The Georgia Bulldogs are hoping to flip current Oregon Ducks commit Jared Mayden. Mayden, whose been committed to the Ducks since this past July, is feeling a bit of pressure from the Ducks coaching staff—according to 247Sports’s Justin Hopkins—and their desire to make sure he’s solidly committed to him has made him start second-guessing his decision.
“I don’t have any other visits set up right now,” Mayden said. “I will probably know by Thursday if I’m going to decommit or not. I’m thinking about whether I want to take any more trips or be done with the recruiting process.” (Justin Hopkins, Duck Authority)
The Bulldogs are reportedly No. 2 for Mayden and he really enjoyed his visit to Athens last month. However, at the time, he still remained solidly committed to the Ducks and was even pushing hard to get an offer for current Georgia target Mecole Hardman.
Even so, it’s become obvious the Ducks are a bit weary of Mayden’s wandering eye and would really like him to show them he’s solid, by shutting it down, or keep it moving so they can lock down a target who can.
As far as the Bulldogs are concerned, their recent defensive woes have become a selling point for defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt. At one point, the focus was speed, but now it appears to be more about physicality. He wants more big bodies in the backfield and Mayden fits the mold he’s looking to add to the roster.
“I talk to coach Jeremy Pruitt,” Mayden said. “He tells me to keep my options open, and that they are trying to get bigger cornerbacks, so if I come in and learn the plays, they could use me immediately. I can see myself in that defense. (Kipp Adams, Dawgs247)