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What does John Emery’s decommitment mean for Georgia?

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NCAA Football: Tennessee at Georgia Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Georgia lost its second five star recruit in less than a month this afternoon when Louisiana tailback John Emery, Jr. announced his decommitment.

Emery’s commitment never felt 100% certain to me to begin with. Never, ever believe a blue chip Louisiana prospect is leaving the Pelican State until you see him lugging his mini-fridge into his Athens dorm room. And of course it’s worth noting that Emery could ultimately decide that the Classic City is the place for him after all.

Still, the decommitment leaves the Bulldogs in the lurch for 2019. While the ‘Dawgs have kept in touch with some other tailbacks, no player on the board is a slam dunk guarantee to commit. The nation’s top back, IMG Academy standout Trey Sanders, has favored Alabama and Florida. His teammate Noah Cain (rated the #6 tailback by 247Sports) had shown interest in LSU and Texas, but might be in play if as expected Emery commits to the home state Bayou Bengals.

Katy, Texas four star tailback Deondrick Glass, currently committed to Oklahoma State, showed a good bit of interest in Georgia earlier in his recruitment. Glass may be another name to keep an eye on, as well as Miami commit Kenny McIntosh. Sadly, there just aren’t any players in the Peach State for 2019 with the size, speed, and instincts Georgia is looking for. Frankly, as Georgia high schools shift further toward spread offenses there just aren’t as many of the bell cow tailbacks who used to dot the Peach State annually, and this year that may be a real problem.

As well as UGA has recruited, there’s some urgency here. Elijah Holyfield and Brian Herrien will graduate after 2019, and D’Andre Swift will be draft eligible. That leaves on the roster James Cook and Zeus White, who’s now torn the ACL in each knee within the past year and may or may not ever be the back he was before. Georgia legitimately needs a tailback (and possibly two) in this class. As hard as it would have been to believe six months ago, the Red and Black are dangerously close to having one healthy veteran tailback in 2020. That ain’t gonna do it.

If the past couple of recruiting cycles have taught us anything it’s that Kirby Smart and his staff won’t be outworked and won’t give up on the players they really want without a fight. That being said, losing Emery is a real blow. About the only way to get rid of that bitter taste is to chase it with Gator. And while individual wins and losses are overrated in their recruiting significance, it feels like Georgia could really use a big win this weekend to get things back on track as they head toward the early Signing Day on December 19th. Until later . . .

Go ‘Dawgs!!!