Florida defensive linemen Adam Shuler, left, and Jabari Zuniga celebrate after sacking Miami quarterback Jarren Williams on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
Photo: John Raoux/AP
Photo: John Raoux/AP

NFL combine invitee: Jabari Zuniga, DL, Florida,(Sprayberry HS)

Thirty-two players with Georgia connections (26 from Georgia high schools, six from Georgia colleges) have been invited to the NFL scouting combine, which will be held Feb. 23-March 2 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

The number is up from the 25 players who were invited in 2019

Georgia has 10 players invited. In 2018, they had 12 led by Nick Chubb and Sony Michel. 

In 2016, a total of 26 players with Georgia ties competed at the combine. In 2015, there were 37. In 2014, 23 players and in 2013, 29 and in 2012, there were 26. 

There also were more than 30 players (31) in 2011.

Georgia offensive tackle Andrew Thomas, a potential top-10 NFL draft pick, heads the list of former Bulldogs on the list of 337 players who have been invited.

The first on-field drills will start Feb. 27.

Today, we’ll look at Florida defensive lineman Jabari Zuniga: 

Jabari Zuniga, 6-3, 253, DL, Sprayberry HS, Florida. He helped the Gators reach the Outback, Peach and Orange bowls over the past three seasons. He considered leaving for the NFL, but returned for his senior season, which was marred by a high-ankle sprain. He played basketball as a youngster trying to follow in his father’s footsteps. His dad, Carlos Zuniga, played basketball at Tulane. Jabari Zuniga played only one year of football in high school and grew four inches to become an SEC prospect. He redshirted a season at Florida before he had a strong season in 2016, with 25 tackles, 8.5 for loss, team-high five sacks in 13 games. 

Here are the other players with Georgia connections who have been invited to the combine:

Player, Pos., High school, college

Tremayne Anchrum, OL, McEachern HS, Clemson
Tyler Bass, PK, Dutch Fork (S.C.), Georgia Southern
Essang Bassey, DB, Columbus HS, Wake Forest
Rodrigo Blankenship, K, Sprayberry HS, Georgia
Derrick Brown, DT, Lanier HS, Auburn
Harrison Bryant, TE, John Milledge Academy, Florida Atlantic
Lawrence Cager, WR, Calvert Hall (Md.), Georgia
Marquez Callaway, WR, Warner Robins HS, Tennessee
Quintez Cephus, WR, Stratford Academy, Wisconsin
Josiah Coatney, DL, Chapel Hill HS, Mississippi
DeeJay Dallas, RB, Glynn Academy, Miami
Kyle Dugger, DB, Whitewater HS, Lenoir-Rhyne
Blake Ferguson, LS, Buford HS, LSU
Jake Fromm, QB, Houston County HS, Georgia
Antonio Gandy-Golden, WR, Paulding County HS, Liberty
Antonio Gibson, WR, Eagle’s Landing HS, Memphis
Jonathan Greenard, DL, Hiram HS, Florida
Brian Herrien, RB, New Manchester HS, Georgia
Solomon Kindley, OL, Raines (Fla.), Georgia
Jordan Mack, LB, Wesleyan School, Virginia
Xavier McKinney, DB, Roswell HS, Alabama
Jared Pinkney, TE, Norcross HS, Vanderbilt
J.R. Reed, DB, Prestonwood Christian (Texas), Georgia
Chauncey Rivers, DL, Stephenson HS, Mississippi State
D’Andre Swift, RB, St. Joseph’s Prep (Pa.), Georgia
A.J. Terrell, DB, Westlake HS, Clemson
Andrew Thomas, OL, Pace Academy, Georgia
Kindle Vildor, DB, North Clayton HS, Georgia Southern
Isaiah Wilson, OL, Poly Prep Country Day (N.Y), Georgia
Charlie Woerner, TE, Rabun County HS, Georgia
D.J. Wonnum, DL, Stephenson HS, South Carolina
Jabari Zuniga, DL, Sprayberry HS, Florida

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