Pace Academy (GA) lineman Jamaree Salyer is one of the top guard prospects in the country for the 2018 class, and is a major target for the Georgia Bulldogs. The 6-foot-4 320-pound junior was impressive in multiple camps this off-season, and was invited to The Opening as a rising junior after dominating in Buford during the regionals. As of now, three schools are leading the way in Salyer's recruitment.
"Georgia, Clemson, and Ohio State are recruiting me the hardest right now." Salyer said.
Two of Salyer's teammattes, Trey Blount and Andrew Thomas, are both committed to the Bulldogs in the 2017 class. The staff in Athens has made sure Salyer is a top priority in 2018, and the big man understands how bad he is wanted.
."I went to Athens about 3 or 4 times this offseason." Salyer said. "Athens is just a great place. There is a lot to like. You get that feeling of playing for your hometown, and it makes it easier for all your family to come see you."
The coaches have been recruiting Salyer hard ever since they were hired at the beginning of the year, and it has paid off so far.
"The coaches at Georgia that I have the best relationship with are head coach Kirby Smart and offensive line coach Sam Pittman. I have a great relationship with offensive coordinator Jim Chaney and offensive assistant D.J Looney as well. If you put those guys together, you could make a good sit-com. They're hilarious."
It's clear offensive line coach Sam Pittman has really taken the reigns in Salyer's recruitment.
"He's a really funny guy, but I feel like he can really develop me as a player. He has a crazy resume from Arkansas and all of the numbers he put up there. He's also put a lot of guys in the league so that helps."
So what's Georgia's pitch to one of the best offensive lineman in the country?
"They just tell me 'why not play at home' and stuff like that." Salyer said. "They have shown me they have a great business school and great football, so they aren't missing much."
Salyer admitted that he does not any have leaders at the moment, but that Georgia, Clemson, and Ohio State are standing out among the rest. The five-star lineman was not able to visit Clemson this summer but he did back in the spring. Salyer also took visits to Alabama and Notre Dame this spring as well. He also admitted that a few of the games he wanted to attend this fall were the Stanford-Notre Dame game, Ohio State- Michigan, and the Georgia-Tennessee game in Athens.
Salyer would like to commit before his senior season, but is still undecided on when he might make the decision.
"I would like to do it at The Opening because its a big stage, but you never know." Salyer said. "I might not have my decision made by then so it's all about timing and what I like best and what my family likes best."
It's still early, but you can bet the Georgia staff will be recruiting Salyer non-stop until he makes that decision. The help from Blount and Thomas in recruiting Salyer to Georgia this next year will only help the Bulldogs chances.