Shortly after many UGA fans had stuffed their faces with turkey, mashed potatoes and stuffing, Bulldogs fans got another special Thanksgiving treat.
Devwah Whaley, a 4-star running back from Beaumont, Texas, announced his commitment to UGA, which was shocking because he was expected to make his announcement on Jan. 2 at the Under Armour All-American game.
The Bulldogs already have a running back commit in 4-star Elijah Holyfield, but the son of boxing legend Evander Holyfield couldn’t be more excited to have a running mate.
“I think we can be great, man,” Holyfield told DawgNation. “I feel like we can be just as good as any of the others before us.”
The “others” that Holyfield is talking about relates to UGA’s recent strategy of signing two elite running backs in the same class. Keith Marshall and Todd Gurley paired up in 2012, and Sony Michel and Nick Chubb followed suit in 2014.
UGA is hoping that Whaley and Holyfield can be as great as those duos have been for the school. As for Holyfield, he’s ready to play alongside Whaley but isn’t scared of competition.
“I think I’m better than any back in America,” Holyfield said with a laugh back in late October. “I’ve never said anyone is better than me, but he’s good.”
Whaley is rated as the nation’s No. 4 running back, while Holyfield is one spot behind him.