UGA 5-star target sets date for decision

5-star Tavarus McFadden (247sports)

5-star Tavarus McFadden (247sports)

UGA has seemingly come out of nowhere to become a serious contender for Tavarus McFadden, the 5-star cornerback from Florida.

The 6-foot-3, 200-pounder from Plantation, Fla., will announce his college decision on Oct. 31.

Just about everybody thought McFadden was a “lock” for Florida State, but UGA gained some momentum in the last couple of weeks.

Perhaps the biggest indicator about how seriously McFadden is considering UGA is when he made plans to visit UGA for the Clemson game, but missed his flight. Rather than reschedule for another weekend, McFadden got in a car and drove 10+ hours to UGA, per’s Rusty Mansell.

“We had a little adversity, but we really wanted to go up there so we got it in our head to get up and drive (there),” McFadden told’s Adam Krohn this weekend.

“I slept the whole time but when I got up there I really enjoyed (the Clemson game). It was great intensity out there. The crowd was always on their feet. I think Georgia is a great program. I have three former teammates that go there. So I really enjoyed it a lot.”

McFadden said he will pick among UGA, LSU, Florida State, Ohio State and UCF.

The biggest thing in UGA’s favor is that two of his teammates from American Heritage High School now play for the Bulldogs, Sony Michel and Isaiah McKenzie.

According to the 247sports Crystal Ball predictions, 72% of 32 recruiting experts are projecting McFadden to FSU, followed by UGA (22%) and LSU (6%). However, seven out of the last eight predictions are in favor of UGA.

UGA has 21 commits, including only one other cornerback, and it could sign 24-28. The Bulldogs currently have the No. 4-ranked class in the nation.

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