COCHRAN, Georgia – Amarius Mims grew up as an Alabama fan. That was the school of his dreams.
This was on an observer’s mind Wednesday when he made his long-awaited college decision Wednesday afternoon from Bleckley County High School.
The 5-star rocked a new team on its 18th birthday during the week of the Georgia-Alabama game. He will become a Georgia Bulldog.
With this decision, the general prospect n. 2 and n. 6 in the nation becomes the highest-scoring prospect in the 2021 class in Georgia. Mims is now the 16th board engagement in Georgia for the class.
Georgia was able to hold off a strong shot from Tennessee to grab Mims̵
This comes the week after the Bulldogs beat the Volunteers on the pitch.
Mims is another big win for first year offensive line manager Matt Luke. Luke was able to keep Mims in a 2021 class that was definitely on trend for Georgia under former line manager Sam Pittman. Mims told DawgNation in the summer that he would already be committed to Georgia if Pittman remained the offensive line manager in Athens.
Luke, who recovered and kept a ton of big fish for Georgia, now adds Mims to another robust offensive class that now includes Dylan Fairchild of West Forsyth High School and Micah Morris of Camden County High School. Georgia also got the well-known North Carolina 3-star OG Jared Wilson from West Forsyth High School in North Carolina renewed.
The All-American Under Armor is now set to become the first Power 5 signer off the Bleckley County High program since security Tavon Ross signed with Missouri in 2014.
This recruitment shouldn’t exactly be viewed as a done deal. Mims is highly coveted by Alabama, Auburn, FSU and Tennessee, among others. The decision will not be considered final until he signs during the first term and enrolls in the school of his choice in January 2021.
Mims’ decision gives Georgia a collection of 5-star offensive prospects during the Kirby Smart era. If he continues and signs with the Bulldogs, he will be the fifth potential customer with a 5-star rating to choose the Bulldogs during Smart’s term as head coach.
It will also be on track to become the 14th prospect on the offensive line rated in the nation’s top 100 prospects (247Sports Composite ratings) to participate in the program from Smart’s first UGA recruiting class in 2016.
As a means of comparison, the Bulldogs only signed 12 offensive prospects who were ranked in the nation’s top 10 prospects in their position from 2002-2015, much less considered in the nation’s top 100 overall prospects.
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Bleckley County Offensive Line Coach Ryan McKenzie has been fortunate enough to work with a couple of current Georgia Offensive Line Holders at Trey Hill and Warren McClendon in recent years during his coaching stops. He also coached former Georgia signer D’Antne Demery at Brunswick High School.
McKenzie thinks Mims has more college potential than anyone at this same stage of their college career. This is not only due to its status as the only 5-star recruit, but also its immense size. The newly minted Georgia pledge is each 6-foot, 8-inch, 320-pound bit during her senior year of high school.
Mims is the prototype of what an elite ALL-SEC level offensive tackle looks like. The former high school tight end put together some dominant clips on the pitch. He is a monster in the trenches, but he is also a young man who is regarded for his great character on and off the pitch.
“This is a kid who loves people,” McKenzie said. “It has the best personality I’ve ever associated with a 5 star.”
He said training him was like raising a German Shepherd. A very big one.
“When I get home from work, he jumps on me,” McKenzie said. “That’s him. When I see him, he’s jumping on me. He’s punching me. Normally people this big are like” hey coach wassup “and doing their business. With him, I have to tell him not to walk into the meeting room with the mobile phone. “
This is because his phone always rings. So many people are trying to get it.
“He just doesn’t want to let people down,” McKenzie said.
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“He was going to get that scholarship and before the first round playoff game [last year] breaks his wrist, “McKenzie said.” He looks at him and says whatever we have to do to be able to play the first round so I can be there for my brothers, that’s what we’ll do. Whatever we have to do, he says. “
McKenzie was thinking about her future.
Mims thought he couldn’t lose his next match.
“We went in for table drills before the first big playoff game on Monday,” McKenzie said. “We probably shouldn’t have done that. Coach [Von] Lassiter and I talked about it. It was the first time we had played in the playoffs in a while here. “
Mims came out the first rep. He put the linebacker on his back. Then he planted his hand.
“He stands up and holds it in his hand,” McKenzie said. “He looks up and said ‘The coach hurts a little” and we take him to the doctor. He broke his wrist. “
“They cast him and the first thing he says is ‘Coach, I play Friday’ after.”
It was last year against Fitzgerald. Mims played that game.
“This is the kind of guy he is,” his coach said. “He’s not player no. 2 of the nation. Not the-I-must-protect-me-and-my-future. It was’ I want to play in this game and I want to be there for teammates. They need me. “That’s the kind of guy he is.”
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