Tailback Chris Carson, who reportedly said only yesterday that he was 100% committed to Georgia despite a recent official visit to Oklahoma State, has changed his mind and is in fact now committed to the Cowboys. With Nick Chubb, Keith Marshall, Sony Michel and Brendan Douglas already in the backfield in 2015 it was always going to be tough for the Bulldogs to sign an elite high school tailback. That's why Carson, a JUCO prospect originally from Parkview, seemed like a natural fit.
However, one has to wonder if he started doing the math and realized that Chubb and Michel at least will be around just as long as he is. Even on a team that runs the ball as much as Georgia did in 2014, there's still only one ball. But as we also saw in 2014, three tailbacks isn't enough, and some years neither is four. A back capable of coming in and absorbing some carries immediately was therefore not the most pressing need in the class of 2015, but it was a need nonetheless.
It's the latest defection for a recruiting class that has been going steadily in reverse since mid-December despite a round of extensions and raises for key coaches and the big-name hiring of Brian Schottenheimer as offensive coordinator. Whether it was uncertainty about the direction of the offense, or time spent dealing with the transition rather than recruiting, or just a particularly nasty slate of negative recruiting, this class has somehow gone from one of the top three in the country to potentially having some rather obvious holes. With 48 hours until Signing Day, Coach Richt and staff have a lot of work to do to keep the wheels from falling off.