OL Jamaree Salyer of Atlanta will choose between Clemson and Georgia with his announcement set for December 20th his coach said Wednesday. Salyer is a nationally recruited offensive tackle who could also play guard or center in college according to Pace Academy coach Chris Slade, the former Virginia and NFL star defensive end.
“He’s playing at a very high level,” Slade said. “He’s been a starter since the ninth grade. He was a hard-nose freshman who was ready to play and he’s mastered his craft. It means a lot to him, his reputation means a lot to him. And he’s a top notch student. He takes on the toughest classes like he takes on defensive ends. He’s extremely strong for a kid his age. He has good footwork and is extremely powerful at the point of attack. He wants to play in a phone booth. I like his tenacity and he can be nasty, within the rules.”
Salyer also considered offers from USC, Stanford, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Florida, Florida State and others before getting to a final two. He visited Clemson in March and is planning to return for the Florida State game in November though Slade is not sure if that will be an official visit. He was at Georgia last weekend.
“He’s been to both quite often,” Slade said. “He talks about the family atmosphere at Clemson and with Dabo (Swinney) it’s what you see is what you get. Dabo is a family oriented guy. For Jamaree, it’s appealing because it’s not a football factory. Family to him is everything. And the team has done extremely well and he likes the culture there.”
Georgia, of course, has the edge of being the in-state power, plus his close friend and former teammate Andrew Thomas is starting as a freshman at offensive tackle for the Bulldogs.
“Georgia is after him pretty good but he won’t go to Georgia because of Andrew,” Slade said. “He will go to Georgia because that’s the best fit for him.”