Bulldogs still in the running to land top on-the-fence prospects

All but a few players in Georgia’s football recruiting class that already were publicly on board, committed back in the summer or spring.

But that doesn’t mean the final hours leading to Wednesday’s national signing day don’t have intrigue.

Georgia gained a commitment after a weekend visit, looks to be in good shape to have kept another after an official visit elsewhere, is in the running with a defensive line target after a late push and could see a safety who had pledged end up elsewhere due to academic concerns.

Cornerback Shaq Jones from Merritt Island High School in Florida will sign with the Bulldogs on Wednesday, he confirmed in a tweet Monday evening.

Jones took an official visit to Georgia over the weekend.

“Probably in the last two weeks, it’s blown up with his recruiting,” said Merritt Island coach Jeff McLean said. “He went to Louisville. I know Miami had talked with him and UCF had talked with him. There had been other schools.”

Jones was committed to Louisville, whose defensive coordinator is former Georgia coordinator Todd Grantham, and before that South Alabama. Georgia defensive assistant Kevin Sherrer was South Alabama’s defensive coordinator.

The 6-foot-1, 175-pound Jones is a three-star rated prospect by Scout.com.

Jones transferred before last season from Heritage High School in Palm Bay, Fla.

He returned four kickoffs for touchdowns last season.

“One of the first games of the years, he single-handedly turned the game around,” McLean said. “He tipped a pass, picked it off and ran it back for a touchdown, and the next drive caught a long touchdown pass over three kids. He had a good solid year.”

Meanwhile, Georgia has made a late push with defensive end Andrew Williams of Eagles Landing Christian Academy in McDonough. Williams was already considering Auburn and Clemson.

He visited Georgia over the weekend and tweeted a photo of a meal that included crab legs at Mark Richt’s house while watching the Super Bowl.

“I think he had a fantastic time at Georgia,” athletic director Scott Queen said.

Queen said the 6-foot-4, 251-pound Williams, a four-star prospect, is keeping his decision quiet.

“Who knows?” Queen said. “I really don’t know. He’s going to let everybody know on Wednesday.

Williams has a 2 p.m. announcement scheduled.

Georgia defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt visited with Williams at his school last week.

“He’s a race horse,” Queen said. “He comes off the edge.”

One Georgia target announced via Twitter Monday night that he is sticking with his commitment to South Carolina.

Linebacker Bryson Allen-Williams from Cedar Grove High took an official visit to Georgia over the weekend and had left a sliver of doubt about whether he might make a switch until he ended any suspense.

“I wanna thank #dawgnation for the support these last couple of days …but on Wednesday I will be signing with South Carolina #WeCocky,” the four-star prospect tweeted.

Georgia defensive tackle commitment Lamont Gaillard from Fayeteville, N.C., looks to be sticking with the Bulldogs after visiting Miami over the weekend, his coach at Pine Forest High School said late Monday afternoon.

“There was some conversation back and forth, but I think he’s still pretty much set on Georgia,” Bill Sochovka said. “Right now, that’s where he’s headed to Georgia.”

Gaillard spoke to Pruitt after getting an email or text about a defensive tackle possibly flipping from Florida State, where Pruitt previously coached.

“I don’t know if it was somebody outside trying to put some ideas in Lamont’s head to flip him from Georgia to Miami,” Sochovka said. “That’s possible. We all know that.”

Sochovka said Miami did a great job recruiting and made an impressive presentation, but that coach Al Golden knew getting Gaillard to switch was a longshot.

The safety that may or may not sign with Georgia is Kendall Gant of Lakeland, Fla.

Over the weekend, Gant visited Marshall, where he could enroll this year even if he doesn’t qualify academically.

He wants to sign with Georgia, but still has work to do to be able to enroll.

“That’s why he took the trip, really,” his coach Keith DeMyer told 247Sports, “to talk about and see how Marshall could resolve those issues and Georgia couldn’t.”

 

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