Georgia’s highly regarded Class of 2018 lost a member Wednesday when defensive end Jaevon Becton announced he was de-committing.
Becton, a 3-star defensive end from Virginia, committed to UGA in May. That was before the Bulldogs started piling up the prospects at linebacker, his expected position. It also was before UGA outside linebackers coach Kevin Sherrer became the defensive coordinator at Tennessee.
Becton was the second-lowest-rated pledge on the board for the Bulldogs in 2018. He ranks as the nation’s No. 62 weakside DE prospect for 2018, according to the 247Sports composite.
The 6-foot-5, 240-pound player likely was headed for a redshirt season but was big on potential. He also lined up at running back and receiver for his Ocean Lakes High School team in Virginia Beach, Va.
His situation became complicated as the Bulldogs gained commitments from All-Americans Adam Anderson and Azeez Ojulari. The plot also has thickened with UGA now appearing to be the team to beat for 5-star DE Brenton Cox from Stockbridge, Ga.
Anderson, Cox and Ojulari are ranked among the nation’s top 10 prospects at their respective positions.
Becton’s decision reduces Georgia’s class to 18 public commitments. Even with the departure of Becton, the Bulldogs appear to have more viable targets than they have the room to sign in this class.
DawgNation projects the Bulldogs to sign 24 players in 2018. There is the potential for as many as 11 of those targets to enroll early in January.
The late de-commitments and the numbers crunching are not new to the SEC. Alabama has dealt with them many times as it has stacked up seven consecutive recruiting championships this decade.
It appears the newly minted SEC champions will now experience some of those same tough choices, too.
— L O W L I F E🎈 (@Jaevoon_23) December 13, 2017