Georgia has picked up another marquee in-state recruit, 4-star cornerback Malkom Parrish.
Parrish is a great commitment for Georgia, especially considering the competition. Georgia Tech and Florida were both listed as "warm" options on his 247Sports interest list before the commitment, but of the two, only the Yellow Jackets made him an offer.
Beating an in-state rival for a commitment is always a big deal—especially when it's the commitment of a major recruit.
Parrish is the No. 6 recruit from the state of Georgia, according to the 247Composite ratings.
Ed Hooper of The Valdosta Daily Times, reported the commitment via Twitter:
Georgia gets another commit. Brooks County's Malkom Parrish commits to UGA as a DB— Ed Hooper (@Ed_Hooper) June 13, 2013
Jake Rowe of Rivals.com reports on why Parrish chose Georgia over Georgia Tech:
So what was it that made the four-star prospect commit to the Bulldogs over the Yellow Jackets?
"(It was) the coaching staff," he said. "The coaching staff let me know that I can't go wrong with Georgia. They send many people to the NFL and they also have a great education. I think that is the place for me."
New #UGA commit Malkom Parrish has never played a down at cornerback, but showed he could be a lockdown CB at the Mark Richt Camp.— Radi Nabulsi ESPN (@RadiNabulsi) June 13, 2013
That said, Parrish is obviously an extremely talented recruit. Check out his stats from last season, per Nabulsi on Twitter:
New #UGA commit Malkom Parrish last season threw for 3,001 yards, ran for 1,000 yards and racked up 41 touchdowns playing quarterback.— Radi Nabulsi ESPN (@RadiNabulsi) June 13, 2013
With his addition, Georgia's 2014 class now has nine commitments, and Richt and his staff are starting to build momentum.
The Bulldogs just recently landed the commitment of 4-star running back Nick Chubb—another big in-state recruit—and six of Georgia's nine commitments are in-state recruits.
For those hoping to see better in-state recruiting from the Bulldogs in 2014, that's a good stat to hold on to.
Still, of the top 15 recruits from the state, according to the 247Composite ratings, six have committed to out-of-state programs. Three of those recruits have committed to Clemson, and only two so far have picked Georgia.
The Bulldogs have definitely stepped up their game, but there's still much work to be done.
The good news is that momentum is one of the key factors in recruiting, and right now, Georgia has plenty of it.