Major UGA Target Visits Athens

It will be a busy end of the week for one of the country's top offensive tackles. He's taking three visits in three days and his middle visit was to Athens.

"I got to Georgia around 12pm and I met with Coach [Stacy] Searels for a little while before going to meet with the top academic people," said Jawuan James. "At 1pm, we (Jawuan, mother, and step-father) had lunch with Coach [Mark] Richt and the whole offensive staff."

"We stayed at the lunch until around 3pm and then we went to Coach Richt's office and met with him for about 30 minutes. After meeting with Coach Richt, I went into the offensive line meeting with Coach Searels and the Georgia players. I watched film, watched them go over some stuff, and saw them put some plays in for spring practice before closing the day out by watching them work out."

The last time James was at Georgia, he visited Coach Richt's office then too. On January 31, James got big news from the Dawgs when Coach Richt offered him a full scholarship.

This meeting was a little different, but James it still went well.

"Coach Richt talked to me about how much Georgia had to offer, the academic part at Georgia, what I would like to major in, and things like that. He was really just talking to me and my parents trying to get to know us better."

James has around 15 offers.
"He also asked me when I wanted to make my decision and I told him after I take my official visits. I told him I want to take visits, get to know people at different places, see the schools, and then make my decision. He was okay with that and he told me that he would love to have me at Georgia."

So what does the 6-foot-6, 285 pound OL out of Suwanee (GA) North Gwinnett think about the head football coach in Athens?

"He is a great man and he has a lot of values that really interest me," answered the four-star offensive tackle. "I know my parents love him, he is a really nice guy, they think highly of him, and I think highly of him too. He is just a coach that seems like he could develop me as an all around man."

He got to see what it would be like at Georgia if he decided to be a Bulldog. He saw some similarities between Georgia and North Gwinnett.

"Coach Searels went through the O-Line drills that Georgia does before every practice and they are similar to what we do every day at practice. He was installing plays and everybody had their playbooks out writing down notes and all that. It was cool to see."

Being that close to the players had James thinking he was no longer a North Gwinnett Bulldog, but a Georgia Bulldog.

"I felt like I was part of the team for a minute in there – it was like I was playing for them or something. What Coach Searels was talking about was kind of similar to what I am used to, so that was good and I understood some of the terminology that he was using. The players were cool, they were all introducing themselves to me, they seem like a great group of guys, and it was cool to be around something like that."

Stacy Searels is the offensive line coach for the Bulldogs and he happens to recruit the area that James is in, so they will get to know each other a lot in the coming months.

On Friday, James had the opportunity to see Searels at work, but he also saw what kind if person he was when not coaching his linemen.

"When I met with Coach Searels, it was really more about hanging out than about Georgia," explained James. "We were getting to know each other better, getting a feel for one another, and I think he is a really cool guy. We just laughed, joked around, and had a good time."

Georgia captured the interest of this Peach State star. James is still in the process of picking up offers (Miami, Florida, Oregon, Georgia Tech, and Michigan State offered recently) and taking visits, so he is not ready to name a top five or anything like that, but Georgia is on his mind.

James wants to be the best.
"I am really interested in Georgia. I like the coaches – Coach Richt and all of the other coaches are great. Sometime coaches try to boost things up or persuade me, but everyone there is straight up with me, straight up guys, and I can tell that there is no trick to them." These visits he is taken are key to his decision. His mother graciously said she would take where he needed to go and he is taking advantage of that motherly love.

"All of the visits are helping me. This is what I want to do and need to do to make the best decision. I wanted to make a decision before the season, but I need to take my official visits before I do that I think. There is a chance I could still commit before the season, but I think I will take my official visits first."

This visit to the University of Georgia was James second time on the UGA campus in three weeks. The first one was nice because he received the offer from the Dawgs, but this one was a success too.

"This visit was different than the first one because I got a lot more one on one time. This visit felt real personal and we really got to know each other. We were really building a relationship today."

"Other than getting to the coaches better, meeting some of the players, and things like that, the one thing I can take back with me is the technique Coach Searels showed me. I know I can use that at North Gwinnett, so I am going to take that back with me from Georgia."

Chad Simmons is the Recruiting Analyst for the South Region and he can be reached at

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