Ladd McConkey grew up a Tennessee Volunteer fan, but when it came time for him to make his college decision he chose another school in the Southeastern Conference.
The 3-star WR from North Murray High School took his official visit to Georgia this weekend and saw no need to draw things out until National Singing Day on Feb. 5.
McConkey tweeted out Sunday afternoon that he was committed to the Bulldogs on Sunday afternoon. He becomes the 23rd member of the Georgia recruiting class for the 2020 cycle.
— Ladd McConkey (@laddmcconkey02) February 2, 2020
What’s the buzzword on McConkey? That would be speed. His speed and shiftiness in short areas is where he will make his mark as the University of Georgia.
McConkey will get separation off the line. Make the man miss. Catch the ball and then be hard to touch afterward. That’s just his game.
His best time in the 40 has been 4.44 seconds. That was a hand time by the staff at Louisville. McConkey also ran a 4.56 laser and a 4.12 short shuttle at an Opening regional back in May of 2019.
It seems logical to note the fact here that McConkey’s offer is a byproduct of getting more traditional slot receivers for Monken’s offense.
“Georgia offered me to be a true slot guy,” McConkey said last week. “Guys that can win the one-on-one battle. I mean obviously they have guys who can win one-on-one matchups but really get in space there down in the slot and make people miss in real tight coverage.”
The 5-foot-11, 170-pounder will become an ideal slot receiver in new Georgia offensive coordinator Todd Monken’s offense. He rates as a 3-star recruit and the No. 197 WR and No. 1379 overall prospect for this cycle on the 247Sports Composite ratings. He will also return kicks.
McConkey is also now the fifth wide receiver prospect for the 2020 recruiting class in Athens.
McConkey can run the 40 in 4.5 seconds, but his GPA is even higher than that. Smart recently told him just how unusual that feat would be among the 2020 signing class on his team.
He also ran track last spring. It was his other sport along with basketball. But that was only two or three meets. Despite that, he was able to clock an impressive 10.85 time in the 100 meters.
McConkey becomes the 14th member of the 2020 class that will help the Bulldogs on offense going forward. He is also now the seventh member of the Georgia class that played high school football in Georgia.
Ladd McConkey: The things DawgNation needs to know
The North Murray standout played QB for the best football team in North Murray High football history in 2019, but he was a receiver in the program for the two seasons prior to that.
3051 ALL PURPOSE YARDS‼️‼️Offense: 124-209/ 1771 yards/ 20 TD’s/ 924 rushing yards/ 10 TD’s
Defense: 4 INT’s (3 pick six)
Returns: 3 KR/ 160 yards/ 1 TD/ 4 PR/ 196 yards/ 2 TD’s @RecruitGeorgia @NwGaFootball @NMHSRecruiting @Mansell247 https://t.co/JncCEyj4Gh
— Ladd McConkey (@laddmcconkey02) December 13, 2019
Georgia’s offer came as a late blur earlier this month.
Prior to that offer, he was deciding between schools like Army, Chattanooga, Coastal Carolina, Furman and Jacksonville State in Alabama.
Then Georgia offered. Vanderbilt also came in with a late offer, too.
McConkey also gave the Commodores an official visit in the middle of last week. But all signs were pointing to his last official visit this weekend in Athens.
“You’re talking about the in-state SEC team that has finished in the top 5 for the last four years,” he told DawgNation earlier this month. “That’s really something there.”
That’s the minutiae of his college journey, but he will never forget the timing of the Georgia offer. It goes beyond Kirby Smart and the Bulldogs coming in strong with his first Power 5 offer.
It all sunk in the morning after Smart came to North Murray High School. That was the day he offered the North Murray quarterback to be a slot receiver for new play-caller Todd Monken’s scheme in Athens.
The date was January 20, 2020.
That was the topic in the McConkey home the morning after Smart saw him play basketball and a late pizza dinner with the Georgia staff. That was the visit where his mother might or might not have hid the University of Tennessee coasters that reside in her living room.
It was an audience of two. McConkey and his Mom. Discussing that whirlwind Monday.
“You realize what yesterday was with that,” Brittney McConkey kind of said but kind of asked a question at the same time. “Right? You do realize what day that was, right?”
How could he not? He has only written the date “1-20-16” on his towel before every football game since he lost his grandfather to cancer on that very day.
“She said that was the day,” Ladd McConkey said. “That was special. That was crazy.”
The biggest offer of his football career came four years after that day.
“That Georgia offer came that day,” he said. “It did. It really did. It’s crazy. I know. … It was definitely something. I realized it and then I went ‘Whew’ because that was really something. That really means something.”
His grandfather, Vic McConkey, was a big Tennessee fan, too. McConkey said he was “probably jumping up and down in his grave” about every bit of this.
“He was really special,” Ladd McConkey said. “He was one of my biggest fans. Every single game. He was there. He told me when I was messing up and didn’t play my best and he told me when I played great. He was definitely a big part of my life.”
McConkey’s 2019 senior season highlight film will also appear below.