UGA has lost another member of its 2016 recruiting class.
Aaron Dowdell, a 3-star guard on the offensive line, has decided to re-open his recruitment with only two weekends left until National Signing Day.
Dowdell had been committed to UGA since February of last year. The 6-foot-4, 295-pounder is rated as the No. 20 offensive guard in the nation for the Class of 2016.
That leaves the Bulldogs with just two offensive line commitments for this year’s class. There was a clear need to sign at least four-to-five prospects to restock that position among this year’s signees.
— Aaron Dowdell (@Biga_75) January 21, 2016
The Creekside High senior tweeted out his decision late Wednesday evening. The decision should not come as much of a surprise considering the way UGA has recently focused its attention on other prospects at that position.
The Bulldogs offered a Florida commitment on Wednesday afternoon after a school visit and will also welcome a Baylor offensive line commitment on an official visit this weekend.
Dowdell’s decision makes him the seventh recruit to de-commit from UGA since Kirby Smart took over as head coach. That drops UGA down to 15 commitments and early enrollees for this year’s recruiting class.
Unless otherwise indicated, player rankings and ratings are from the 247Sports Composite.
Jeff Sentell covers UGA football and UGA recruiting for AJC.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play Between the Hedges.