Jalen Carter was down to a top 3 less than 20 hours ago.
The nation’s No. 10 DT for the 2020 cycle tweeted out a final group of Alabama, Clemson and Georgia.
His process then found another gear. That top 3 is now already down to a top 1.
Carter tweeted out on Monday afternoon that he has committed to Georgia. The 6-foot-4, 300-pound rising senior from Apopka High School in Florida now becomes the third defensive line commitment for the Bulldogs in this class.
He also rates on the 247Sports Composite ratings as the No. 95 overall prospect for this cycle.
This decision will push the Bulldogs even closer to Miami and the No. 4 slot in the 247Sports Team Composite rankings for 2020. That’s a nice upward trajectory with that class ranking. Georgia appears to be in robust shape to finish with yet another top 3 class in 2020.
Part of the reason why that feeling is readily apparent would be that the Bulldogs are the only program in the top 5 of those rankings that have less than 14 public commitments at this time.
Top 100 prospects committed/signed to UGA*
*— Includes 2020 prospects
His Hudl highlights below list him as a DE/TE prospect and he will flash that ability to move well in space along these highlights. He has logged a lot of reps over the last few seasons for Apopka as a tight end.
But the reality here is he will have his hand on the ground for the Bulldogs in the SEC.
Carter becomes the fifth-highest rated recruit for the Bulldogs in their 2020 class. The program now has five pledges that are rated among the nation’s top 100 prospects on the composite standard.
Carter projects to be a dominating potential inside Saturday presence for the Bulldogs. He rates as the nation’s 10 DT prospect for the 2020 cycle on the 247Sports Composite ratings.
He just saw a pair of UGA coaches at his spring game on Friday. That meshed well with a series of strong visits to UGA over the course of this year.
Carter enjoyed himself at G-Day, too. He now becomes the 10th commitment for the Bulldogs in the class of 2020.
This decision is at a position of need for the program. Carter is one of four to five key targets the Bulldogs will take in this cycle for Tray Scott and his defensive line room.
Those elite players will be needed. Scott and that position group is set to lose at a minimum six players off that defensive line. Michael Barnett, Michail Carter, Tyler Clark, David Marshall, Julian Rochester and Justin Young are all set to exhaust their eligibility after the 2019 season.
He’s a physical presence as displayed in these clips below. But he is also a powerlifter in the Florida High School Athletic Association. Carter recently took second place in the state meet with a 395-pound bench.
He’s also good on the basketball court. Here’s a clip from last summer: