Josh Braun: Georgia suffers first de-commitment after the loss of Sam Pittman

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Josh Braun, the big 4-star OT out of Florida, made an even bigger decision on Wednesday.

When Sam Pittman left Georgia to become the head coach at Arkansas, it changed the way he looked at his decision. It changed the way that most should have looked at his decision.

This was a young man who wanted to play for Pittman so much that it didn’t matter that his two brothers were multi-year starters at Georgia Tech. In the wake of his transition to Arkansas, it was going to be hard to hold onto him.

It really was.

The nation’s No. 22 OT prospect (per the 247Sports Composite) has opted to back off his commitment to Georgia in the wake of the news that Pittman is no longer the offensive line coach at Georgia. It does not even make sense to call it a de-commitment this time. At least is his eyes.

Braun and his family viewed it as a commitment to play for Sam Pittman as the line coach at Georgia.

“Due to Coach Pittman leaving, I have taken a step back and am reassessing my commitment,” Braun told DawgNation on Wednesday. “My commitment was to play for Coach Pittman, but since he is no longer there the commitment is void.”

The 6-foot-6, 335-pounder could play at guard or tackle in the SEC. His feet are that good. His football acumen is that advanced. His mean streak between the lines is just that impression.

Braun told DawgNation he will have more to say on the matter on Friday.

The news was first reported by Rivals.com.

Playing for Pittman was going to be worth the long drive up to Athens and call it his home for five years. That gentleman is in Arkansas now. That made his decision hard.

That feeling was not going to be repaired or replaced in the span of a few days. He planned to enroll early at his next school and be there for bowl practices next week.

The Braun family was impressed by the hire of Matt Luke for Georgia. Clearly. They reiterated that with DawgNation on Wednesday afternoon.

But this was just too short of a timeline to build a relationship. It was just not good timing here all the way around. Josh Braun and his family have been working on these recruiting relationships for the last 18 months.

That said, it is not expected that he will consider Georgia going forward. His two other finalists were Florida and South Carolina.

This now leaves Georgia’s 2020 class without a prospect who was set to be an academic and athletic poster boy for the program. He wanted to play four seasons at Georgia, redshirt if necessary and not leave his future home in Athens until he has earned his master’s degree.

Georgia now has just 14 public commitments for the Class of 2020. The first day of the early signing period comes in just seven days on Dec. 18.

The Bulldogs could now have as many as 10 open spots in the 2020 class.

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