Master Teague III had about 12 schools on his mind in March.
— Master W. Teague III (@33_blackman) March 19, 2017
Now he’s down to just three. The 4-star RB from Tennessee whittled all those options down to three schools with a simple re-tweet on social media at 3:33 PM CST on Wednesday.
Auburn. Georgia. Tennessee.
This is our top 3. After this announcement we will go silent for a time except w/ coaches & in-person questions. Thanks for understanding. pic.twitter.com/IkBsJzvAWr
— Corey & Emily Teague (@DrCoreyMTeague) May 17, 2017
Why 3:33? Well, that his jersey number? Why No. 33? That’s a reference to his faith. Teague told DawgNation ithat’s a reference to his deeply-rooted Christian beliefs.
“That’s the year and how old Jesus was when he died on the cross,” Teague said. “So I was thinking that I want to just keep that number, play for Christ and make that number represent something.”
Teague plus North Carolina 5-star RB Zamir White look to be the ideal pairing of RBs for Georgia in this cycle. Nick Chubb and Sony Michel will be out of eligibility after this fall and the Bulldogs just signed 4-star Pennsylvania flash D’Andre Swift back in February.
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Teague told DawgNation earlier this week his final decision should take place within the context of the next month. That will give him the time he needs to focus on his senior season at Blackman High in Murfreesboro.
Background on Master W. Teague III
The 5-foot-10.5, 217-pound prospect rates as a 3-star recruit, but his offer sheet defies that. He ran for more than 2,000 yards last season in Tennessee’s highest classification.
Teague ranks as the nation’s No. 25 RB for this cycle. That’s his composite rating. 247Sports rates him as the nation’s No. 9 RB for 2018.
Teague has said that Georgia coach Kirby Smart has even noticed some parallels between him and Chubb.
“He mentioned several times he really liked my film and thought I was bigger in person,” Teague said. “I have gotten a little bigger since my season. He was saying those things and telling me a little bit about (Nick) Chubb. I was similar to Chubb in being how I’m a quiet person. He noticed it seemed like I don’t say a whole lot. But just being real humble and a disciplined kid. That’s what he basically said to me.”
The Blackman (Tenn.) junior piled up 2,031 yards on 242 carries. That’s 8.4 yards per attempt. Teague finished his junior year with nine games of 100-plus yards and 24 rushing scores.
Teague can also post incredible combine numbers. His Hudl page lists a 39-inch vertical jump and a 4.39 time in the 40. He can squat 500 pounds and clock a short shuttle in 4.01.
These are all measures that exhibit why Teague might have reminded the staff of a current Bulldog.
“Georgia thinks I’m a tough back and feel I have good size,” Teague III said. “They just like what (they) hear from my coaches and what they have heard from me so far about my character. … They noticed I have a stable family and one that supports me in my career. That’s what they like about me.”