Davion Curtis, a 3-star receiver, de-committed from UGA yesterday so he could flip to play football in his home state for Texas. The 5-foot-11, 180-pounder out of Temple High School was UGA’s lowest-rated commitment, per the 247sports composite rankings.
UGA now needs to add another receiver with elite speed after losing Curtis and also missing out on Grant Holloway, who committed to run track at Florida on Thursday. Yet that is simply what that story means on the surface.
Curtis took his official visit to UGA with another Texas high school product that’s high on the UGA board. Beaumont Central senior Devwah Whaley has UGA among his three finalists. He’s aware of the opportunity to pair up with fellow 4-star Elijah Holyfield and create another imposing pair of heralded backs at UGA for the Class of 2016.
Whaley discussed the possibility of a Curtis flip with DawgNation this week when word circulated that Texas was taking a good look at Curtis. He said he and Curtis were good friends, but the potential of a flip would only “kind of” be a plus for Texas.
“So-so,” Whaley said. “It depends because (the thought of) him going to Texas would not make my decision.”
He said his decision would be based on what’s the best fit for him. UGA was not one of his finalists because Curtis was there. The senior competed at UGA’s all-star “Dawg Night” prospect camp in July. That was before Curtis committed to UGA in August.
Whaley recently told DawgNation his Top 3 consisted of UGA, Arkansas and Texas. Texas A&M wasn’t entirely out of it, but that program has commitments from two running backs at this time.
The Under Armour All-American is rated as the nation’s No. 4 running back for this class. That’s one spot higher than Holyfield. The 6-foot-2, 209-pounder has taken official visits to UGA and Texas A&M. He’ll visit Arkansas this weekend. Texas will be his last official visit.
Whaley told DawgNation he’ll make his silent commitment sometime in December. His public commitment will take place on Jan. 2 at the Under Armour All-American game.
Jeff Sentell covers 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.