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First-Year Profile: Jared Wilson
(Photo from Wilson’s Twitter)
Over the next month, DogWatch will be looking at the Bulldogs’ incoming freshman in a new series called First-Year Profile.
Today we look at Jared Wilson.
Ranking: No. 410 overall, No. 26 interior offensive linemen and No. 23 player in North Carolina, per the 247Sports Composite.
Height/Weight: 6-foot-4, 325-pounds
Background: From Clemmons, North Carolina, Jared Wilson began his recruitment by checking out schools close to home. He took unofficial visits to Tennessee, multiple visits to North Carolina and N.C. State. However, he committed to UGA in November of 2019 while Sam Pittman was still the offensive line coach. However, his recruitment was far from over. He de-committed from the Bulldogs in February of 2020 and then received offers from major programs such as Auburn, Ohio State and Alabama. He committed to UNC from April 17th, 2020 until August 3rd. Then, he flipped back to UGA until he signed his letter of intent in December. His mother helped him change his mind to return to the Dawgs. Wilson enrolled at the University of Georgia in June, so fans have yet to see him play between the hedges. The three-star recruit had his senior season delayed until spring and only played in five games for West Forsyth High School his final year.
Potential 2021 Impact: UGA has recruited the offensive line position incredibly well for the past several years. It is quite possible that two five-star recruits in Broderick Jones and Amarius Mims will sit the bench for a significant portion, if not the entirety of the season. While they play tackle and Wilson will play on the interior line, the point still stands: UGA has an abundance of talent and depth on the offensive line. While head coach Kirby Smart has a history of taking three-star recruits on the offensive line and turning them into quality players, Wilson will almost certainly not see the field in 2021.
Kirby Smart on Jared Wilson: "Jared Wilson was one of the guys that we targeted early on—size, width, hand-size, athleticism—really good target and works really hard. He comes from a really athletic background family. He’s a great kid."
Former UGA offensive lineman Jon Stinchcomb on Wilson: “Here’s what I like most about him is he’s a football player. You can tell he gets it. He’s not lost in space. We talk about these offensive linemen wanting to finish each block. Jared Wilson is one of these guys you turn on the film and more times than not, that defender ends up on the ground. He doesn’t mind tossing somebody to the ground but he’s in good shape every time he’s engaged in a block. He plays physical and he plays smart. What more do you look for in an offensive lineman?”
Check out the other First-Year Profiles: