Powder Springs, Ga., safety Jaylen McCollough has been sitting on a final four of South Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama and Auburn. But when the official offers began rolling in Aug. 1, McCollough received one from Georgia, and that gave him pause.
“Coach Smart hit me up on that one and that’s a big thing, getting an in-state official offer. That was pretty big,” McCollough said. “It makes me still kind of look at UGA. It puts them in the mix a little bit but I’m still solely focused on those four.”
Smart and the Bulldogs have some catching up to do, especially with USC and Tennessee working McCollough as long and as hard as they have. McCollough said Gamecocks coach Will Muschamp is in touch daily and is pushing for one of his official visits. He plans to take one for USC probably for the Georgia game.
“South Carolina is definitely standing out,” McCollough said. “Them and Tennessee just by how hard they are recruiting me. I talk to Coach Muschamp on a daily (basis). You build the relationship with the head coach.”
McCollough last visited USC for the spring game in March. His last recruiting visit was to Tennessee in late June. He said that visit showed him a different side of that program.
“Just to see the coaches outside of the coaching aspect and more in the family aspect. It was a good experience,” McCollough said.
McCollough said he does not plan a decision before his season because right now he’s focused on his team. He does plan to take official visits to his final four schools.