4-star LB Jaleel McRae already has UGA in official visit territory


Want to attack every day with the latest Georgia football recruiting info? That’s what the Intel will bring at least five days a week. The play sheet today calls for a second chat with former Florida commit Jaleel McRae. McRae recently visited UGA and shared his takeaways from that trip. 

Jaleel McRae didn’t hesitate when asked if he feels that Georgia is going to get one of his official visits. The 4-star LB from IMG Academy just took a recent unofficial visit to Athens and came away very impressed.

“They will most definitely be one of the schools among my top picks whenever that comes out,” the former Florida commitment told DawgNation.

How would he describe his latest visit in one word?

“Fun,” he said. “Coaching staff is great. Those are father figure coaches and everything. That’s really what I am looking for in this recruiting process. I am just looking for a home where I can feel comfortable for about 4-5 years. Georgia is clearly one of those places.”

McRae ranks as the nation’s No. 7 OLB prospect for the 2019 cycle. He also checks in at No. 113 overall on the 247Sports Composite. But he’s not sure if Georgia views him as an OLB or an ILB.

His measurables tend to indicate he might flex inside. He’s 6 feet, 2 inches and already 230 pounds and still in his junior year of high school. The Bulldogs like their OLBs to have a little more length at that size to patrol the edges of their defense.

Florida State, Georgia Tech and Texas A&M are just some of the schools off the top of his head that he feels he will really take a hard look at along with the Bulldogs.

McRae feels that his parents will really like the way academics are stressed among the team at UGA.

“My mom and dad really want me to find a coaching staff that they can trust,” he said. “They want to know they can lay their head down at night and know that I will be in a good place and be safe where I go.”

He has family that lives in the Metro Atlanta in Lithonia.

Another thing to like about Kyle Hamilton

Did you read all about Marist 3-star safety Kyle Hamilton yet? That’s the 6-foot-3 junior who scored a 30 on his ACT and has offers from Clemson, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Stanford.

He’s also rated as the nation’s No. 82 safety and the No. 126 overall prospect in Georgia. I’m not ringing any bells and stumping for some sort of great rankings crime here. It is natural to see some market corrections up ahead for the class of 2019. That will happen with Hamilton. He is too talented not to shoot up the rankings for 2019.

Yet I also liked two things he had to say this week. The first of those had to do with those rankings.

“I don’t really care or look at it,” Hamilton said. “I have enough options at this point where the rankings don’t really matter to it. It would probably be a plus for me, but I don’t get that deep into it.”

He also shared his thoughts about what he wants to study in college. He will likely pursue a business major in the Terry College. Yet he’s also expressed an affinity for media studies.

Hamilton shared an interesting story about some of his investigative work for a student-run broadcast station at Marist. The broadcasting group puts together a program that airs every Friday.

He had a big story his sophomore year. It unraveled the mystery of a funny smell coming from an area near the cafeteria.

“So we talked to the principal to see if we could interview the custodians about what it was,” Hamilton said. “It turned out to be the air conditioning. It was filtering out the bad things in the air and a cleaning crew comes and cleans that out every weekend. So by the end of the week, it just starts smelling progressively worse.”

“We answered a lot of questions with that.”

Are you watching the second season of QB1 yet? 

Jake Fromm starred in the first season off “QB1” from Real Networks a year ago. As luck might have it, the next big-time Bulldog signee now stars in the second season. That’s 5-star QB Justin Fields.

That name has shown up a time or two for DawgNation while covering the class of 2018. There’s a pretty cool scene in the third episode regarding Fields. That showcases the game where Rome (and UGA signee Adam Anderson) faced Harrison and Fields in the toughest game of their repeat state championship season.

When Fields took off on that viral clip and hurdled a Rome defender, it caught a lot of eyes. It also caught the eyes of one of the men in stripes.

One of the game officials nonchalantly walks into the frame and keeps on walking past Fields as he wants to get the signal for the next play from the Hoya sideline.

“Great play over here” can be heard coming from a member of that night’s officiating crew.

That moment is about as good as Fields and the rest of the Harrison line making it clear how they felt about Anderson’s ability to fly in off the edge.

“How did he get back there so fast?” said Fields about a particular play.

Then came a telling “He is who we thought he is” from an unidentified member of the Harrison staff. That’s good stuff featuring two future Bulldogs who are going to make a ton of SEC opponents feel that same way over the next 3-4 seasons.

Miss any Intel? The DawgNation recruiting archive will get you up to speed just as fast as former Georgia All-American LB Roquan Smith found the ball after the snap.

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