Dylan James, a 4-star combo forward from Winter Haven, Florida, made a verbal commitment to Georgia on Friday, choosing the Bulldogs over UCF, Georgia Tech and several others.

James, listed at 6-foot-8, 195 pounds, played his sophomore year at The Rock Academy in Gainesville, Florida before returning to Winter Haven for his junior season.

He helped lead the Blue Devils to the Florida High School state semifinals in Class 6A. James averaged 15.8 points per game and 8.5 rebounds to be named the Player of the Year by The (Lakeland) Ledger.

James told 247Sports that his relationship with Georgia head coach Mike White and his staff was a major factor.

“The first time I ever spoke to coach White and Pastrana was during my 16u summer and that was when they offered me while they were at Florida and the other coaches, coach Reynolds-Dean and Miskdeen were easy to immediately click with anytime I saw or spoke to them,” James said.

247Sports has White rated as 95th best player in the nation and 20th best power forward.

Check out James’ highlight film from the Battle at the Beach tournament in May.