UGA has picked up commitment No. 26.
Shaquille Fluker, a 6-foot-1, 205-pound safety from East Mississippi junior college, pledged to UGA on Tuesday.
“I picked Georgia because when I was there, it was a nice facility to be around and nice people to meet — and me knowing that there have been a lot of people that came and played for Georgia have really been known, and gone to great places,” Fluker told the AJC.
“So with me wanting to be a part of that, and wanting to be known, I was thinking Georgia could help me with that, as being part of that tradition.”
Fluker is the second safety to commit to UGA in two days, following in the footsteps of Monday’s decision by Paris Bostick of Tampa, Fla.
Fluker picked UGA over football scholarship offers from Nebraska, Ole Miss and Arizona State. Out of Mississippi’s Meridian High School in 2011, Fluker only had offers from Arkansas State and South Alabama. He earned the attention of bigger D1 programs after his freshman season at East Mississippi.
Fluker gave UGA’s Mark Richt the news on Monday night, and said there really wasn’t a close runner-up to UGA. “They were already my No. 1 choice to begin with.”
“I was very impressed with his tape,” said Rusty Mansell, a National Recruiting Analyst with 247sports. “He’s very physical. On the first two plays, he knocks the other guy’s helmet completely off. He’s a good-looking kid from a physical standpoint. He’s just very physical on film, that just jumps out at you.”
Out of UGA’s 26 commitments for its 2013 recruiting class, four are safeties, with the three others in high school – Newnan’s Tray Matthews, Kell’s Quincy Mauger and Bostick.
“Obviously, Shaq will have the chance to play pretty quickly with [the players UGA is losing in the defensive secondary],” Mansell said. “He will enroll early, learn the defense in the offseason, and have a chance to play early.”
UGA will likely sign around 34 in February. Around 9-10 are expected to enroll early at UGA, including Fluker.
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