It appears as if the Georgia Bulldogs could be on the cusp of receiving some bad recruiting news in regards to 4-star running back Stanley Williams.
Williams was Georgia's first commitment to the 2014 class—committing in July 2011—but Kipp Adams of ESPN is reporting via Twitter that the two parties have gone their separate ways:
Adams then went on to explain the situation a bit more in the Inside the DawgHouse report that he put together along with Radi Nabulsi of ESPN:
Since then, speculation has increased on just how long Williams would stay committed to Georgia. As it turns out, Walton head coach Don Williams says the two parted ways almost three weeks ago.
“Stanley wanted to look around, so Georgia and Stanley Williams decided to go their separate ways as far as him being committed,” Williams said.
When reached for comment, Williams would not publicly confirm his recruitment status.
“I have not officially decommitted yet, but I am open to all of the schools recruiting me,” Williams said.
While it still is too early to call this a loss, considering the conflicting statements here, this certainly would be a big blow to Mark Richt's 2014 recruiting efforts.
I've talked ad nauseam about recruiting in the state of Georgia in regards to the Bulldogs, and just how important it is for Richt and his staff in 2014. The Bulldogs certainly failed on the 2013 recruiting trail when it came down to pulling in elite in-state recruits, and that's a trend that Richt needs to change.
Frankly, it's not even about landing the elite 5-star recruits, but more so winning over the recruits that are highly considering Georgia. Keeping interested recruits in the state is crucial, and for all intents and purposes, it seemed like Georgia was starting to improve on that in the 2014 cycle.
Stanley is a big state of Georgia recruit and he represented a big in-state commitment for Georgia. He's ranked as the No. 8 all-purpose back in the 2014 class and the No. 27 player from the state of Georgia, according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings. Being among the top 30 in a talent-laden state like Georgia is impressive, so potentially losing his commitment would be a massive loss for Georgia.
It's not official yet, at least according to Williams himself (per the Inside the DawgHouse report), but it certainly seems like it's heading that way. The fact that Williams' head coach said that UGA and the recruit had parted ways weeks ago is very telling, and at this point the "committed" tag could be more of a formality than anything else.
We do know that Williams is open to being recruited by other schools, and that could be incredibly telling as well.
Either way you look at it, Georgia is definitely in danger of losing the 4-star's commitment—officially.