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UGA signees Jeremiah Holloman (left) and Richard LeCounte III (right) will be a part of the mid-year early enrolles for the Class of 2017 at Georgia.

Scanning Georgia’s early enrollee recruiting picture for 2017

Want a daily lap through Georgia football recruiting? That’s what the Intel will bring at least five days a week. We’ll cover the news and which way this 4-star or 5-star might lean and add a dab of perspective to help fans figure out what it all means.

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COVINGTON, Ga. — Jeremiah Holloman was honored by Newton High School on Thursday at a school ceremony that recognized his graduation and his choice to play college football at Georgia.

It was a ceremony signing matter as he penned what looked like a document signifying his intent to play for Kirby Smart. The real matter is Holloman had signed those papers over a month ago and then publicly revealed his intent to play at Georgia in a commitment video produced by SEC Country Studios.

Holloman’s decision is a good reason to bring up what the status of the early enrollees for Georgia will look like in January. Texas 4-star RB Toneil Carter was slated to join that group next month, but we all know how that story evolved.

Here’s a look at who’s coming and who still might be:

Definite early enrollees

                   (* — Indicated they have already signed scholarship papers with UGA)

  • *4-star QB Jake Fromm (Houston County/ Warner Robins, Ga.)
  • *4-star WR Jeremiah Holloman (Newton High School / Covington, Ga.)
  • *5-star S Richard LeCounte III (Liberty County HS/ Riceboro, Ga.)
  • *4-star junior college OT D’Marcus Hayes (Mississippi Gulf Coast CC / Jackson, Miss.)

Potential early enrollees

  • 4-star S DeAngelo Gibbs (Grayson / Loganville, Ga.)
  • 3-star ILB Monty Rice (James Clemens / Madison, Ala.)

There’s no denying that the decisions made by four Georgia stars for their senior seasons impacted the number of recruits the program can bring in this year. If you’ve been reading the Intel this week, then you know about the curious case with Rice.

Rice was a UGA silent commit who wound up choosing LSU earlier this month.

Holloman’s view on Carter

What does a member of the early enrollee class think about what happened to Carter? That’s probably the only element of that news cycle regarding that story which has not yet been covered.

Holloman was supposed to enroll early with Carter as little as three weeks ago.

“Everyone was alright about it,” Holloman said. “We were kind of upset because we didn’t get a chance to get him. He would have definitely helped us build it up but we understand with the people that we had coming back we had too many guys in the class.”

Jeremiah Holloman (center) celebrated his high school graduation on Thursday with his mother Oneida (left) and his father Layfeatte (right) at Newton High School on Thursday. (Jeff Sentell / DawgNation.com)
Jeremiah Holloman (center) celebrated his high school graduation on Thursday with his mother Oneida (left) and his father Layfeatte (right) at Newton High School on Thursday. (Jeff Sentell / DawgNation.com)

The 4-star receiver said the early enrollee numbers had dropped for Georgia and that Carter had to make a decision. He wanted to enroll in January. That’s what Carter and his family told DawgNation they had always worked toward.

Then there wasn’t a guaranteed spot for Carter in the summer. That was never made definite to him and his family.

“He went ahead and took care of his business because he wanted to enroll early,” Holloman said. “Everyone was proud of him that he was still able to do that and end up at a great place like Texas and do the best thing for him.”

That’s what he will tell any recruit that would come to him and ask him about what happened between Georgia and Carter.

What’s a way to prevent that in the future?

I suggested — and Holloman felt the same way — that a recruit that knows what he wants to do should try to sign those early enrollment papers with their chosen school as soon as they feel comfortable with it.

Georgia’s current class snapshot

Alabama currently has the nation’s No. 1 class. The Tide has surged ahead of Ohio State over the back end of the season and seems intent of claiming the program’s seventh mythical recruiting national championship.

Georgia currently has 19 commitments or signees for the Class of 2017. (Jeff Sentell / DawgNation.com)
Georgia currently has 19 commitments or signees for the Class of 2017. (Jeff Sentell / DawgNation.com)

Nick Saban and his staff have garnered 25 commitments. Georgia still stands third overall in the national rating with its 19 pledges.

The recent additions of Hayes, 4-star DE Herring, Holloman and 5-star OT Isaiah Wilson have pushed UGA much closer to No. 2 overall now behind Ohio State.

The Bulldogs should still sign at least 2-3 more players than Ohio State this year so that’s why I could see them eventually taking over that No. 2 spot.

Let’s take a quick fly-by overview of the class.

— Georgia’s class is rated No. 3 overall by the 247Sports team composite

Alabama’s class totals up 307.90 points. Ohio State follows at 300.82. Georgia is in third with a 286.14. The Bulldogs now hold a 286.14-273.14 lead over No. 4 Michigan.

The Bulldogs trail only Ohio State in the average ranking per commitment this year. The Buckeyes have an average rating of 95.72 for each of their 2017 commitments. Georgia’s average pledge is at 93.43.

— Georgia’s top 2 commitments are:

  • 5-star S Richard LeCounte III (Liberty County HS/ Riceboro, Ga.)

He’s rated as the nation’s No. 2 safety and as the No. 27 prospect overall

  • 5-star OT Isaiah Wilson (Poly Prep Country Day School / Brooklyn, NY)

He’s rated as the nation’s No. 7 OT and as the No. 32 player overall.

Impress your friends with this:

Let’s very briskly review the number of 4-star recruits that are currently committed to SEC East schools.

Georgia has 17 of those prospects. The rest of the SEC East can only tally up 19 recruits with that level of a ranking. Florida would come next with six. South Carolina and Tennessee both have five of those guys.

Who was the last prospect to commit to Georgia?

That was Wilson. The 5-star OT from Brooklyn will bring a lot of strong qualities to Athens when he enrolls in January.

Who was the last prospect to de-commit from Georgia?

That was Carter. As stated above, that was a tough situation for all parties.

Breaking down the 2017 class by position (so far)

  • QB: 1  (4-star Jake Fromm)
  • RB: 1  (4-star D’Andre Swift
  • WR: 4 (4-star Trey Blount, 4-star Jeremiah Holloman, 3-star Matt Landers, 4-star Mark Webb, Jr.)
  • OT: 4  (4-star D’Antne Demery, 4-star D’Marcus Hayes, 4-star Andrew Thomas, 5-star Isaiah Wilson)
  • OG: 2 (4-star Netori Johnson, 4-star Justin Shaffer)
  • TE: 0
  • PK: 0
  • DT: 1 (3-star Devonte Wyatt)
  • DE: 2 (4-star Robert Beal Jr., 4-star Malik Herring)
  • LB: 2 (4-star OLB Walter Grant, 4-star OLB Jaden Hunter)
  • CB: 1 (4-star CB William Poole III)
  • S: 1 (5-star Richard LeCounte III)
  • P: 0

Geography of Georgia’s 2017 recruiting class 

  • Georgia: 14
  • Pennsylvania: 2
  • Florida: 1
  • Mississippi: 1
  • New York: 1

 

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