UGA offered a football scholarship to DB-WR JJ Green on Wednesday, and Georgia Tech may be next to do so.
JJ Green is a 5-foot-9, 190-pounder from the Georgia powerhouse of Camden County High School who some consider to be one of the state’s best overall football players. (Not one of the best college prospect but players. Watch his video below and you decide)
UGA already has a commitment from Green’s good friend and high school teammate, QB Brice Ramsey.
After talking it over the last few days, UGA offered Green on Wednesday. “They were trying to figure out which side of the ball they wanted to recruit him at because JJ can do so many things,” Camden County coach Jeff Herron told the AJC. “Coach [Mark Richt] called and said ‘We don’t know yet whether we’re offering him on offense or defense right now. We like him on both sides. So what we’re saying is, we’re recruiting him as an athlete.’
“JJ got on the phone and talked to Coach Richt for a few minutes, and he was really excited about the Georgia offer. Coach Richt always does a good job with that. With Brice already committed there, and with Brice and JJ being such good friends, that made it even more special for JJ, you know, coming from Georgia.”
UGA is the second school to offer Green, who has a 3.0 GPA and has already met NCAA academic requirements. His first offer was Duke. Green and another high school teammate, OL JP Vonashek, are scheduled to make an unofficial visit to Georgia Tech this weekend, and Green is expected to be offered a football scholarship by coach Paul Johnson.
Green is considered to be one of the state’s best overall football players – not college prospects – by many. His own coach compares his athleticism and game-changing ability to Greg Reid, the former All-American at Lowndes High School (now at FSU). Why hasn’t Green been more heavily recruited by colleges until now? Scouts had concerns over his size and what position he projects to play in college.
“He’s a special player,” Herron said. “First of all, I’ve never had a player start for me at Camden County as a freshman until JJ Green. He started all 15 games as a freshman. In fact, he has started every game of his high school career. He has played against some awful good competition – and has been one of the most dominant players on the field in every game we’ve played.
“He has a lot of special talents, and I’m glad people are starting to realize that.”
Camden County has at least four seniors that are projected to sign with SEC or ACC schools, including LB Jarrad Davis, who was recently offered by Auburn.
OL J.P. Vonashek, who was offered by North Carolina last week, is expected to generate 10 or 20 offers by the end of spring practice. The 6-foot-6, 270-pounder is a transfer from Glynn Academy.
“If JP Is not a big-time D1 offensive lineman, then I don’t know what one is,” Herron said. “I haven’t seen one that has all the tools he has got.
“He’s 6-6, closer to 6-7, and doesn’t hardly have an ounce of fat on him at 270 pounds. He’s going to be huge. That’s the thing. He has not filled out yet. You’re talking about a kid who I think can handle 300 pounds very well. He has got good feet. He’s a tough and physical kid. He has come over here and worked his tail off.
“JP has all the intangibles that colleges are looking for. I don’t think he’s finished growing height-wise, either. He has such a tremendous upside. When you get a kid at that size, with that agility … he has long arms and such good work habits … that’s just a rare combination.”
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– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog
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