Derrick Brown has been trending away from signing with UGA over the last 48 hours. That is clear.
Now comes a report that says the state of Georgia’s top prospect doesn’t even have UGA among his top three finalists. According to 247sports.com’s Keith Niebuhr, the 5-star defensive tackle from Lanier High School appears to be down to a Top 3 that does not include UGA.
His Top 3 is down to Alabama, Auburn and Tennessee. That was in no particular order.
Brown told SEC Country on Wednesday that he was still expecting UGA coach Kirby Smart for one last in-home visit prior to his official visit this weekend at Tennessee.
He has also shut down all media interviews until National Signing Day on Feb. 3.
I will no longer be doing any interviews with anyone until after my signing next Wednesday. No phone or on campus interviews until then
— Derrick Brown9⃣0⃣ (@DerrickBrown90) January 28, 2016
The 6-foot-4, 320-pounder is rated as the nation’s No. 4 defensive tackle and No. 9 overall prospect for the Class of 2016.
WHAT IT MEANS: It means the recruitment of Jackson defensive tackle Michail Carter just became the No. 1 priority for making sure all the defensive line needs are met for UGA’s class this year. Carter, a 4-star prospect and Under Armour All-American, has not publicly named his leaders but his decision appears to come down to UGA, Alabama and Clemson at this time.
What’s he thinking? DawgNation.com met with him last week and he shared his feelings for each of his finalists. He is taking what now becomes as a vital official visit to UGA this weekend.
Unless otherwise indicated, player rankings and ratings are from the 247Sports Composite.
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.