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Sunday’s AJC Recruiting Links

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How many Division I prospects can you fit under one roof? On Saturday, the Georgia Dome attempted to find out when it hosted the second day of the annual Corky Kell Classic.

Luckily, the AJC got the chance to catch up with some of the biggest names in the state.

But before we get to that, here are a few storylines from UGA to digest: It’s too late for the Bulldogs and the nation’s No. 2 linebacker; Jacob Eason hints at Sept. 5 announcement and this 4-star running back; This top-rated offensive lineman knows where he stands with UGA.

Now, on to the latest around the state of Georgia and the SEC.

Jarrett Cole (Chuck Kingsbury/AJC)

Jarett Cole (Chuck Kingsbury/AJC)

Today’s need-to-know stories

1. Georgia safety is a firm commit to the Yellow Jackets

Good news for Georgia Tech: Jarett Cole, one of the state’s top prospects, has no intention of wavering on his commitment.

The 5-foot-10, 180-pound safety told the AJC on Saturday that he’s all in on the Yellow Jackets despite having heard from Auburn, UGA and West Virginia in recent weeks. Cole plans to take only one official visit this fall, and that will be to Georgia Tech. 

2. One of the state’s top uncommitted prospects wants Georgia Tech offer

Javon Jackson was scheduled to commit before Aug. 21. That didn’t happen.

Jackson, a 3-star defensive back, was to choose between finalists Duke and South Carolina but held off because he felt he was rushing into a decision.

Now, the 5-foot-11, 180-pounder says he’ll wait until the end of the season to decide. Which school is he looking for an offer from? Georgia Tech.

3. Son of former NFL star reveals list, includes Georgia Tech

Jair Anderson, a 3-star receiver from Northview, is a name you’re probably familiar with by now if you’ve been reading these rewinds.

Much has changed since Anderson told the AJC that he would decide between Georgia Tech and Cincinnati. His list also includes Tennessee and UGA. However, I still believe it comes down to his original two.

4. Could Tennessee commit flip?

They say it’s not over until it’s over, right? 

That very well may be the case with Ja’Quain Blakely, the 3-star linebacker out of Colquitt County, who told the AJC on Saturday that his recruitment is still open.

“I’m still open like I was before,” Blakely said. “As most do, a lot of people change their minds last minute. I’m not saying that I will. I’m not saying that I won’t.”

The school he could flip to? Florida. Read it all here.

5. Ex-Auburn commit reveals finalists

David Marshall, a 3-star defensive end, was once committed to Auburn. That changed in July, and his recruitment has been open ever since.

On Saturday, the 6-foot-2, 256-pounder revealed where he plans to take his official visits, a list that includes Ole Miss — his presumed leader — and, of course, Auburn.

Marshall told the AJC on Saturday that he’s in contact with Auburn defensive coordinator Will Muschamp every day.

Could a visit sway him back to the Tigers? Find out where else he’s headed this fall.

6. A decision could be coming soon for Georgia receiver

One of the state’s top uncommitted prospects could be nearing a decision.

Kiel Pollard, a 3-star receiver, told the AJC on Saturday that he’ll likely decide between UCF and Arkansas sometime in September. Pollard plans to visit Arkansas on Sept. 19, and a decision could follow soon after.

Where does he go? My guess is Arkansas. Pollard has been high on the Razorbacks from the start. However, I wouldn’t rule out Auburn if the Tigers do offer, though that could come later in the season.

7. Ole Miss commit talks Rebels, other SEC programs

Donta Evans, a 3-star linebacker, is the guy who’s aunt baked him a few cakes to select from on his decision day. Of course, he chose the Rebels over a few select SEC programs.

On Saturday, the 6-foot-1, 230-pound linebacker caught up with the AJC and rehashed the details of his commitment ceremony.

He also spoke about three SEC schools that continue to recruit him heavily

8. Underrated Georgia LB getting looks from ACC, SEC schools

Dee Walker of Colquitt County is a name you should become familiar with sooner rather than later.

The 3-star linebacker has been described by head coach Rush Propst as a violent hitter, possibly pound-for-pound the best he’s ever coached. That’s some high praise.

And as it stands, Walker is getting looks from several top-tier schools, including Louisville, Kentucky and Missouri.

Find out who else here.

9. Soundbites and storylines from around the SEC

The nation’s No. 1 recruit from the class of 2015 has some beef with Auburn … The Tigers are taking a new approach to their running game … Florida debuts its highly anticipated indoor practice facilitySteve Spurrier’s players egged his house

 

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