Jaleel Laguins made his decision on Wednesday. He was the last prospect of interest for UGA on National Signing Day.
Laguins had been committed to UGA since August and chose to stay true to the program with his final decision on Wednesday night. He chose UGA over late interest from both Alabama and Florida.
But there were moments when his commitment was in doubt. Laguins wasn’t sure at the beginning whether he was still wanted by the new UGA staff. That’s because he had been spoiled a bit by unrelenting daily recruiting contact from former inside linebackers coach Mike Ekeler.
It took some time for the new UGA staff to let him know where he stood with the program, but they finally did. Laguins took his final official visit to UGA last weekend and it reaffirmed everything he committed to back in August.
The Oconee County High School senior said that Florida actually wound up as his second choice, followed by Alabama. He did that say that former UGA defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt applied constant daily pressure to try and sway him to Alabama.
Laguins said he only took four official visits. His fifth official visit would have been to Alabama, but slight winter storms halted that. He wasn’t sure what might have happened if he would have taken that visit.
“I’m not sure,” Laguins said. “I guess I will never know. I just looked at that opportunity is if it was meant to be, then the Lord would have made a way for me to take that trip to Alabama.”
The 6-foot-3, 216-pounder is the No. 10 inside linebacker prospect for the Class of 2016.
His decision moves UGA’s signee count to 20 players for this year.
“I think I can contribute right away on special team but Coach Smart and the staff wants to see how I develop,” said Laguins, who already knows he will wear No. 25 at UGA.
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.