Late-afternoon decisions will impact Georgia’s recruiting class

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Credit: Curtis Compton / Curtis.Compton@

ATHENS -- Regardless of what happens the rest of the day Wednesday, the Georgia Bulldogs are going to have an excellent signing class on the first day of the early national signing period. But how some events transpire late in the day may determine whether Georgia’s class ends up ranked No. 1, as it was at sunrise.

There are numerous late-day signings that are going affect the final rankings, including:

  • Safety Kamari Wilson: The 5-star prospect from Fort Pierce, Fla., by way of IMG Academy is scheduled to announce his decision at 4 p.m. He’s a longtime UGA commitment, but Florida and new coach Billy Napier reportedly have re-emerged and muddied the waters.
  • OLB Marvin Jones: Another 5-star recruit, the nation’s No. 1-ranked edge rusher from American Heritage in Fort Lauderdale has long been thought to be headed to Alabama. But he has been trending for the Bulldogs in the past 24 hours or so. He’ll sign at 4:40 p.m.
  • DB Deyon Bouie: This 4-star safety from Bainbridge nicknamed “Smoke” has been committed to Texas A&M. But, possibly connected to Wilson’s decision, there were reports he could now be signing with the Dogs. We’ll find out at 5:30 p.m. when he makes his announcement.
  • ILB Shemar James: Predictions for this 4-star outside linebacker from Mobile, Ala., have been all over the place. Mainly thought to be a battle between Alabama and Georgia, it looks like he could be headed to Florida now. He will reveal his decision at 6 p.m.

A few other UGA targets and commitments will announce later, some at all-star games in early January and a couple in the next signing period in February. Long-time commitment Darris Smith, an edge-rusher from Appling County, announced that Wednesday plans to sign in February.

In the meantime, Georgia lost one longtime commitment in defensive lineman Tyre West, who signed with Tennessee mid-morning Wednesday.

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