Want to attack every day with the latest Georgia football recruiting info? That’s the Intel. This entry is about the latest big game from Georgia TE commit Pearce Spurlin III in the 2023 cycle.
Pearce Spurlin III thought he had a great game last Friday night. The 2023 Georgia TE commitment just didn’t know exactly how great.
The 6-foot-6, 235-pound junior told DawgNation on Friday night he had somewhere around 265 receiving yards. He was sure he caught five touchdowns. Those big plays came in a losing 49-48 effort for his South Walton (Fla.) team last Friday against Baker High School.
This was before the official team stats were tallied.
If Spurlin wants to go into a career in sales or financial planning after his football career taps out, he’d be pretty shrewd at it.
He low-balled his actual performance in his favor. The bottom line numbers proved to be 18 percent higher than what he thought.
When the final stats were in, he had amassed 13 catches for 318 yards and those five scores. (This probably is as good of a spot as any here to mention that offensive threats like Spurlin are what UGA now recruits for Todd Hartley’s room.)
Spurlin is ranked as the nation’s No. 4 TE and No. 73 overall (247Sports Composite) for 2023. He has been committed to UGA for almost a year now. He is also a legacy of the program.
He grew up going to UGA games. As an extremely committed recruit, he’s been in the stands this year for Georgia’s wins against Clemson and South Carolina.
The Northwest Florida Daily News reported Spurlin III came up with touchdown catches of 20, 20, 32, 63 and 75 yards against Baker.
It was a lot like being in a Zen state, he said.
“So this is just my way of putting it,” Spurlin III said. “I just caught the balls. I do not remember anything else besides being in the end zone. I don’t remember anything in between.”
Spurlin III just went into the zone. Before he was in the zone.
“I did,” he said. “When I made that early one-handed catch [on a skinny post] I just kind of knew it was going to be a special night. But I really did not think it was going to be anything like that.”
He’s never had a game like that before. Ever. Not even in rec ball. He heard that he might have only been one touchdown catch away from the single-game Florida state record.
That wasn’t the only big night from that game. Baker RB Kayleb Wagner ran for 535 yards to break the Florida single-game rushing record. It was previously held by former Heisman Trophy winner and NFL Pro Bowler Derrick Henry.
The 6-foot-1, 205-pound junior only needed 25 carries to go for 535 yards and six touchdowns. Henry needed 45 carries to go for his 502 yards back in 2012.
It was even more remarkable given the fact Wagner was born with a condition that brings to mind Miami Dolphins LB Shaquem Griffin. MaxPreps.com reported that he was born without a left hand and part of his foreman due to a genetic condition amniotic band syndrome.
“The kid is a stud,” Spurlin III said. “It is crazy how that kid does it. He just balls out. I texted him after the game. I have never seen anything like that.”
Check out the full highlights from that game for Spurlin below. The first big play comes on a screen pass where he busts loose out on the edge for that 63-yard score.