Nolan Smith II was just too ready to commit to Georgia.
The 4-star sophomore DE from Savannah committed to UGA a few days prior to National Signing Day. Smith recently announced his plan to transfer to IMG Academy and moved there earlier this month.
He clearly favored Georgia from the beginning of his recruitment.
Smith had told DawgNation he planned to wait until right before his junior year to commit but decided he just couldn’t wait any longer.
Smith hopes to be another Richard LeCounte for the Class of 2019 in Athens.
There should be a great opportunity to do that considering just how loaded the state of Georgia is for prospects in the Class of 2019.
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— Nolan Smith II (@SmithNoland2) January 29, 2017
Want to know what he is all about? DawgNation published an extensive profile of Smith earlier this month.
The 6-foot-2, 205-pound prospect dominated the “True19” workouts and all-star game with the best prospects from Texas in the Class of 2019 earlier this month.
— Jeff Sentell (@jeffsentell) January 15, 2017
The sophomore looks to line up at outside linebacker in Athens. Smith now becomes the second member of the “NewBreed19” recruiting class in Athens.
Luke Griffin, a 4-star OT from North Murray, committed to UGA this summer on the spot after he got an offer from line coach Sam Pittman at a team camp.
Smith’s decision can unlock the program’s potential to recruit the highly-rated Class of 2019 crop of prospects in Georgia.
Kenyatta Watson, the organizer of the “True19” game, told DawgNation earlier this month that he felt the 2019 signing class would win a national title at Georgia. He also felt that there were up to 20 to 25 prospects on the Georgia roster which would one day sign with Georgia.
Smith was just one of several players that already looked to be carrying the banner for Georgia at that event. He has the same natural charm and leadership qualities that made LeCounte such an effective recruiter for the Class of 2017.