As some had been expecting for a while now, Morganton, North Carolina tailback B.J. Emmons has formally decommitted from Georgia. The four star tailback's late November commitment kind of came out of nowhere, and he had recently received an offer from Alabama and additional interest from Tennessee. And then there's just MaconDawg's old axiom that no early out-of-state commitment can be taken for granted.
What's more, it was looking more and more like Georgia under new running backs coach Thomas Brown was still shopping for tailbacks. Among the players still being recruited is Woodward Academy standout Elijah Holyfield, the son of former world heavyweight champ Evander Holyfield. Holyfield will be visiting Athens today and has an offer from the Bulldogs. Auburn is among the chief rivals for his signature. If, however, the Bulldog coaches make clear that Holyfield is their top priority at the position I believe they have at least a puncher's chance.
There's also south Florida speedster Carlin Fils-Aime, current Wisconsin commit Antonio Williams, and perhaps Texas blue chipper Devwah Whaley. In the end, Georgia wants a tailback in this cycle but doesn't necessarily need one. I would expect the coaches to take a hard run at Holyfield and perhaps a couple of others, then grab a back late in the cycle if an under the radar prospect (like Harris County's Tae Crowder in 2015) emerges.