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Georgia Bulldogs suffer rash of high-profile decommitments

Georgia coach Kirby Smart

For the Georgia Bulldogs and head coach Kirby Smart, everything on the surface appears to be going great. On the field, Georgia is undefeated, ranked in the top five, and preparing for a big game Saturday at LSU.

On the recruiting trail, the Bulldogs are currently ranked in the top five as well for the 2019 recruiting cycle.

Everything’s great, right?

Not exactly. Despite the high recruiting ranking, The Bulldogs received three decommitments in the past week, all from prospects ranked among the top 350 recruits in the country.

Five-star wide receiver Jadon Haselwood (Ellenwood, GA) committed to Georgia way back on March 16, 2017 and stayed committed to the Bulldogs for more than 18 months before decommitting on October 2, 2018.

Georgia is still in play for Haselwood, but the thought here is that Miami is now a major player in his recruitment as well. Haselwood was in Coral Gables this past weekend for an official visit, watching Miami come from behind and beat Florida State 28-27.

Four-star cornerback Jalen Perry (Dacula, GA) committed to Georgia back on October 30, 2017, and stayed committed for nearly a calendar year, before decommitting on October 4, 2018. Perry, who is considered to be among the top 20 corners nationally in the 2019 class is thought to have Will Muschamp and the South Carolina Gamecocks high on his list moving forward.

Four-star linebacker J.D. Bertrand (Roswell, GA) committed to Georgia back on July 15, 2017 and stayed committed for almost 15 months before de-committing from the Bulldogs on October 5, 2018. It is worth noting here that Bertrand picked up a Florida offer the day after he decommitted from Georgia and he was in Gainesville this weekend to watch Florida beat LSU 27-19.

Interesting to note about all three of these recent decommitments is that they are all in-state prospects who have been committed to the Bulldogs for close to a year or more.

Georgia’s 2019 class remains strong, and there is no doubt Kirby Smart will bring home one of the best classes in America for 2019, but with the recent decommitments, it goes to show that even the best programs, and the best recruiters, can have bad weeks at the office.

(You can follow Ryan Green on Twitter @RyanGreenGN)

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