Sunday’s AJC Recruiting Links

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You guys may have been off this weekend, but the folks over at the AJC have been working tirelessly to bring you some Sunday morning story lines.

Like how UGA hosted a pair of big-name prospects on Saturday, or that yet another speedy receiver is considering the Bulldogs.

It never ends.

But you and I both know why you’re here. Let’s get down to it.

Jair Anderson (Charles Kingsbury/AJC)

Today’s need-to-know stories

Jair Anderson, a 3-star receiver from Northview, has his eyes set on Georgia Tech and Cincinnati, he told the AJC on Thursday.

Anderson may not have a lot of exposure, but he’s flashed for Northview as a two-way player. A scout told me last week that he may be best suited as a safety at the next level, though Georgia Tech envisions him playing either cornerback or receiver.

While I don’t think it’ll play a role in his decision, Jair’s father did spend 12 of his 13 NFL seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals. There is some familiarity there.

Expect the 6-foot-1, 185-pounder to make a decision in the next few weeks.

Per's Rusty Mansell, Calhoun High School's Baylon Spector committed to Clemson on Saturday. According to the report, Spector, a 3-star safety, chose the Tigers over Duke, Georgia Southern, Mercer and Wake Forest.

Malik Staples, a 3-star athlete from Peachtree Ridge, told the AJC on Thursday that he's keeping his options open. Translation: He's waiting on potential SEC offers.

Though he's committed to the Cardinals, Staples, a 6-foot-1, 205-pound athlete, says he's very interested in a few select SEC schools.

Note: Staples’ longtime friend, Baylen Buchanan, is also committed to Louisville. It’s been a lifelong dream for them to play together in college.

When your brother played for a program and that same program is coming off of a national championship run, you’re likely to give that program some consideration.

That's the case with Peachtree Ridge's Connor Heyward, whose brother, Cameron, played for Ohio State from 2007-10. The 3-star athlete has yet to secure an offer from the Buckeyes, but he tells the AJC that they'll get his full consideration if one comes his way.

Find out who else he's considering here.

Is it Bailey Hockman? Trevor Lawrence?

How about Greater Atlanta Christian's Davis Mills. A scout told the crew at the AJC that Mills was the best quarterback in the state, regardless of class. He even mentioned Mills in the same sentence as Andrew Luck.

But having been around Mills, I understand why. The 4-star quarterback has an advanced knowledge of the game that you don’t see with many high school play-callers.

Check out this write-up on him here, and you be the judge.

Greater Atlanta Christian’s Ford Higgins didn’t choose between Alabama or Auburn, Florida or Florida State, Michigan or Ohio State.

Even better: He chose between Navy and Army, and the two-way lineman committed to the Midshipmen football team back in July.

Find out what tilted the scale in Navy's favor for the kid who still rocks the old-school neck roll.

Kam Jones may not be as well-known as teammates Nigel Warrior, Deangelo Gibbs or Chad Clay, but he’s out to change that.
The 3-star linebacker, who holds four offers, says he’s aiming to break Peachtree Ridge’s single-season tackle record, which is held by a current NFL linebacker.

If he does, expect a few more offers to come in. In the meantime, check out which schools have their eye on the 6-foot-1 linebacker.

Javon Jackson, a 3-star cornerback from Sandy Creek High School, narrowed down his final schools to South Carolina and Duke, he confirmed to the AJC on Saturday.

Jackson visited both programs last weekend and walked away impressed. What stood out about each school? Find out here.

Christian Tutt is just a sophomore, and he already holds 20 offers. Florida handed him No. 21 on Saturday.

It's early, but here's something to keep in mind: Tutt's uncle, Danny Verdun Wheeler, played for UGA in the mid-2000s, so Tutt is very close with select members of the coaching staff. The Bulldogs could be an early favorite for the in-state prospect.

Nick Saban's wife may have some thoughts on who should be under center for Alabama … A renowned quarterback guru called this Alabama freshman the best 18-year-old quarterback he's ever seen … A former Atlanta running back is impressing early at Auburn

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