William Poole III’s first offer became the team he committed to on Saturday afternoon.
Poole, the nation’s No. 100 overall prospect, became the seventh commitment for the Class of 2017 at UGA. The four-star cornerback, who excels in press man coverage, is rated as the nation’s No. 12 cornerback. The rising senior at Hapeville Charter Academy chose UGA over strong late interest in Florida.
What would lead him to choose Georgia?
“The things that matter to me about Georgia would be my family,” Poole said earlier this week. “They would be there every Saturday watching.”
It marks a tremendous coup because Poole told DawgNation back in January that Smart said he was his No. 1 priority at cornerback once he hit the road as the full-time head coach at UGA. Poole also produces on the field to more than live up to those rankings. Winston Gordon, his head coach at Hapeville Charter Academy, said that Poole was only thrown at 15 times last fall.
He didn’t give up a single completion and came away with two interceptions on those spirals that flung his way.
Now he’s on his way to play for Smart and defensive coordinator Mel Tucker at Georgia. Who’s next? It is not out of the realm to expect at least one or two more commitments, at least, over the course of the day.
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Jeff Sentell covers UGA football and UGA recruiting for AJC.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play Between the Hedges. Unless otherwise indicated, player rankings and ratings are from the 247Sports Composite.