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Blog: Junior college nose guard Mayes signs with Georgia

The last time Georgia tapped into Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, it landed John Jenkins, the big nose guard who has started 20 games the past two seasons and may be an NFL first-round draft choice in April.

The Bulldogs added another player from the Perkinston, Miss.,  school on Wednesday when Chris Mayes signed with the Bulldogs on the first day of the midyear junior college transfer period. Mayes will begin classes next month and be available for spring practices.

The 6-foot-3, 335-pound Mayes was a member of Georgia’s 2011 “Dream Class,” but did not qualify academically. He had 34 tackles, including nine for loss with two sacks at Spalding High in Griffin in his senior season and 17 tackles, a forced fumble and fumble recovery last year. He redshirted this year. That gives him three years remaining to play.

Mayes didn’t look at other schools, sticking to his Georgia commitment, his junior college coach Steve Campbell said.

“He’s in that John Jenkins mold,” Campbell said. “He’ll be able to come in and shore up that nose position.”

Campbell also said that another player from his program, defensive back Kennar Johnson, would be signing with Georgia, but the school only released Mayes’ signing. The signing period runs through Jan. 15.

Another junior college recruit committed to Georgia, wide receiver Jonathan Rumph, also signed papers with Georgia, according to the official Twitter account of Holmes (Miss.) Community College, but Georgia also has yet to announce his signing.

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