Go ahead and re-read that headline. Class 7A state champion Warren Ericson from North Gwinnett has signed with Georgia.
He will enroll early in January.
The 4-star prospect was initially rated as a guard by the recruiting services. That came as he lined up at tackle during most of his junior season.
Injuries along the North Gwinnett front dictated he move to center during the playoff run for North this season.
Ericson — who already blocks the outside zone as well as any varsity tackle we’ll see — definitely showed his wares at center.
If we’re taking a long-range look at his future, that’s probably where he will wind up on the majority on his Saturdays in Athens.
The scouting services even re-rated Ericson midway into his senior season. He was then pegged as a center and a (rightfully) very good one at that.
What to know about 4-star center Warren Ericson
Weight: 300 pounds
Rankings: Nation’s No. 5 C; nation’s No. 267 overall player
Committed since: June 2, 2017
Why that date: He was just coming off an unofficial visit to UGA. It just felt right.
Enroll early: Yes
Did you know: Hill made it to almost all of the UGA home games this season. He has been seen for quite some time as one of the program’s most secure commitments.
Bet you didn’t know: Ericson’s very good friend, Cade Fortin, was the long-time QB at North Gwinnett before a season-ending injury. That allowed him the chance to spend some time with his uncle. Roman Fortin, the long-time former Atlanta Falcon, no doubt showed him a thing or two about playing center over the years.
Ericson will fit in well at Georgia. He’s the type of guy that can serve as the anchor of the Bulldog line for years to come. It is no stretch to see him become the second-team center due to the fact that he will enroll early in January.
If he does redshirt, he will be very ready to play in the SEC in the fall of 2019. A very productive career lies ahead for the state champion Bulldog from Gwinnett County.