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Flip Season: Georgia lands 5-star Mykel Williams, 3-star Aliou Bah
Georgia head coach Kirby Smart has done it again.
For the second time in a few days, the sixth-year head coach has helped flip one of Georgia’s major targets in the 2022 recruiting class.
However, this time, it is five-star Mykel Williams, who was recently committed to Southern California, but announced this morning he was going to be a Bulldog after visiting Athens over the weekend.
William made the announcement Wednesday on his personal Twitter account.
Williams, a Columbus, Ga, native, committed to the Trojans on June 15 after visiting campus. Regardless, Smart and his coaching staff were adamant about landing the 5-star prospect. According to his 247Sports profile, the interior defensive lineman has made two trips to Athens in the last three weeks, which factored into his decision to become a Bulldog.
Also, add to the fact that USC recently fired former head coach Clay Helton, it was easier for Georgia to land Williams. The 6-foot-5, 265-pound defender is rated the nation’s No. 22 overall player, No. 5 defensive lineman and No. 3 player in Georgia, per the 247Sports Composite.
According to his MaxPreps, the Hardaway High School product has racked up 54 total tackles, 11.5 sacks, 20.5 tackles for loss and seven quarterback pressures so far this season. Williams is the heart and soul of the Hawks’ defense as they are currently 5-2 overall and 4-1 in Region 2-AAAA. Williams also has one reception for 10 yards this season.
Scouting Report: A scheme-versatile big man with a projectable frame and one of the longest verified reaches out of any blue-chip prospect in the class of 2022. Carries 265 pounds almost like it’s 245 pounds. Could get up to 280 pounds or more once eating at a college training table, if desired. The type of defensive lineman that just finds ways to impact games. Gets downhill in a hurry and doesn’t waste many – if any – steps. The ability to move laterally allows him to cross the face of blockers and work his way up and down the line scrimmage. More than capable of muscling his way through contact and into the backfield with his above-average play strength, at least at the high school level. Doesn’t give up on many plays and frequently makes stops outside of the hashes. Has learned a few pass-rushing moves, but could always expand the menu. Elite testing numbers also suggest that he could find a little more juice when it counts. Produced as a sophomore and then again as a junior totaling a combined 39 tackles for loss and 29 sacks those two seasons. Has been utilized here and there as a stand-up edge player, but is likely to settle in as a three or five-technique in college. Far from a complete product, but has a chance to develop into an all-conference type of player at the Power 5 level that makes things difficult for opposing quarterbacks given his reach. NFL upside. - Andrew Ivins, 247Sports
Earlier this week, the Bulldogs also landed 3-star offensive lineman Aliou Bah out of IMG Academy.
Bah recommitted from Florida State on Oct. 16 and announced he was pledging to Georgia on Oct. 18.
Per his 247Sports profile, Bah took an official visit to Georgia on June 18 and returned to Athens on Oct. 2 for an unofficial visit. The 6-foot-5, 325-pound offensive tackle is a huge get for the Bulldogs because of his size. He was heavily recruited by Alabama, Arizona State, Arkansas and Florida State, among other schools. Bah is Georgia’s second offense linemen commitment in the 2022 class.
Bah is the nation’s No. 366 overall player, No. 34 offensive tackle and No. 48 player in Florida, per the 247Sports Composite.
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