Posted: 11:06 pm Wednesday, June 11th, 2014
By Michael Carvell
UGA picked up two commitments on Wednesday, and could add another one on Thursday.
Gary McCrae, a 4-star athlete from Randolph-Clay High School, committed to UGA on Wednesday. Earlier in the day, 3-star cornerback Deandre Baker of Miami pledged to the Bulldogs.
UGA has 11 commits for 2015, and could add another one when tight end Jackson Harris announces at 7 p.m. Thursday. The Bulldogs are considered the heavy frontrunner for the 4-star tight end from Columbia, Tenn. He’s also considering Alabama, Vanderbilt and Florida.
Back to McCrae: He plays quarterback and outside linebacker at the Class A school located 160 miles south of Atlanta.
He attended UGA’s summer camp on Tuesday, and measured in at 6-3 ½ and 215 pounds. McCrae won over the Bulldog coaches with his workout, and earned an offer before he left campus on Wednesday.
By the end of the day, McCrae had committed to UGA over Kentucky, Louisville, and Michigan State. His runner-up school was Auburn, even though he hadn’t earned an offer from there yet.
“I think Auburn was fixing to pull the trigger,” he said. “If Auburn would’ve offered first, I would’ve committed there.”
What if Auburn offers now? “I’m committed to the G now,” McCrae said. “I went up there and visited. I like facilities, the atmosphere and how they treat players up there. It’s a dream come true. I’ve been a Georgia fan since I was little.”
The main reason that McCrae has always been an UGA fan is because his hometown’s most famous football player is Thomas Davis, the former All-America safety from UGA who now plays linebacker for the NFL’s Carolina Panthers.
“Have you ever heard of him?” McCrae asked. “He’s in the NFL now, and I’ve always looked up to him.
“I called him (Davis) today, and I told him that I was committed to Georgia. He was excited about that. He said he was going to call me back because he was in a meeting with his teammates.”
McCrae isn’t sure what position he will play in college, but he’s not too concerned about that. He’s just glad he’ll be playing at UGA.
“Coach Richt said he was going to offer me a scholarship as an athlete. He said I could play any position on the field. I’d prefer to play outside linebacker or defensive end, but I will play wherever they put me.
“I went ahead and committed because that’s always where I wanted to go. My mind was made up: If Georgia offered, I was going to take it.”
McCrae made a jump in Wednesday’s rankings: He’s now rated as a 4-star and the state’s No. 28 overall prospect.