2011-08-03 / Front Page

Two Eagles commit to UGA

By Deborah Bennett Millen News Editor


From left, Jonthan Taylor and James DeLoach get some time in the weight room. The pair will play college football for the University of Georgia. (Staff photo by Deborah Bennett) From left, Jonthan Taylor and James DeLoach get some time in the weight room. The pair will play college football for the University of Georgia. (Staff photo by Deborah Bennett) Two Jenkins County High School senior football players will continue their football careers together at the University of Georgia (UGA). Jonathan Taylor and James DeLoach, both 17-year-olds, have given non-binding verbal pledges to play for the Bullodgs following a recent visit to UGA last month.

Taylor, 6’5", 310 lbs., will likely play nose guard, and DeLoach, 6’4", 270 lbs., will likely play outside linebacker.

Taylor has been named to Tom Lemming’s Top 100 players for 2012 and is rated No. 1 in Georgia in the UGASports.com Top 75 Post- Spring rankings. He is a 4-star recruit according to Rivals.com. Scout.com also rates him a 4-star recruit and the No. 9 defensive tackle in the country.

DeLoach is rated No. 44 in the state by UGASports.com. Scout.com rates him as a 3-star recruit and the No. 59 defensive end in the country.

The two say they have played football together throughout their school years and decided early on that they wanted to play college ball together as well. Both have had offers from numerous schools with their top three choices being UGA, Florida State and Alabama.

“I just felt at home at Georgia,” said DeLoach of the recent visit to the school. “They all acted like they had known us all of our lives.

“We already knew some folks there, too. I just wanted to stay,” added Taylor.

In addition to football, the pair is also members of the JCHS track team with both winning medals at the state competition the last school year.

“They are very outstanding young men with great work ethics, on the field and in the classroom,” said Coach Chuck Sanders, JCHS defensive line coach. “It has been a pleasure to take them around to the different schools and a joy to coach them in football and track.”

Sanders issued an invitation to the public to come out for the JCHS Eagles’ scrimmage game against Portal 7:30 p.m. Aug. 12, on the Eagles’ field. The first game of the season is 7: 30 p. m. Aug. 26 against Metter at home.

James is the son of Larry and Laurie DeLoach. Jonathan’s parents are Laura Taylor and Johnny Richardson.

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