OL Jamaree Salyer of Atlanta saw one of his two favorites again on Saturday when he made an unofficial visit to Georgia. His other favorite is Clemson and he is set for an official visit with the Tigers for The Citadel weekend. Salyer has not decided if he will go back to Georgia for an official and the Clemson official obviously will go a long way in helping the Tigers win this battle.
“To me they are both kind of the same schools and I think for him it’s going to be a gut feeling,” said Salyer’s coach Chris Slade. “Academically they are probably a wash. I think football-wise right now Georgia’s the hot team but Clemson’s only lost one game in two years so it’s not like they’re clearly better than them, and it’s not like Clemson is clearly better. It’s just going to come down to him, it’s got to be a feel. I don’t know what’s going to be the determining factor.”
One factor that should come into play is Georgia’s rise to #1 in the CFP ranking. Clemson, of course, has been there before but now the Tigers are trying to take another gem out of the state of Georgia when the Bulldogs reign supreme. That has to be important to most of the top players in that state.
“I think it means a lot,” Slade said. “It just shows how far Georgia’s football has come in a short period. Not that they were bad when (Mark) Richt was here, just in the last couple of years just how fast they’ve grown with Kirby (Smart).”
Slade said Salyer has taken his time and looked at everything both schools have to offer, so he’s putting a lot of thought into the decision. And the official visit to Clemson will be key from the Tigers’ standpoint.
“I think Jamaree is so smart he listens to things most kids his age don’t listen or pay attention to,” Slade said. “Most kids are like, well they’ve got great facilities, or they’ve got great uniforms or they are sponsored by Nike. Those words never come out of his mouth. It’s always academics, socially, life after football, the culture, how much the coach loves the kids. That’s why he got turned off by a couple of quote-unquote football schools because he didn’t feel like they were focused on everything outside, everything was just about football. Don’t get me wrong, he’s a dude, he loves it, but there’s a lot more there than just playing offensive line. I do know what he’s looking for ain’t what more kids at 17 are looking for.”
Salyer has set December 15th for his announcement.