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Nation’s No. 6 Recruit Passes on Dream School to Stay Home
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The Georgia Bulldogs have just shored up their offensive line for the future. Five-star offensive tackle prospect Amarius Mims has committed to UGA, ensuring that the Cochran, Georgia native would make Athens his new home.

Although the offensive lineman grew up a fan of the Alabama Crimson Tide, he spurned coach Nick Saban’s advances and will remain in the state of Georgia.

The tackle was highly sought after and received offers from a litany of other schools, including Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Jackson State, Kentucky, LSU, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas A&M.

The Volunteers, in particular, put together a strong pitch, but it could not match what head coach Kirby Smart was able to offer.

Amarius Mims Commits to Georgia 

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Mims attends Bleckley County High School and has garnered rave reviews for his performance, as evidenced by his SI All-American nomination. In addition to his work on the offensive line, the 6-foot-7, 315-pound Mims gets snaps as a defensive end as well.

His 247Sports Composite score gave him a near-perfect grade of .9963, which was third-best among offensive tackles and sixth-best among all recruits across the country.

He took to social media to announce his destination, and Georgia fans rejoiced in the replies to his tweet. His scouting report compared him to NFL veteran Cam Robinson, and he possesses a lethal combination of size and athleticism. His functionality on both sides of the ball makes him an important contributor to his team.

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Though it is much too early to be thinking about his eventual NFL Draft stock, the report is bullish on his chances of success, claiming that his upside is that of a “multiple-year Power 5 starter,” so the sky could be the limit for the star lineman.

Amarius Mims Highlights

As shown in this highlight compilation, Mims has exceptional power and can drive opposing defensive ends and linebackers away from the ball with ease. Despite his over 300 pound frame, he has what Charles Power describes as “good weight,” which should help ease his transition from the high school to the college game and could even aid with durability.

Head coach Kirby Smart has been busy this recruiting cycle, as Mims will join quarterback and fellow five-star Georgia native Brock Vandagriff in Athens next year.

Interestingly, he is the third offensive tackle of the ESPN 300 recruiting class to join UGA, suggesting that the team is loading up on trench talent to remain relevant in the always competitive SEC.

The Dawgs have brought a highly talented roster to the field over the last few seasons, and with their signing of top recruits like Amarius Mims, they are looking to ensure it remains that way.

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Matt is a recent graduate of New York University with a degree in Sports Management. He is a passionate New York Yankees, New York Islanders, and Minnesota Vikings fan. He also has a podcast about minor league baseball called "On the Farm."
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