Georgia fans surfing Twitter on Sunday night may have experienced a heart attack thanks to an April Fools’ Day prank played by 5-star prospect Nolan Smith.
Smith announced his “de-commitment” from Georgia, and left it at that way for more than an hour.
“I would like to publicly announce my de-commitment from the University of Georgia,” he wrote. “I would like to thank the coaches for providing me with this amazing opportunity, and for the fans for all of their support. I am forever grateful, and I would like to thank you for accepting my decision.”
Ultimately, however, he revealed that he’s still committed to the Bulldogs and that it was all a ruse.
— Nolan Smith II (@SmithNoland2) April 2, 2018
That’s the kind of joke that will get a fan base to turn on you sooner rather than later, but for an athlete like Smith? No harm, no foul.
At The Opening regional in Atlanta last week, Smith tested in the 99th percentile across the board. The 6-foot-3, 234-pound linebacker registered a 4.51-second 40-yard dash and a 39.6 inch vertical leap.
That 141.18 Sparq rating is higher than any 2018 UGA signee managed a year ago. Channing Tindall was the closest at 125.75.
Despite the scare, Georgia’s 2019 recruiting class remains firmly as the top group in the country.