UGA hosted a slew of more than twenty recruits over Presidents’ Day weekend, and Monday brought the first commit from the group.
Three-star offensive tackle Justin Shaffer (Ellenwood, GA/Cedar Grove), once a Louisville commit, announced this afternoon that he “can’t pass up” the Georgia offer he received on January 30th. Shaffer’s size is a welcome addition; the 6-foot-5, 330-pound lineman has the size and skillset that offensive line coach Sam Pittman considers ideal for an interior lineman. Currently he plays primarily as a tackle.
On the Cedar Grove offensive line, Shaffer plays alongside four-star offensive tackle Netori Johnson, who recently decommitted from Alabama. The two players have nearly identical frames and might combine to be quite a force on the interior of the Dawgs’ line should they choose to continue playing together during their collegiate careers. Johnson also visited Athens over the weekend.
Some suspected Shaffer to flip after reports surfaced that his mother wanted him to stay close to home; suspicioun grew after the young man tweeted he had something to think about following his visit to the Classic City.
The addition of Shaffer bring Georgia’s 2017 commit list to a total of four. The lineman joins 5-star athlete Richard LeCounte (Riceboro, GA/Liberty County), 4-star linebacker Breon Dixon (Suwanee, GA/Grayson), and 4-star linebacker Jaden Hunter (Atlanta, GA/Westlake) among the first members of what will be Kirby Smart’s first full recruiting cycle as the Bulldogs’ head coach.
Featured photo via Shaffer’s Twitter account