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Quarterback John Rhys Plumlee de-commits from Georgia, to sign with Ole Miss

Georgia’s decision to sign both Stetson Bennett and Dwan Mathis in December proved to be a smart decision, as the Bulldogs lost a commitment from quarterback John Rhys Plumlee on Monday night. Plumlee flipped his commitment to Ole Miss after initially pledging to Georgia in the summer.

The news shouldn’t come has a surprise. Georgia had asked Plumlee to take a blueshirt, meaning that he would not have been on scholarship until classes start until the fall and that his scholarship would count towards the 2020 total. Plumlee would’ve had to pay his way through his first few months on campus.

Plumlee could not have enrolled early, and with the news of Justin Fields was transferring, the Bulldogs were projected to have just one scholarship quarterback in Jake Fromm before signing Mathis and Bennett in December.

Related: A deep dive on the John Rhys Plumlee situation 

Plumlee was rated as a 4-star prospect by the 247Sports Composite rankings, and the No. 13 dual threat quarterback in the 2019 class. He is from Hattiesburg, Miss.

Plumlee announced the news on Twitter on Monday night. With his de-commitment, Georgia still has the No. 2 class in the country. All 22 members of the 2019 class have already signed, with 14 already enrolled as early enrollees. Mathis and Bennett are already on campus, meaning Georgia will have three quarterback when spring practice starts.

The Bulldogs also still have Jake Fromm under center as he heads into his junior season. However, Georgia will need to sign another quarterback in the 2020 recruiting cycle, especially if Fromm does decide to forgo his senior season and pursue the NFL draft. Two early names for Georgia fans to watch in 2020 are 4-star quarterback Robbie Ashford of Hoover, Ala and 3-star quarterback Jacolby Criswell of Morrilton, Ark.

Related: Jacolby Criswell is a big name to know in the QB puzzle at UGA for 2020

National Signing Day is on Wednesday and Georgia still has a chance to close strong. The Bulldogs are finalists with a number of prospects, including 4-star cornerback Kaiir Elam, 4-star athlete Mark Antony Richards and 3-star tight end Brett Seither.

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