Another eighth-grader is claiming an extra early scholarship offer from UGA. Callaway rising freshman Keiondre Jones posted on his Facebook page Friday evening that he had been offered by UGA.
Jones is a 6-foot-4, 260-pound offensive lineman who will be a freshman later this summer at Callaway High School.
Jones worked out with his team on Friday at UGA’s 7-on-7 camp. He caught the attention of UGA offensive line coach Rob Sale, who singled out Jones for some additional footwork drills with two other linemen that were being evaluated for offers. UGA’s Mark Richt took a knee a few feet away to watch closely.
Earlier that day, UGA extended an offer to Owen Pappoe, who will be a freshman this season at Grayson High School. Is this the new normal for elite bodies for SEC programs?
Think about the emerging trend the way recruiters do. Especially ones that hear success stories from five-star prospects about always remembering their first offer when their National Signing Day rolls around.
Close your eyes. Just for a second. Picture a 6-foot-4 prospect who weighs in at 260 pounds. His feet already fill size-18 shoes. This kid passes the eyeball test and already has an offer to play college football at Alabama.
Does it matter he has yet to enroll in the ninth grade? It did not to the Bulldogs. Jones also told his high school coaches that Sale offered him at Friday’s 7-on-7 camp. That made Jones the second eighth-grader the Bulldogs extended a scholarship offer to on Friday. His Alabama offer came this spring when he visited Tuscaloosa.
What will he look like when he’s a high school senior in the fall of 2018? That’s serious crystal ball stuff, but Jones has a bright future given his size, stature and recruiting buzz before he even plays his first down of varsity football in the fall of 2015.
Jeff Sentell covers UGA recruiting for AJC.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter to see who is on their way to play Between the Hedges.