Rico McGraw Commits to Georgia: Bulldogs Land 2015 4-Star DB

Alex SimsCorrespondent IIIMarch 22, 2017


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. 

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.

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.

The 6'0", 190-pound Ensworth product is rated as the No. 10 cornerback and the No. 2 prospect from the state of Tennessee for 2015 in 247Sports' composite rankings.

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. 

UGA holds two cornerback commitments for 2014: 4-star Malkom Parrish and 3-star junior college prospect Shattle Fenteng.

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