POWER SPRINGS, Ga. — When you walk on the field for a Georgia Elite Classic practice, it’s impossible to miss mammoth sophomore offensive tackle Keiondre Jones or impressive 2019 defensive linemen Travon Walker, King Mwikuta and Derrick McClendon.
Naturally, tight end Ryland Goede catches your eye, too.
But a small, silky smooth receiver just might be the best player on the field.
Dominick Blaylock is already a household name in recruiting circles, as the 5-foot-11, 165-pound sophomore holds more than 20 offers. The Walton product is ranked the nation’s No. 11 player in 2019, per 247Sports.
Blaylock’s scholarship list features a who’s who of blue-blood programs, but the wideout rattled off seven schools that currently stand out.
“Georgia, Clemson and Auburn. Also UCLA, Oklahoma, Michigan and Ohio State,” he told SEC Country.
Blaylock is a hot commodity thanks to his elite set of skills. He flashed his full complement of talents during Wednesday’s Elite Classic practice, showcasing his speed, hands and versatility.
Likely a slot receiver in college, Blaylock lined up both inside and outside Wednesday. He ran jet sweeps and returned kicks, too. He was a mismatch during 1-on-1’s and 7-on-7’s, mainly against 2018 prospects. While his explosiveness pops, Blaylock’s route running is also refined for a prospect that’s just completed his sophomore season.
“I’m a speed and acceleration guy. Quick,” Blaylock said.
“That’s probably my biggest strengths.”
Asked who his models his game after, Blaylock quickly answered, “Jarvis Landry.”
It’s easy to see why.
Blaylock, along with Walker, Goede and Owen Pappoe, headlines a special group of sophomores from the Peach State. He has strong relationships with the staffs at both Georgia and Auburn, and is a key priority for the in-state Bulldogs.
“I’m good with coach (Kirby) Smart,” he said.
“I have strong relationships with coach (Dell) McGee and the receivers coach (James Coley).”
Blaylock also mentioned Auburn tailbacks assistant Tim Horton as a coach he stays in frequent contact with.
Although he’s more than two years away from signing with a school, Blaylock hopes to make a decision sooner rather than later. He’s eying a commitment date sometime in 2017.
“I’m trying to commit kind of early,” he said.
“I’m still looking at schools right now, getting my Top 5 in order and then simplifying it from there. I probably want to commit mid-junior year.”
“Kind of like to get it over with and get more relationships with the guys when I’m a senior,” he added.
Blaylock will play in the 2019 Georgia Elite Classic at McEachern High School at 1 p.m.
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