UGA recruiting: How does Luke Griffin de-commitment affect 2019 class?
Want to attack every day with the latest Georgia football recruiting info? That’s what the Intel will bring at least five days a week. The play sheet Monday calls for a look at what the recent de-commitment from 4-star tackle Luke Griffin means for UGA.
When Luke Griffin de-committed from UGA on Sunday, it was not unexpected.
Griffin was the first commitment for the Bulldogs in the Class of 2019. He quickly chose UGA after earning a camp scholarship offer in the summer after his freshman year of high school.
But a lot had changed since June 2016. That was way back before the Bulldogs played that first game under Kirby Smart against North Carolina in the Georgia Dome.
Griffin has had a few ups and downs. He suffered a concussion and had surgeries to both of his knees. He also garnered interest from other schools while he was not being prioritized by the Bulldogs.
Please respect my decision!! pic.twitter.com/BJqVVu6jIr
— LukeGriffin54 (@Griffin54Luke) April 8, 2018
That’s disappointing. I remember seeing Griffin at UGA games in 2016 and 2017. He had that look in his eyes sitting in the recruiting bleachers that seemed to convey he was already dreaming about his turn to be on that field.
I remember seeing him wear a large UGA No. 34 jersey during one unofficial visit last season.
But the turn of events doesn’t mean that the Bulldogs will not be needing a big tackle signee or two in the Class of 2019. It just means that it won’t be Griffin.
Immediate fallout from Luke Griffin decision
Griffin’s de-commitment means the Bulldogs no longer have the nation’s No. 1 recruiting class for the 2019 cycle.
His decision, which has been looming for a few weeks, means that the Bulldogs fell to seven current commitments, dropping UGA to No. 3 in the 2019 recruiting rankings.
Ole Miss (now with 14 verbal commitments) has overtaken UGA and Miami for the top spot. The Hurricanes have 11 pledges for 2019.
I do expect the Bulldogs to rise back up in those rankings in the weeks and months to come. It must also be noted that Griffin was a 4-star recruit, but he was the lowest-rated UGA commit in the 2019 class prior to his decision.
He rates as the nation’s No. 34 tackle prospect for 2019 and as the No. 356 overall prospect. It is a measure of how deep the state of Georgia is in this cycle to note that he also ranks as the No. 40 prospect in Georgia for 2019.
Griffin joins recent Alabama verbal commit Rashad Cheney Jr. as the two de-commitments for the Bulldogs in this recruiting cycle.
Who are the tackles to watch for 2019?
The Bulldogs have offered 21 tackle prospects in this recruiting cycle. Griffin held the 17th-highest rating out of those recruits.
There are a few candidates out there who are already committed to other schools, such as strong verbal commit Pierce Quick (nation’s No. 4 tackle in 2019 class) to Alabama. Devontae Dobbs, a 5-star prospect who rates as the nation’s No. 1 tackle, seems more likely to wind up at guard at the next level.
There are a few other big names to keep in mind at tackle:
- Darnell Wright, 5 stars: The 6-foot-6, 314-pound prospect rates as the nation’s No. 3 tackle for 2019.
- Xavier Truss, 4 stars: The 6-7, 325-pound prospect from Rhode Island rates as the nation’s No. 12 tackle. Truss clearly wants to take some of his official visits to schools in the South. That’s a start.
- Amari Kight, 4 stars: Kight, the No. 14 tackle, has visited Georgia recently. He also just placed the Bulldogs among his top 15.
- Warren McClendon, 4 stars: The McClendon family is filled with UGA legacies. McClendon, the No. 24 tackle in his class, plays for Brunswick High and has been recruited hard by UGA since his freshman year. His versatility stands out as a guard or tackle, but SEC East rivals Florida and South Carolina are after him hard.
I’d look for the Bulldogs to sign at least two tackles in 2019.
Bryan Bresee shines at New Jersey Opening regional
DawgNation has written extensively about 5-star defensive end target Bryan Bresee. The Maryland native ranks as the nation’s No. 1 prospect for 2020.
He visited UGA on March 4 and said that he was already planning a quick return trip. That was on the second day of back-to-back trips to Clemson and Georgia.
Bresee got more personal attention from the Bulldogs than he did on the visit to junior day at Clemson. That’s part of the reason why the visit to UGA impressed him. He confirmed Sunday afternoon that he’s coming back for G-Day on April 21.
The strong-side defensive end prospect had a strong camp at the New Jersey Opening regional and took away defensive lineman MVP honors. He told DawgNation that he posted a 106 for his Sparq rating.
— Alex Gleitman (@alexgleitman) April 8, 2018
The 6-foot-6, 275-pound sophomore shared that he threw the Powerball 40 feet and was timed in 4.32 seconds in the short shuttle drill. He brought a UGA drawstring bag to the camp.
— Tyler Donohue (@TDsTake) April 8, 2018
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