There's bad news to report on the Georgia recruiting front. Nick Glass, 4-star safety out of Atlanta, GA, has decommitted.
Chad Simmons of Scout.com reported on the decommitment via Twitter:
Glass has offers from many major college football programs, so it's hard to pinpoint just what "everybody" entails. Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Clemson, Florida State, Notre Dame, South Carolina, Stanford and Vanderbilt have all offered Glass, and that's just a sampling of his offer list.
The 4-star recruit took to Twitter to explain a bit of his reasoning for decommitting:
I talked with my family and I feel like the best thing for us, is to back off from my commitment and focus on my academics and my senior yr— Nick Glass (@Nick_Ocho) August 16, 2013
While this is good news for just about "everybody" else, Glass' decommitment is a huge loss for Mark Richt and the Bulldogs.
Normally the kids who stay committed for that long are truly invested and believe in the program, so this is indeed surprising news.
There's also the fact that Glass is an in-state recruit, and especially in Georgia, landing and keeping those recruits is important. It's a state with a ton of recruiting talent, and big-time programs like Alabama and Florida have their own pipelines that Richt and his staff have to consistently worry about.
Every in-state commitment is huge for Georgia. Conversely, it's definitely a talking point for Georgia's detractors every time it loses an in-state recruit. Glass is the No. 35 player from the state, according to the 247Sports composite rankings, so he is undoubtedly a talented in-state player.
Also, take a look at this tweet from Michael Carvell of AJC.com:
That's not a good look for the Bulldogs.
Finally, this decommitment may hurt Georgia the most because Glass was one of those "ambassador recruits." He was essentially another recruiter out there, talking to players about Georgia and trying to get them into the mix for the Bulldogs. Here's what he wrote in a USA Today High School Sports blog in November of 2012:
I definitely do my fair share of recruiting, trying to get some big-time guys to join me at Georgia.
I’m going hard after two guys in my class: Raekwon McMillan and Myles Autry.
Raekwon is probably the top linebacker in the country in 2014 and Myles is a monster running back. He’s top five in the country. So hopefully I can get them to come on with me.
That's the type of commitment that Georgia has lost, and that's the type of commitment that is hard to replace.
The Bulldogs have 16 commitments and Georgia's class is ranked No. 5 nationally, per the 247Sports team rankings.