra

Paul N Destin

July 7th, 2011
7:50 am

His offer list says a lot. Good rule of thumb is if Nick Saban didn’t offer then he’s not really a bigtime player. If Nick needs a player at a position then he will offer at least 6-8 at that position. The player can’t commit until Nick gives the go ahead!!! The point is he offers a lot of folks thus if he is on Bama’s list then he is a player. Just sayin.

dawggone

July 7th, 2011
7:53 am

cmon man, are you related to cmr, cause you sure mseem to have your head up his ars. loser

cmon man

July 7th, 2011
8:05 am

Whoa dawggone called me a loser! I guess since he “mseem” to think im a loser I must be one! Thanks alot you just ruined my day. I guess things arent always what they “mseem”

JB

July 7th, 2011
8:05 am

WE need lineman. The 2012 class is MIA with lineman. I hope he is not holding out for certain ones and we lose out. That’s what’s wrong now. We wait and wait to cherry pick…..and sometimes the fruit is gone. We need 7 or so. I would of brought this kid to Athens, put him with coach T for two years….and had a nice lineman WHO WANTED TO BE THERE !!!!!!!!!!!!!

well said

July 7th, 2011
8:10 am

@cmon man, that would “mseem” very funny to me, sorry your day is ruined, mine is starting off with a laugh. Good one.

1eyedJack

July 7th, 2011
8:26 am

“He will get to see Minny Pearl at his football games.”

Great, a corpse in a new hat.

Lowcountry Bulldawg

July 7th, 2011
8:36 am

150 High School kids this state are probably 3 Stars or better. UGA can only sign at most 25 a year.

150-25 = 125 kids that are not going to UGA. Out of those 125 you can safely assume 90 of them grew up being UGA fans.

So we have the potential to have 90 blogs during the lean days of Spring and Summer about how CMR failed to land such and such kid. Congratulations to this young man but look at his other offers, South Florida and Miss St. These are not programs that UGA recruits against. This is indicative that his prospects where only at 3 Stars. The calibur of athlete that South Florida and Miss St can come into this state and be successful recruiting.

Nothing against this young man as his hard work has certainly paid offer for him very well, but it is more in a indictment of these arm chair recruiting guru’s that rail on UGA. It seemingly is easier to jump into typing blog rants than to actually use some critical thinking skills and understand the larger picture going on.

RedandBlackDAWG

July 7th, 2011
8:36 am

It sounds like the kid just wanted to get the process over and went with the school that was Div. 1 and offered him. I guess he didn’t see his best chance at Tech. for him and he admitted, he didn’t get a chance due to injury, to show what he could do at UGA due to injuries. He could have attended DAWG night in the middle of July this year and maybe showed what he has, but I think he is more worried about getting a scholarship and not waiting than anything. He may be denying himself a chance to play for UGA, but it is his decision. It surely is not the fault of UGA, though, since they needed to see him perform up close and personal, and he was injured. Hard to give a scholarship to someone, when they show up injured and not ready to audition on stage so to speak. UGA probably can not afford another Benton, that they stuck with for two years for rehab, only for him to decide, he couldn’t take the S and C program and didn’t like the way he was being handled.
Good luck at Kentucky and hope you reach your goals and enjoy your experience there, young man.

RxDawg

July 7th, 2011
8:50 am

Ahh, I was getting this guy and Jordan Watkins mixed up. Grats to the young man.

gdawginkalamazoo

July 7th, 2011
8:57 am

SoGeorgia Dawg, thanks for mentioning the cheeseburgers I think I’ll have one for lunch.

Okay a smart offensive lineman. Good luck to the kid except when he goes up against us. We can’t sign everybody.

Mr. SEC

July 7th, 2011
9:04 am

I agree with RedandBlackDAWG, this kid was’t serious about UGA, all his talk is just that, TALK about UGA. Come on, this guy did not even get an offer from Tenn., Auburn, or Ala. And we all know that they offer everybody. He sent UGA and others a huge message when HE made the decision not attend Dawg Night. He may play at Kentucky, wish him well; the sad thing here is that, in his own words, “Growing up in Georgia, I always wanted to play football for the Georgia Bulldogs one day!” To bad he will not live his dream when he could had!

@Low Country Bulldawg

July 7th, 2011
9:04 am

Thanks for your post. Many people don’t seem to understand the discrepancy between UGA’s scholarship numbers and the number of D-1 prospects this state puts out. You can be a very good player and not get a UGA offer, just the way the numbers are. The Dogs are going to sign several offensive linemen in this class, ranging from good to very good to elite.

