BREAKING: Impressive Class of 2023 TE Pearce Spurlin III commits to UGA
Pearce Spurlin III is now the second commitment for the 2023 class for Georgia. The 6-foot-6 220-pound sophomore TE is a Georgia native who now plays for South Walton High School in Florida.
Spurlin moved to Florida after spending his freshman year in the Walton program. He has started off his sophomore year with an impressive 21 catches for 345 yards (16.4 yards per catch) and three touchdowns in his first three games.
“That is where my heart is,” Spurlin III said on Wednesday afternoon. “Now just felt right.”
He tweeted out the news early Wednesday afternoon.
— Pearce Spurlin III (@PearceSpurlin) September 30, 2020
He’s already earned a pure 247Sports rating as the nation’s No. 2 TE and the No. 64 overall prospect for the 2023 cycle.
Spurlin hinted about how much he loved Georgia when he picked up the offer from tight ends coach Todd Hartley earlier this summer.
“It was awesome to hear that from Coach Hartley,” he said this summer. “The new tight ends now play a fun position to certainly watch but also to certainly play, too. It is a really important position and I’m glad to see Georgia is using it in a different way. I hope maybe I can be a part of it one day.”
Hartley was happy on Wednesday, too.
— Todd Hartley (@coach_thartley) September 30, 2020
He was measured at 6 feet, 5 inches at the summer MVP camp in Georgia. That was flat-footed. He usually weighs around 220 but was around 230 back in the summer. That is with three more seasons of high school football to go.
“I believe that my skill set is a receiver skill set,” Spurlin said this summer. “I just happen to be 6-foot-6 and I can run so I don’t understand why they wouldn’t put me at the tight end position so I can go against linebackers. That’s what I want to do. I’m a mismatch at the tight end position. A really good tight end is hard to find so I can bring that to the table.”
When that talk of changing the tight end room at Georgia was shared, it was met with great interest.
“I knew this was going to be a big deal for my family because everyone in my family went to Georgia,” Spurlin III said. “I knew that offer was kind of going to change my life and I’m just really thankful for that. With Georgia being such a big offer, things are only going to go up from there. I knew it was going to be a big deal. I’m so grateful that it happened and it is hard work paying off.”
The Spurlin family was “ecstatic” when Hartley shared that offer. On his father’s side, his Dad is a UGA alum. The same goes for his aunts and uncles. Both of his grandparents on the Spurlin side are Bulldogs, too.
“Coach Hartley and I talked,” he said. “Once all this coronavirus is over, they are going to have me up there. I’m just going to continue to visit. They are going to continue to check on me down here and we are going to see how it all goes from there.”
He was a recruiting guest for the Murray State and Texas A&M games last fall.
“It is such an electric atmosphere,” he said. “So electric. Just awesome. It is just a great place to be. It really is.”
Check out his early 2020 highlights below.
Pearce Spurlin III: The Terrence Edwards scouting report
He has been timed at 4.64 seconds in the 40-yard dash. Remember Kyle Pitts of the Florida Gators? Remember all those plays he made in the first half against Georgia last year?
Spurlin III could be another walking mismatch like Pitts.
“I want to be that type of player,” Spurlin said. “He obviously gave Georgia fits last year. I want to be that type of flex tight end.”
He’s been refining his skills with all-time great Georgia WR Terrence Edwards for the last year. He’s worked with a lot of quality trainers in his life to get to where he is already at now. Brett Cooper has also played a pivotal role in his development, too.
“He is as fluid as they come and he can run,” Edwards said this summer. “We are still developing his footwork and being able to catch the ball naturally and adjust his body to catch bad balls and off-balance balls. Pearce is going to be a special player. He is one of those hybrid guys that you will see enter college at 6-foot-6 and about 225 pounds. Once his body develops, he could be one of those guys that can split out now and run routes from all angles and positions.”
“He’s going to be a special special player. His ball skills and his wingspan is tremendous and he can go up and adjust his body mid-air and be that tall. He can adjust his body to catch any ball in his catch radius. He has a huge catch radius.”
The next leap for Spurlin will be working to get in and out of his breaks quicker.
“That’s when he will be able to separate himself from everyone else,” Edwards said.