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Why UGA Football OL Target Juan Gaston Jr. Is One Of The Nation's Best

April 29, 2024

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ATLANTA - Juan Gaston Jr. is a prospect you can see a mile away.

That’s because he’s a mountain. At 6-foot-8 360-pounds, “Mt. Gaston” is a mammoth offensive lineman out of Westlake High School who happens to be a big target for Stacy Searels and the Georgia Bulldogs in the 2025 class.

You can’t teach size, and Gaston has plenty of it. He’s also a tremendous athlete who moves incredibly well for someone his size. A two-sport standout who also dominates in the paint on the hardwood, Gaston Jr. is a four-year starter for the Lions who has dominated opposing defenders every season so far.

Dawg Post caught up with Westlake head coach Morris Mitchell to get the latest on this major Georgia target.

“Juan’s ability to bend is top tier”, Mitchell said immediately. “I’ve never seen a kid that big be able to bend as well as he does. I’ve seen him be at a front squat and over-head squat all the time and he’s getting his bottom to his calf muscle. That’s special. He’s able to move. He’s one of the best athletes we have on our team.”

“He’s the total package. He hasn’t given up a sack in the last two years. He likes to down-block. He likes to pin guys down. He has all the tools, but he has to keep developing. He’s a gentle giant but he has to keep turning up the knob.”

“He's a once-in-a-generation type of talent. I think he’s the No. 1 offensive lineman in the country. I’ve never seen a kid that big and that fast be able to dunk a basketball, squat as low as he does, and power-cleans 300-pound with ease. He's a top-tier talent that you won’t see for a long time coming through South Fulton.”

He’s a mountain of a prospect, but he’s not perfect. Gaston still needs to keep working, keep developing, and transforming his body. If he does, the sky is truly the limit.

The Westlake standout has an impressive offer list, but sources say the in-state Georgia Bulldogs sit in an excellent position right now. Gaston took spring visits to Georgia, Oregon, Tennessee, and South Carolina.

“Georgia sends a lot of tackles to the 1st round and they think I can be the next one”, Gaston told Dawg Post.

Kirby Smart, Stacy Searels, Mike Bobo, and the rest of the staff will host Gaston Jr. on campus for his official visit the weekend of May 31st. Gaston Jr. currently has official visits set up to Georgia, South Carolina, Oregon, Tennessee, and Texas.

Gaston Jr. is (somehow) ranked as the No. 173 overall prospect, the No. 11 interior OL prospect, and the No. 25 overall prospect in Georgia.


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