Georgia’s chances of securing the nation’s No. 1 recruiting class for 2019 got a little bit brighter on Monday morning.
That came after 4-star junior CB Jalen Perry released the news from his Twitter account that he has committed to Georgia.
— Jalen Perry (@Jayworld05) October 30, 2017
Perry, a big and rangy cornerback from Dacula, Ga., chose the Bulldogs over strong interest in both Alabama and Ohio State. The nation’s No. 22 CB prospect for 2019, according to the 247Sports composite, visited the Bulldogs with his family this month for the Missouri game and came away impressed.
He then took back-to-back unofficial visits to both Alabama and Ohio State to make sure that Athens was the place he wanted to be.
This decision now gives the Bulldogs seven commitments for their 2019 class. The 6-foot-1½, 180-pound Perry also ranks as the nation’s No. 185 prospect overall.
The commitment also pushes UGA to No. 2 nationally on the 247Sports team composite rankings for 2019. Florida has the No. 1 class nationally for that cycle on the strength of its 12 commitments.
That top-rated class could be in flux after Florida dismissed coach Jim McElwain on Sunday. Florida has named Randy Shannon as its interim coach for the remainder of the season.
It seems like 2019 will be an especially strong class for Georgia given the in-state talent for that cycle. Perry joins a class of seven homegrown prospects. The Bulldog commitments for that cycle are all already rated among the nation’s top 250 prospects in the 247Sports Composite rankings.
That’s pretty good, but that class will continue to get a lot better.
— Coach Kirby Smart (@KirbySmartUGA) October 30, 2017
Junior UGA pledge Nolan Smith plays for IMG Academy in Florida but is a Georgia native. Smith transferred to IMG Academy in January from Calvary Day in Savannah.