Deejay Dallas, a talented 4-star junior athlete out of Glynn Academy in South Georgia, is the latest prospect to de-commit from UGA. Dallas shared that decision via social media on Wednesday evening from his Twitter account.
Dallas committed to the previous UGA staff at Dawg Night in July, but he’s the second prospect from the Class of 2017 to re-open his recruiting this week. That decision also makes him the third de-commitment of the week for the UGA football team.
That now leaves UGA with just two commitments for the Class of 2017.
“We just discussed it all with the new staff coming in,” Glynn Academy coach Rocky Hidalgo said. “He just wanted to open his recruiting up. I think it is an opportunity for the new staff to come in and build a relationship. He still loves the University of Georgia. It is just all the guys that recruited him from there are now all gone.”
Dallas had formed those relationships with former UGA coach Mark Richt and also former defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt.
“He’s got a right to decide who is going to be coaching him over the next five seasons,” Hidalgo said. “I don’t think he’s anti-Georgia or anything. I just thinks he wants those new guys at Georgia to come around and give them a chance to recruit him. … It is an opportunity for Georgia to come back in and develop a relationship with one of the best players in the Southeast.”
The talented junior committed as an athlete. That meant he would likely play defensive back or receiver, but then he led his team to the 2015 state championship game at quarterback. Dallas told DawgNation earlier this season his preference was to play quarterback at the college level.
The 6-foot, 190-pounder is rated as the No. 17 athlete for the Class of 2017.
— DeeJay Dallas (@DeejayDallas5) December 16, 2015
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.