Offensive lineman Warren Ericson announced Friday he's planning to play college football at Georgia after drawing widespread interest throughout the recruiting process.
Ericson is a 4-star prospect who rates as the No. 249 overall recruit in the 2018 class, according to the Scout.com rankings. He's also listed as the No. 12 offensive guard and the fourth-best player at the position from the state of Georgia.
The North Gwinnett High School powerhouse is like a sleeping giant on the field. There are times when his play can get a little lackadaisical, but when he's physically and emotionally involved in a game, he's a truly dominant force on the interior.
He told Hale McGranahan of SEC Country one of the key parts of his recruitment was finding a coach who could help him develop individually.
"I want a coach to be a main role model for me, someone that's going to make me become a better person and learn to fight … that's what I'm looking for," Ericson said. "Because after college I need the experience they have to make it further in life."
The 6'4'', 317-pound guard has the physical tools to become a top-tier college lineman and potentially a coveted NFL prospect. Working to fine tune his technique, especially in pass protection, and becoming more consistent will be the biggest hurdles.
Those areas needing improvement are well-known at this stage since Ericson has been in the spotlight for awhile now. IGR Sports highlighted him back in 2015 and the brute strength was already on full display early in his high school career:
While he's made strides since that point, which is why he attracted interest from several high-profile programs, there's still work to do in the coming years.
Ericson represents a fine addition to the 2018 class for Kirby Smart and the Bulldogs. Beating out the likes of Notre Dame, Florida and South Carolina for the lineman is a major statement en route to putting together a rock-solid incoming group.
The guard possesses enough natural talent to make a quick impact if called upon, but that shouldn't be necessary. The best route to success is taking at least one year to learn and improve his technique. He should be a stalwart along the Georgia line by the time he's an upperclassman.