UGA both gained and lost a commitment at wide receiver over the weekend.
Tramel Terry, who is a candidate to be South Carolina’s No. 1 overall prospect for 2013, de-committed from UGA on Sunday. The day before, M.L. King senior wide receiver Blake Tibbs committed to UGA (click on story link).
Back to Terry: The speedy wide receiver from Goose Creek High School had made the surprising decision to commit early to UGA a couple of months ago at Dawg Night prospect camp.
“Yeah, I pretty much rushed my decision,” Terry told the AJC. “I don’t want to be committed to Georgia unless I’m 100 percent in. I have other schools I’m looking at. Georgia is still on top of my list. I just feel like I wasn’t committed even when I was, so it was time to go ahead and do this.”
The 5-foot-10, 170-pound Terry said he has a top three, claiming UGA as the leader, following by South Carolina and Clemson.
Terry was one of three heralded juniors to commit at July’s Dawg Night prospect camp, along with Camden County quarterback Brice Ramsey and Yulee (Fla.) tailback Derrick Henry. Ramsey visited Florida last weekend but remains committed to UGA. Henry is being hotly pursued by numerous schools, most notably Florida, but has kept his pledge to UGA so far.
“I got caught up in the moment at Dawg Night and rushed my decision,” Terry said. “I didn’t think about it long enough, or study everything enough, before doing that. Now I want to start it all over and make sure I have everything together before I commit.”
There is a tremendous amount of pressure on Terry to stay in-state and play for South Carolina or Clemson. There was a backlash of negative comments on his Facebook page from South Carolina and Clemson fans when he committed to Georgia in July. Also, Terry caused an uproar on college message boards after he made plans to visit Clemson on Saturday but instead showed up at South Carolina’s game.
“I like South Carolina because it’s like home,” Terry said. “Everybody knows who I am there. It’s crazy. The coaches and the players are real nice. It’s a great football program.”
Terry on Clemson: “I feel the same way about Clemson as I do South Carolina. It’s out in the middle of nowhere but everybody treats each other like family there. It’s real cool.”
Where do things stand with UGA? Terry has yet to talk to UGA’s coaches about his change of plans. He said Bulldogs assistant John Lilly will be attending one of his upcoming games. Terry has attended South Carolina and Clemson games this season and is planning to make his first unofficial visit to UGA this season for the Auburn game.
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UGA’S 2012 FOOTBALL RECRUITING CLASS
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– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog
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