There are things in recruiting that will come as surprises. Shocks. Jamil Burroughs made a decision on Friday that will not rank among those.
He made his move to de-commit from Georgia known on social media.
Respect my decision..🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/0GjltaUjm8
— Jamil Burroughs’ (@jbthefreak) September 6, 2019
His decision to de-commit from the Georgia class was not out of left field. The 4-star prospect committed to Georgia in the early stretch of his junior season. That was when he was rated among the nation’s top 5 prospects at DT for the 2020 class.
A lot has happened to the McEachern High (Powder Springs, Ga.) standout since then.
Burroughs has seen his ratings dip since he chose Georgia on Aug. 25 of last year. He is now the nation’s No. 31 DT prospect for this cycle. It makes him the nation’s No. 326 overall prospect.
When he chose Georgia, he made that pledge to honor his mother on her birthday in late August. He was rated as the nation’s No. 4 DT and the No. 63 overall prospect at that time.
Despite that dip in his prospect status, he was still able to qualify to compete at The Opening at its national finals out in Texas. Burroughs continually took reps that week in order to better himself. He seemed even more motivated to get back in those one-on-one matchups even after things did not go his way.
He had been developing a strong relationship and interest in Alabama over the last four to five months. Burroughs was not at Georgia for G-Day. He was not in Athens for the late July cookout event between dead periods.
During that time, he chose to visit Alabama instead.
It had grown to the point where a decision like the one he made today was almost expected.
That was exactly what happened on Friday.
What the Jamil Burroughs decision now means for Georgia recruiting
This decision drops the Bulldogs to 16 commitments for their 2020 class. Burroughs was one of four defensive line commitments on the board for this cycle. It now creates room for the Bulldogs in a tight class to add up to 1-2 more defensive line targets.
The top remaining targets for Georgia on the defensive front for this class would be 5-star DE Jordan Burch, 4-star DL Jacolbe Cowan, 4-star DT and Florida commit Gervon Dexter and 4-star DE Zykeivous Walker.
Those players are all currently higher rated (247Sports Composite rating) than Burroughs.
- Jordan Burch (5-star): Nation’s No. 1 strong-side DE and No. 2 overall prospect
- Gervon Dexter (4-star): The Florida commit is the nation’s No. 5 DT and No. 48 overall prospect
- Zykeivous Walker (4-star): Nation’s No. 9 strong-side DE and No. 155 overall prospect
- Jacolbe Cowan (4-star): Nation’s No. 15 DT and the No. 165 overall prospect
The Bulldogs lined up eight defensive linemen on Saturday night against Vanderbilt. There are only three of those (junior Devonte Wyatt, sophomore Jordan Davis and freshmen Travon Walker) who have the option to return next season.
That’s what defensive line recruiting must be strong for the program in this cycle. Georgia currently has commitments from the following defensive line prospects for the 2020 class.
- Jalen Carter (4-star): Nation’s No. 6 DT and No. 58 overall
- Warren Brinson (4-star): Nation’s No. 23 DT and No. 269 overall
- Nazir Stackhouse (4-star): Nation’s No. 24 DT and No. 277 overall
The de-commitment from Burroughs now drops the number of Georgians in the 2020 class down to four. Don’t look for the Bulldogs to add more than 1-2 more in-state commitments for 2020.