5-star Bulldog commit Broderick Jones says he will visit Auburn, Georgia and Tennessee leading up to his final decision
Broderick Jones may be committed to Georgia but the Peach State native had an opportunity to sign with Kirby Smart’s program during the Early Signing Period and let that opportunity pass.
In the Early Signing Period era of college football recruiting, programs across the nation take that as a sign of a wavering commitment. The latest example of that? Tennessee has now emerged as a contender for the five-star offensive lineman from Lithonia, Ga, who ranks as the No. 2 offensive tackle in the nation and the No. 19 overall prospect in the 2020 recruiting cycle according to 247Sports Composite Rankings.
Auburn was already considered a major threat to flip Jones away from Georgia following Sam Pittman’s decision to leave Smart’s program to take over at Arkansas but the 6-foot-5, 275-pound offensive lineman has now revealed he will take an official visit to Rocky Top to see what the Tennessee program has to offer him before making a final decision on National Signing Day.
Jones shared the latest on his recruitment during his media availability at the 2020 Under Armour All-American event. The game is set to be played on Jan. 2 and will be televised by ESPN.
The obvious question many have for the five-star recruit is his thoughts on Sam Pittman leaving Georgia.
“I had no feelings toward it because it was a better opportunity for him and it’s a business,” Jones said in a video uploaded to YouTube by DawgNation. “I’m looking at it like it’s a business because it’s a better opportunity for him because it’s a chance for him to do something bigger and better.”
According to Jones, even if Pittman had remained on staff at Georgia, he was still planning on waiting until National Signing Day before making a final decision and signing with the school of his choice.
“I was still going to wait, either way,” Jones said. “I just want to take my visits — get a feel for everything. ”
When it comes to Georgia’s new offensive line coach, Jones said his relationship with Matt Luke is still developing.
“I talk to him often, trying to build a relationship with him and the coaching staff at Georgia,” he added. “I’m just trying to get a chance to meet him and feel him out.”
While he may not have signed with the Bulldogs, Jones said Smart’s program remains at the top of his list at this moment.
“They are still my top school right now, I just have to take my official visits but Georgia is still top dog right now,” Jones noted.
Finally, on his comfort level with Auburn at the moment, Jones offered up an interesting comment.
“It’s 50-50 (between Auburn and Georgia),” he admitted.
Given that final comment, the next month and a half could be very interesting for Jones considering he is planning on visiting three SEC programs before signing with the school of his choice.
Here’s a breakdown of Jones’ game courtesy of Rivals Video Recruiting News on YouTube: