UGA’s 1st commit for 2015 class flips to South Carolina (UPDATED)

Christian Owens (RisingSeniors.com)

Christian Owens (RisingSeniors.com)

UGA’s first commitment for its 2015 football recruiting class has switched his pledge to South Carolina.

Christian Owens, a 3-star wide receiver from Griffin High School, announced the flip on Tuesday in a statement:

“During these past two years, I have worked tirelessly both on and off the field to represent my school, my family, and the University of Georgia as a solidly committed recruit. However, after prayerful consideration and informational discussions with my family, my coaches, my principal, and the University of Georgia, I am excited to announce that I have chosen to attend the University of South Carolina in January of 2015. I would like to express my appreciation to the University of Georgia for their original scholarship offer, as well as to the many UGA fans that have communicated with me over the past 2 years. I also would like to express my gratitude to Coach Steve Spurrier and his staff for welcoming me with open arms. May God bless you all. Go Gamecocks!”

The 6-foot-5, 200-pound Owens originally committed to UGA around 18 months ago. He is a considered a possession-type receiver, and Rivals ranks him as a TE prospect.

Why did Owens change his mind about his Bulldogs? Only Owens knows for sure, and he’s not talking about it. Since Owens committed, UGA has landed four other WR prospects – and all of them are higher rated than Owens. So that would be one reason for Owens to look at other schools. There’s also speculation that Owens wanted to enroll early in college, and there’s not that opportunity at UGA.

His coach didn’t know the specifics about UGA but did say that Owens expects to start classes at South Carolina in January.

UGA is still in the running for the state’s top uncommitted WR prospect, 4-star Darius Slayton of Greater Atlanta Christian.