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Georgia benefits from four-star WR’s signing day surprise

Isaiah McKenzie

According to Rivals.com, we have the first of what could be many surprises on National Signing Day 2014.

Heading into today’s festivities, four-star Plantation (Fla.) wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie was expected to select from a three-strong group of finalists: Florida, Ole Miss and Virginia Tech.  With Ole Miss and Virginia Tech baseball caps sitting in front of him as he prepared to make his announcement, McKenzie, courtesy of a friend, added one more prop: a Georgia ball cap.

McKenzie donned the Bulldogs hat, officially signifying that he had both committed to UGA and surprised most observers.  That friend aiding in McKenzie’s announcement was his running back teammate and five-star 2014 UGA signee Sony Michel, who no doubt played a role in the decision.

At least part of the surprise is due to the fact that Georgia didn’t extend a scholarship offer to McKenzie until this past Monday.

McKenzie was rated as the No. 35 receiver in the country and the No. 42 player in the state of Florida heading into signing day.

In addition to McKenzie, UGA was also able to flip tight end Hunter Atkinson after what was, again, a brief recruitment.  Very late last month, the three-star recruit had committed to Cincinnati.

(Photo credit: Rivals.com)

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5 Responses to “Georgia benefits from four-star WR’s signing day surprise”
  1. woebegong says: Feb 5, 2014 9:43 AM

    UGA could very well end up being one of the top 5 in recruiting once this day is over for 2014. T hey need to pick up a little beef for the defensive line, but they are padding for the future already on the offensive side.

  2. jonkybon says: Feb 5, 2014 9:47 AM

    Since the former UGA Defensive staff were Gawd aweful recruitors, I look for UGA to make huge strides in recruiting and more iimportantly on the field. Returning 7 of 11 on offense and 10 of 11 on D, 2014 could be the Year of the Dawg.

    The Clemson game week 1 will be very important for both squads.

  3. woebegong says: Feb 5, 2014 9:57 AM

    The Clemson game will be a tough test to see how well the defense has improved under new DC Pruitt. It could be a very interesting game. UGA barring injury, should know after this game one way or another, how the kids are responding and catching on to his modified 3-4. Unlike Grantham, coach Pruitt says he will go with the plays that work and use the athletic skills of his players versus expecting the players to try and fit into set ups they are not comfortable in. Coach Pruitt believes you build your schemes around your players abilities, not expect your players to fit into a scheme that they are uncomfortable in and can’t execute. Coach Grantham wasted a lot of talent and didn’t utilize his players effectively in my opinion.

  4. 1historian says: Feb 5, 2014 3:01 PM

    Notre Dame spent a lot of time helping this kid become academically eligible, and when he reached that goal suddenly the other schools came calling.

    It’ll be interesting to see where he is in 3 years or so.

  5. woebegong says: Feb 5, 2014 4:28 PM

    If he can stay on the field, out of trouble and not get injured, the answer would be, preparing for the NFL combine.

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