Georgia picked up two more commitments from defensive prospects on Wednesday.
Three-star defensive back Deandre Baker chose the Bulldogs after camping in Athens on Wednesday and four-star outside linebacker Gary McCrae out of Cuthbert, Ga. followed suit later in the day.
“Officially verbal commited to The University of Georgia,” Baker tweeted Wednesday.
Baker plays for Florida powerhouse Miami Northwestern and is considered a power prospect.
“There wasn’t a more physical cornerback on the field Saturday than Baker,” said Scout.com’s Michael Clark of Baker’s performance at the Charlotte NFTC. “He challenged several big wideouts at the line and won more times than not, though he shows he has enough speed to recover when his quick-jams aren’t as effective.”
This spring, the 6-foot-5, 175-pound Baker told Clark that he hopes to enroll early. If that holds up he will be one of a few players the Bulldogs will take this winter. Baker isn’t available to talk his commitment while he is still camping at Georgia due to NCAA bylaws.
They are Georgia’s eighth and ninth defensive commitments out of 11 verbal pledges.
Baker became the second nationally unranked three-star defensive player in a row the Bulldogs have pulled out of Florida, a sign that defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt, previously of Florida State, is reaching into his recruiting bag to reshape the Bulldogs’ defense for the future.
The Bulldogs could also get a few more commitments this weekend during the Mark Richt Camp, which is set to host a slew of top prospects on Saturday.
McCrae, a 6-foot-3, 218-pounder, had about 10 offers earlier this week. Slated to camp in front of Georgia’s coaches this week, the rising senior received his offer before leaving Athens on Wednesday. It didn’t take long for McCrae to make a decision. What does this mean for the Dawgs?
It means they’re clearly on the prowl for seemingly undiscovered talent. McCrae worked out at both linebacker and wide receiver early this week. His verbal commitment is just one of a few Georgia has already landed, including Callaway’s Terry Godwin, Griffin’s Christian Owens and Stephenson’s Chauncey Rivers.
McCrae showed enough all-around ability to get the Georgia offer as an athlete, but he’s projected to play at outside linebacker at the collegiate level.