Want to attack every day with the latest Georgia football recruiting info? That’s the Intel. This rep has the latest with 4-star OT Micah Debose out of Vigor High School in Alabama. He ranks as the nation’s No. 4 OT and the No. 50 overall prospect for 2025 on the 247Sports Composite ratings.
Micah Debose was in Athens over the weekend.
He caught that feeling. Again.
The 4-star OT from Vigor High School in Alabama had already been leaning toward playing in Athens for some time. He had considerable impressionable visits during his sophomore season.
That timing just felt right for a prospect that ranks as the nation’s No. 4 OT and the No. 50 overall prospect for the 2025 cycle.
He made the move to share his commitment to Georgia on Monday afternoon. That’s a considerable get for the ‘Dawgs with the 6-foot-5 and 300-pounder from the Mobile area. He’d been starting for a strong Vigor High School program since his eighth-grade year.
And now he’s a Dawg.
“I felt like Georgia was the way to go for me,” Debose said. “I prayed about it and then made my decision.”
He chose the ‘Dawgs over Penn State, Ole Miss and Tennessee. Those were his top schools. Auburn was also up there in his recruitment. Alabama had yet to offer him.
Debose said it hit him almost a month ago. The weekend visit just sealed it.
“I was thinking about it and I really decided I wanted to go to Georgia,” Debose told DawgNation.
The Bulldogs just have a sterling reputation now for him.
“The dominance of Georgia especially these past couple of years really stands out,” he said. “I really like what Coach Smart has been doing with the program. He’s been turning it around. Georgia is great. Georgia is a great great place. I really love Georgia.”
The fans stand out for him.
“It is a big supporting system,” he said. “I love the support that the fans give Georgia.”
His teammates call him “Big Mike” and he’s been at left tackle for the Vigor Wolves since the eighth grade. He wears the No. 65 at Vigor because that number carries a special significance in his high school program. That’s a number once worn by a former VIgor standout that went on to play in the NFL.
They give that number out to the guys who can really play on the line.
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Debose now becomes the fourth commitment to the 2025 class in Athens and the second one today. Georgia also picked up a commitment earlier on Monday from Class of 2025 DL Justus “Jay” Terry out of Manchester High School in Georgia.
Georgia landed a commitment from 2025 offensive lineman Micah Debose on Monday
4-star Class of 2025 OT Micah Debose has committed to Georgia. (Courtesy photo)
Class of 2025 Vigor HS (Ala.) made another return trip to check out UGA on Saturday, January 14, 2023, for the back-to-back national title celebration. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)
Class of 2025 Vigor HS (Ala.) OT prospect Micah Debose made another return trip to check out UGA on Saturday, January 14, 2023, for the back-to-back national title celebration. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)
The good stuff to know about Micah Debose
Debose plays for his family. He has a younger sister he wants to be a great role model for her to look up to.
“I also do it for my Mom,” Debose said. “My mom has worked so hard for me in the past year especially.”
DawgNation started talking to Debose back in November. He had just come from a community camp in his neighborhood working with some middle school linemen. So, he already knows what it is like to give back.
“I’m more patient with the middle schoolers because I know they are younger guys so they might not understand it all yet,” he said. “I like to work with each young player individually.”
He’s listed at 315 pounds by most of the recruiting services but he had dropped down to 295 pounds by late November of his sophomore season.
The Bulldogs offered him in early 2022. He got to go up to Athens this spring for an unofficial visit and for spring practice. Debose was also in attendance for the Oregon game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium for the season opener.
His first game visit was for the Georgia Tech game earlier this season. His mother, Shalimar Debose-Chapman, loved that trip. She also hit it off well with the wife of offensive line coach Stacy Searels.
“Georgia is a really great place,” Debose said back in November. “Nice coaches. Atmosphere. Culture. The culture is great. I just love Georgia. Georgia is definitely at the top of my list at this moment.”
Debose loved the academics at Georgia. That was another key selling point for him with the ‘Dawgs.
“Their computer engineering program is great,” Debose said. “That is going to be my major when I do get to college eventually. Georgia has always stuck out to me. I’ve actually always liked Georgia over Alabama.”
“I’m originally from Cleveland but I have always liked Georgia and some of the players that came out of Georgia like Nick Chubb,” Debose said. “He was a great player and then James Cook went there, too. They have had some really great players and they had a really player that just came out of Georgia in Jordan Davis. They had a really great draft class in the NFL this past draft. Just a bunch of really good players.”
Did the fact he looks good in red and black have anything to do with it?
“Oh, I do,” Debose said. “When I took their little photo shoot, I looked great in that red and black.”
The Georgia coaching staff saw a lot of the program’s core DNA traits in his game.
“They like how I am aggressive and they like that I am tough,” Debose said. “That was because back in our state championship game I was just starting as a ninth-grader that year. Well, I had started as an eighth-grader as well the year before. But I told my coach something when we were like in little a problem. I just told my coach to run behind me and run behind that left side and we were going to get it done. They did. Our coach called the plays and we got the job done. The state championship was a great experience.”
He was already feeling the ‘Dawgs after that Georgia Tech visit.
“It is not hard for me to consider it,” Debose said back on November 28. “I can really see myself being a Bulldog and going out on that field suited up. It is a really great experience and a feeling just to think about it. I never thought that football would take me this far.”
Debose is already working on getting the credits to enroll early in January 2025.
“My Mom does not play about my grades,” Debose said. “She does not play. She knows how they can affect my future.”
Micah Debose started on the varsity as an eighth-grader
The new Georgia Bulldog commitment was on a state playoff team when he was starting as an eighth-grader. His Wolves won an Alabama state title when he was a freshman, but they didn’t make the playoffs in 2022.
Debose said he started about “four or five games” as an eighth-grader and then all 15 games as a freshman. He was a right tackle and a left tackle early in his career, but eventually, beat out the left tackle for that starting spot at the end of his freshman year.
He was only about 6-foot-3 and about 300 pounds back then.
“I’m not going to lie,” he said. “I was scared. It was definitely an experience but I stuck through it and played through it. I definitely thought I was going to get smashed as a young one.”
He started his entire freshman year as the Vigor left tackle back in 2021. When he started his first playoff game, he went up against a top 100 overall prospect in Auburn’s Dylan Brooks. Brooks was the nation’s No. 77 overall prospect in the class of 2021.
Debose said Brooks got him for a couple of sacks. But he was in the class of 2025 there.
“I had a little competition with him,” Debose said. “It was great, though. It was a fun time.”
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