AnnapolisDawg

July 7th, 2011
9:19 am

I realize we need a lot of attention on the O-line, but we can’t sign every kid because he grew up in GA and loves UGA. Jordan understands that he’s not the highest rated prospect at his position but wants to play big time ball; Kentucky affords him the opportunity to do that. Jordan knows that UGA isn’t truly interested in him and has their sights on a few players that are listed a little higher on the recruiting boards, but what kid wants to say this about themselves? This is why CMR wanted him to audition to make sure he wasn’t missing something. Best of luck young man and enjoy your college experience.

gt4ever

July 7th, 2011
9:29 am

Damn, another one lost….. What’s up Coach!

JB

July 7th, 2011
9:32 am

gt4ever………..johnson not here.

gt4ever

July 7th, 2011
9:32 am

Good try Lowcountry Bulldog,

The problem with your coach is not recruiting… He gets 4 to 5 star recruits EVERY year! The problem is what he does after they enter school….. NOTHING!

Dawg4ever

July 7th, 2011
9:40 am

LowCountry you are hilarious. What exactly is the BIGGER picture? No O.L. commits in 2012 class yet, and only one top lineman UGA wants has them in his top 3. If they stike out with Theus, they will get nobody they are holding out for. Or maybe your bigger picture is the fact Richt and UGA have a .500 record in the SEC east the past 3 years, and the program is on a downward trend for the 4th year in a row. Or maybe the bigger picture is that Richt and his pathetic staff have recruited so well lately that UGA has no depth at all on the O.L, W.R, R.B, D.L, LB, CB, and for sure Safety. Now that is the big picture, and it isn’t a very pretty sight.

Dawgmess

July 7th, 2011
9:58 am

Good grief, gt4. You’re here 364 days a year trashing CMR. He beats you like a gov’t mule every first Saturday after Thanksgiving. Don’t you have some rockets to fix or something?

cmon man

July 7th, 2011
10:02 am

you are right gt4ever cmr does nothing with his players nevermind his 2 sec championships, multiple top 10 finishes, he only has a losing record against ONE team in the sec, has sent over 60 players to the nfl, he has beaten tech 9 out of 10 times. Also gt4ever it took cmr 10 yrs to have a losing season how long did it take big bad cpj? oh yea gt4ever i would like to say thanks to the tech football staff since they were scared to play bama in 2013 we are stuck with bama vs va tech AGAIN!

gt4ever

July 7th, 2011
10:10 am

Dawgmess,

Your name sums it up…. Yeah you can hang your hat on beating us, but hey, I will be the first to say we are very average… You have a discipline problem along with the fact that you can’t win with the states finest recruits…. Oh, and the rockets are just fine…

1eyedJack

July 7th, 2011
10:18 am

Then go engineer a solar panel that works.

Lowcountry Bulldawg

July 7th, 2011
10:26 am

Good try? Yep you are correct all this talent has gotten us only 2 SEC titles since 2002, #2 in the country and wait….. whats that like 8 outta 9 victory’s against Tech. Something has had to have gone just a little right.

See though my arguments are again factual like my original post. It is based in reality, where your argument is based on just trying to be sophomoric. Just sit back and watch and GT fans will be shut up much like the blogger St. Simmons.

GT Fans large mouths up till November, then go into hibernation until the Spring after UGA romps them every year. Must be tough being the little nerd brother to your superior athletically gifted big brother.

really now.....

July 7th, 2011
10:30 am

So uga has a history of signing injury prone lineman but people are crying because cmr didnt offer a kid who showed up to a camp injured. So much for turning the program in a new direction!

cmon man

July 7th, 2011
10:40 am

@ lowcountry bulldawg correction uga has won 9 out of 10 soon to be 10 out of 11. But im sure tech fans dont care about that since their victories are on the stat sheet not the scoreboard remember as long as they rush for 400yds+ it counts as a tech victory!

Lowcountry Bulldawg

July 7th, 2011
10:45 am

Thanks for the correction, it has happened at such a lightening pace I cannot keep up with all the victories we are putting up on them. I deserved the cmon man on that one :)

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jasont13

July 7th, 2011
12:14 pm

Well we can all agree on one thing. If the kid wasn’t white Tide Roll would be on here bashing Mark Richt and complaining about his racist recruiting.

Un-Tank

July 7th, 2011
1:00 pm

Georgia Tech can’t even seal state borders with mediocre prospects. What a pathetic football program.

D1

July 7th, 2011
1:46 pm

My earlier comment was not meant to bash CMR. I understand this kid is the one that made the choice but I do have to say even though it’s not UGA, 9 D1 programs and 2 SEC teams thought enough of him to offer him a scholorship and I don’t blame him for committing to the school that really wanted him instead of a school that he may not be as wanted at. Think about that for a minute… An SEC school wants to pay for his school, housing, and who knows what else to play football for them.. We should all be so mediocre.. Good luck Jordan.. Enjoy your college experience and playing in front of the best fans in the coutnry. The SEC!!!!

