Bralyn Oliver was the first 2021 prospect to make the decision to commit to Georgia earlier this year on August 22.
That was too soon.
The 3-star prospect from Belton-Honea Path High School in South Carolina shared the decision on Monday night he has decided to reopen his recruitment.
Respect my decision🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/M7bv9lX4gO
— Bralyn “B” Oliver (@bralynoliver8) November 26, 2019
The 6-foot-3, 200-pounder made the decision on Monday night that drops Georgia’s commitment tally for 2021 down to two prospects.
“I felt it was too early,” Oliver told DawgNation. “Having a lot of schools come on strong.”
He said that Alabama and Clemson have both been coming on strong. Oliver was at Alabama earlier this month for that classic 46-41 road win for LSU.
There is now also a wide range of other schools now vying for his interest. He said that Colorado, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Notre Dame and Tennessee have also been giving him a lot to think about.
The Bulldogs, he said, are still going to be in the mix for him going forward.
“UGA is still up there with me,” he said.
Oliver, a rangy safety type with very good speed, currently rates as the nation’s No. 20 safety and the No. 419 overall prospect for that cycle on the 247Sports Composite ratings. The Bulldogs had offered him over the summer and he was quickly ready to make a commitment. The young man had camped at Georgia several times prior to that commitment.
He eventually waited until his birthday to make that pledge to play for Georgia.
When he made his commitment, his head coach Russell Blackston said that the junior prospect was the first prospect to commit to an SEC program in at least 20 years.
The junior hails from rural South Carolina and lists a 4.45 time in the 40 on his Hudl prospect page. Blackston verified earlier this year that Oliver did clock a consistent 4.4-4.5 showing at that size in the 40-yard dash.
“He plays corner for us,” Blackston said when he made his commitment to Georgia. “He plays safety for us. Plays wide receiver. Has been to all the camps. He’s worked hard. He is a good young man and I feel the future is still going to be the best thing for him. I don’t think he’s near his full potential yet and I think he’s going to grow as a player.”
The Bulldogs already have another safety committed to the class in Georgia resident David Daniel out of Woodstock High School in Cherokee County. James Williams, the nation’s No. 1 safety for 2021, is also a top target for the class.
The 6-foot-4.5, 210-pound Williams also rates as the nation’s no. 5 overall prospect for 2021. He made his second unofficial visit to Georgia this season last weekend for the Texas A&M game.