May brought a slew of SEC de-commits, and while some programs got key players back, the 2018 recruiting cycle keeps bringing tough news for Georgia.
“Just felt like it was a system fit,” Georges said. “I sat with my coach and we started to look at the successful linebackers at Alabama and UGA and their size and styles. I feel like I was not fitting the mold.”
Kirby Smart currently has two commits for 2018. Neither is an elite prospect; one is a kicker. After being able to sell early playing time to a ton of 4- and 5-star recruits in 2017, Georgia appears to be having trouble landing and keeping top prospects now that its roster is more filled out.
Alabama lost a big-time commitment in 4-star running back Dameon Pierce, though that wasn’t totally unexpected. The Crimson Tide likely won’t have an issue bringing in another highly touted running back.
Alabama also has just two commits for this class. However, that’s in part because of a shortage of available scholarships. Fans probably shouldn’t be too concerned.
However, there was good news for Kentucky and LSU. Kentucky got back a commitment from 3-star quarterback Jarren Williams, who had gotten attention from Alabama and other top programs. Williams de-committed in April and then reconsidered. LSU got a re-commitment from 4-star wide receiver Kenan Jones after he backed off his pledge in February.
Elsewhere in re-commitments, Mississippi State reeled back 3-star athlete Marcus Murphy. He de-committed in January.
Here are all the SEC de-commits for 2018, including their de-commitment dates and their new school choices. All rankings come from the 247Sports composite.
4-star RB Dameon Pierce (May 18, 2016) — Uncommitted
4-star TE Malcolm Epps (Feb. 4, 2017) — Uncommitted
4-star DT Dare Rosenthal (April 4, 2016) — Uncommitted
3-star DE Robert Hicks (Sept. 3, 2016) — Uncommitted
4-star OT Max Wray (March 10, 2017) — Ohio State
4-star LB Adam Anderson (April 22, 2017) — LSU
3-star LB Donovan Georges (May 22, 2017) — Uncommitted
3-star ATH Jermaine Eskridge (Nov. 10, 2015) — Uncommitted
3-star WR Cadarius Gaskin (May 8, 2017) — Uncommitted
4-star S Caden Sterns (May 7, 2017) – Texas
4-star ATH Justin Watkins (Feb. 16, 2016) — Texas
4-star WR Devonta Jason (July 9, 2016) — Kansas
4-star WR Stephen Guidry (April 9, 2017) — Uncommitted
4-star CB Corione Harris (July 9, 2016) — Kansas
3-star QB Zadock Dinkelmann (Jan. 10, 2017) — BYU
3-star DT Emmit Gooden (Jan. 11, 2017) — Uncommitted
3-star CB Jemaurian Jones (April 9, 2017) — Uncommitted
3-star DE Daniel Parker (Sept. 5, 2016) — Uncommitted
3-star DE Josh Smith (Jan. 21, 2017) — Uncommitted
4-star WR Stephen Guidry (April 29, 2016) — Uncommitted
3-star RB Jashaun Corbin (May 16, 2017) — Florida State
3-star S Bryson Richardson (Jan. 21, 2017) — Uncommitted
4-star ATH Alontae Taylor (May 12, 2016) — Tennessee