RedandBlackDAWG

July 7th, 2011
4:43 pm

D1,

The kid went to a UGA camp in June and admitted he was injured and didn’t get to show them what he could do. he might well turn out to be a good serviceable lineman, but he did not do himself any favors by going to a football event hurt. He would have been served better to show up on July 15th DAWG night, uninjured and able to show himself then. What if he turned out to be a person like the O lineman we rehabbed for two years, who it appears didn’t want to do what it would take to get on the road to playing again. His dad for sure made most of the decision for him, but UGA needs to recruit, those ready to play and those that can prove they are ready to play. This was probably the safest pass UGA could throw in this instance.

sccatfan1

July 7th, 2011
6:58 pm

As a UK fan, I love that we got a commitment from Mr. Watson. He’s obviously talented, intelligent and will be a huge asset down the line as we climb the ladder in the SEC. He’ll get his chance to play big time SEC football…recall we took Auburn to the wire last year and defeated SEC East champion South Carolina. We have a great OL coach who will probably make him a better player than he’d become at UGA.
GO CATS!!!!!

Laila

July 7th, 2011
7:05 pm

A UGA alumnus was suffering from constipation, so his doctor prescribed suppositories. A week later, the bulldog complained to the doctor that the suppositories had not produced the desired results.

“Have you been taking them regularly?” the doctor asked.

“What do you think I’ve been doing,” asked the bulldog, “shoving them up my ass?”

RedandBlackDAWG

July 7th, 2011
7:49 pm

Ok,I know somehow Laila, that poor joke ties into this young man going to Kentucy. Care to enlighten me as to how.

twest

July 7th, 2011
7:51 pm

Ya Har Har Har!!! Laila My esteemed feline side kick Clyde Boogie loves that joke keep it up!!!! He just passed gas he was laughing so hard, did not know cats passed gas!!!!

twest

July 7th, 2011
8:00 pm

Oh yeah Carvell Clyde said he likes you Bud!!! Quite a privilege there Carvell!!! When Clyde likes you it means something Sport!!!

RedandBlackDAWG

July 7th, 2011
9:36 pm

twest,

If you have a cat that can read, you are wasting time on these blogs when you could be making money. Then again, if your best friend is a cat, perhaps, that should be your second priority.

Brainiac(Dawg For Life)

July 7th, 2011
10:59 pm

@gt4ever and Laila are each dumb enough to be triplets = 6 dumba$$es

WnE

July 9th, 2011
6:47 am

Yet another Coach Fish Fry Recruiting failure.

Notice what the Recruit had to say about GT:
_________________________
What about the Yellow Jackets? “They basically made me a verbal offer, and told me how I could be part of the program,” Watson said. “I love Georgia Tech and have all the respect in the world for them. But it just wasn’t for me.”
___________________________

What he really means is that I’m 6-5 310 coming out of HS and IF I have any “NFL ASPIRATIONS”, then there’s no way hell that I’m gonna go to GT and play in that gimmicky Offense that won’t teach me how to pass block to give me every shot to get DRAFTED as high as possible.

This is one of the MAJOR DIFFERENCES between D1-AA & Service Academy CFB, and competing in a BCS Conf.

To compete in a BCS Conf. you HAVE TO HAVE Recruits that have NFL aspirations because of the corresponding talent level that you find in those types of players. CPJ’s gimmicky Offense will NEVER bring in ENOUGH of those types of Recruits to seriously beat ug@ and beat upper tier Teams in CFB.

On the Defensive side of the Ball, IF you’re a CB/DB are you gonna get better in practice playing against a A.J Green catching ball from an A. Murray or by playing against a Stephen Hill catching balls from a Tevin (Campbell) Washington.

When Coach Kung Fu Panda first got to GT, he had 4-6 NFL-types on each side of the ball, now after 3 years of his OWN Recruiting, GT is lucky to have ONE NFL-type on both sides of the ball combined (i.e. starting-22).

Regardless of what the Rankings say numerically, that is a HUGE DROP OFF in talent and Recruiting by CPJ’s and his staff.

kickslidered

July 9th, 2011
10:23 am

The recruiting “process” for O-Lineman is much different than any other position, where the scramble for “skill players” creates multiple offers very early. Besides the “top rated” OL (approx 8-10) who get offered very early from UGA, Bama, UF, AU – guys lke Jordan Watson have to wait until Nov-Dec before the dust clears. Clint Boling (many consider the best OL at UGA over the last 4 years) was not offered until a few days before signing day. I consider Jordan Watson and Clint Boling almost identical in abiltiy, work ethic, toughness, intelligence, and an insane desire to win! For every Clint Boling you have a Brent Benedict – so the most important trait an O-Lineman must have is a crazy work ethic (taking for granted they have talent). The O-Line that works harder and will accept nothing but winning – THAT is the O-Line that gets to lift that trophy in the Dome. Period.

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shankit

July 11th, 2011
9:59 am

gtfan – Bama fan called in on a talk show and said Auburn was
dropping it’s engineering course, cause there hardly ain’t any
trains left.