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5-star LB Sammy Brown visiting Georgia this weekend

Chad Simmons updated head shotby:Chad Simmons03/28/23

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Jefferson (Ga.) five-star linebacker Sammy Brown included Georgia in his top six schools back in January, and he’ll be in Athens this weekend to visit the Bulldogs, On3 has learned.

Along with Georgia, ClemsonNotre DameOhio StateOklahoma and Tennessee are the main contenders for the No. 18 overall prospect in the 2024 On3 Industry Ranking.

“Those are the programs that have really stood out to me in this whole process and have really kept constant relationships,” Brown told On3 when he named his top schools. “It can always change. It can always be flipped or anything like that. But right now, it’s those top six.”

The in-state Bulldogs have made him one of their top priorities this cycle in a loaded class in the Peach State. He’s been on campus more than a half-dozen times as a recruit. And he admires how Kirby Smart and Co. run their program.

“The times that we visited there for practice, it’s just been hard-nosed, physical football and that’s something that I can really appreciate,” he said. ” … I think (co-defensive coordinator) Coach Schumann is a great coach, great linebackers coach, but more than anything, it’s just how they run that program, how they run that team. And it’s shown in the past two years of how they’ve had extreme success.”

Two official visits already locked in for Sammy Brown

After visiting Clemson in late January, Brown will see Georgia this weekend and then head to Oklahoma on April 5-6 and Tennessee on April 8. Both of those programs are looked at as likely official visit destinations, as well as Georgia.

Ohio State and Clemson have both locked in official visits with Brown for this summer, with the Tigers set to host him the weekend of June 2 and the Buckeyes bringing him to town June 16. He also has tentative plans to be in Athens the weekend of June 10.

The trips will gradually help him get closer to a decision, which he plans to be “at peace with” when he makes it.

“I would say that the culture is probably the most important thing because especially in this time of college football, you’re gonna have coaches coming and going,” he said earlier this month. “You’re gonna have a very centered culture of a program just because of how things have been. I think a strong, centered culture is going to be one of the most important things that I’m looking for.”