Georgia received a commitment from James Cook on October, 26th. Cook is the third ranked running back nationally in the 2018 recruiting class. His commitment comes on the heels of Zamir White’s in June. White is the nation’s top-ranked running back.
Signing big-time prep running backs is almost an annual occurrence for the Bulldogs. Cook would become the 13th top-10 running back (using 247Sports’ composite rankings) to sign with Georgia since 2007.
Some top-tier backs have done well at Georgia. On the flipside, some haven’t.
Here’s a look at the top-10 backs Georgia has signed since 2007.
Caleb King: King was the nation’s fourth-ranked running back out of Norcross (Ga.) Greater Atlanta Christian. He redshirted as a true freshman, then played for the next three seasons. He was ruled academically ineligible for his senior season and finished his Bulldogs career with 1,271 yards and 10 touchdowns. He had two 100-yard games, including a 166-yard outing against Georgia Tech in 2009.
Richard Samuel: Samuel signed with Georgia as the nation’s third-ranked running back out of Cartersville (Ga.) Cass. He finished his Georgia career with 593 yards and three TDs; his best game was a 104-yard effort against Arkansas in 2009, the only 100-yard game of his career. Samuel moved to linebacker in 2010 as a junior but ended up redshirting because of injuries. He moved back to running back in 2011 and played his final two seasons there.
Washaun Ealey: Ealey, from Twin City (Ga.) Emanuel County Institute, was the nation’s 10th-ranked running back. He played only two seasons with the Bulldogs. He left the team in 2011 after being indefinitely suspended by Mark Richt for two incidents before and following Georgia’s 2010 season. He played his final two years at FCS member Jacksonville State. Ealey was Georgia’s leading rusher in both his seasons on campus and ran for 1,528 yards and 14 TDs. Ealey had four 100-yard games, including 183 yards against Georgia Tech in 2009.
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