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California OL prospect Earnest Greene III was in attendance at the Georgia-South Carolina game as a priority recruit on Sept. 18, 2021, in Athens, Ga. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)

BREAKING: All-American OL Earnest Greene III has made his college decision

Want to attack every day with the latest Georgia football recruiting info? That’s the Intel. This entry breaks down the All-American Bowl early signing period decision reveal from elite OL prospect Earnest Greene III.

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San Antonio, Texas -- California Love. Georgia added a little bit more Cali to its roster pool with the decision shared by All-American OL Earnest Greene III on Saturday.

The Bulldogs earned this commitment and decision while facing some strong contenders. Ohio State was probably the early leader for Greene given that former St. John Bosco OL Wyatt Davis went on to star in Columbus.

Georgia handled his recruitment well during the summer and early fall, but Alabama came with a very hard late charge for Greene.

This decision also preserves a strong streak for offensive line recruiting while Kirby Smart has been the head coach. The Bulldogs have signed an All-American Top 100 offensive line recruit in every class under Smart up to this point.

  • 2016: 4-star Ben Cleveland (Nation’s No. 10 OT and No. 90 overall)
  • 2017: 5-star Isaiah Wilson (Nation’s No. 5 OT and No. 16 overall); 4-star Andrew Thomas (Nation’s No. 9 OT and No. 45 overall); 4-star OG Netori Johnson (Nation’s No. 6 OG and No. 87 overall)
  • 2018: 5-star Jamaree Salyer (Nation’s No. 1 OG and No. 10 overall); 5-star Cade Mays (Nation’s No. 3 OT and No. 22 overall); 4-star Trey Hill (Nation’s No. 3 OG and No. 62 overall);
  • 2019: 5-star Clay Webb (Nation’s No. 1 C and No. 26 overall)
  • 2020: 5-star Broderick Jones (Nation’s No. 2 OT and No. 11 overall); 4-star Tate Ratledge (Nation’s No. 3 OT and No. 38 overall); 4-star Sedrick Van Pran-Granger (Nation’s No. 1 C and No. 60 overall)
  • 2021: 5-star Amarius Mims (Nation’s No. 3 OT and No. 8 overall); 4-star Micah Morris (Nation’s No. 9 OT and No. 67 overall); 4-star Dylan Fairchild (Nation’s No. 6 IOL and No. 98 overall)
  • 2022: 4-star Earnest Greene III (Nation’s No. 2 IOL and No. 40 overall)

That list doesn’t include the likes of 3-star OG Justin Shaffer (2017) and 4-star OT Warren McClendon (2019) who have been mainstay starters for Luke on this year’s national championship finalist team. Or former All-Americans like Xavier Truss (2019) and Chad Lindberg (2020) who are reserves on this year’s roster.

It really jacked up the degree of difficulty for Georgia to sign a premier OL prospect like Greene in 2022.

Prior to Greene’s decision, the highest-rated OL signee in this class was 4-star OG Aliou Bah out of IMG Academy.

Bah, a very impressive player in his own right, ranks as the nation’s No. 343 overall recruit for the 2022 cycle.

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Earnest Greene III: Why did he choose Georgia?

Greene said he really couldn’t lose with any of his four finalists. But he did break down what he was looking for in the right fit this week in Texas.

“For me, it just came down to me to player development at my position,” he said on Wednesday. “Offensive tackle. Explosive offenses. Offenses that like to get their big men out in space and play physical dominant football.”

He described the process as “really difficult.”

“I’ve just been blessed with the opportunity to have what I have,” Greene III said. “Honestly, quite frankly, you can’t make a wrong choice here. Just having to get deep down into the Xs and the Os. The history of the quarterbacks. The history of the offensive coordinators. O-line coaches. Head coaches. All of that good stuff. I had to do my Xs and Os and my homework to make my decision.”