Chucks Ameachi, a linebacker from Arizona Western junior college, became the first UGA recruit to officially sign with the Bulldogs for the 2015 football recruiting class.
Wednesday was national signing day for junior-college transfers who are enrolling midyear at NCAA Div. I schools. Ameachi will enroll at UGA next month, and is expected to compete for immediate playing time at inside linebacker.
UGA will sign between 25 and 31 players for 2015, and at least nine commits could enroll early with the Bulldogs, the AJC has confirmed. That number increase if some other possible early enrollee targets commit to UGA within the next few weeks, or if the ones already committed to the Bulldogs fail to clear admissions.
Here’s a list of the nine so far:
- Johnathan Abram, DB, 6-1, 200, Columbia (Miss.) East Marion: The 2-star safety is considered a late bloomer, with UGA beating out the hometown favorite, Ole Miss. “Ole Miss just is so deep at corner and safety,” Abram told The Clarion-Ledger. “That played a big factor in my decision. I really think at Georgia I can come in and compete for some playing time. It would be a lot harder at Ole Miss.” Abram is an early enrollee.
- Chuks Amaechi, LB, 6-3, 220, Arizona Western junior college: Having to replace both inside linebackers for next season, UGA found a quick fix in the junior-college ranks.
- Michael Barnett, DE, 6-5, 258, Dorchester (S.C.) Woodland: The No. 4 overall prospect out of South Carolina surprised everyone abruptly flipping from Florida State to UGA on the day he signed his financial-aid agreement.
- Jackson Harris, TE, 6-6, 250, Columbia (Tenn.): UGA beat out Alabama for the 4-star from Tennessee. “Anytime you can beat out Alabama, that’s big,” said 247sports.com’s Jake Rowe. Harris never got an offer from Tennessee, but that may have had to do with the offensive scheme.
- Van Jefferson, WR, 6-2, 170, Brentwood (Tenn): Son of former Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Shawn Jefferson seemingly came out of nowhere to pick UGA over Tennessee and Ohio State. His father coached on last year’s Tennessee Titans staff with UGA defensive line coach Tracy Rocker.
- Jonathan Ledbetter, DL, 6-4, 270, Tucker: Major recruiting victory for UGA by flipping the Alabama commit. Jonathan was always considering the flip, but it sealed the deal when the Bulldogs gave a football scholarship to his older brother Joseph, who had played NCAA Div. II basketball the previous two seasons.
- Natrez Patrick, DE, 6-2, 225, Mays: UGA has really struggled getting talent out of Atlanta Public Schools, so getting Patrick was a really big deal. He’s ranked as one of the state’s top 10 overall prospects, and picked UGA over Auburn.
- DeVondre Seymour, OT, 6-6, 315, Hinds (Miss.) junior college: The North Gwinnett High School standout is the nephew and adopted son of former UGA and NFL standout Richard Seymour and got a last-minute UGA offer on signing day in 2013 but failed to qualify. He is very raw.
- Jarvis Wilson, DB, 6-2, 197, Tupelo, Miss.: This sort of came out of nowhere. Wilson, who had been committed to Mississippi State for around six months, took a surprise visit to UGA in late November and flipped to the Bulldogs a week later.
Finally, an UGA spokesman confirmed that four recruits have signed early financial-aid agreements with the Bulldogs. They are non-binding for the prospect, meaning he can still sign a letter of intent with any school. On the flip side, the college is bound to honor the scholarship offer to the prospect but the college also gets “unlimited contact” with the prospect until he sign a letter of intent. Here are the four:
- Michael Barnett
- Jackson Harris
- Jonathan Ledbetter
- Natrez Patrick