Georgia football fans celebrate another Sam Pittman recruiting win as Tate Ratledge commits
ROME, Ga. — Sam Pittman has done it again. The Georgia offensive line coach has reeled in another blue-chip prospect, as the Bulldogs landed a commitment from 4-star offensive tackle Tate Ratledge on Monday morning.
The Bulldogs beat out Tennessee for Ratledge’s services. Ratledge grew up a Tennessee fan and prior to today, his dad had a Tennessee magnet on the back of his car. That won’t be the case going forward, as his son is now a Bulldog.
Ratledge is the No. 39 overall prospect in the 2020 recruiting cycle and the No. 5 offensive tackle, per the 247Sports Composite rankings. Offensive tackle is a position of need for Georgia in the class, as there is a chance both Isaiah Wilson and Andrew Thomas both depart for the NFL draft following this season. Georgia does also hold a commitment from 5-star offensive tackle Broderick Jones.
Following the commitment, Pittman and Georgia fans took to Twitter to celebrate the latest commitment to Georgia’s 2020 recruiting class.
Pittman, as he usually does when the Bulldogs land a big commitment, let out a trademark “Yessir,” which has become a tradition of sorts over the years. He came out wearing a special purple blazer, which are the colors of Ratledge’s high school team.
— Coach Sam Pittman (@CoachSamPittman) May 13, 2019
Ratledge cited Pittman as a major reason he ended up picking the Bulldogs.
— Coach Kirby Smart (@KirbySmartUGA) May 13, 2019
— AKI® (@AkinolaOgunbiyi) May 13, 2019
— Overtime (@overtime) May 13, 2019
Yes sir 💯this is big time https://t.co/ep51xT4veA
— Carson Beck (@carsonbeck01) May 13, 2019
— Kendall Milton (@_KendallMilton) May 13, 2019
— Mekhail Sherman🌹 (@JuicedUpK9) May 13, 2019
Kirby Smart recruiting machine rolls on. Top OT prospect Tate Ratledge picks #Georgia over Tennessee, among others. Ratledge becomes the second OL ranked in 247’s top 40 to commit to the Dawgs & prized line coach Sam Pittman.
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) May 13, 2019
— 960 The Ref (@960theref) May 13, 2019
— Tate Ratledge 🐺 (@tateratledge22) May 13, 2019
BREAKING: Four-star Tate Ratledge commits to Georgia over Tennessee. Rated as top 50 prospect & nation’s #5 OT. The Rome, Ga. native could be nation’s #1 OL prospect by the time he signs with UGA.
Georgia’s 2020 recruiting class jumps up from #9 to #5 following this commitment
— SEC Mike (@MichaelWBratton) May 13, 2019
Coach Pittman is different👀
— John Theus (@jtheus71) May 13, 2019
— Jarrod Floyd (@JarrodFloyd1) May 13, 2019
The addition of Ratledge propels the Bulldogs into the top-5 of the 2020 recruiting rankings. Georgia jumped from No. 9 to No. 5 in the rankings. One of the teams the Bulldogs jumped was the Florida Gators.
Georgia also still has the fewest amount of commits for any team in the top 10. Ratledge is the third-highest ranked member of Georgia’s class, behind Jones and 5-star outside linebacker Mekhail Sherman.
Ratledge is the third offensive lineman in the 2020 class, as he joins Jones and 4-star offensive guard Akinola Ogunbiyi. The Bulldogs figure to add a few more offensive linemen to the class as well before signing day comes and goes.
In the present, Georgia figures to have one of the best offensive lines in the country, led by the likes of Thomas and Wilson. If Ratledge is able to hold his top-50 overall ranking, he would be the seventh top-50 overall prospect that Pittman has landed since coming to Georgia prior to the 2016 season. And that doesn’t even include the likes of Ben Cleveland, Trey Hill and Solomon Kindley, who all have starting experience for the Bulldogs.
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