The Bulldogs started the new year off with some huge news in the recruiting world, with Under Armour All-American Jordan Jenkins (Hamilton, Ga./Harris County) committing to Georgia on Monday night. Jenkins chose Georgia over Alabama, Auburn, and Florida, and he is the fifth ESPNU 150 prospect to commit to Georgia so far. As the news went out, another All-American, one quite familiar with the elite pass-rusher, knew the Dawgs had added a good one.
Offensive tackle John Theus (Jacksonville, Fla./Bolles) has had more than his fair share of face time with Jenkins. The two have engaged in highly competitive head-to-head battles in several camps through the last two years, including the last two Dawg Night camps in Athens, Ga.
“Jordan is a great guy and an amazing athlete,” Theus said Monday. “He has definitely tested me in camps over the years, and I am looking forward to us continuing to make each other better at Georgia.”
Georgia signed six ESPNU 150 prospects and two five-stars in last year’s heralded recruiting class, which was ranked No. 6 in the country. True freshmen Isaiah Crowell, Malcolm Mitchell, Chris Conley and Amarlo Herrera made major contributions this season, and 10 others also played.
Theus sees good things in the future for Georgia football, and hopes this year’s influx of talent can help the Bulldogs take the next step in their championship aspirations.
“Last year’s class definitely set the tone as the Dream Team, and it carried over onto the field this season,” Theus said. “With Keith Marshall, Jonathan Taylor, Jordan Jenkins, myself and a few more additions, we hope to raise the bar with the Ring Team."
Last week, Theus took part in the Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio. While the 6-foot-6, 296-pound offensive lineman made sure to enjoy himself during the week, he also did his best to help the Bulldogs in their recruiting efforts.
“I definitely tried to let Georgia targets in San Antonio -- especially running back Mike Davis -- know why I chose Georgia and why it is the place to be,” Theus said. “I hope we can get him, and I am hoping Todd Gurley picks the Dawgs this Friday.”
Projected as an offensive tackle at the next level, Theus was asked to make a position switch in the Army Bowl because of the lack of guards on his squad. The No. 28 prospect in the country took the challenge head on, and with no complaints. Jenkins also made a position switch in last week's Under Armour All-America Game.
“Playing guard was a challenge in run blocking because the interior linemen are a lot stronger than the ends, but at the same time I am a lot quicker than them in pass protection,” Theus said. “Georgia has never mentioned playing guard, but I am going to arrive in Athens ready to compete for playing time at any position they will let me.”