Nation’s No. 5 RB “still just trying to build a relationship” with UGA after recent visit

Trey Sermon, a 4-star running back out of Sprayberry High School

Some consider Trey Sermon to be the top running back in Georgia, although he’s only a junior. Despite that reputation, the 4-star prospect had not heard much from UGA.

The lack of communication may have hurt UGA’s chances with Sermon, but he was one of many top prospects at this past weekend’s game against Georgia Southern. And Sermon got some answers.

“It was all just a misunderstanding,” Sermon told DawgNation. “It was just a lack of communication on both ends.”

How that lack of communication occurred, the junior back would not say. But with UGA already holding a commitment from 4-star running back Elijah Holyfield, and also targeting Texan Devwah Whaley at the position, it is possible Sermon was not seen as a priority.

Holyfield and Whaley are elite 2016 running back prospects. If UGA took those two, then running back would not be a major need in 2017 no matter how talented Sermon is. UGA is also one of the top schools for 5-star junior all-purpose back Anthony McFarland, Jr., which could be another factor.  

After speaking with UGA coach Mark Richt and running backs coach Thomas Brown, the 6-foot-1, 205-pounder revealed his current goal.

“Now that everything is clear, I’m still just trying to build a relationship with (UGA),” Sermon said.

The reset button was pressed between UGA and the Sprayberry High School product. The coaches have started a new dialogue with Sermon.

“They just told me they want me to be a part of their program,” Sermon said. “And that they were happy to get me back on campus.”

Sermon said that he enjoyed his visit to UGA and the atmosphere at the game impressed him. Although he had a good time, the window for UGA may be closing. Sermon indicated he may narrow down his list of schools in the spring.

When asked if he would take more trips to UGA now that the air had been cleared, he said “possibly.”

He can roll off a list of schools which have been recruiting him hard that he also feels he has a good rapport with.

“Ohio State, Tennessee, Florida, Auburn, Oregon, Stanford and Oklahoma,” Sermon said.




William McFadden covers UGA recruiting for DawgNation and is an SEC multimedia reporter for SECCountry. Give him a follow on Twitter for sports news and opinions you probably won’t agree with. 

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