Caleb Tannor, a 4-star outside linebacker, de-committed from Georgia Monday night ― a move that might affect the recruiting classes for at least a couple of SEC schools.
But what does his de-commitment mean for the Bulldogs? It could help UGA reshape the look of its 2018 recruiting class with less than five weeks to go until the new early signing period kicks off on Dec. 20.
UGA fans lately had been questioning whether the Bulldogs had too much of a good thing for 2018. For instance, how were the Bulldogs going to fit several high-level recruits into a class that seemingly had about six spots remaining at this time? That number (18) didn’t allow for a lot of wiggle with a lot of 5-star players still left on the board.
The decision by Tannor, who is from Miller Grove High School in Lithonia, Ga., might help alleviate some of those concerns.
He tweeted he was backing off his pledge to UGA.
After long thought with my family and coaches I️ have decided that I will no longer be committed to the University of Georgia and I️ will be OPENING up my recruitment. #imgoingape🦍💜 pic.twitter.com/AwrTAf509a
— Caleb Tannor 1️⃣® (@cvleb10) November 14, 2017
Why did Tannor hit the reset button on his recruitment? He did not immediately respond to an interview request made by DawgNation.
The 6-foot-3, 215-pounder ranks as the nation’s No. 17 weakside defensive end for 2018. He was the ninth-rated pledge on the board for the Bulldogs in 2018.The 247Sports composite rates him as the No. 34 player in the Georgia for 2018.
He was also ranked by the 247Sports somposite as the nation’s No. 308 overall prospect for this cycle. Tannor was expected to be an outside linebacker in this UGA class.
It is worth noting the Bulldogs have added a pair of higher-rated targets at his future college position in Adam Anderson and Azeez Ojulari since Tannor chose UGA over Auburn and others on July 24. Anderson and Ojulari are the fourth- and fifth-highest rated prospects in the Georgia class at this time.
DawgNation readers know the Bulldogs are also going after a trio of prospects who all could play linebacker (5-star KJ Henry, 4-star Otis Reese, 4-star Channing Tindall) in Athens. Henry rates among the nation’s elite at No. 16 overall. Reese checks in with a No. 137 overall rating. Tindall ranks No. 121 overall for 2018.
Auburn should be seen as a big player for Tannor going forward.
The Bulldogs now drop down to 17 commitments but still retain their rank as the nation’s No. 5 class for 2018 on the 247Sports Composite team rankings.
That also keeps UGA at No. 1 in the SEC in terms of 2018 recruiting.