Chaz Elder, who is ranked as Georgia’s No. 1 college prospect at safety, decided on Friday to postpone his college decision between South Carolina and UGA.
“I do apologize,” Banneker assistant Ryan Andrews said. “I know everyone is waiting on his announcement. I was just informed by Chaz he will not announce today. I am not sure what caused the change of heart. Again, I do apologize for this. I am not sure when or how soon a decision will come. Thank you.”
Even before the postponement, the 6-foot-2, 180-pounder from Banneker High School had decided against calling a press conference on Friday because it wasn’t his style. Elder felt uncomfortable with drawing attention to himself. He and his coaches were just going to let a few people know via Social Media and text messages. Elder is also considering Vanderbilt, but UGA and South Carolina are the frontrunners.
What do I think? I have no idea what happened today, but this can be nothing but good news for UGA fans. From all indications (and we’ve been fooled before), Chaz appeared to be headed to South Carolina. I know Chaz has really developed a close friendship with South Carolina defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward, while his family would prefer he stay closer to home and play for UGA. It will be interesting to see how this all plays out.
I do think Chaz deserves major props for how he handled this: If you’re not 100-percent sure, then there is no reason to commit early. If you do commit early and you’re not 100-percent sure (and I realize kids and, well, everybody changes their minds about things here and there; I’m just talking about those who “know”), you could create a chain events that adversely affect college coaches and, most importantly, other kids being recruited. Picking a college is a life decision, not a race. We commend Chaz, his family and coaches for handling this in a respectful and professional manner.
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