UGA will take its best shot at one of Auburn’s best football recruits this weekend.
Sandy Creek High School’s JaQuay Williams, who is ranked as Georgia’s No. 1 prospect at WR by some, is scheduled to make an official visit to Georgia this weekend. Williams is part of a small group which includes another Auburn commitment, WR Ricardo Louis of Miami Beach, and two players pledged to the Bulldogs – OL John Theus of Jacksonville and Dodge County DE Leonard Floyd.
The 6-foot-3, 200-pound Williams has been committed to Auburn since last summer.
“That’s what JaQuay told me today, that he was going for sure to Georgia this weekend,” Sandy Creek coach Chip Walker told the AJC on late Thursday night. “Now Florida next week? He said he didn’t know if he was going there or somewhere else.”
WR is a position of need for UGA after two former commitments at the position, Flowery Branch’s CJ Curry and Georgia Military junior college’s Lonnie Outlaw, won’t be signing with the Bulldogs. Georgia has one commitment at the position with ML King’s Blake Tibbs.
UGA recruiting coordinator Rodney Garner made a late offer to JaQuay Williams a couple of months ago and has been vigorously pursuing him ever since.
“Coach Garner came down here and explained to JaQuay what happened during the recruiting process from their side,” Walker said. “They were waiting on his grades after the first semester, they had a couple of early commits, they have the kid from MLK that they really like, and they are after a JC kid [Cordarrelle Patterson] … Georgia has come back in on JaQuay and tried to do a really good job of touching up.”
What does UGA like about JaQuay? “I think his size and his ability to make plays down the field,” Walker said. “He’s a guy that’s going to go up and make plays. He’s a physical presence on the football field. And he’s got speed. I know Malcolm Mitchell can fly. Everybody knows that. He’s something special. But JaQuay may be more explosive than the other guys they have after Malcolm Mitchell.”
Walker knows wide receivers. He coached the greatest WR ever produced by the state of Georgia. That would be NFL All-Pro Calvin Johnson, who played at Sandy Creek High School.
“It’s not fair to compare anybody to Calvin Johnson; he was 6-4, 215 pounds, ran a 4.4 and power-cleaned 330 pounds when he was here,” Walker said. “I think from a physical standpoint, JaQuay is the second-best we’ve ever had out of all our D1 wide receivers. JaQuay is going to be a really, really, really good football player at the next level. You know who he reminds me of? Justin Blackmon of Oklahoma State. He’s 6-3 or 6-2, he’s thick and muscular, and really put together. That’s JaQuay Williams.”
More than 30 colleges have stopped by Sandy Creek to check on JaQuay in the last couple of months. Just on Thursday, Missouri and TCU called to see if they could enter the sweepstakes. There have been a lot of rumors circulating about how solid his commitment was to Auburn after all the coaching changes. It appears that Auburn patched things up with Williams during his official visit last week.
“I think the visit to Auburn was really good for JaQuay and his entire family,” Walker said. “I think coach [Gene Chizik] did a good job of making sure JaQuay knew what was going on, and understanding the direction he was taking the program. I think JaQuay and his family are a lot more comfortable with everything now.”
Williams is still committed to Auburn. So why visit UGA and maybe Florida? “I think for JaQuay and his family, this is going to give them something to see besides Auburn, and to be able to compare places.”
Williams has been sensitive to the rumors, tweeting:
How [are] people saying I’m going to flip when I been screaming War Eagle since July. Hate when ppl put words in your mouth.
RELATED: On Thursday, Auburn was the first school to offer Westminster’s Harrison Butker, who is the state’s No. 1 kicker for the class of 2013. This past season, the 6-foot-4 Butker made 16 of 17 field goals, including a long of 51 yards. His only miss was from 59 yards. He averaged 39.5 yards per punt.
Grayson QB Nick Schuessler and OL Fred Zerblis are scheduled to visit Colorado State this weekend. The 6-4 Schuesller helped Grayson win the state championship in Georgia’s largest classification and has been compared to former UGA QB David Greene by his coach … Buford DL Dequan Clark committed to Georgia Southern … Kentucky made an in-home visit with twins committed to the Wildcats, Zack and Daron Blaylock, sons of former NBA All-Star Mooke Blaylock. Kentucky is also making a late run at Liberty County RB Shadrach Thornton and North Hall RB Imani Cross …
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– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog
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