Even though National Signing Day for the 2017 class is only days away, they aren’t the only prospects committing to SEC schools.
UGA picked up a commitment from DE Nolan Smith, a Savannah, Ga. native. The IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) sophomore also had offers from Alabama, Miami, South Carolina and Tennessee.
“I am usually at home on Sundays, but now I am at IMG Academy, but when I put on the Georgia Bulldogs shirt, I felt at home. I felt good and it hit me that I was ready to go ahead and commit to Georgia,” Smith told Scout’s Chad Simmons. “I am now ready to be the leader of this class.”
Georgia coach Kirby Smart has placed an emphasis on getting Peach State talent to stay home and play at Georgia, something Smith has noticed.
“If Kirby was not the head coach at Georgia, then you would have seen DeAngelo Gibbs go to Alabama, Richard LeCounte go to Ohio State, Jake Fromm go somewhere else, and the players that Georgia is getting now, they wouldn’t have gotten,” said Smith.
“He (Smart) wants the Georgia boys to stay in state and if he gets them to, then Georgia is about to do big things.”
Smith currently measures 6-foot-2, 210 pounds. He is rated a 4-star prospect by both 247Sports and Scout. UGA has one other 2019 pledge, 4-star OT Luke Griffin.