John Emery Jr. shared the news on Twitter Sunday night that he has committed to Georgia.
Emery, who ranks as the nation’s No. 2 RB prospect and the country’s No. 31 prospect overall for 2019, is another high-profile addition to the Bulldogs’ stable of running backs.
UGA is stocked with elite prospects at the position: Sophomore D’Andre Swift should be a featured back this fall, while incoming freshmen Zamir White and James Cook could compete for immediate playing time. All three were ranked among the top three running backs in the country out of high school.
— John Emery (@Emery4____) July 29, 2018
The weekend was all about the reveal of the new UGA west end zone expansion, locker room and recruiting lounge. But the decision made by Emery might be the one that resonates with DawgNation.
Emery is that kind of back. The operative word to describe his skill set would be smooth. He glides.
The talented tailback becomes the fifth prospect with a 5-star rating to commit to the Bulldogs in 2019.
Emery also becomes the 14th commitment for the Bulldogs for this cycle. This decision is another huge recruiting win for the Bulldogs and ace RB recruiter Dell McGee.
Those two have grown close. The Bulldogs were actually the first school to offer the Louisiana standout. Georgia also had two recruiters at Emery’s spring game earlier this year.
“Coach McGee is probably one of the greatest that I have dealt with (in terms of) recruiters and schools,” Emery Jr. said in regard to McGee earlier this month.
The Destrehan (La.) High product is the sort of all-around back who can play all three downs in the SEC. The Georgia commitments made sure to take a picture with Emery at the Nike Opening finals earlier this month.
“They wanted me to come to play with them over there bad,” Emery Jr. said. “Nolan (Smith) took a picture of me and I think sent the picture to the Georgia coaches. They wanted me bad. ‘Commit to the G’ is all they kept saying. It wouldn’t be a bad choice if I did end up choosing Georgia.”
McGee had a clever tweet on Sunday night as the news broke.
You know how we do DAWG NATION🔥
— Dell McGee (@DellMcGee) July 29, 2018
What the John Emery Jr. news now means for UGA
The news will now vault UGA up to No. 3 nationally in the 247Sports team composite recruiting rankings for 2019. Georgia now only trails Alabama and Oklahoma, respectively.
The Bulldogs are also the only program in 2019 to have stockpiled commits from three or more 5-star prospects. Emery is now the second 5-star prospect to commit to UGA in the last seven days.
LSU and Oklahoma are the only programs in the nation this year to have two 5-stars on their board. Period.
The 5-foot-11, 205-pound prospect saw the fit at Georgia as having everything he needed to excel at the next level.
He chose the Bulldogs over heavy interest in both LSU and Mississippi State.
“I really can’t tell you any minus for Georgia,” Emery Jr. told DawgNation earlier this month. “But the pluses are there. They have everything you want to succeed. They have the players in the program. They put their players in the league. The offense that they run. They run an (NFL-style) offense. They have everything you need.”
Do not discount the efforts made by Georgia freshman QB Justin Fields here. Emery established a real friendship with Fields.
“When I was on campus not too far back Justin was my visit host,” Emery told DawgNation earlier this month. “Justin and I have a good relationship. He’s a good dude. Great guy. The sky will be the limit for me at Georgia with him if I do go there.”
When he visited UGA, he was usually hanging with Fields.
— Justin Fields (@justnfields) July 29, 2018
“Justin has it all,” Emery said earlier this month. “It is hard to deal with a guy with a future like that as a running quarterback who can also really throw it. Just being around Justin at Georgia was great. If I am around other great players like that it will just motivate me. I will just feed off that.”
“I can really do some damage playing with Justin if I do choose to go to Georgia.”