Georgia picked up a late piece of the 2024 recruiting class on Monday in a particularly unique fashion.

The player is Jarzare Jackson, a standout performer in the Overtime Elite League in Atlanta. Listed at 6-foot-11 and 330 pounds, Jackson was considering Florida, Florida State, Mississippi State and Arkansas as he prepares to transition to full-time football.

Jackson was a 2-time champion in the OTE League. Now, the Bulldogs will work with Jackson to try and tap into his athletic stature and imposing size.

As for the pitch from Kirby Smart, Jackson said the head coach pointed out the wealth of players the Bulldogs have put into the NFL while illustrating Georgia’s plan for Jackson’s development.

“He got these laminated papers, these laminated papers got the whole list of the players who got drafted last year,” said Jackson. “The players who got drafted from Georgia are in red, and the rest are in black. He was just showing me, we’ve got 5 dudes who went in the league last year in the first round. He was just explaining to me if you stay here for 2 years, you’re going to develop your first year then you’re going to start your 2nd year.”

Georgia already held the top overall recruiting class in the country per the 247 Sports Team Composite, but getting a player with the potential of Jackson is an extra cherry on top. It will be intriguing to watch his path in Athens as a former hoops star looking to carve out a path in football.