Jadon Haselwood (Photo by Chad Simmons)

Memorial Tournament News and Notes:

Dawg Pot was in attendance for the Cam Newton 7 on 7 tournament on Monday to see some top UGA prospects.

The Cam Newton 7 on 7 Memorial tournament at Shiloh High School featured some of the top prospects in the country, including two Georgia commitments, and many Georgia targets.

One of the best performances on the day came from 2019 receiver Jadon Haselwood out of Cedar Grove (GA). The future Georgia Bulldog was unstoppable in the first game, catching everything that came his way and making it look easy. He has great size at 6-foot-3 185, with exceptional speed and reliable hands. He has all the tools you look for in a receiver, and is an easy five-star prospect in the 2019 class. Haselwood was the top receiving target for quarterback Justin Fields and Cam Newton’s “black” team. The only defender who could handle him was 2018 cornerback Chris Smith.

Speaking of Smith, the other Georgia Bulldog commit had himself quite a day as well. A cornerback on the FSS team, Smith showed great cover skills as usual, and made a big interception in the team’s first game to help seal the victory. In the second matchup, Smith held his own against Haselwood, but in a losing effort. Smith isn’t exactly known as a speedster, but went step for step against the faster and bigger Haselwood. Just Fields looked at other options in the game, and no more than two passes were thrown in Smith’s direction. Smith was recruiting teammates Trey Dean and Marquez Ezzard to Georgia all day long, and will become a fan favorite the minute he arrives in Athens.

Carver Atlanta DB Quindarious Monday also stood out yesterday. He’s long, tough, and plays with tons of passion and emotion. He has the rare mindset as a defender and intimidated receivers all day long. Monday handled receiver Marquez Ezzard well when the two lined up against each other. Auburn and Florida State are standing out the most to Monday at this time.

Jaycee Horn is a defensive back out of Alpharetta (GA) who has seen his stock explode the spring. A big physical guy who can cover but also lay a big hit when needed. The Gamecocks are currently in the lead, and plan to play Horn at multiple positions in the secondary. Georgia has offered, but they are behind a few others at this time.

Georgia has a battle on their hands for Dutchtown (GA) defensive back Trey Dean. He’s another long prospect who can project as at either safety position, and broke up multiple passes throughout the day. South Carolina has made him and Horn two priorities in their 2018 class, and Dean knows he can play early and often at South Carolina compared to Georgia. Dean could make an announcement next month, and I still like Georgia’s chance at this time. South Carolina look to be the main threat, with Alabama, Tennessee, Florida, and Oregon also in consideration.

2019 athlete Jaylen McCollough looks like a future five-star candidate in his class. The Hillgrove (GA) defensive back/running back gets bigger every time I see him, and looked right at 6-foot-2 yesterday. He’s built well and is constantly around the football. McCollough will be able to pick the school of his choice, with Georgia, Florida State, and Alabama recruiting him as hard as anyone. McCollough wants to make a decision this time next year, and will be taking multiple visits throughout this summer and into the fall.

I am beginning to hear some Florida and Auburn buzz around Harrison (GA) quarterback Justin Fields. A program changing prospect, Fields was excellent yesterday, with some clutch throws down the field late in games. I thought he did miss a few throws that he should have made, but spun it well all day, and put on an overall impressive performance. He will likely visit Georgia for an official visit, but I don’t see Georgia as a major player here. He is currently committed to Penn State, but Florida has certainly made a big push here, and it looks like Auburn is the newest team in the mix.

2018 WR/TE Chigoziem Okonkwo had one of the better performances on the day, and should see his offer list expand more the next few weeks. He’s a bigger, thicker receiver, but he ran well and made some great catches early in the day. He is on Georgia’s radar but has not been offered at this time.

Harrison Bailey looked sharp during the day, and it shows he has great chemistry with his Marietta (GA) receiver Ramel Keyton who also had a big day. Bailey is a likely five-star prospect in the 2020 class, and Keyton is one of the top three receivers in Georgia for the 2019 class. Florida is a team both are very high on at this time.

Marquez Ezzard is a major Bulldog target in 2018, and he will likely make a decision at the end of the summer. Georgia is in a great spot here, but Ole Miss, Auburn, and Ohio State are near the top as well.

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