UGA added an out-of-the-blue prospect to its defensive backfield on Wednesday evening a few hours before National Signing Day.
Josh Moran, a 3-star safety from Milton High in Metro Atlanta, announced on Twitter he was committing to UGA for the Class of 2016. The 6-foot-2, 200-pounder cited 32 offers in his tweet announcing the decision.
Moran had taken visits to Lousiville and Navy during his recruiting process, but he gave up those opportunities to be a preferred walk-on at UGA.
“He really just wanted to stay close to home,” Milton coach Howie DeCristofaro said. “He’s really close to his family and just wanted the opportunity to play for his state school.”
DeCristofaro says to look for him to contribute on special teams right away and add depth at linebacker and safety.
Moran has an even bigger plan.
“My dream has been to play within three or four hours of home and every offer I received was far (away), so when UGA came asking if I wanted to be a preferred I couldn’t help but think about it,” he said. “Then talking it over with my family I decided it was best to stay close to home and be at a place where I wanted to be.”
He’ll arrive arrive on campus with a clear goal in mind.
“I’ll be on scholarship soon,” Moran said. “Just another motivating factor to help me play next year.”
— Joshua Moran (@Joshua_Moran14) February 2, 2016
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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.