National signing day for the 2014 recruiting class hasn't even arrived, but the Georgia Bulldogs are already building their 2015 class.
UGA added a 2015 commitment in the form of 247Sports composite 4-star cornerback/safety Rico McGraw. The Nashville native announced his pledge on Twitter Thursday night.
Officially committed to the University of Georgia! Thank everyone who's been involved and supporting be. Go Dawgs! pic.twitter.com/C2kgqGakiz— Rico McGraw (@LoveHateRico) January 17, 2014
Apparently, it was an easy decision for McGraw, as he tweeted just 24 hours earlier that he received scholarship offers from the Bulldogs and Penn State.
Just got the Georgia and Penn State offer 👌— Rico McGraw (@LoveHateRico) January 16, 2014
His pledge will go down as the first for new defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt in Athens. McGraw said that Pruitt had been recruiting him for some time, which was among several factors that went into his decision, per 247Sports (subscription required):
I love Jeremy Pruitt, and he has been recruiting me since my sophomore year. I know he is a defensive coordinator that will get me where I need to be. I loved Georgia, and they were one of my favorite schools for a long time. I wanted an offer from the old staff. So getting the first one from Coach Pruitt meant the world to me.
McGraw boasted a long list of suitors, including Alabama, Auburn, Ohio State, South Carolina, Tennessee and Pruitt's former program, Florida State.
He displayed elite speed and ball skills while starring on offense, defense and special teams at Ensworth.
He joins 4-star receiver Christian Owens as the second verbal commitment in Georgia's 2015 class. Early in the process, that class ranks 20th nationally and ninth in the SEC. The Dawgs' 2014 class comes in at No. 11 in the nation and No. 7 in the conference.
Pass defense had become a strength for Georgia but ended up being a major weakness last season. The Bulldogs finished ninth in the SEC against the pass.
However, McGraw looks like the type of playmaker who could bolster UGA's secondary in a big way.
Note: All recruiting info/recruit star rankings are courtesy of 247Sports.