In what can only be described as a big signing day surprise, Hoover, Alabama five star wide receiver George Pickens announced this morning that he will continue his education at the University of Georgia. Pickens, a long time Auburn commit, had also recently fielded overtures from Miami and Tennessee among others.
The Bulldogs lost three of their top four receivers following the 2018 season, and came into today needing immedite play makers at that position. The Bulldogs have a lot of talented players at receiver, however most of them are untested. The 6’5, 200 pound Pickens fits the mold of the receivers Kirby Smart and his staff have been recruiting in the past two cycles: big, fast downfield threats.
As is common, there has been some chatter on recruiting sites that Pickens may have work to do academically before being eligible, and could even be forced to go to the JUCO route before playing. I never speculate on these matters, and I find that in this day and time players are more often able to obtain the necessary course work than in the old days. I’m also confident that Kirby & Co. wouldn’t be burning a scholarship on Pickens if they didn’t think it was reasonable to assume he’ll make it to the Classic City.
The Bulldogs remain in the number two slot behind Alabama in the recruiting rankings, but the gap has narrowed slightly. It remains unlikely that the Bulldogs will overtake the Crimson Tide, but again, today is less about that and more about filling remaining needs on the 2019 roster. The signing is a huge step in that direction. Until later...