The Georgia Bulldogs received a commitment this afternoon from a nationally prominent recruit who seems like an old friend by now, Goose Creek, SC junior wide receiver Tramel Terry.
Terry was actually among the flurry of pledges the Bulldogs received at last summer's Dawg Nights event. However, he later backed off that commitment and expressed continued interest in the home state Gamecocks. I imagine that Gamecock fans will now say that they doubt that Terry's commitment is really over, and I can't say I blame them. I expect that he'll be hearing from friends, family, teachers, drivethru attendants and others who want him to stay in the Palmetto State. While nothing is final in recruiting until the ink is dry, it would be pretty unusual for a player to commit and then decommit from the same school twice. Also when Terry committed last July he hadn't really spent much time in Athens. He's now had a chance to come back and bring his family along, having spent the last two weekends in the Classic City bonding with his future teammates and actively recruiting for the Bulldogs. Expect to hear about Terry being pursued for the next 11 months, but don't put too much stock in it.
Rivals and 247Sports each rank Terry among the top 150 or so prospects in the nation for 2013, and he's emerging as the consensus top player in the state of South Carolina. The versatile 6'0 180 pounder chose the Bulldogs over offers from Clemson, South Carolina, Southern Cal, Notre Dame and Texas A&M, among others.
Perhaps the biggest takeaway from Terry's commitment is that he's the eighth pledge so far for the class of 2013. On March 6, 2011 Georgia had one commitment for the class of 2012, from Florida kicker Marshall Morgan. Suffice it to say that the limited scholarship numbers and looming uncertainty regarding Coach Richt and his staff are no longer hampering the recruiting effort. Welcome aboard, Tramel! Again. And . . .